Pat Knight

Pat Knight (born September 21, 1970)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Marian Knights
Current conference: Crossroads League (NAIA)
Teams coached: Texas Tech Red Raiders, Lamar Cardinals
Texas Tech record: 50-61 (.450)
Lamar record: 29-62 (.319)
Overall record: 79-123 (.391)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-present Marian (IN)
2014-2024 Indiana Pacers (scout)
2011-2014 Lamar
2008-2011 Texas Tech
2004-2008 Texas Tech (assoc. HC)
2001-2004 Texas Tech (asst)
1999-2000 Indiana (asst)

Pat Knight Facts

  • Patrick Clair Knight
  • Born September 21, 1970
  • Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University (BA, 1995)
  • Son of Hall-of-Famer Bob Knight, three-time NCAA champion at Indiana who also coached at Army and Texas Tech
  • Graduated from Bloomington North HS and played for his father at Indiana; was part of the Hoosiers’ 1992 Final Four team
  • First coaching jobs were with the Wisconsin Blast of the IBA and the Columbus Cagerz of the USBL (both in 1998)
    • Then worked as a scout for the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and an assistant with the Connecticut Pride (CBA)
  • Joined the staff at Indiana in 1999, coaching there for one year before his father’s famous firing in 2000
  • Followed his father to Texas Tech in 2001, spending three years as an assistant and three and a half as associate head coach
    •  Was part of five NCAA Tournaments and a NIT in seven full seasons working under his father (Tech and IU)
  • Named head-coach-in-waiting in 2005 and was took over in 2008 following his father’s abrupt mid-season retirement
    • Went 4-7 to finish the 2007-08 season, then coached the team for the next three full seasons
    • Fired in 2011 after going 50-61 overall and reaching the postseason just once (2010 NIT)
  • Became the head coach at Lamar in 2011, leading the Cardinals for three seasons
    • Went 23-12 in his first year, reaching the NCAA Tournament after winning Southland regular and Tournament titles
    • The 2011-12 team was led by seniors and after they graduated, Knight’s teams went just 6-50 over the next two years which led to his firing in 2014; left with an overall record of 29-62 at Lamar
  • Knight spent a decade working as a scout with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, largely focused on the West Coast
  • He returned to coaching in 2014, announced in May of that year as the new head coach at NAIA Marian University in Indianapolis

Pat Knight Coaching Tree

  • Chris Beard (Ole Miss, Texas, Texas Tech, Little Rock, Angelo State, McMurry)