Steve Knight

Cropped head shotBorn: August 8, 1956
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Year of Induction: 2015


Hattiesburg High, 1971-75

  • Named All-Big Eight and All-State in basketball as senior
  • Earned four letters each in baseball and basketball
  • Teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Purvis Short to lead HHS to 1974 State Basketball Championship

Southern Miss, 1974-78

  • Became an outstanding pitcher for Hall of Famer Pete Taylor at USM for four seasons
  • Once threw a no-hitter with fellow Hall of Famer Corky Palmer behind the plate
  • Played basketball three seasons for Hall of Famer M.K. Turk

Professional baseball

  • Spent two seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization with a 3.23 earned run average and 18 saves
  • Retired from baseball to begin coaching career

William Carey College

  • Became the all-time winningest basketball coach in Mississippi history on Nov. 20, 2010, when he surpassed Hall of Famer Davey Whitney with his 506th victory
  • Became first Mississippi coach to win 600 college basketball games
  • His teams have won 20 games or more in 16 seasons
  • Successful athletic director, who has increased William Carey from five sports teams to 14
  • His 32nd William Carey basketball team (2013-14) won 28 games, lost 3, went 18-0 in conference play and Knight earned national NAIA Coach of the Year honors

Did you know?

  • Steve Knight is the son of a coach and brother Larry Knight won four straight Mississippi state baseball championships at Sumrall High