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McKnight Named Wide Receivers Coach

THE FLATS – Trent McKnight, widely known for his recruiting and development of premier wide receivers as a position coach and coordinator, has been named wide receivers coach at Georgia Tech, head coach Brent Key announced on Monday.

 

McKnight comes to Georgia Tech from nearby Georgia State, where he spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator (2022-23) following five seasons as the Panthers’ wide receivers coach (2017-21). In his time at GSU, he coached nine wideouts that earned all-Sun Belt Conference honors and three of the top five pass-catchers in program history, including Penny Hart, a five-year National Football League veteran, and Jamari Thrash, who is expected to be selected in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

In McKnight’s two seasons as GSU’s offensive coordinator, the Panthers ranked among the top 10 nationally in yards per completion in 2022 (10th – 14.4) and completion percentage in 2023 (13th – .678). Georgia State had five bowl berths and four bowl wins in his seven seasons with the program after making just one bowl appearance in school history prior to his arrival.

Before coming to Atlanta, McKnight served five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Samford, starting as tight ends/inside receivers coach in 2012 and 2013, followed by pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2014 and run game coordinator and tight ends coach in 2015 and 2016. He coached four all-Southern Conference/SoCon all-freshman team honorees in his five seasons at Samford, highlighted by Karel Hamilton, a first-team NCAA Division I FCS all-American and Samford’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches who went on to spend time with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys.

McKnight began his collegiate coaching career in Georgia with one season as wide receivers coach at Georgia Military College (2011). He has also served as a student assistant working with defense, special teams and running backs at Samford (2009-10), an assistant coach at Oak Mountain (Ala.) H.S. and a recruiting intern at Alabama (2007-08).

McKnight played safety at Samford in 2006 and 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the school in 2010.

A Birmingham, Ala. native, McKnight and his wife, Ashley, have three sons: Beau, Brooks and Baker.

THE McKNIGHT FILE
Personal
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Family: Wife – Ashley; Children – Beau, Brooks and Baker
Alma Mater: Samford, 2010

Playing Experience (S)
2006-07: Samford

Coaching Experience
2007-08: Alabama (recruiting intern)
2008: Oak Mountain (Ala.) H.S. (assistant coach)
2009-10: Samford (student assistant)
2011: Georgia Military College (wide receivers)
2012-13: Samford (tight ends/inside receivers)
2014: Samford (pass game coordinator/wide receivers)
2015-16: Samford (run game coordinator/tight ends)
2017-21: Georgia State (wide receivers)
2022-23: Georgia State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2024-: Georgia Tech (wide receivers)

Georgia Tech finished 7-6 overall and 5-3 in ACC play in 2023 (good for a tie for fourth place in the 14-team ACC) and won the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl championship with a 30-17 victory over UCF. The Yellow Jackets return 17 starters, including all-ACC honorees DL Zeek Biggers, OL Joe Fusile, RB Jamal Haynes, QB Haynes King, WR Eric Singleton, Jr. and OL Jordan Williams.

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