Robert Montgomery “Bob” Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a retired American basketball coach. Nicknamed “The General”, Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games, the most all-time at the time of his retirement and currently second all-time, behind his former player and assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University. Knight is best known as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000. He also coached at Texas Tech (2001–2008) and at Army (1965–1971).
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 National Coach of the Year honors four times and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors 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. However, Knight has also attracted controversy; he famously threw a chair across the court during a game, was once arrested for assault, and regularly displayed a combative nature during encounters with members of the press. Knight remains “the object of near fanatical devotion” from his former players and Indiana fans.
In 2008, Knight joined ESPN as a men’s college basketball studio analyst during Championship Week and for coverage of the NCAA Tournament. He continued covering college basketball for ESPN through the 2014-15 season.
Accomplishments and honors
As a player:
NCAA championship (1960)
As a head coach:
3× NCAA championships (1976, 1981, 1987)
5× NCAA regional championships – Final Four (1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992)
11× Big Ten regular season championships(1973–1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993)
NIT championship (1979)
2× Henry Iba Award (1975, 1989)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (1987)
Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (2002)
8× Big Ten Coach of the Year (1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1993)
Naismith Award for Men’s Outstanding Contribution to Basketball (2007)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1991
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
Head Coach for United States
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles Men’s Basketball