May 24, 1989 |
UCLA received permission from the University of Kentucky Tuesday to talk with Chris Mills, the former Fairfax High School basketball player who last week was ruled ineligible to play at Kentucky in connection with sanctions levied against the school by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. Coach Jim Harrick was unavailable for comment, but assistant coach Brad Holland indicated that UCLA would pursue both Mills and LeRon Ellis, who said Monday that he planned to transfer from Kentucky.
June 12, 1996 |
Gary McKnight, the basketball coach at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, was in stable condition Tuesday after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor in his chest. Surgeon Shigeru Chino said tests made before the operation at Mission Viejo Hospital Regional Medical Center indicated the tumor was malignant, but final test results had not been completed. McKnight, 43, is expected to stay in the hospital five to seven days.
June 15, 2010 |
Coaching at the same high school as Gary McKnight and Bruce Rollinson is like hanging out at the same beach as Elle Macpherson and Charlize Theron. It's hard to get noticed. McKnight is the winningest boys' basketball coach in California history and Rollinson presides over a football program that won two unofficial national titles in the 1990s. Neither legend's body of work this year could match that of Burt Call. The Santa Ana Mater Dei baseball coach guided a team that had lost its best player and only proven starting pitcher to its third Southern Section title and first since 2005.
May 15, 1996 |
Guard Clay McKnight, among the Big West Conference's best freshmen last season, will transfer from UC Irvine to a community college at the end of the academic year, and might enroll at Long Beach State after next season, several sources said Tuesday. McKnight and his father, Mater Dei basketball Coach Gary McKnight, will meet Friday with Irvine Coach Rod Baker to discuss options.
February 11, 1999 |
Mater Dei clinched its seventh South Coast League championship and Coach Gary McKnight won his 500th game when the Monarchs beat visiting Dana Hills, 77-56, in boys' basketball Wednesday. McKnight (500-45), in his 17th year at Mater Dei, is the second active county coach with 500 victories. Tom Danley, in his 32nd season at Katella, is 616-241. McKnight said he was grateful to have reached the milestone, considering he had surgery two years ago to remove a cancerous tumor.
December 15, 1992 |
Mater Dei boys' basketball Coach Gary McKnight defended his decision to withdraw his team from the Holiday Festival tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and denied he was ducking national competition with the move. Mater Dei, ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today, was scheduled to meet defending North Carolina state champion West Charlotte in the first round Dec. 26. But McKnight opted to reschedule his team in the Above the Rim tournament in San Diego, where the Monarchs finished second last year.
March 13, 1993 |
Mater Dei basketball Coach Gary McKnight met informally with Utah State officials Friday night about the Aggies' coaching vacancy and will interview for the position Sunday. McKnight, who has a 319-27 record in 11 seasons at Mater Dei, attended the Aggies' 104-86 loss to Nevada Las Vegas Friday night in the first round of the Big West Tournament at the Long Beach Arena. He sat in the stands with Chuck Bell, Utah State's new athletic director, and other school officials.
March 23, 1992 |
They were brought together for one weekend by fate, fortune, the bounce of the basketball, the luck of the draw and economy-class air fare to Sacramento Metropolitan Airport. They did their thing in the Arco Arena, in the championship round of the high school state basketball tournament, in front of more faces than most of us meet in a lifetime. Where do they go from here?
April 9, 1992 |
Mater Dei basketball Coach Gary McKnight said he was "almost relieved" Wednesday when Cal State Fullerton announced that UCLA assistant Brad Holland had been named men's coach at the school. "My son (Clay) will be at Mater Dei for the next three years," said McKnight, one of seven finalists for the job. "If it would have gotten to the point where I had to make a decision, it would have been tough on my family."