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Jim Knapp Jim Knapp
Football Player/Coach, 1968-71

Knapp lettered as a varsity reserve member of Ferris State's first-ever undefeated football team (7-0-1) in 1968 under head coach Bob Leach and later made his coaching start as a freshman football coach at Ferris State. The Big Rapids native went on to become an assistant football coach, head track coach and assistant athletic director at Northwood University. Since 1985, he has served as the head men's track and field coach at NCAA Division I Central Michigan where he has been named the Mid-America Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year seven times and led the Chippewas to the 2003 MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which was the school's first-ever. During the 2004-05 season, Knapp helped guide CMU to conference championships in menís cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, which represented the first time in league history the same school had accomplished the feat in the same academic year. He was also honored as the MAC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year as well as the NCAA Division I Mid-East Region and Great Lakes District Coach of the Year as four of his student-athletes garnered All-America accolades. He earned three GLIAC and NAIA District 23 Coach of the Year Awards while at Northwood and led the Timberwolves to three league championships. He also served as an athletic trainer, equipment manager and women's track and field coach at Northwood. In 1985, he coach NU's first female All-America performer after raising funds to start the program. At CMU, he has coached 37 individual league outdoor champions, 15 indoor champions and eight All-Americans. Since 2001, he has also served on the MAC Coaches Executive Committee at CMU. Knapp graduated from Ferris in 1971 and earned a masters degree from Michigan State in 1972. He resides in Mount Pleasant.

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