Head Coach Paul Knight is entering his 6th season with the Knights. In 2018, the Knights were crowned SSAC Tournament Champions in Montgomery, AL battling out of the losers bracket to win the tournament title. This was the first conference tournament title for Middle Georgia State Baseball since joining the conference in 2015. Regular season honrs for 1st Team All-Conference went to catcher Dayton Beasley, pitcher Austin Goff, shortstop Trent Nash, sceond baseman Jacob Durant, outfielder Zach Cornell, and third baseman Blake Jackson. 2nd Team All-Conference selections went to outfielder MJ Rookard amd pitcher Crandall Poore. The knights won the automatic qualifier to the NAIA Opening Round and traveled to Lincoln, CA. The Knights finished with a final record of 45-18 and a ffinal postseason national ranking of 18th in the country. Post season honors included NAIA All-American Honorable Mention selections for third baseman Blake Jackson, shortstop Trent Nash, and outfielder Zach Cornell.
In 2017, Coach Knight brought home the first Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championship for MGA since joining the SSAC, while also earning his second straight SSAC Coach of the Year award. The team finished with a 46-16 record and was ranked as high as 10th in the NAIA before finishing the year at #13. The Knights made their second straight appearance in the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round falling in the final game to #10 Hope International (CA). 2017 player highlights included SSAC Pitcher of the Year, Mason Klotz; Newcomer of the Year, Mason Klotz; and Freshman of the Year, Logan Carter. Mason Klotz was also awarded 3rd Team All-American. 1st Team All-Conference selections included pitcher Mason Klotz, pitcher Austin Bowker, catcher Andy Mocahbee, second baseman Jesus Monserrat, third baseman Alan Mocahbee, outfielder Will Golden, and DH Jack Bell along with 2nd Team All-Conference pitcher Chris Rich.
In 2016, The Knights made their first appearance on the national stage, earning a #2 seed in the NAIA Oopening Round in Kingsport, TN. Coach Knight was awarded Coach of the Year by SSAC. 2016 player highlights included SSAC Pitcher of the Year, Chris Rich; Freshman of the Year, Whit Campbell; Newcomer of the Year, Andy Mocahbee. Andy also earned 2nd Team All-American honors and Chris Rich earned Honorable Mention All-American. All-Conference selections included 1st Team selections: Chris Rich, Andy Mocahbee, Jesus Monserrat, Alan Mocahbee, and Tyler Epps. 2nd Team All-Conference selections included Clint Wynn, Bryce Todd, and Whit Campbell. The Knights finished the year 39-18 with a postseason ranking of 26th in the NAIA National Poll.
Leading the program in it final year in the NJCAA, the Knights finished the 2014 season with a record of 38-15. After losing all but two players from the 2014 roster, Coach Knight rebuilt his roster for the first year of NAIA play to go 17-32 including 7-7 against teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25 and 2-2 against teams ranked #1.
Before coming to Middle Georgia, Knight served as head baseball coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Florida Tech, both in NCAA Division II. He has recruited and coached multiple major league, All-Conference, and All-American players over his career and his teams have set multiple school and conference records. His teams have set records for individual and career home runs, team earned run average (ERA), batting average, and on-base percentage among others.
Before becoming a head coach, he spent six years as an associate head coach at Wingate University and two years as a graduate assistant with the University of Richmond, reaching the NCAA Regionals once with each program.
Coach Knight graduated from Methodist College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science before earning his Masters in Sports Management from Richmond in 1996. As a player for Methodist, Knight was part of two NCAA Division III World Series Teams.
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Career Record as Head Coach (2003-Present: as of 6/1/2018): 438-406
NCAA DII - Florida Tech (2003-07): 139-128
NCAA DII - Lenoir-Rhyne (2008-2013): 114-179
NJCAA - MGA (2014): 38-15
NAIA - MGA (2015-present): 147-84