College - Indiana-Purdue
Player Development Coach
Carlos Knox is in his first season as Indiana’s player development coach, tasked with assisting the Fever coaching staff with on the court skill development of its players.
Knox, a former college All-American and scoring champion at IUPUI, has enjoyed coaching success with a great number of local players who have thrived in college, the NBA and WNBA. Among the list of star athletes who have developed under his tutelage are Indiana Pacers star George Hill, Memphis Grizzlies standout Zach Randolph, former Ohio State and NBA star Daequan Cook and WNBA stars Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas.
Locally, Knox may best be known for establishing and maintaining the Knox Indy Pro Am League which has helped athletes transition from college to professional basketball. Originated in 2009, the summer league has been regarded as one of the best pro-am leagues in the country, attracting nearly 200 athletes including NBA All-Stars Eric Gordon, Paul George and John Wall, as well as Lance Stephenson, Gordon Hayward, Victor Oladipo, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and others. The Knox Indy Pro Am has spawned a pair of national pro-am champions – 2013 AND1 Summer Remix and 2014 Red Bull Midnight Run, both which represented the state of Indiana and were coached by Knox.
His coaching career began as an assistant men’s coach at his alma mater during the 2001-02 season when he aided in the recruitment and development of Hill who became the only player in school history to be drafted into the NBA.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Knox also has coached with the IBL Dayton Jets (2004-05), ABA Indiana Alley Cats (2005-07) and the CBA’s Pittsburgh Xplosion (2007-08). During winter seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10, he coached Club Al Hilal to a pair of playoff appearances in the Saudi Arabia Premier League.
As a player at IUPUI from 1994-98, Knox was a three-time All-American, two-time NCAA Division II scoring champ and the NCAA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. He finished his career as the school’s record holder for career and single-season points, single-season (32.0) and career (30.1) scoring average, and a record 51 points in a single game. His No. 34 jersey was retired after his final game, and he was inducted into the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
A professional career included a short preseason stint with the Indiana Pacers. He played more than six years in Germany and Venezuela before he returned to Indianapolis to assume a coaching stint at IUPUI.
Knox owns a bachelor of arts degree from IUPUI and he has two children, Carlos Jr., and Kaelyn.