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Football: Todd Knight

Todd Knight

  Head Coach
  Alma Mater: Gardner-Webb '89
  E-mail: todd.knight
  Office Phone: 321-5168

Todd Knight recently completed his fifth season as head football coach at Newberry College, sporting an overall record of 28-25 with a SAC record of 19-16.

In 2013, the Wolves celebrated their 100th season of intercollegiate football with one of the best seasons in the storied history of the program. Newberry finished the season with a 9-3 overall record and 5-2 South Atlantic Conference record, earning the second-ever NCAA Division II playoff berth in the program's history. Newberry earned final national rankings of No. 23 in the American Football Coaches Association poll and No. 25 in the D2Football.com poll.

Offensive lineman Jamal Ellis was named a second team All-American by D2Football.com and wide receivers Jason Livingston and Corey Washington earned honorable mention All-American from multiple publications. Three seniors played in postseason all-star games, including Washington's highlight appearance on the ESPN networks in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Newberry earned a total of 11 all-Super Region Two honors and 11 Wolves were named all-South Atlantic Conference - the most in the league.

A.J. Booker and Evan Sobocinski were named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District, adding to the lengthy list of football student-athletes with academic honors. Newberry earned eight SAC Player of the Week honors on the performances of punter/kicker Kyle Clark (three times), wide receiver/return specialist Corey Washington as both offensive and special teams player of the week, linebackers Edmond Robinson and Mike Hopkins and quarterback W.T. Murden.

The Wolves sealed their playoff berth in late October with a win over No. 8/12 UNC Pembroke, marking Newberry's second-ever win over a top 10 team since joining the NCAA.

Also during the season, two Newberry alumni made their mark in the NFL. Cornerback Ron Parker had two interceptions, playing in all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs and earning a "trifecta" sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to seal a KC win. Tight end Brandon Bostick scored Newberry's first-ever NFL touchdown, catching a touchdown pass for the Green Bay Packers at home against Philadelphia, then performing the famous "Lambeau Leap."

In 2012, the Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 start and a No. 24 national ranking with a 47-22 win over eventual national quarterfinalist Carson-Newman. Newberry would lose its stride and finished with a 5-6 overall record and 3-4 mark in conference play. Five Wolves would go on to earn all-SAC honors.

In 2011, the Wolves went 4-6 overall with a 4-3 SAC record. That included Newberry’s first win at Carson-Newman since 1988. Linebacker Apollo Stretch earned third team All-American honors from BSN, while seven Wolves earned all-SAC honors.

In 2010, the Wolves went 4-6 overall and 3-4 in SAC play. In 2009, Knight led the scarlet and gray to a 6-4 overall record in his first season as head coach. Knight was the first Newberry head coach to record a winning season in his first year as head coach since Reed Charpia led the Indians to a 7-3 record in 1978.

The team defeated 12th-ranked Valdosta State, 31-24, on the road in Knight’s first game as head coach. The scarlet and gray were ranked 20th in the nation by D2Football.com following the Valdosta win, marking Knight’s first national ranking as head coach.

As head coach, Knight has coached 38 all-South Atlantic Conference players and one South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. Knight’s players have earned 14 all-state awards, 27 all-region honors and 13 All-American awards. Newberry players have won the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors on 21 occasions under Knight’s direction.

Two players have earned South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors under Knight’s tutelage, with linebacker Will Newell winning the award in the 2008 season and safety Ron Parker earning the honor in 2009.

His players have made nine appearances in senior all-star games including the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Texas vs. the Nation Game, the Valero Cactus Bowl, the Players All-Star Classic, National Bowl Game and the East Coast Bowl.

Two former players under Knight are currently on NFL squads - cornerback Ron Parker with the Kansas City Chiefs and tight end Brandon Bostick with the Green Bay Packers.

Knight’s players have also excelled in the classroom, with Brandon Gantt named an ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009. Gantt in 2009, Matt Holmes in 2010 and Lequawn James in 2011 were also named as national semifinalists for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is known as the Academic Heisman Award. Five players were named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. A total of 10 players have earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors.

Knight previously served as Newberry’s defensive coordinator, a position he held for a total of seven seasons; six solely as the defensive coordinator, and serving as both head coach and defensive coordinator in 2009.

Knight is a three-time South Atlantic Conference champion, as he was the defensive coordinator for Newberry’s 2006 and 2008 championship teams and played outside linebacker at Gardner-Webb when the Runnin’ Bulldogs won the SAC title in 1987.

Before coming to Newberry, Knight served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Charleston Southern University under head coach David Dowd. Under Knight’s guidance, the 2001 Buccaneers’ “Blue Collar” defense achieved a top 20 Division I-AA national ranking in total defense.

Knight served as defensive coordinator at Lees-McRae College and was the secondary coach at his alma mater, former South Atlantic Conference member Gardner-Webb University.

At Gardner-Webb, he received a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 1989 and earned a Master of Arts in physical education the following year as a graduate assistant coach.

He is married to the former Tina Martin and the couple resides in Little Mountain. He is the proud father of his daughter, Anna, and sons, Devin and Michael Cash.

Knight Coaching Record 

Year

School

W-L

Pct

2009

Newberry

6-4

.600

2010

Newberry

4-6

.400

2011

Newberry

4-6

.400

2012

Newberry

5-6

.455

2013

Newberry

9-3 ^

.750

TOTALS

FIVE SEASONS

28-25

.528

^ = NCAA Division II Playoff Appearance