ATHENS, Ohio (AP) (Dec. 12) -- Ohio promoted defensive coordinator Brian Knorr on Tuesday to head coach of the Bobcat football team.
Knorr replaces Jim Grobe, who was hired as head coach at Wake Forest on Monday.
Knorr, 36, has been defensive coordinator for the past two seasons and has been an assistant coach at Ohio since 1995. He is credited with the resurgence of the Bobcats' defense over the past two years. The team ranked third in the Mid-American Conference in scoring, rushing and total defense this season.
The 2000 Bobcats were one of five teams in the country to hold opponents to less than 30 points in every game.
"Over the past six years Brian clearly displayed the quality of character, passion for the game and exceptional coaching expertise that equips him to lead the Ohio Bobcat football program to the Mid-American Conference Championship," said Thomas Boeh, Ohio's director of athletics.
Knorr previously was an assistant coach at Air Force, his alma mater. As a player, Knorr quarterbacked the Falcons to three bowl appearances. He returned as a coach after five years as an Air Force captain stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
The Bobcats were 7-4 this season, including wins over Minnesota and Marshall, but it was their first winning season overall since 1997. Ohio is a member of the Mid-American Conference.