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WCU Head Coach Steve Knight Named Athletic Director of the Year

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 28, 2013 - Steve Knight, athletics director and head men’s basketball coach at William Carey University, was named the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Athletic Director of the Year at the annual SSAC awards banquet on May 20. The SSAC is the largest conference in NAIA and includes schools stretching from South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

“This honor is a very positive reflection on William Carey University as we have been members of the SSAC for just over two years,” said Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU. “We are proud of Coach Knight and all of his accomplishments.”

 Knight, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Carey in the spring of 1981 and became head men’s basketball coach in 1982, just completed his 31st season at WCU. 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 five in 1987 to 14 in 2013. Since 1987, Carey athletic teams have captured 33 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) championships, two SSAC championships and have earned 27 trips to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournaments.

In 2010, Knight earned the honor 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’s Crusader teams have compiled 14  20+ win seasons, captured six GCAC championships, six District 30 championships, one SSAC divisional title, and have competed in seven NAIA national tournaments.

Knight was named NAIA District 30 Coach of the Year three times, GCAC Coach of the Year five times, and has been named Clarion Ledger Mississippi Coach of the Year twice. In 2002-2003, he served his coaching colleagues as president of the NABC-NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches Association. He was also named the GCAC Athletics Director of the Year four times, selected as the NAIA Region XIII Athletic Director of the Year in 2003-2004, and as General Sports Turf Systems Athletics Director of the Year - NAIA Southeast Region.
Knight earned his B.S. from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1979 and his M.Ed. from Carey in 1982. Since 1996 Knight has served as an assistant professor for physical education at Carey. He has been married to his wife Regina for 32 years, and they have two daughters, Shanna and Lindsay, and three grandsons, Christian, Brayden, and Jackson.

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Pictured is William Carey University’s Coach Steve Knight, athletic director and head coach for the men’s basketball team, who was named the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Athletic Director of the Year at the annual SSAC awards banquet on May 20.