Margie Knight begins her 16th season as Head Coach of the Salisbury University volleyball team in 2012.
Knight has elevated the Salisbury volleyball program to new
heights since becoming head coach in 1997. In her 15 seasons, the
Sea Gulls have recorded 12 20-win seasons, captured seven
conference championships, finished as the conference runner-up in
two other seasons and earned seven NCAA tournament berths.
In the 2011 season, the Sea Gulls recorded an overall record of 32-4 while defeating Stevenson University, 3-0, in the CAC championship match claiming the program's seventh conference championship. The Sea Gulls had five players named to the All-CAC teams, including Player of the Year Carley Todd. SU advanced to its seventh NCAA tournament and had two AVCA All-American selections in third-team selection Todd and honorable mention selection Chelsea Glowacki.
SU re-wrote the Sea Gull volleyball record book in 2008, posting a program-best 36-2 record and successfully defended its CAC title and returned to the NCAA tournament. The Gulls won their first NCAA tournament match before it lost a match against nationally ranked Eastern. SU was nationally ranked for the first time in program history in 2008. SU won 36 straight matches and even won 29 straight sets at one point during the season. SU had four AVCA All-American honorable mention selections in Stacey Krebs, Gabby Long, Alexandria Malesick and Rachel Downes. Krebs repeated as CAC Player of the Year as well as the Gulls placed a program best five on the All-CAC teams.
In 2007, Knight led Salisbury a record of 28-11 and to its first NCAA tournament appearance in three years. Knight had her first All-American in 2007 in junior Krebs and her third CAC Player of the Year, which was also Krebs. There were two players that were named to the CAC first team as well in junior Long and Krebs. Under Knight's tutelage, the Sea Gulls made their fourth appearance to the NCAA tournament and claimed their fourth CAC title. Salisbury posted 20 shutouts on the year and won 12 straight games at one point.
Knight, a 1979 graduate of Salisbury and a member of its Athletics Hall of Fame, returned to her alma mater after building an impressive resume of success 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 High School. 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.
In addition to her volleyball duties, Knight has piloted the Salisbury softball team to NCAA Tournament berths 15 times and six appearances in the College World Series (1998, 2002-05, 2009). The Sea Gulls have won 17 CAC titles and finished as national runner-up twice.
A native of Catonsville, Md., Knight was no stranger to athletic success as a collegiate competitor 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.
Under her leadership, the Sea Gulls won their first CAC championship in 1998, added their second CAC title in 2000 and claimed the championship once again in 2004. The Sea Gulls also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. Knight has been recognized by her peers as the conference's coach of the year in both 1998, 2004 and 2008.
All told, the Sea Gulls have registered a 86-22 regular season CAC record under Knight's leadership, with 41 players recognized on the all-conference teams during her 16 seasons. In addition, SU has produced ten All-Americans (2011: Glowacki, Todd; 2010: Glowacki; 2009: Long, Nicole Massarelli; 2008: Downes, Krebs, Long, Malesick; 2007: Krebs), the CAC Player of the Year five times (Jen O'Neill, 1998; Katie Korreck, 2000; Krebs, 2007 & 2008; Todd, 2011) and also had the CAC's Rookie of the Year winner in both 2002 (Brittany Mister) and 2003 (Abbey Petrecca). The Sea Gulls have had at least one All-CAC first team selection in each of Knight's 16 seasons.
Coach Knight News
10/09/09 Knight wins 300th career victory at Salisbury
11/10/08 Krebs repeats as CAC Volleyball Player of the Year, five named All-CAC, Knight selected as top coach
09/12/06 Salisbury flies past St. Mary's, Knight honored for landmark win
Coach Knight's Record at SU
|1998||25-14||6-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2000||18-18||5-2||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2004||25-12||6-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2007||28-11||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2008||36-2||8-0||NCAA Tournament Second Round, CAC Champions|
|2009||32-5||8-0||NCAA Tournament Third Round, CAC Champions|
|2011||32-4||8-0||CAC Champions, NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2012||37-4||6-0||CAC Champions, NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Total:||405-175 (16 seasons)||92-22||8 NCAA Tournament appearances
8 CAC Championships