Last Updated: 02 Nov, 2023 | Views: 29
Profession: Sports Men
Other Profession(s): Basketball Coach
Famous For: Head Coach Of The Indiana Hoosiers From 1971 To 2000
Robert Montgomery Knight, the General, was born on October 25, 1940. He passed away on November 1, 2023. Robert was an American college basketball coach for men. His career spanned decades from 1965-2008 and then again in 2014-15. Knight broke records by winning 902 NCAA Division I men’s basketball games. He spent most of his time coaching the Indiana Hoosiers from ’71 - ’00, but also coached the Texas Tech Red Raiders (’ 01-’08) and Army Black Knights (’ 65-’71). Much later in his life, in ’08, he joined ESPN as a studio analyst during Championship Week and coverage of the NCAA Tournament.
Bob Knight Early Life
• Bob Knight was born in 1940 and raised in Orrville, Ohio. In his high school days, Knight discovered organized basketball.
Bob Knight College Career
• Bob Knight continued at Ohio State in 1958, and there he played for Basketball Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor. Unfortunately, he played a backup role as a forward on the team that won the NCAA Championship in 1960, beating out future Hall of Famers John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas.
• Being on such a star-studded team meant Knight wasn’t getting much playing time. However, that didn’t stop him from making an impact. During the 1961 NCAA Championship game, he came off the bench with 1:41 on the clock and Cincinnati leading Ohio State by two points.
Bob Knight Coaching Career
• Graduating in 1962 from Ohio State University, Bob Knight got a job at Ohio’s Cuyahoga Falls High School for one year coaching junior varsity basketball. Knight soon enlisted himself in the US Army. After that, he served actively from June 1963 to June 1965 and went into reserves from June 1965 to May 1969.
• His training started at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri before being shifted to New York’s West Point in September of ’63. By then, he was a private first class.
• In 1971, Indiana University was looking for a new head coach and found Knight. He stayed with the school for 29 years. In that time, the Hoosiers managed to win 662 games and had winning seasons 22 times where they made 20 or more wins. They did lose a bit, with 239 games being considered losses, but that didn’t stop them from stomping out other teams.
• Indiana appeared in the NCAA tournament 24 times under Knight’s leadership. The team won around two-thirds of their matches and came out on top in titles in ’76, ’81, and ’87. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. They did lose during the semi-finals in ’73 and ’92.
• In his second year as a coach, Knight led the team to win the Big Ten Championship. And they even made it into the Final Four, but UCLA stopped them in their tracks. It would’ve been their seventh consecutive national title.
Bob Knight International Coaching Career
• Bob Knight guided the United States team to a gold medal in Puerto Rico at the 1979 Pan American Games. Then, after that feat, he led the U.S. national team to another gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
Bob Knight Retirement
• Bob Knight announced his retirement on February 4, 2008 — and named his successor almost immediately — Pat Knight, his son.
Bob Knight Awards
• 1975 & 1989: 2× Henry Iba Award
• 1987: Naismith College Coach of the Year
• 1975, 1976, 1989: 3× AP Coach of the Year
• 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1989: 5× Big Ten Coach of the Year
• 2007: Naismith Award for Men’s Outstanding Contribution to Basketball
Bob Knight Personal Life
• Bob Knight married the former Nancy Falk on 17 April 1963. They had two sons together, but the couple divorced in 1985.