Kort Shankweiler
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 01/05/2012

Kort Shankweiler is entering his third season as Central Michigan's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

Three different backs—Paris Cotton, Zurlon Tipton and Anthony Garland—posted 100-yard rushing games for the Chippewas in 2011. Garland's 141-yard effort in a win at Akron was the first 100-yard rushing game for a CMU freshman since Ontario Sneed in 2005. For the season, five different backs combined to rush for 1,420 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2010, Shankweiler mentored a corps of running backs that combined to rush for 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Junior Paris Cotton provided the season's highlight, rushing for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 52-14 win at Eastern Michigan on Sept. 18. It was the first 200-yard effort for a Chippewa since 2004 and the 31st in school history.

Shankweiler came to CMU after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Michigan State where he was part of the same staff as CMU head coach Dan Enos.

Shankweiler worked with the Spartans' offensive linemen during his time at MSU. He was part of a coaching staff that helped lead the Spartans to the 2009 Capital One Bowl and the 2010 Alamo Bowl.

The 2009 Spartans led the Big Ten in sacks allowed (14 in 13 games) and passing efficiency (145.1), ranked second in scoring (29.7 ppg) and passing (269.4 ypg) and ranked third total offense (406.2 ypg).

Shankweiler spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy where he coached the receivers and served as the video coordinator. Coast Guard won the New England Football Conference Bogan Division in 2007 and competed in the NEFC Championship Game.

Shankweiler is a 2006 graduate of East Carolina where he earned bachelor degrees in history and classical studeis. He was a four-year letterman for the Pirates, lining up at quarterback, fullback and tight end during his career and helping lead East Carolina to the 2006 Bowl. As a fullback, he served as the lead blocker for current Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. Shankweiler earned a master's degree in sports administration from Michigan State in 2009.

Shankweiler's father, Steve, is the offensive line coach at South Florida.

The Shankweiler File
2007 United States Coast Guard Wide Receivers/Video Coordinator
2008-2009 Michigan State University Offensive Graduate Assistant/Offensive Line
2010-Present Central Michigan University Running backs