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KNIGHT WANTS TO RETURN GENERALS TO PROMINENCE
Knight has been displeased with how much Clarksville baseball has struggled the past several seasons. The Generals went 6-19 last season and has not won a sectional since Stock’s final season in 2003.
Knight will make a point to his players that they should embrace the program’s successful history.
“I’m disappointed in the way the program has played the last few seasons,” said Knight, who played baseball at Clarksville from 1981-83 as a pitcher and a third baseman. “I just want to return it to a successful status. I have a lot of pride for the community. I’m going to educate the kids about the past of Clarksville baseball. They need to understand our past success.”
Knight, who is not a teacher in the Clarksville Community Schools Corporation, says one area of concern about the baseball program is the low amount of players. The Generals only had 14 players on the roster last year.
But Knight hopes the numbers will increase in upcoming years as he said there are 15-18 players in the Clarksville Middle School baseball program.
“Our No. 1 objective is to get our numbers up,” Knight said. “We’ve got to try to start a [junior varsity] program.”
Knight was the JV coach at Floyd Central last season, his only year coaching in a high school program.
But Knight has several years of experience coaching at several levels. Knight says he has coached the national pastime since he was 18 years old. He has coached Little League and in high school fall baseball leagues. Knight also has been the associate coach of the Floyds Knobs American Legion Post 42 baseball team, a program he started, for all seven years of its existence.
Knight is a firm believer that executing the little things will win games.
“I’m a big believer in throwing strikes and putting the ball in play,” Knight said. “I believe in moving runners over late in the game, and that’s by bunting and stealing bases. I’m a believer in playing small ball. I’m a defensive coach. I take a lot of pride in doing what it takes to make plays in the field.”
Knight is a retired Louisville Metro police officer and lives in Floyds Knobs.