Indiana has a new defensive coordinator it hopes will make its defense as successful as the Hoosiers' offense.
Brian Knorr was named IU's defensive coordinator on Monday, the school announced.
Knorr comes to the Hoosiers after a brief stay with Air Force, where he didn't coach in a single game. Knorr had spent the last three seasons as Wake Forest's defensive coordinator before accepting a position on Air Force's staff Jan. 10.
Knorr's role with Air Force had not been defined before he made the move to the Hoosiers.
"We want to welcome Brian and his family to the Hoosier Nation," IU coach Kevin Wilson said in a release. "Brian is a strong addition to our coaching staff. He brings tremendous experience and a solid background having coached on both sides of the ball, as a defensive coordinator and as an FBS head coach. We are excited to work together to take a positive step in building a winning program that our players and fans deserve."
Wake Forest was fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense (24.1 points per game) and total defense (366.2 yards per game) last season.
The Hoosiers were last in scoring defense (38.8 points per game) and total defense (527.9 yards per game) in the Big Ten last season, while their offense ranked second in scoring offense (38.4 points per game and total offense (508.5 yards per game).
Knorr, who coached receivers in his first three seasons with Wake Forest, has also coached at Air Force (1992-94 and 2005-07) and Ohio (1995-2004). He was Ohio's head coach from 2001-04.
"Having known Coach Wilson for the past 20 years, his personality and the type of team he fields, I am excited to join his staff," said Knorr, whose wife, Julie, graduated from IU and is from Fort Wayne. "There is a buzz about the direction IU Football is headed in and I look forward to bringing some of the toughness and aggressiveness that I know Coach Wilson wants to implement on the defensive side of the ball."
IU fired defensive coordinator Doug Mallory, the son of former Hoosiers coach Bill Mallory, and defensive line coach Jon Fabris on Jan. 10.
The Hoosiers’ offensive coaching staff also appears to be changing as Scouts.com reported that IU offensive coordinator Seth Littrell will fill the same role at North Carolina. Littrell has been at IU the last two season, also coaching tight ends and fullbacks.
IU was second in scoring offense (38.4 points per game) and total offense (508.5 yards per game) last season, and Wilson could turn to Kevin Johns, the team’s co-offensive coordinator, to step in for Littrell. Johns also coaches quarterbacks and receivers.