Dorothy McKnight

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Dorothy “Dottie” B. McKnight worked as the executive director of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport and National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, a university professor, a varsity coach, and an advocate for sex equity in athletics.

Early life and education

McKnight grew up around Prospect Park, Pennsylvania where she attended Interboro High School and graduated in 1953.[1] She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College and her master’s degree from Temple University.[1]


McKnight did post-graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park|University of Maryland.[1] She was an assistant professor in physical education.[2][3] She served as the coordinator of women’s athletics from 1971-1976.[4] As the coordinator, McKnight supervised seven coaches in eight different sports.[2] She was a coach at the university from 1964 until 1976.[2]

McKnight was the first varsity women’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland in 1971.[3] She coached the team to a state championship in the 1972-1973 season, defeating Morgan State University in the championship game.[5] McKnight also coached the first women’s basketball game televised on national television in 1975.[2][3] The team lost the televised game against Immaculata University at Cole Field House.[3] McKnight was the varsity coach from 1971-1975.[6] Chris Weller assumed the role of varsity coach after McKnight left.[7]

After leaving the University of Maryland, McKnight worked at Athletic and Sport Consultants, Inc. for twenty years.[6] She was the president and the managing owner.[6]

McKnight later became the executive director of the United State Women’s Lacrosse Association.[1][2][4][6] She began her role on July 27, 1996 and stayed in the position until 1998.[6] McKnight also held the role of Executive Director for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS).[1]

Awards and recognition

McKnight was awarded with the Presidential Award from NAGWS.[1] In 2004, she was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame|University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame for her work in both administration and coaching.[1][2]

McKnight is also known for her work for sex equity in sports and Title IX.[4][8]

Written works


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Inductee Year 2005". interboro-alumni. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Dorothy McKnight (2004) - University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame". University of Maryland Athletics. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "10 Female Heroes of Maryland Sports". The University of Maryland Today. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Collection: Dorothy McKnight papers | Archival Collections". Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  5. "Great Teams and Moments". University of Maryland Athletics. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Wiser, Melissa C. (2013). "Where's the Line?: An Analysis of the Shifts in Governance of Women's Lacrosse, 1992-1998". Graduate School of the Ohio State University.
  7. Vecsey, George (1989-03-31). "SPORTS OF THE TIMES; 'We Had To Play With Gloves'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  8. News, Deseret (1994-11-16). "SHOW DAUGHTERS THAT SPORTS AND FEMININITY TEAM UP WELL". Deseret News. Retrieved 2020-09-24. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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