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Coach Pat Knight begins his second full season as the Texas Tech head coach and his ninth season on the Red Raider basketball court.
The 2008-2009 squad finished the season at 14-19. Among the highlights of Pat Knight's first season as head coach was the graduation of five seniors - Rogdrick Craig, Michael Prince, Esmir Rizvic, Damir Suljagic, Alan Voskuil. Trevor Cook also earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and still has a year of eligibility remaining.
The Red Raiders set numerous school, conference and NCAA marks with their 167-point scoring performance against East Central University in the opening round of the Legends Classic. Texas Tech topped Kansas at the United Spirit Arena in early-March, 84-65. Alan Voskuil's nine three-pointers set a new arena record. With their 88-83 win over Texas A&M in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, the Raiders eclipsed the record of a 20-point comeback after they were down 21 points in the second half.
In the A&M game, Mike Singletary scored 29 consecutive points with no other Red Raider scoring. His run of consecutive points without a teammate scoring is the second longest in NCAA history behind Bill Mlkvy's 54 points on March 3, 1951.
On the morning of February 4, 2008, Coach Bob Knight decided to step away from the court and, as had been in place for several seasons, announced that Pat would be taking over the top spot for the Red Raiders.
"There's a transition that's going to take place here from me to Pat, and I've dwelt on this all year long ... how it would be best for him and for the team and for what we can do in the long run to make this the best thing for Texas Tech," commented Bob Knight.
As the thirteenth head coach for Texas Tech men's basketball, Pat gained his first win as a collegiate head coach, his initial victory at home, and his first win over a nationally ranked team with Texas Tech's 84-75 win over #18 Kansas State on February 13. On March 1, his Red Raiders then topped nationally ranked Texas (#5) by three points, 83-80.
"It's kind of surreal right now," Pat Knight said. "But I didn't get into this business to be an assistant coach my whole life. It's always been a dream of mine, even as a kid. That's all I've been around is coaches."
Under the direction of their new head coach, the Red Raiders won three of their five remaining home games and gained a road win over Colorado to complete the 2008-2009 season at 16-15.
Prior to the 2005-2006 season, Pat was named head coach designate. He is certainly no stranger to the hardwoods of the basketball court. As the head coach, he is responsible for all aspects of the Red Raider program.
After his four year collegiate play¬ing career at Indiana, Pat joined the staff of the NBA's Phoenix Suns where he served as an admin¬istrative assistant and scout. In 1997, he was an assistant coach to the CBA's Connecticut Pride.
In 1998, Coach Knight was named to his first head coaching position as the leader of the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association. After a 3-5 start, Pat led his team to a 16-10 record over the last 26 games for a 19-15 record, the fourth best mark in the league.
Coach Knight earned his playing experience at Indiana University from 1991-1995. A four-year letter winner with a red-shirt season, Pat graduated in 1995 with a degree in sports management. He played a career-high 424 minutes as a senior in 1995 and scored a career-high 45 points in 31 games. As a senior, Pat had a career best 60 assists and registered 137 in his career.
During his collegiate career, his team made five NCAA appearances and he played in the 1992-1993 Elite Eight. His team also won Big Ten titles in 1991 and 1993.
When Indiana University played Texas Tech in the inaugural United Spirit Arena game on November 19, 1999, Coach Pat Knight praised the state of the art facility for players and fans and then reflected upon what it might be like to someday coach at Texas Tech University and call the United Spirit Arena home.
After serving as an assistant at Indiana for two years and one as an assistant coach with the Zips of the University of Akron, Coach Pat Knight's reflection became reality at Texas Tech.
As a collegiate player and nearly nine seasons as an assistant coach, Pat was on the sidelines as a player or a coach for 308 of Bob Knight's 902 career wins.
Coach Pat Knight and the former Amanda Shaw were married on May 10, 2002.
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