Trish Knight begins her second season as the head coach of the Msisouri Southern volleyball program.
In her first season at the healm of the Lions, a young team struggeled and finished 5-25 overall, but had a pair of wins over Pittsburg State, as well as wins against East Central, Newman and Fort Hays State. Outside hitter Rachel Olinyk was also named All-MIAA during the season.
Knight comes to Southern after a year and a half at Texas Tech and previously started the volleyball program at Missouri State-West Plains, winning nearly 80 percent of her games there.
At MSU-WP, she amassed a record of 676-170-3, earning 10 consecutive Region 16 championships and making 10 consecutive appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women's National Volleyball Championship tournament with the Missouri State-West Plains program she began in 1993.
Knight led the Lady Grizzlies to their first NJCAA national tournament in 1999, finishing eighth and after that, returned every season reaching the championship match in 2002 and 2003. She earned 12 Region 16 Coach of the Year honors, 10 NJCAA District Coach of the Year honors, two American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Tachikara Junior College/Community College Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year honors, and was elected to the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. Knight also was named "Most Caring Coach" by USAToday Weekend Magazine in 2005, and, most recently, was inducted to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in February 2008.
She developed 25 NJCAA All-Americans, including 13 first-team selections; and had eight NJCAA Academic All-Americans, including three Distinguished Academic All-Americans. Known for success in the classroom as well, her Grizzly squads received the NJCAA's Fall Academic Team of the Year honor four times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006). Inheriting a Texas Tech team which earned a spot on the 2009 AVCA Team Academic Award.
Prior to leading the MSWP program, Knight coached at the high school level leading West Plains High School to four-consecutive state championships. She has served as coordinator of the Junior Olympic volleyball program and is very respected as one of the nation's leading developers of talent.
Knight played four years at the former Southwest Missouri State University and was inducted into the SMSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
She and her husband, Paul (an MSSU alum), have two children, Ben and Dustin.