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Robert Montgomery Knight, also known as “The General”, was born on the 25th October 1940 in Massillon, Ohio, USA, and is a former basketball coach, probably best recognized for being a head coach of four college teams, as well as the USA Men’s Olympic Team. He is also known for having over 900 career wins, and three national titles with Indiana University. His career was active from 1962 to 2008.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Bobby Knight is? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Knight’s net worth is over $15 million as of early 2017, accumulated through his successful involvement in the sports industry. Other sources are coming from his autobiographical book, and appearing in several film titles.
Bobby Knight Net Worth $15 Million
Bobby Knight was raised in his hometown as a single child by his parents Pat and Hazel Knight. At a young age, he showed interest for various sports and became a talented multisport athlete. He was a star basketball player while he attended Orrville High School, and continued playing basketball at Ohio State University, being a reserve player but still a key contributor in their winning of the 1960 NCAA Championship. He graduated with a BA degree in History and Government in 1962, and in the same year his career as a coach began.
Bobby went on to work as an assistant coach at Cuyahoga Falls High School, and subsequently at the United States Military Academy (Army), then In 1965, he became the youngest varsity basketball head coach in the history of NCAA. His unique coaching philosophy – one which put the accent on disciplined, unselfish plays in the offense and relentless lockdown in defense – proved immensely successful and this marked the beginning of an increase of his net worth.
In 1971, he began coaching at Indiana University, where he would win three championship titles – in 1976, 1981 and 1987 over the span of 29 years as a head coach of The Hoosiers, increasing further his net worth. Beside that, he also won the Big Ten championship several times. However, his infamous temperamental behavior and alleged verbal and physical abuse of players and university employees led to many controversies and eventual dismissal of Knight from the position of head coach in 2000.
However, Knight was also head coach of the United States Pan American team in Puerto Rico in 1979, winning the gold medal, and in 1984 he coached the USA Men’s Basketball Team to the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
In 2001, he signed as the head coach at Texas Tech University, which added a considerable amount to his net worth. It didn’t take him long to get the Red Raiders into shape and achieve similar success and fame with his new team, going on to win 20 games in four consecutive seasons, which had never been done before in school history, including in 2005 advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In January 2007, Knight broke the record for the most wins by a men’s basketball coach in Division I history, by surpassing Dean Smith with his 880th career victory. In 2008, he made the decision to retire, ending his career with a record of 902 wins and 371 losses.
Thanks to his accomplishments in the sports industry, Knight received a number of awards and honors, including four National Coach of the Year awards, eight Big Ten Coach of the Year awards, and a Naismith Coach of the Year award, among many others. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Since his retirement, Knight has served as a studio analyst and a part-time commentator with ESPN. In 2009, together with Championship Productions he produced three instructional coaching DVD libraries concerning some of the cornerstones of his coaching philosophy. Additionally, Knight published an autobiography entitled “Knight: My Story” in 2003, which he wrote together with Bob Hammel. Beside this, he has appeared in a couple of films and television productions. His net worth is certainly rising.
In his personal life, Bobby Knight has been married to Karen Vieth Edgar, a former Oklahoma High School basketball coach, since 1988. Previously, he was married to Nancy Falk (1963-1985), with whom he has two sons, one of whom, Pat Knight, is a head coach at Texas Tech and Lamar University.
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Bobby Knight Quick Facts
|Birth date:||October 25, 1940|
|Birth place:||Massillon, Ohio, United States|
|Education:||Ohio State University|
|Spouse:||Karen Vieth Edgar (m. 1988), Nancy Falk (m. 1963–1985)|
|Children:||Pat Knight, Tim Knight|
|Parents:||Pat Knight, Hazel Knight|
|Books:||Knight: My Story|
Bobby Knight Interesting Facts
|1||He won his 800th game (one of only six coaches to do so in NCAA men's basketball history) [February 2003]|
|2||Wife, Karen, is a former Oklahoma high school basketball coach.|
|3||Recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (which honors the active Division I basketball coach who has made the most significant positive contributions to his sport during the preceding year) in 2002.|
|4||Assistant head coach for U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1963-1965). Became the youngest varsity head coach in major league history at West Point (at the age of 24). Army participated in four NIT tournaments in five seasons (1966, 1968-1970)|
|5||Played for Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) (1958-1962).|
|6||Fired by then-Indiana University president Myles Brand for misconduct against a student on 10 September 2000.|
|7||Led Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament (2001-2002). Youngest coach to reach 200, 300 and 400 wins.|
|8||Compiled a 786-299 record following the 2001-2002 season. His Indiana teams won 11 Big Ten Conference titles (1973-1976, 1980-1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993) and participated in five Final Fours (1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992). Had a 32-0 undefeated season (1976). NIT Championship (1979). National Coach of the Year (1975, 1976, 1987, 1989). Big Ten Coach of the Year (1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981). Coached Pan American team to gold medal (1979).|
|9||Named head coach of the men's basketball team at Texas Tech University. [March 2001]|
|10||Former head men's basketball coach at Indiana Univeristy (1971-2000) where he won three national championships (1976, 1981, 1987).|
|11||Former head basketball coach at Indiana University (1971-2000). One of only two people two play on a NCAA Basketball Champion (Ohio State) and coach a NCAA Basketball Champion (Indiana). The other is Dean Smith. Inducted into National Basketball Association Hall of Fame (1991)Head basketball coach at Army (West Point) 1966-1971.|
Bobby Knight Trademarks
|1||Has been known to berate his players, referees, the media and even high-ranking school officials.|
Bobby Knight Filmography
|Blue Chips||1994||Bobby Knight|
|Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management'||2003||Video documentary short special thanks|
|Jumpshot: The Kenny Sailors Story||2017||Documentary post-production||Himself|
|The Passing Game||2010||Documentary post-production||Himself|
|Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo||2016||TV Series||Himself|
|On the Record w/ Brit Hume||2016||TV Series||Himself|
|The Immortal: Ted Williams||2015||Documentary||Hall of Fame Basketball Coach|
|Mike & Mike||2011-2014||TV Series||Himself - ESPN College Basketball Analyst / Himself - Telephone Interviewee / Himself - Basketball Hall of Famer / ...|
|Charlie Rose||1996-2013||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back||2012||TV Movie||Himself|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||2002-2008||TV Series||Himself|
|ESPN 25: Who's #1?||2004-2007||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Soul of a Champion||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|Knight School with Coach Bobby Knight||2006||TV Series||Himself (2006)|
|Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith||2005||TV Series||Himself / Himself - Guest Interviewee|
|ESPN SportsCentury||2000-2005||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|SportsCenter||2003||TV Series||Sunday Conversation Guest|
|ESPN Outside the Lines Primetime||2002||TV Series||Himself|
|Hoop Dreams||1994||Documentary||Himself - Indiana University Head Basketball Coach|
|Late Show with David Letterman||1993||TV Series||Himself|
|The 1986 Goodwill Games||1986||TV Mini-Series||Himself - Commentator|
|Mike & Mike||2015||TV Series||Himself - Basketball Hall of Famer|
|30 for 30||2010||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Band of Pirates: The Story of Seton Hall's Magical Run to the 1989 NCAA Championship Game||2009||Documentary||Himself|
|Rome Is Burning||2008-2009||TV Series||Himself|
|ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday||2007||TV Series||Himself - Basketball Coach|
|Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|A Season on the Brink||2002||TV Movie||Himself (uncredited)|