Chris Knutsen will coach the Wyoming special teams for the second consecutive season. Knutsen came to Wyoming from defending NCAA Division II National Champion, the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, Knutsen served as the defensive line coach and assisted with the special teams. He was also the linebackers coach and assistant offensive line coach from 1992-94. Knutsen was a middle linebacker at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., from 1973-76, earning all-conference honors in the Indiana Collegiate Conference his senior season, as well as being named the MVP and co-captain of his team.
In his first season as special teams coach at UW, Knutsen coached First Team All-WAC place-kicker Cory Wedel and Second Team All-WAC punter Aron Langley. Wedel went on to sign a contract with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. Langley will be a leading candidate to earn All-American honors in '98. Individually, Langley ranked No. 8 in the country in punting average (45.2 yard avg.). As a team, Wyoming ranked No. 2 in the nation in net punting (42.8 yard avg.), and ranked No. 25 in the country in kickoff returns (22.1 yards per return).
In addition to his college coaching experience at Northern Colorado, Knutsen has been the offensive line coach at Illinois State, defensive coordinator at Valparaiso University, defensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Montana Tech University and graduate assistant at Kansas State University. Knutsen obtained his master's degree in sports administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. Born Aug. 17, 1955, he is married to the former Shelley Bormuth.