Coaching Summary Career 1273 games
NCAA Wins = 902 #2 among all coaches
Games Coached = 1,273
National Championships = 3
NCAA Tournament Appearances = 28 #1 among all coaches
NIT Championships = 1
Olympic Gold Medal = 1
Pan American Gold Medal = 1
20 (or more) games won = 29 seasons #1 among all coaches
30 (or more) games won = 4 seasons
Perfect Season = 1 (32 – 0) 1975-1976 season
Bob Knight is among the youngest head coaches to have won 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 career games. He is the only coach to have reached 900 wins.
When he was 62-years old, Coach Knight became the youngest of the four coaches ever to reach the milestone of 800 victories. Coach Bob Knight earned his 880th career win at Texas Tech on January 1, 2007 with a Red Raider win over New Mexico (70-68). Coach Bob Knight completed his coaching career at Texas Tech on February 2, 2008 … a 67-60 win (# 902) over Oklahoma State University at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
During his six seasons at Army, his 29 years at Indiana University, and his six and a half seasons at the helm of the Texas Tech Red Raider program, he has experienced nothing short of excellence! There are the wins, the conference titles, the national championships, and the exemplary graduation rate and player success after basketball. Most telling, there is the bond that exists between Coach Knight and those who have played for him. Bob Knight is his own man, one who represents high principles, expectations and demands for his players, his coaching staff and, most of all, himself. However, he is foremost an educator. His ability to teach young men the game of basketball and the game of life is one of his most noted characteristics. Committed to mentoring, Coach Knight’s coaching techniques and teaching skills place him in great demand as a clinic speaker around the country. High school coaches flock to his clinics, and his summer camp for youngsters is always filled to capacity with a waiting list.
Bob Knight has long been active in the National Association of Basketball Coaches, serving in various capacities. He served a term as a trustee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was named an honorary member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. He has also lent his name to help support charitable and youth organizations. The works of Bob Knight stretch far beyond the realm of his numerous achievements and highly recognized status on the hardcourt. In August 2003, he was honored as the first inductee in The Vince Lombardi Titletown Legends. The honor and responsibility pays tribute to those individuals who possess the characteristics instilled by Vince Lombardi in all his players: Dedication, Teamwork, Respect, Love, Family, and Discipline.
A native of Orrville, Ohio, Knight is a graduate of Ohio State where he was a member of the Buckeye hardwood teams that won Big Ten titles in 1960, 1961, and 1962 and the NCAA Championship in 1960 while posting an overall record of 78-6. After graduating with a degree in History and Government, Knight was an assistant coach at Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) High School one year before entering the U.S. Army where he was assigned to assist Coach Tates Locke at West Point. When Locke became head coach at Miami (Ohio) University in 1965, Knight, then only 24, was named to succeed him and became the youngest Varsity Coach in major collegiate history. Knight is the father of two sons. Tim, a 1986 graduate of Stanford University, serves Texas Tech as an Assistant Athletic Director/Special Projects. Pat, who played for him at IU from 1991-95, is now the head coach at Texas Tech. Bob Knight and his wife, Karen, were married in 1988.