Margie Knight enters her 22nd season as head coach of the Salisbury University softball team in 2017. Knight owns a 775-178-2 (.813) overall record at Salisbury.
The 2017 season saw Salisbury as the home of the one of the top players in the nation with outfielder LeAnne Collins named an NFCA first-team All-American and one of the 10 finalists for the organization's national Player of the Year award. Collins was joined as an All-American by third-team pick Annie Pietanza. The pair led Salisbury to a 10-4 record in Capital Athletic Conference play and a 21-19 overall record.
In 2016, the Salisbury softball program continued its reign as one of the most steady programs in the nation, making its 21st NCAA tournament appearance and winning its 19th Capital Athletic Conference championship. Salisbury advanced to the championship game of its NCAA regional, before seeing the season come to a close. The Sea Gulls were honored with seven all-conference performers, six of which were first-team picks. Three of those players went on to be first-team All-Americans.
The 2015 season was a banner year for Salisbury, reaching the NCAA Championship, and winning a pair of games at Salem, Virginia, becoming one of the final four teams standing in the nation. Salisbury went 37-8, marking the seventh-straight year with at least 36 wins and for the second year in a rwo, Salisbury boasted the best defense in the country, with a .978 fielding percentage. Salisbury also had one of the top pitching staffs, finishing with a 1.58 ERA (sixth in Division III). Salisbury had two All-Americans, including Rachel Johnson being named to the first team, four All-Region picks and eight All-CAC selections.
Knight and her coach staff was named the NFCA Atlantic Region Coacing Staff of the Year for the fourth-straight season following the 2015 season.
On April 1, Knight earned her 700th career win in a 3-2 walkoff win against Stevenson University. She was just the 14th Division III coach to ever reach the milestone.
In 2014, the Sea Gulls advanced to the to the finals of the College World Series. To advance, the Sea Gulls swept conference foe Christopher Newport University in the super regional to advance. The Sea Gulls finished the season with a 44-5 record, including an 11-1 mark in conference play. Junior Rachel Johnson and sophomores Kim Dorsey and Paige Knussman all earned First Team All-American selections.
The Sea Gulls advanced to the seventh College World Series in program history in 2013 after winning the NCAA Salem, Va., Regional by sweeping four games against Pennsylvania University-Altoona, Christopher Newport and Piedmont College to move on to Eau Claire, Wis., and the World Series. Senior Michelle Gravdahl and sophomore Rachel Johnson each earned first team NFCA All-American, while four other claimed all-region honors.
The Sea Gulls captured their 16th-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship and 15th NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, going 37-7 and 12-0 in the CAC. Salisbury rode a 25-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament, before finishing 2-2 at the NCAA Newport News Regional. Nine players were named to the All-CAC team, including five on the first team. Knight was named CAC Coach of the Year for the 11th time and fifth consecutive year in her career. Knight mentored Erika Brittingham to her second CAC Player of the Year award and second All-American honor. Michelle Gravdahl was also named an All-American.
In 2011, SU went 36-6 on route to the program's 15th consecutive CAC championship and 14th NCAA tournament appearance. Under Knight the Sea Gulls swept the conference accolades earning Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and named seven others to All-CAC teams. Salisbury also garnered five ECAC All-Star awards.
The Sea Gulls 2010 campaign was a year to remember, after losing the first two games of the season, the Sea Gulls reeled off 34 consecutive wins. During that run, Salisbury captured the program's 14th CAC championship under Knight and made the program's 13th NCAA tournament appearance. SU had two players garner All-American honors and seven players collect All-CAC accolades.
The 2009 season was another banner year for the Salisbury University softball team as Knight guided the Sea Gulls to their sixth World Series appearance during her tenure as coach. Salisbury posted a 40-7 record on the year, matching the fourth highest win total in program history. The Sea Gulls won five straight elimination games in the NCAA regional to move on to the World Series where they earned a win and advanced to the third day of action. Knight and the rest of the Salisbury coaching staff were named the Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the NFCA. Along with numerous team accomplishments, Knight also saw a number of her players receive awards. Juniors Lauren Brenneman and Kelly Waskewicz were named by the NFCA second team All-Americans while senior Meaghan O'Gara was named to the third team. The trio was also named third team All-Americans by Easton and O'Gara was named a third team Academic All-American by CoSIDA.
In 2008, Knight guided the Sea Gulls to a 32-7 record and 11-1 in the CAC. Salisbury claimed its 12th straight CAC title as SU outscored its opponents 18-3 in the tournament. The Sea Gulls won 25 out of their last 26 games including their last 11 games of the season. Under her guidance, sophomore Kelly Waskewicz was named a first team All-American for the second concecutive season. Waskewicz also garnered CAC Player of the Year honors for a second straight year and was one of five SU player's selected to the all-region team. The maroon and gold had six representatives on the All-CAC teams in 2008.
Knight joined an elite group of softball coaches in 2007 when she won her 400th career game at Salisbury. Knight became the 34th NCAA Division III softball coach ever to win 400 games.
In 2007, Knight led the Gulls to their 11th straight 30-win season as the Gulls reached the NCAA regionals and finished the season 39-9. Knight coached the CAC Player and Rookie of the Year in All-American (third team) shortstop Kelly Waskewicz. SU had eight players earn All-CAC honors and four players earn All-Region honors.
Under her leadership, the Sea Gull softball team has enjoyed four of the most successful seasons (2002-05) in the program's history as they made trips to the Division III World Series in consecutive seasons. During that four-year span, SU finished as national runner-up in 2003 and 2005 and finished ranked third in the country in 2004. In 2002, Salisbury completed its first of four straight 40-win seasons by ending the year ranked seventh in the nation. In only her second season as head coach, Knight took the Sea Gulls to their first World Series appearance in 1998 as SU finished the year 36-10 and ranked fourth in the nation. Knight averages nearly 38 wins a season since taking over the program at her Alma Mater in 1997.
Knight has been recognized by her peers as the CAC Coach of the Year 14 times (1997-1998, 2003-05, 2008-14) and had her coaching staff recognized as the Regional Coaching Staff of the Year 10 times (1999, 2001, 2003-05, 2009, 2012-15).
In addition to her duties as the softball coach, Knight served as the head coach of the volleyball team from 1997-2012. The volleyball team won eight CAC championships under the tutelage of Knight and advanced to the NCAA tournament eight times, including a trip to the NCAA championship weeked in 2012.
A 1979 graduate of Salisbury, Knight returned to her alma mater after building an impressive resume at the prep level. She won state high school championships in both softball and volleyball during her 13-year head coaching career at North Caroline. The Bulldogs captured the state softball title in 1988 and 1991, and won the state volleyball championship in 1990. Knight compiled a 392-77 combined record in the two sports during her tenure, a winning percentage of over 83 percent.
A native of Catonsville, Md., Knight was no stranger to athletic success as a collegiate athlete at Salisbury . She was a four-year letterwinner in women's basketball and a three-year letterwinner in both softball and volleyball. Additionally, Knight served as a team captain for two years in each of those sports. She was also named MVP of the basketball squad twice and MVP of the softball team as a senior. In recognition of her outstanding collegiate career, she was inducted into the Salisbury Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. In the spring of 2008, Knight was inducted into the Maryland State Softball Hall of Fame.
Coach Knight News
04/04/15 Knight reaches 700 wins in doubleheader sweep of Stevenson
06/13/14 Knight and company named NFCA Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year
04/23/14 Johnson repeats as CAC Player of the Year, Knight named Coach of the Year for 13th time
05/01/13 Johnson and Knight honored in CAC; nine others named All-CAC
04/30/12 Brittingham and Knight honored in CAC, eight others named All-CAC
04/21/11 Brittingham, Hill and Knight sweep All-CAC awards; seven others honored
04/22/10 Brenneman, Knight honored in CAC; six other Sea Gulls claim all-conference honors
03/27/10 Coach Knight honored for her 500th win; Sea Gulls sweep doubleheader
03/24/10 Knight claims 500th softball win; to be honored before Saturday's game
06/12/09 Salisbury earns Atlantic Region Softball Coaching Staff of the Year
04/22/09 O'Gara named CAC Player of the Year, seven players named All-CAC, Knight honored
04/23/08 Waskewicz repeats as CAC Player of the Year, six other Sea Gulls honored along with Knight
04/21/07 Coach Knight wins her 400th career game
Coach Knight's Record at SU
|1997||33-14||8-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|1998||36-10||8-0||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|1999||33-14||8-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2000||32-10-1||8-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2001||37-9||6-2||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2002||40-11||7-1||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|2003||45-6-1||7-1||NCAA Finalist, CAC Champions|
|2004||41-8||7-1||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|2005||44-6||8-0||NCAA Finalist, CAC Champions|
|2006||33-8||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2007||39-9||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2009||40-7||12-0||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|2010||36-4||12-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2011||36-6||12-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2012||37-7||12-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2013||42-4||8-0||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|2015||37-8||11-3||NCAA World Series appearance|
|2016||37-6||13-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|193-17||3-time NCAA Finalist
9 World Series appearances
19 NCAA Tournament appearances
18 CAC Championships