From staff reports

AMES, Iowa — Yancy McKnight, a Joplin High School graduate and former All-American offensive lineman at Missouri Southern, was named strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State on Thursday.

McKnight spent the previous two years as assistant athletic director for performance enhancement at Rice University in Houston. Before that he was head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech for two years.

“I have a Big 12 background, and the opportunity to work for Paul Rhoads at Iowa State is a great opportunity,” McKnight said in a press release. “My wife Lynn is from Marshalltown (Iowa), so we are closer to home. We already have our Cyclones working out, and spring football will be here soon.”

“The strength and conditioning coach is a vitally important member of your staff for all 12 months of the year,” said Rhoads, the Cyclones’ new head football coach. “In Yancy we have a proven motivator whose personal mental toughness was a key factor in the comeback of Rice football. Rice won several games late in the fourth quarter during Yancy’s time there in part because of the training regimen. He won the loyalty and respect of the student-athletes under his care.”

McKnight played for the Lions from 1993-95 after transferring from Missouri State. He was named first team all-MIAA three years, and he was a first team All-American his senior year. He also was a team captain as a senior and played in the 1995 Snow Bowl, the NCAA Division II all-star game.

He began his college coaching career at Oklahoma State as an assistant in 2002 after building a reputation as a top strength and conditioning coach while directing the Adams Course in Dallas from 1996-2001.

McKnight and his wife, the former Lynn Karns, are the parents of two sons, Brody and Brock.

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