Chip Knapp Named Head Football Coach of Wesley College

Wesley’s College Interim Director of Athletics Tracey Short announced on Tuesday that current associate head coach and offensive coordinator Chip Knapp will be promoted to head coach following the passing of Mike Drass.

Knapp has been with Wesley College since 1989, where he started as a defensive assistant for two seasons.

Starting in 1991, Knapp was named offensive coordinator and that began the offensive powerhouse era of the Wolverines.

In Wesley’s current streak of 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, Knapp has led the team to a top-50 offense and scoring offense 11 times.

Under Knapp, Wesley was the top offense in Division III football in 2015.


In his career at Wesley, Knapp has coached players to 48 All-American honors, 99 All-Region honors, and 122 All-Conference awards.

Knapp also coached current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and 2015 Gagliardi Trophy winner Joe Callahan.

Numerous Wesley players have been named to Regional Players of the Year and named  Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year under Knapp.

Interim Director of Athletics Tracey Short’s statement about Chip Knapp becoming the next Wesley Head Football coach:

“The Wesley College athletic department is excited to promote veteran coach Chip Knapp as our fourth head coach since joining NCAA Division III,” stated Short. “His work as the Associate Head Coach and his role as the offensive coordinator has proven valuable in Wesley’s success over the past 29 years. I look forward to working with Chip and watching the football team flourish with him as head coach.”

Knapp’s statement on being named Head coach of Wesley’s Football team:

 “It is an absolute honor to be named the Wesley College head football coach and I am grateful to President Robert Clark and our Interim Athletic Director Tracey Short for this incredible opportunity,” said Knapp. “Wesley has been my home for the last 29 years and we will do our part to continue the tradition of excellence of developing student-athletes on-and-off field that Coach Mike Drass established.  We want to give our players an experience that will enhance their relationships, academic progress and athletic success.”


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