Steve Knight Photo

Steve Knight

Head Coach 31st season

Bio

Veteran Head Coach Steve Knight is beginning his 31st season at the helm of the Crusader Men's Basketball program. On November 20, 2010, Knight surpassed legendary Alcorn State coach Davey Whitney as the state of Mississippi's all-time winningest coach at the same four year institution. He currently is ranked 16th among NAIA all-time active coaches with 537 career wins.

 

Knight began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Carey in the spring of 1981 and was named Head Men's Basketball Coach in July 1982 at the age of 25. His Crusader teams have compiled fourteen 20+ win seasons, captured six GCAC Championships  (1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1997), six District 30 Championships(1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989)   , one Southern States Athletic Conference Divisional Title (2011) and have competed in seven NAIA National Tournaments(1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997) . Knight has coached six NAIA All-Americans including one NAIA National Player of the Year. He was named NAIA District 30 Coach of the Year three times (1983, 1984, 1990) and GCAC Coach of the Year five times (1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1998). Knight has also been named Clarion Ledger Mississippi Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1990.  In 2002-03, he served his coaching colleagues as President of the NABC-NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches Association. Knight has also served the NABC-NAIA as Vice President (2001-02) and Secretary (2000-01). Knight has also severed the NAIA as Men's Basketball Top 25 rater from 1987-2000 and on the NAIA All-American Selection committee since 1999. Knight was also the head coach for WCU baseball during the 1985 season.

 

In 1987, Knight took on dual responsibilities as WCU Athletics Director. During his tenure, the Carey Athletic Program has almost tripled the number of sport offerings from 5 in 1987 to 14 in 2012. Since 1987, William Carey athletic teams have captured 33 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships, 2 Southern States Athletic Conference Championships and have earned 27 trips to NAIA National Tournaments. Knight was named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Athletics Director of the Year four times (2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007) and was selected as the NAIA Region XIII AD of the Year in 2003-04. He was also named as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 2005-06 General Sports Turf Systems Athletics Director of the Year – NAIA Southeast Region. Additionally, he served as President of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference from 2001-2005 and again from 2006-2010.

 

Since 1996 Knight has served WCU as Assistant Professor for Physical Education. He has been an instructor in Physical Education since 1982.

 

 

Knight is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. – 1979), as well as William Carey College (M.Ed. – 1982). He spent two seasons in the Seattle Mariner Baseball Organization playing for the San Jose Missions (California League). The Missions were the 1979 California League Champions and Knight led the team in saves (11) and ERA (2.72). His former minor league roommate, Bud Black, is currently the manager for the San Diego Padres. Knight was inducted into the Southern Miss M-Club Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

Knight has been married to wife Regina for 32 years, and they have two daughters (Shanna – 29; Lindsay – 16) and three grandson's (Christian – 8; Brayden – 2; Jackson - 1).

 

The Knight Record

1982-83   % $ 20 9 69.0%
1983-84 & % $ 26 7 78.8%
1984-85 & % $ 20 7 74.1%
1985-86   % $ 20 15 57.1%
1986-87 & % $ 23 13 63.9%
1987-88       14 19 42.4%
1988-89   % $ 21 13 61.8%
1989-90 &     23 6 79.3%
1990-91       14 19 42.4%
1991-92 &     23 10 69.7%
1992-93       21 10 67.7%
1993-94       17 16 51.5%
1994-95       18 16 52.9%
1995-96       16 17 48.5%
1996-97   & % 22 14 61.1%
1997-98       25 9 73.5%
1998-99       15 15 50.0%
1999-2000       22 12 64.7%
2000-01       21 13 61.8%
2001-02       9 23 28.1%
2002-03       15 16 48.4%
2003-04       15 18 45.5%
2004-05       11 22 33.3%
2005-06       7 21 25.0%
2006-07       19 11 63.3%
2007-08       17 15 53.1%
2008-09       9 20 31.0%
2009-10       23 8 74.2%
2010-11 #     18 12 60.0%
2011-12       13 18 41.9%
Career       537 424 55.9%
GCAC Title &          
NAIA National Tour. %          
NAIA District 30 Title $          
SSAC West Title #          

 

2012-13 Men's Basketball Roster
# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
1 Sharod Smith SO G 6-3 167 Meridian, MS Meridian High School
4 Jake Reed JR G 6-3 195 Brookhaven, MS Copiah-Lincoln Community College
5 Jamal Doss SR F 6-5 205 Flora, MS Madison Central H. S.
10 Daron Bell JR G/F 6-3 170 Waveland, MS Pearl River Community College
11 Kelvin Nixon JR G/F 6-2 190 Heidelberg, MS Jones Co. Junior College
12 Stefan Sartori JR G 6-1 185 Belgrade, Serbia Itawamba Community College
13 Bassanio Green SR C 6-8 260 St. Elizabeth, Jamaica Munro College
15 Donzedrick Smith JR G 6-1 185 Clinton, MS Clinton High School
22 Phillip McCray SR G 6-1 182 McComb, MS Southwest Community College
23 Jeremiah Dunnings JR G 5-11 173 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.
25 Douglas La Rue SO F 6-6 205 Kennett, PA Itawamba Community College
30 Fernando Garcia SR C 6-6 205 Metepec, Mexico God's Academy (TX)
32 Christopher London JR G 6-1 170 Birmingham, AL Southwest Mississippi C.C
33 Guy Payne JR F 6-6 263 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

Coaching Staff

Steve Knight Photo
Head Coach
31st season
Tracy English Photo
Assistant Coach
28th season
Scotty Fletcher Photo
Assistant Coach
3rd season
Eric Burt Photo
Assistant Coach
1st season