Pat Knight Named Head Coach Designate
Oct. 1, 2005
Texas Tech athletics director Gerald Myers announced Saturday that current associate head coach for men's basketball, Pat Knight, has been named head coach designate for the basketball program.
Pat Knight begins his fifth season with the Texas Tech basketball program and his second season as associate head coach for the Red Raiders. Graduating in 1995 after his four-year playing career at Indiana where his teams won conference titles in 1991 and 1993, Pat joined the staff of the NBA's Phoenix Suns where he served as an administrative assistant and scout. In 1997, he was an assistant coach in the CBA with the Connecticut Pride. His first head coaching position began the following season as the leader of the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association where the Blast had the fourth best mark in the league. After serving as an assistant at Indiana for two years and one year as an assistant at the University of Akron, Pat joined the new coaching staff at Texas Tech in 2001.
Gerald Myers remarked, "We're excited for Pat and for the Tech basketball community. This provides stability and continuity to our program that is growing in national prominence each year. It's very evident, especially within the coaching ranks across the country, that Pat is a very valuable coach who has significantly contributed to the success of our basketball program."
Myers added, "As associate head coach, Pat has been highly involved in all facets of the Red Raider basketball program - a program that has won 90 games in four seasons, made four postseason appearances, and a trip to the "Sweet Sixteen" last season. Pat has been given a great deal of responsibility in all areas of the program and is highly involved in on-the-floor coaching during games and practices. I have received several inquiries from athletic directors across the country concerning Pat's potential as a head coach."
Coach Bob Knight noted, "Pat has done a great job in helping get things turned around here. He has been a tremendous asset to me and to our basketball program in recruiting and teaching. I've had a lot of assistants who have gone on to very successful careers and, none, I think, was as ready or better prepared than Pat. It really pleases me that he will be able to continue on with what we've started here."
"I sat on the other side of the scorer's table for the inaugural game at the arena in 1999 and I knew this was a special place," remembered Pat Knight. "But, it sure feels a lot more comfortable sitting on the home side. It's truly an honor to carry on my dad's legacy here at Texas Tech," smiled Pat.
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