The coaching legacy Bob Knight leaves
- Jeff Borzello, ESPN Personnel WriterNov 1, 2023, 07:22 PM ET Close Basketball recruiting expert.
- Joined ESPN in 2014.
- Graduate of University of Delaware.Bob Knight, who passed away
Wednesday at age 83, had among the most storied professions in college basketball history.He won four championship games– one as a
player at Ohio State and three as the head coach at Indiana. He coached in five Final Fours and led the Hoosiers to 11 Big 10 championships.Knight won gold medals and numerous coach of the year awards, and was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.When talking about Knight’s accomplishments, however, high up on the list is the number of future coaches who passed through West Point or Bloomington or Lubbock, either on his personnel or as a player.A complete list of his training tree could go on for pages and pages. There are lots of previous assistant coaches, from Dave Bliss and Don DeVoe at
Army to Bob Donewald Sr., Jim Crews, Royce Waltman and Bob Weltlich at Indiana.He has a slew of former supervisors who have actually gone on to accomplish success in the coaching field, highlighted by Lawrence Frank, presently the president of basketball operations for the LA Clippers.And then there are his former players, including his boy Pat. Isiah Thomas, Randy Wittman, Glen Grunwald, Dane Fife, Keith Smart and Dan Dakich are all among the former players to make an impact in the basketball occupation as coaches or front workplace executives.Even now, more than 15 years after Knight completed training, eight active Division I head coaches can trace their careers back to him. Here’s a look at the ones presently training– in addition to the biggest name on his training tree, and perhaps his most interesting coaching connection. Coach K is the most effective member of Knight’s coaching tree, passing his previous mentor in 2011 as the all-timewinningest coach in Division I men’s college basketball. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images The most successful Mike Krzyzewski The only coach on the tree to exceed Knight’s tradition is Krzyzewski, among the best basketball coaches in the history of the sport. Knight coached Krzyzewski at Army from 1966 to ’69 and after that gave him a task as an assistant at Indiana in 1974. Krzyzewski went on to win 5 championship games with Duke, making 13 Last Four appearances, while likewise winning 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals as head coach in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Present head coaches Editor’s Picks 2 Associated Chris Beard, Ole Miss Rebels Beard invested seven seasons on Knight’s staff at Texas Tech from 2001 to ’08, and stayed when Pat Knight took over. He
has actually because led 3 different programs to the NCAA competition, including guiding Tech to the national championship game in 2019. Dirty Might, Florida Atlantic Owls May was a trainee manager at Indiana under Knight from 1996 to 2000. After 5 stops as an assistant coach, Might just finished up his 5th season as the head coach of the Owls with a run to the Final Four.” I have a thousand favorite
Coach Knight stories,”Might stated at the Final 4. “However the effect that he had on me as an instructor is something as a head coach I refer back to daily. The way he cared for people, specifically after they went through the program, is something that I attempt to do as well. Mike Woodson played for Bob Knight at Indiana, then returned to Bloomington to use up the head coaching role in 2021.
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Mike Woodson, Indiana Hoosiers Woodson is wanting to return Indiana basketball to its splendor days under Knight. He bet Knight in the
late 1970s before making his home in the
NBA– as a player for 11 years and then as a coach for 25. When the Hoosiers were trying to find a brand-new head coach in 2021, they turned to Woodson, who has actually assisted Indiana to the NCAA competition in both seasons given that he took over.Steve Alford, Nevada Wolf Pack Alford assisted bring Knight a few of his biggest successes as head coach: using the championship game group of 1987 and the gold-medal team of the 1984 Summertime Olympics. Alford has actually considering that been the head coach of six colleges, most just recently leading Nevada to the 2022 NCAA tournament.Joe Pasternack, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Like May, Pasternack was a previous trainee manager under Knight in the late 1990s. He was a longtime Pac-12 assistant at California and Arizona however has been the head coach at UC Santa Barbara the previous 6 seasons,
going to two NCAA competitions in the past three.Mike Davis,
Detroit Grace Titans Davis was tabbed to follow the legend after Knight’s termination in September 2000, first as interim head coach and after that with the full-time job several months later. Davis, who invested three seasons as an assistant under Knight, led the
Hoosiers to the national championship game in 2002 but resigned after 6 seasons.”I wasn’t prepared,”he informed the Huge Ten Network in 2017. “I understood I wasn’t prepared.”Davis has actually because gone to 5 NCAA competitions with UAB and Texas Southern and has been the head coach of Detroit for the previous five seasons.Michael Lewis, Ball State Cardinals Lewis played under Knight from 1996 to 2000 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Knight at Texas Tech in 2002. He went on to function as an assistant coach at 5 various Division I programs before getting his first head coaching job in the spring of 2022 at Ball
State.Marty Simmons, Eastern Illinois Panthers Simmons played 2 seasons under Knight before moving to Evansville for his final two. He has actually been the head coach at SIU Edwardsville, Evansville and now Eastern Illinois.The wild card Costs Parcells You check out that right. When Parcells was on the football staff at Army in 1966-67, he was also a part-time assistant coach for the basketball group under Knight. So he’s part of the tree.”
He’s a fantastic coach and I don’t utilize that term often,”Knight informed the New york city Post in 2000 about Parcells.” It does not matter what sport it is. He might coach anything. “ESPN’s Rece Davis took a seat with the two Hall of Famers in 2008.