Dwaine Knight

Coach, Benefactor

Biography

Dwaine Knight is the man who put UNLV golf on the national map, and in a big way. Knight burst onto the Las Vegas scene in 1987 and guided the Rebels to the NCAA crown in 1998. He also has coached two individual national champions in Warrren Schutte and Ryan Moore.

Many of his players have gone on to success on the PGA Tour, and several have won Tour events, including Chad Campbell, Charley Hoffman, Chris Riley, Adam Scott, and Moore. He also coached Las Vegas Golf Hall of Famer TommyArmour III at New Mexico, before moving to Las Vegas and UNLV.

At the time of his induction, Knight had coached 37 All-Americans at UNLV and the Rebels had been to the national finals 16 times in his 22 seasons, including 12 top-15 finishes in a 15-year span. Over the past decade, Knight watched nine UNLV players earn the All-America Scholar Award, and four of his players have been named Academic All-Americans. Knight seamlessly made the transition from PGA Tour player to college coach, and his record at UNLV can compare to any coach in any sport in the school’s history.

“Being inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is a wonderful honor and it’s very rewarding for me to be in the same class as a former player, the very deserving Edward Fryatt,” said Knight, who led UNLV to the 1998 NCAA National Championship. “It’s also great because of the rich and deep history of golf in Las Vegas, and it’s amazing to now be a part of that and to be remembered.”

List of Achievements

  • Golf Coaches Association of America District VIII Coach of the Year, 2005
  • Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame inductee, 2004
  • Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame inductee, 2002
  • Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, 2002
  • Golf Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year, 1998
  • Golf Coaches Association of America District VIII Coach of the Year, 1998
  • GolfWeek Magazine’s National Coach of the Year, 1998
  • Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 1998
  • Captain, United States Palmer Cup Team, 1997
  • Golf Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year, 1991
  • NCAA District VIII Coach of the Year, 1991
  • NCAA District VIII Coach of the Year, 1981
  • Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 1979