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Date Of BirthOctober 25, 1940
SpouseKaren Vieth Edgar, Nancy Falk
MarkHas been known to berate his players, referees, the media and even high-ranking school officials.
FactFired by then-Indiana University president Myles Brand for misconduct against a student on 10 September 2000.

Bob Knight is an American former college basketball coach. He is best known as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000. He also coached at Texas Tech from 2001 to 2008. Knight has won 902 collegiate games, the most by any men’s college basketball coach, and is one of only four coaches to win an NCAA Division I national championship. He is one of only three coaches to win an NCAA Division I national championship and an Olympic gold medal. Knight was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. He is the subject of the book and film A Season on the Brink.

Knight was born in Massillon, Ohio, on October 25, 1940, the son of Eleanor Louise (née Hinkle) and George Robert Knight. He grew up in Orrville, Ohio. Knight began his college playing career at Ohio State in 1958. He was captain of the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won an NCAA championship and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. After graduating with a degree in history in 1962, he played two years of professional basketball in the United States Basketball League (USBL).

Knight returned to Ohio State in 1964 as an assistant coach under Fred Taylor. He held that position for four years before being named head coach at Army in 1969. In his first season at Army, Knight led the Cadets to an 18-6 record and a berth in the 1970 NCAA tournament. The following year, Knight led Army to a 23-5 record and its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

In 1971, Knight was hired as head coach at Indiana University. In his 29 seasons at Indiana, Knight led the Hoosiers to six NCAA tournament championships, three National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championships, and 11 Big Ten Conference titles. His 1976 Indiana team went undefeated during the regular season and won the NCAA tournament. The 1976 Indiana team is the last Division I men’s basketball team to go undefeated for the entire season.

Knight’s teams at Indiana also featured star players such as Isiah Thomas, Scott May, Steve Alford, and Calbert Cheaney. Under Knight, Indiana became known as “the basketball factory” for its production of NBA players. Thirty-seven of Knight’s players at Indiana went on to play in the NBA.

In 2000, Knight was fired from Indiana after a series of controversies. He was hired by Texas Tech in 2001 and coached the Red Raiders for seven seasons. He retired from coaching in 2008.

Knight has been married three times. His first marriage was to Mary Ann Unger, with whom he had two children: Timothy and Patrick. His second marriage was to Karen Graham, with whom he had one child: Eric. His third marriage is to Nancy Breckenridge, with whom he has two children: Amy and Andrew.

Knight has a net worth of $20 million. He earns a salary of $2 million per year from his various broadcasting and endorsement deals. He also receives a pension from Indiana University and Texas Tech University.

Knight is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighs approximately 220 pounds (100 kg). He has blue eyes and gray hair.

General Info

Full NameBob Knight
Date Of BirthOctober 25, 1940
Height1.96 m
ProfessionBasketball coach, Commentator
EducationOhio State University


SpouseKaren Vieth Edgar, Nancy Falk
ChildrenPat Knight, Tim Knight
ParentsPat Knight, Hazel Knight


AwardsNaismith Men's College Coach of the Year, Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men's Basketball, Henry Iba Award, Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award
NominationsBest Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award
MoviesCollege Basketball's 10 Greatest Teams, 1976 NCAA National Championship Game
TV ShowsKnight School, College Gameday (Basketball), Saturday Primetime

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1Has been known to berate his players, referees, the media and even high-ranking school officials.


1He won his 800th game (one of only six coaches to do so in NCAA men's basketball history) [February 2003]
2Wife, Karen, is a former Oklahoma high school basketball coach.
3Recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (which honors the active Division I basketball coach who has made the most significant positive contributions to his sport during the preceding year) in 2002.
4Assistant head coach for U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1963-1965). Became the youngest varsity head coach in major league history at West Point (at the age of 24). Army participated in four NIT tournaments in five seasons (1966, 1968-1970)
5Played for Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) (1958-1962).
6Fired by then-Indiana University president Myles Brand for misconduct against a student on 10 September 2000.
7Led Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament (2001-2002). Youngest coach to reach 200, 300 and 400 wins.
8Compiled a 786-299 record following the 2001-2002 season. His Indiana teams won 11 Big Ten Conference titles (1973-1976, 1980-1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993) and participated in five Final Fours (1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992). Had a 32-0 undefeated season (1976). NIT Championship (1979). National Coach of the Year (1975, 1976, 1987, 1989). Big Ten Coach of the Year (1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981). Coached Pan American team to gold medal (1979).
9Named head coach of the men's basketball team at Texas Tech University. [March 2001]
10Former head men's basketball coach at Indiana Univeristy (1971-2000) where he won three national championships (1976, 1981, 1987).
11Former head basketball coach at Indiana University (1971-2000). One of only two people two play on a NCAA Basketball Champion (Ohio State) and coach a NCAA Basketball Champion (Indiana). The other is Dean Smith. Inducted into National Basketball Association Hall of Fame (1991)Head basketball coach at Army (West Point) 1966-1971.



Blue Chips1994Bobby Knight


Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management'2003Video documentary short special thanks


Jumpshot: The Kenny Sailors Story2017Documentary post-productionHimself
The Passing Game2010Documentary post-productionHimself
Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo2016TV SeriesHimself
On the Record w/ Brit Hume2016TV SeriesHimself
The Immortal: Ted Williams2015DocumentaryHall of Fame Basketball Coach
Mike & Mike2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - ESPN College Basketball Analyst / Himself - Telephone Interviewee / Himself - Basketball Hall of Famer / ...
Charlie Rose1996-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back2012TV MovieHimself
Yankeeography2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002-2008TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Soul of a Champion2006TV SeriesHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
Knight School with Coach Bobby Knight2006TV SeriesHimself (2006)
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2005TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Interviewee
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Anger Management2003Himself
SportsCenter2003TV SeriesSunday Conversation Guest
ESPN Outside the Lines Primetime2002TV SeriesHimself
Hoop Dreams1994DocumentaryHimself - Indiana University Head Basketball Coach
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself
The 1986 Goodwill Games1986TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Commentator

Archive Footage

Mike & Mike2015TV SeriesHimself - Basketball Hall of Famer
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Band of Pirates: The Story of Seton Hall's Magical Run to the 1989 NCAA Championship Game2009DocumentaryHimself
Rome Is Burning2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday2007TV SeriesHimself - Basketball Coach
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
A Season on the Brink2002TV MovieHimself (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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