McKnight Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

May 31, 2001

BERKELEY - Kirsten McKnight, a veteran of the Pacific-10 Conference, has been named assistant women's basketball coach at the University of California, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Thursday.

McKnight fills the vacancy created when Sue Phillips-Chargin opted to return to her previous job as head women's basketball coach at Archbishop Mitty High School. Her hiring completes the Cal staff, which also includes assistant coaches Shaunice Warr and Camille Burkes.

'We're excited with our new addition to the Cal coaching staff,' said Horstmeyer. 'Kirsten brings well-rounded experience from her time coaching at Oregon. She has excellent game knowledge and a winning mentality. She knows what it takes to build a program into a consistent championship-caliber team.'

McKnight's responsibilities at Cal will include assisting with recruiting and working with the development of the guards. Horstmeyer also announced today that Warr would be assuming additional recruiting responsibilities as the senior member of her staff.

McKnight returns home to the Bay Area after serving for three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon. During her tenure, the Ducks won two Pac-10 championships and competed in three NCAA Tournaments. In addition to her coaching duties, she was the director of the Oregon Girl's Basketball Camps and the program coordinator for the Oregon Women's Basketball Fast Break Club.

The Larkspur product also competed in four NCAA Tournaments as a member of the Oregon women's basketball team beginning with the 1994-95 season. She began her collegiate playing career as a walk-on and was awarded a full scholarship by her junior season.

McKnight gave the Ducks on-court leadership and was voted by her teammates as the 1998 Bev Smith Most Inspirational Player. She also excelled in the classroom, twice earning Academic All-Pac-10 honors, and in 1998 was nominated for regional GTE Academic All-America recognition.

Similar to Horstmeyer, McKnight began her playing career at Redwood High School. The 1994 salutatorian was selected her team's MVP and was named the Player of the Year in the Marin County Athletic League as a senior. She also was a two-time first team all-league pick, averaging 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while completing her career as Redwood's career scoring leader.

McKnight received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Oregon in 1998 and is finishing up her MBA in Eugene this year.

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