|Position:||Assistant Coach-Wide Receivers|
Trent McKnight, who helped coach highly-productive offenses at Samford, joined the Georgia State staff in 2017 as the wide receivers coach for head coach Shawn Elliott.
In his first season at Georgia State, McKnight coached All-Sun Belt Conference receiver Penny Hart, who led the Sun Belt with a school-record 74 receptions for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns. GSU's 2017 offensive unit set school records for highest completion percentage in a season as well as most yards in a game (670) and most points vs. an FBS opponent (47).
McKnight filled several roles on the offensive staff in four seasons at Samford, which he helped to four straight winning seasons, highlighted by a Southern Conference championship and NCAA FCS playoff berth in 2013.
He served as run game coordinator and tight ends coach for the 2015 season, when the Bulldogs ranked No. 7 in the nation in total offense (479.7 ypg) and No. 3 in passing offense while leading the SoCon in scoring with 34.6 points per game.
As Samford’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2014, McKnight tutored all-conference wide receiver Karel Hamilton, the SoCon’s top pass catcher that year who went on to earn first-team All-America honors in 2016 while leading the nation with 10.1 receptions per game.
Hamilton was one of four receivers and tight ends who earned all-conference or all-freshman recognition under McKnight.
For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, McKnight coached the Samford tight ends and inside receivers, helping the 2013 Bulldogs lead the SoCon in passing offense while ranking second in total offense and scoring en route to the conference title and playoff bid.
He returned to Samford, his alma mater, after one season (2011) as the wide receivers coach at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.
McKnight served as a student assistant coach at Samford for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, working primarily on defense but also with running backs and special teams. He worked as a recruiting intern at Alabama (2007-08) before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham (2008).
McKnight, who played safety for the Bulldogs in 2006 and 2007, earned his degree in business administration from Samford in 2010.
He and his wife, Ashley, have one son, Beau, born in 2016.