Asst Athletic Director (Cheer, Basketball, Lacrosse, and SOL Soccer); Basketball Program Director
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Hollis, Queens New York City. As a child I was blessed to have access to The Police Athletics League sports and enrichment program. This free program combined sports and mentoring to help at risk inner city youth learn how to play sports in a safe environment. At a young age I was exposed to a lot of great coaches and mentors which had lasting impact on my life.
I went to Andrew Jackson High School in Queens NY which was a very competitive sports school. I enjoyed being part of both the basketball and football programs.
After graduating High School I played basketball briefly at Hunter College in New York. Then I joined the United States Air Force which really changed my life.
Most of my time in the military was spent in Europe. For a kid from Queens who had never been outside of the United States it was a thrill to be able to travel to several different countries.
I was also able to play high level competitive basketball in the military in many different leagues and tournaments in Europe. I also got the chance to go back to school and attend Park University. Joining the military proved to be one of the best decisions I ever made.
What people may not know about you?
I founded a nonprofit in Austin, Texas called the Greater Central Texas Youth Association were I served as Executive Director for 8 years. The grassroots nonprofit provided free sports and academic programs for at-risk youth much like the free programs I was exposed to as a youth back in Queens.
I’m a mentor and coordinator with the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper Program (MBK).
I teach Sunday school and Youth Church at Abundant Life Community Church.
I’m a really good cook.
My Father had 14 brothers and sisters so there are a lot McKnight’s in the world. I’m the youngest of three kids I have an older sister and brother. Growing up it felt like I had a huge family because I had so many aunts, uncles and cousins.
I have two wonderful kids Monique (daughter) and Jamel (son).
Hobbies and interests
I enjoy sports and exercise I participate in a variety of fitness activities including boot camps, intramural sports, and the occasional 5K race.
Art has always been a passion of mine. I started drawing comic books at a young age and I have continued to create paintings, drawings and designs throughout my life.
I also enjoy music and reading.