Basketball icon Bob Knight, renowned for his fiery coaching style and triumphant career, has passed away at 83. Knight’s family confirmed his peaceful passing at his Bloomington home, surrounded by loved ones.
“Coach Bob Knight has left us, and we are grateful for the support and respect for our privacy during this time,” the family shared.
Knight’s journey began in 1965 when, at just 24, he became the youngest Division I coach at Army. However, it was at Indiana University where he truly shone, achieving a school-record 661 wins and leading the team to 24 NCAA tournaments in 29 seasons. His crowning glory was Indiana’s undefeated season and NCAA title in 1976, a feat yet to be equaled.
With 902 career victories and a remarkable 29 seasons of 20 or more wins, Knight’s legacy in basketball is unparalleled. His coaching extended to the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, which secured gold in Los Angeles, the last American amateur team to achieve this feat, albeit not without controversy. Bob Knight’s impact on the game remains unforgettable.