Jed Knafelc | Assistant Coach
Former Pack sharpshooter, Jed Knafelc, is in his third season as the assistant coach for the ThunderWolves.
In his first season in 2016-17, Knafelc helped the Pack to a 19-9 overall record and a 17-5 RMAC record that established a new program record for league victories. Three players earned All-RMAC honors and in addition to first team recognition, center Nelson Kahler was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Knafelc was a member of the CSU-Pueblo men's basketball team from 2009-15 and played under Turner for four years. Due to a redshirt year and a medical redshirt season, Knafelc was on the roster for six seasons, where he played in 106 games. A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Knafelc totaled 748 career points (7.1 ppg), which included 158 3-pointers seventh most in program history. He added 124 assists and 74 steals.
As a senior in 2014-15, he helped guide the ThunderWolves to a 21-9 season, which tied for the third most wins since 1963. He started every contest and averaged 11.0 points per game with 65 3-pointers to sit tied for seventh in the league. He dropped a career-high 28 points against Western State Colorado University Jan. 10, 2015 with six 3-pointers and a perfect 10-for-10 outing from the charity stripe.
Knafelc served as the assistant girl's varsity basketball coach at Arapahoe High School in 2015-16. His father, Jerry, is the head girl's coach at Arapahoe and is a longtime high school coach in multiple sports. Knafelc has been a freelance coach for skill development and personal training for young athletes in the Centennial, Colo. area for the past seven years. He also worked at the D1 Sports Facility in Denver last spring, where Chauncey Billups is a part owner.
Both of Knafelc's parents, Jerry and Lisa, were student-athletes at University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo). His mom was a standout on the women's basketball team, ranking in the top 11 in career points, rebounds and field goal percentage. His sister, Jennah, is a member of the ThunderWolves women's basketball team.