Clay McKnight Added to the Men's Basketball Staff

Oct. 7, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Clay McKnight has been named the director of men's basketball operations at Oregon State University, it was announced Tuesday by Beaver head coach Jay John. McKnight replaces Ken Carrillo, who recently resigned to accept a coaching position at Northern Arizona University.

McKnight spent the last three seasons at Syracuse University as the director of operations. While at Syracuse the program advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT. The 2002-2003 Orangemen captured the national title.

'I'm very excited to be a part of the Oregon State basketball program,' McKnight said. 'Coach John is a well respected coach, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of his staff.'

McKnight is a 2000 graduate of the University of The Pacific in Stockton, Calif., with a degree in sports sciences. He was a three-year letterman for the Tigers, and finished his career as the school's all-time leader for free throw percentage at .928 (129-139). He also left the school third for career three-point field goal percentage at .415 (198-477) and his .949 percentage from the free throw line as a senior is third in the NCAA. McKnight began his college career at UC Irvine before transferring to Pacific.

'With the young talent we have in this program, Oregon State basketball has a promising future,' McKnight added.

McKnight played high school basketball for his father, Gary McKnight, at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

'Clay has been around coaching all his life, so he brings unique credentials to our program,' John said. 'He has a vast knowledge of basketball at a very young age, and I look forward to his contributions.'

Practice for Division I programs officially begins Sat., Oct. 18. The Beavers will workout in Gill Coliseum at a time to be announced.

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