Second year assistant coach Pat Knight is certainly no stranger to the hardwoods of the basketball court. As Texas Tech assistant coach, his responsibilities include on- and off-campus recruiting as well as practice and game preparation. After his four year Division One collegiate playing career at Indiana, 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 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 letterwinner, 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. 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 completing a year as an assistant coach with the Zips of the University of Akron, Coach Pat Knight's reflection became reality.
Coach Pat Knight and the former Amanda Shaw were married on May 10, 2002.