BALTIMORE – The Maryland Fastpitch Softball Association has announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class, and Salisbury University alumna and head coach Margie Knight is among those to be honored this fall.
Knight, one of eight to be inducted in a ceremony to be held on October 25 at Tiffany East in Baltimore, played basketball, volleyball and softball for then-Salisbury State University from 1975-1979. She was twice a team captain for softball and was selected once as the team's Most Valuable Player.
During the 1978 softball season, Knight hit .435 while scoring 20 runs (second on the team) and drove in 15. In her senior season, she led the squad with a .396 batting average and team-leading numbers in runs scored (18), doubles (eight) and RBIs (16).
After a 13-year stint as softball and volleyball coach at North Caroline High School – where both teams won state championships – Knight returned to her alma mater, where she led both the softball and volleyball programs to national prominence.
In 18 seasons as the head coach of the softball team, Knight has led the program to a 680-145-2 record, including 17 Capital Athletic Conference championships and 17 trips to the NCAA tournament. Her teams have played in the NCAA Division III Softball Championships eight times, including back-to-back trips in 2013 and 2014, and played in the title game three times.
In her time with Salisbury softball, the Sea Gulls have seen 31 players named All-Americans while 138 have been selected as All-CAC performers, and in each of Knight's 18 years the program has been honored with the league's Player of the Year.
The MFSA Hall of Fame currently has 178 members, which will grow to 186 in October. Knight was also inducted into the Maryland Modified Fastpitch Hall of Fame in 2008.
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