Clay McKnight enters his third season as the video coordinator for the Bruins' men's basketball program.
Prior to arriving on the UCLA campus, McKnight spent one season (2005-06) as an assistant coach at UC Riverside.
Before landing with the Highlanders, he served one year (2004-05) as the basketball operations assistant under Henry Bibby and Jim Saia at USC. Prior to that, he spent the 2003-04 season as director of basketball operations at Oregon State.
McKnight is no stranger to college basketball's elite programs, as he was a member of the staff at Syracuse when the Orangemen won the 2003 national championship. He served as director of operations at Syracuse under Coach Jim Boeheim from 2001-03.
McKnight was a three-year letterwinner at the University of the Pacific, finishing his career as the school's all-time leader in free throw percentage at 92.8% (129-of-139), and in third for career three-point field goal percentage at .415 (198-of-477). He had 238 career Big West three-pointers. His 94.9% percentage from the free-throw line as a senior was the best in the NCAA in 2000 and the fourth-best percentage in NCAA history.
McKnight drilled a school-record nine three-point field goals in a Dec. 7, 1998 game vs. Fresno State. He helped the Tigers to a 23-10 record in 1998 and to the Big West Conference title.
He began his career at UC Irvine, earning Big West All-Freshman Team honors in 1996 before transferring to Pacific.
He graduated from Pacific in 2000 with a degree in sports sciences and attained his master's degree from American Intercontinental University in education in 2004.
McKnight played high school basketball for his father, Gary McKnight, at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. During his playing career, the younger McKnight posted a 102-4 record over three years and earned three CIF championships and a Division 1 state title in 1995. He was a two-time South Coast League co-MVP, and among his many achievements, he once set a California high school record by hitting nine consecutive three-point field goals in a game.
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