|Position:||Assistant Coach - Offensive Line|
Luke Knauf is set to begin his fifth season as the offensive line coach at UND in 2018.
The 2017 season saw Knauf's line pave the way for junior John Santiago to rack up his third-consecutive first team All-Big Sky nod and help the running back earn All-America accolades as an all-purpose performer. Santiago and his backfield mates averaged 4.9 ypc as the team compiled 1,895 rushing yards and 17 rushing scores.
Knauf's line helped UND put together back-to-back seasons with more than 2,500 rushing yards in 2015 and 2016 and he produced a pair of All-Americans during those campaigns.
In 2016, graduate transfer Michael Coe earned second team accolades from the American Football Coaches Association. Coe, who was also a first team All-Big Sky performer, had played for Knauf for one season at Western New Mexico in 2013.
In 2015, senior Sean Meehan was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team and the first team All-Big Sky performer was joined on that team by linemates Brandon Anderson (2nd, OG) and Colton Boas (2nd, C).
That senior trio helped UND's ground attack amass nearly 1,200 more yards than it did in 2014 and also produce 13 more rushing touchdowns and set a UND Division I record with 2,645 total rushing yards.
In 2014, Knauf used a consistent line-up that saw the same five players start 10 of the 12 contests and account for 58 of the 60 starts along the front line. That unit provided a spark late in the season when the offense started to increase its production. In the last five games, the ground game averaged 170.0 ypg, which was nearly 100 yards better than its first seven.
Knauf arrived in Grand Forks after a nearly three-year stint at Western New Mexico. He was the offensive line coach during his first two seasons at the Division II school before being elevated to offensive coordinator in November of 2012.
Prior to his stint in New Mexico, Knauf was the offensive line and tight ends coach and assistant offensive coordinator at Luther College in Decotah, Iowa. His first collegiate coaching post was as an assistant offensive line coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The Stratford, Wisc., native, Knauf played four seasons at Wisconsin as a guard and center for the Badgers. He obtained a bachelor's degree in zoology from UW in 2006 and completed a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 2010.
Knauf and his wife, Tiffany, have a daughter, Addison, and son, Sheffield.
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