2014 Honoree, Bobby Knight

2014 Honoree, Bobby Knight

Robert Montgomery "Bob" Knight, nicknamed "The General", won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, most all-time at the time of his retirement and currently third all-time behind his former player, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. He was the head coach at Army (1965–1971), Indiana (1971–2000) and Texas Tech (2001–2008).

While at Indiana, Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and 11 Big Ten Conference championships. He received the National Coach of the Year honor four times and the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men's Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal.

Knight was one of college basketball's most successful and innovative coaches, having perfected and popularized the motion offense. He has also been praised for running clean programs (none of his teams were ever sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations) and graduating most of his players.

In 2008, Knight joined ESPN as a men's college basketball studio analyst during Championship Week and for coverage of the NCAA Tournament. For the 2008–09 season, he joined ESPN as a part-time color commentator as well as continuing his studio analyst duties.

Born in Massillon, Ohio, Knight grew up in Orrville and began his career as a player at Orrville High School. He continued under Basketball Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor at Ohio State in 1958 and played forward on the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the NCAA Championship and featured future Hall of Fame players John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas. Knight graduated from OSU with a degree in history and government in 1962.

Playing Career Highlights (The Ohio State University)

  • 1 NCAA Championship (1960)
  • 3 NCAA Final Fours (1960, 1961, 1962)
  • 3 Big Ten Championships (1960, 1961, 1962)

Coaching Career Highlights (Army, Indiana & Texas Tech)

  • 902 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Victories (3rd All-Time)
  • 3 NCAA Championships (1976, 1981, 1987)
  • 5 NCAA Final Fours (1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992)
  • 1 Gold Medal (1984 Olympic Games)
  • 11 Big Ten Championships (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993)
  • 1 NIT Championship (1979)

Coaching Awards

  • 2-Time Henry Iba Award Winner (1975, 1989)
  • Naismith College Coach of the Year (1987)
  • Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (2002)
  • 8-Time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1993)
  • Naismith Award for Men's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball (2007)

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