Bob Knight to Speak at 2015 Ceremony

Bob KnightCOLUMBUS – Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Ceremony on May 2, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Knight, who was among those in the Hall of Fame’s charter class in 2006, will receive the 2015 Ohio Heritage Award, presented to a previous inductee of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame who has left his or her mark on Ohio after an active basketball career.
Jerry Lucas, a teammate of Knight’s at Ohio State University in the early 1960s, was the recipient of the first Ohio Heritage Award in 2012.

Tickets for the reception, dinner and ceremony are $80 for adults and $30 for children 4-13. Children 3 and under are free. Reservations can be made online, by contacting Executive Director Sheila Fox at or by calling (614) 547-2160.

A native of Massillon who grew up in Orrville, Knight was head coach at the U.S. Military Academy for six years, at Indiana University for 29 years and at Texas Tech for seven years before retiring in 2008.

One of his players at Army was Mike Krzyzewski, who has won four national championships as head coach at Duke University.
Knight’s Indiana teams reached the Final Four five times and won national championships in 1976, 1981 and 1987. His 1975-76 squad had a 32-0 record. The Hoosiers won 11 Big Ten regular season titles.

In 1979 Knight guided the United States Pan American team to a gold medal in Puerto Rico. In 1984 he led the U.S. National team to a gold medal in the Olympic Games.

Knight’s coaching record over 42 years was 902-371. At the time of his retirement he was the winningest coach in basketball. Since then, Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse have passed him.
In recent years Knight has worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN.


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