Mater Dei boys basketball coach Gary McKnight rarely reaches the victory plateau

During his three decades at Mater Dei, Gary McKnight has written a story for himself and the boys basketball team.

On Wednesday, he reached a legendary level of coaching talent by noting his victory at 1,200.

The Monarchs beat Porterville 89-53 on Wednesday and followed it up to victory No. 1,201 with a 55-54 performance against De La Salle on Thursday at the Xavier Winter Showcase.

McKnight is the fourth basketball coach for boys to have reached such a mark. The other three are longtime Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) Coach Steve Smith, who has 1,212 wins; Morgan Wootten, who won 1,274 matches over 46 years in DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) And became the first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame solely for high school coaching credentials; and Robert Hughes, who recorded 1,333 wins over 47 seasons between IM Terrell High School (Fort Worth, Texas) and Dunbar High School (Fort Worth, Texas).

McKnight is the 10th coach overall to reach the plateau, as six girls basketball coaches also have at least 1,200 wins. Leta Andrews, who coached at five different schools from 1962-2014, has a record of 1,416 career victories and won with a clip of 80%.

McKnight has coached Mater Dei since 1982. He has won a national championship, 11 state titles, and has led Mater Dei to 38 league titles in his 39 seasons.

When he entered this season, he had a winning percentage of 90.7% as head coach (1,188-122).

While the calendar turns to 2022, Mater Dei is 13-2 on the season.


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