The Life and Legacy of Bobby Knight Biography: A Controversial Coaching Icon

The Life and Legacy of Bobby Knight Biography: A Controversial Coaching Icon


Bobby Knight, whose full name is Robert Montgomery Knight is a former American college basketball coach and player. He is best known for his successful coaching career and his often controversial and fiery coaching style.


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Early Life and Playing Career:

Bobby Knight was born on October 25, 1940 in Massillon, Ohio, USA and Died 1 November 2023.

He attended Orrville High School in Orrville, Ohio, where he was an accomplished basketball player.

bobby knight Spouse: Karen Vieth Edgar (m. 1988) and Nancy Falk (m. 1963–1985)

bobby knight Children: Pat Knight, Tim Knight

bob knight net worth $8 million

Knight played college basketball at Ohio State University under coach Fred Taylor. He was a key player on the Ohio State team that won the NCAA championship in 1960.


Coaching Career:

Bobby Knight began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio.

In 1965, he was hired as the head coach of the United States Military Academy (Army) basketball team a position he held until 1971.

Knight then became the head coach of the Indiana University Hoosiers in 1971. During his tenure at Indiana, he achieved remarkable success, including three NCAA championships in 1976, 1980 and 1987.

He was known for his intense and demanding coaching style, as well as his emphasis on discipline and fundamentals.

Knight’s time at Indiana was marked by both on-court success and numerous controversies. He was known for his temper and was involved in several incidents that garnered media attention.

In 2000, Knight was fired from Indiana University for a violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy after a highly publicized incident where he grabbed a student by the arm.


Later Career:

After leaving Indiana, Bobby Knight went on to coach at Texas Tech University from 2001 to 2008. He was the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team.

Knight retired from coaching in 2008 with a career record of over 900 wins making him one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I basketball history.

His coaching philosophy and impact on the game of basketball continued to be a topic of discussion and debate long after his retirement.



Bobby Knight is known for his contributions to college basketball both as a player and coach. His coaching career left an indelible mark on the sport and he produced numerous successful players and coaches.

Bobby Knight is a inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.



Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men’s Basketball 2007

Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award 2002

Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year 1987

USBWA Henry Iba Coach of the Year 1989, 1975

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