Pat Knight was named the university's 10th head coach, since Lamar became a four-year institution, prior to the 2011-12 season. The Pat Knight era got started in thrilling fashion as Knight guided the Cardinals to a six-game win streak to close out the season taking the 2012 Southland Conference tournament title, and advance to the NCAA Championships. It was Lamar's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 1999-2000 season.
Knight, who became the third Lamar coach to take the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season, also led the Cardinals to their first 20-win season since 1987-88. Lamar's 23 wins tied for the third highest single season total in school history.
Thanks to the outstanding season, Lamar had three players recognized as All-Southland Conference. Mike James was a first-team all-conference selection, while Devon Lamb and Anthony Miles were both named to the second-team. Brandon Davis was also honored by the league as he was named to the all-academic first-team.
Knight came to Lamar after 10 seasons at Texas Tech, including the final three-plus years as head coach. Named head coach designate at Tech prior to the 2005-06 season, Knight took over for his Hall-of-Fame father Bob Knight toward the end of the 2007-08 season.
In three-plus seasons as head coach of the Red Raiders, Knight compiled a 50-61 record. His 2009-10 squad posted a 19-16 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the postseason National Invitation Tournament before falling at Mississippi in double overtime.
Knight, who is the 10th person to coach Lamar since the university became a four-year institution in 1951, guided the Red Raiders to an 83-80 win over fifth-ranked Texas in just his eighth game as a head coach, while his first victory on the college level came against No. 18 Kansas State five games earlier. The Red Raiders were a solid 40-20 (.667) at United Spirit Arena under Knight.
Knight served for nearly seven years as an assistant at Tech under his father which included four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a run to the Sweet 16 in 2005. Texas Tech enjoyed five 20-win seasons during Knight's tenure as an assistant.
Knight's professional career began as a scout and administrative assistant with the NBA's Phoenix Suns after his four-year playing career at Indiana. In 1997, Knight became an assistant coach with the Connecticut Pride of the Continental Basketball Association.
In 1998, Knight became a head coach for the first time, guiding the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association to a 19-15 record.
Knight began his college coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant for two seasons from 1998-2000. The Hoosiers were 43-20 during that time and played in the NCAA Tournament both years. In his second season at Indiana, senior guard A.J. Guyton earned AP First-Team All-America honors before becoming a second-round draft choice of the Chicago Bulls.
Knight then spent one season as an assistant at Akron before moving to Texas Tech.
A four-year letterwinner for the Hoosiers from 1991-95, Knight graduated in 1995 with a degree in sports management. During his playing days, Indiana appeared in the NCAA Tournament every season and advanced to the "Elite Eight" in 1993.
Knight and the former Amanda Shaw were married on May 10, 2002.
1 NCAA, 1 NIT