May 21, 2012
"I am very pleased to have Tim Knox join the Fighting Illini football family as our director of football operations," Head Coach Tim Beckman said. "Tim has a terrific reputation in football circles of handling the many different responsibilities that fall to that position. He is extremely organized and will be a great fit at the University of Illinois."
Knox comes to Illinois after 15 seasons with the Western Michigan football program, including three as agraduate assistant (1997-99), one season as running backs coach (2004) and 11 (2000-03, 2005-11) seasons as director of football operations.
In the role as director of football operations, Knox will handle the logistical facet of team travel during the season, many aspects of the summer camps, and the logistics of Camp Rantoul, while also coordinating many of the team's community service efforts.
A 1997 graduate of Hiram College, Knox lettered four years at cornerback for the Terriers, earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference Second-Team honors in 1995 and 1996, and honorable mention accolades in 1994. He was also a two-time OAC All-Academic selection in 1995 and 1996.
As a Terrier he also lettered as a member of the baseball team in 1996 and 1997 and acted as a student assistant coach with the men's basketball program for three years.
A native of Branbridge Township, Ohio, Knox is a 1993 graduate of Kenston High School, where he lettered a combined eight times in football, basketball and baseball. He earned a bachelor's degree in history at Hiram and a master's in sports administration from WMU in 1999.
Knox's father, Al, will enter his 47th year of teaching in Northeast Ohio when the 2012-13 school year gets under way. He has taught students who have gone onto great professional careers, namely movie star Hale Berry (Bedford HS) and LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary HS) of the Miami Heat.