On Monday, Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey announced that she has added a new, key member to her staff.
Carlos Knox will join the Irish as the new player development program director. He has spent nearly a decade working with the Indiana Fever as an interim head coach, assistant coach and player development coach. During his tenure in Indianapolis, Knox helped lead the team to eight consecutive WNBA playoff appearances and was a 2012 WNBA champion. He wore many hats for the team throughout his time, helping with everything from scouting to rehabilitation training to practice preparation. He has worked with many notable players, including four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings and five-time WNBA All-Star Katie Douglas.
“I’m super excited to add Carlos Knox to our coaching staff,” Ivey said. “He has been instrumental in the development of some of the best players in both the WNBA and NBA, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. My vision for our program is to continue developing NEXT LEVEL pros, and I believe Carlos will help continue and elevate that mission!”
Knox has also had stints as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati (2020-21), University of North Texas (2017-20) and San Diego State University (2010-11). Finally, Knox spent time from 2015-16 as the director of training at the Jonathan Byrd Grand Park Fieldhouse, Indiana’s state-of-the-art basketball facility.
The former point guard had a lengthy and decorated career as a collegiate player after attending high school outside of Dayton, Ohio. While earning a degree in communications from IUPUI from 1994-98, he was a two-time NCAA scoring champion, NCAA All-American and NCAA Player of the Year. His jersey has been retired at IUPUI, and the team became a Division I program just after his graduation due in part to Knox’s contributions. He was inducted into the IUPUI Hall of Fame in 2004.
Knox went on to play for the Indiana Pacers from 1998-99 and played overseas in Croatia, Germany, Venezuela and Italy. He has also served as a head coach in the International Basketball League, Continental Basketball Association and American Basketball Association.
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