Knight Named 2012 Sportsperson Of The Year

Aug. 24, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV men's golf head coach Dwaine Knight has been announced as ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM's 2012 "Sportsperson of the Year." To celebrate Coach Knight's honor, ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM will host monthly charity golf events benefitting Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Caring Place in September, October and November. Visit http://www.WeAreLV.com/ for more information and specific dates.

A two-time National Coach of the Year and 2002 Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame inductee, Knight has been the driving force behind the tremendous success of Rebel Golf since his arrival in Las Vegas in the fall of 1987. Entering his 26th season at the helm of the UNLV men's golf program, Knight has nurtured Rebel golf from near-anonymity to one of the premier programs in the nation. In 1998, he guided the Rebels to their first-ever NCAA crown in Albuquerque, N.M. Knight has taken the Rebels to an unprecedented 17 trips to the national finals and coached them to 11 top-15 finishes. Additionally, he has led his team to a current NCAA-record 24 straight appearances at the NCAA Regionals.

Knight has captured three national titles, has won six conference championships and has developed 66 all-conference players. Over the last decade, Knight has helped 12 Rebel golfers earn the All-America Scholar award and four have been named Academic All-Americans.

A true teacher of the sport, Knight has tutored 41 All-Americans at UNLV, a National Player of the Year, a National Freshman of the Year, a U.S. Amateur Champion, three U.S. Public Links Champions, three Walker Cup participants and six Palmer Cup representatives. Additionally, two former Rebel golfers have gone on to play for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. Since Knight came to UNLV, 10 of his players have gone on to play on the PGA TOUR and seven of those are still active and have combined for 17 PGA TOUR titles.

An accomplished golfer in his own right, Knight played four seasons at New Mexico (1966-69) and played on the 1967 team that won the WAC championship and placed ninth at nationals. Knight then spent five years (1972-77) on the PGA TOUR, winning his first tournament -- the Southwest PGA Championship -- as early as his second season. After leaving the tour, Knight replaced Dick McGuire as New Mexico's head coach in 1978. Knight remains a member of the Professional Golfers Association. Knight and his wife Debbie have a daughter, Keely.

ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM will host monthly events in September, October and November, including a Putt Putt with Knight event at KISS: by Monster Mini Golf. These events will raise money for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Caring Place, chosen by Knight. November will wrap-up with a Seven-Hour Radio-Thon, where listeners will have the opportunity to bid for a one-hour co-hosting spot with one or more of the participating sports and local celebrities.

Previous "Sportsperson of the Year" recipients include Sacramento Kings & Palms owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, basketball coach Lon Kruger, boxing promoter Bob Arum, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, Las Vegas 51s executive director Don Logan, and former MAACO Bowl Las Vegas executive director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

For more information on the charities and to stay informed on dates and times for the upcoming fundraising events, go to http://www.WeAreLV.com/