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Tim Landis Named Head Football Coach

Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the hiring of Tim Landis as head football coach, bringing to the program significant coaching experience at the Division 1AA and 1A levels. A former head coach at Davidson College, St. Mary’s College of California, and Bucknell University, all Division 1AA institutions, Landis most recently served as the offensive coordinator at San Jose State University (1A level). He takes over the Engineers from Joe King, who retired after 22 years in late January.

“It is a great honor to be named the head football coach at Rensselaer and to have the opportunity to take over such a highly successful program that Coach King built over the past 22 years,” said Landis. “Returning to an institution that has such outstanding academic and athletic success is a perfect combination for me and my family at this stage of my career.”

“I am confident that Tim Landis will continue the proud tradition of Rensselaer football and add to our prominence as a leading football program,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “His experience with the caliber of institutions in his background leads him to have a thorough understanding of the importance of the education that our young people are here to acquire, and the importance of developing the mind, body, and spirit. I also know he appreciates the winning tradition of Rensselaer athletics.”

“We are excited to add Tim to our RPI Athletics family,” said Knowlton. “He brings an incredibly diverse coaching resume and will help us continue to the raise the bar for our football program.”

While at San Jose State, where he also coached tight ends and assisted with special teams, Landis helped the Spartans play the toughest schedule in the nation at the Bowl Championship Series level, competing against the likes of the University of Alabama, the University of Wisconsin, and Boise State University, among their other Western Athletic Conference opponents.

Landis joined the San Jose State staff after serving as a head coach at three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools for the previous 17 seasons.
He guided Bucknell from 2003 to 2009, leading the Bison to a .500 or better record three times and compiling a 32-46 record. His teams were among the best FCS schools in rushing offense, finishing in the top 10 in 2003, 2004, and 2006. The 2003 (6-6) and 2004 (7-4) teams both finished in third place in the Patriot League.

Landis enjoyed similar success at St. Mary’s, as his teams had better than .500 records in each of his three seasons (2000-02). The 2000 squad finished fourth in the FCS in rushing offense (309.5 yards per game) and the Gaels broke numerous school offensive records.

A native of Yardley, Pa., and a 1982 graduate of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., Landis earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph-Macon College in 1986. An All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) First Team honoree both as a quarterback in football and a pitcher in baseball, Landis was inducted into the Randolph-Macon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

A member of the American Football Coaches Association, he is a former chair of the FCS All-America Selection Committee and a member of the I-AA Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Landis and his wife, Karen, have three sons and a daughter.

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