Pat begins his 24th season on the Bears staff.
Knowles entered the Coast Guard Academy from Missouri and graduated in 1983 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. While a cadet, he was a four-year letterwinner in both football and wrestling.
His Coast Guard assignments have taken him to Hawaii (twice), Washington, D.C. and the engineering graduate school in Michigan.
He is retired from the Coast Guard.
Pat and his wife Ann reside in Norwich and have four children, Mark, Lydia, Lauren and Julia .