Written by Karen Wells, Human Resources Friday, 29 August 2008 03:02
Riversprings Middle School Coach, Frances Knight, Lauded for Induction into FAMU Hall of Fame
Coach Frances Knight paved the way for many athletic females. Riversprings Middle School faculty and staff as well as past employees, Wakulla Middle School representatives and Superintendent David Miller celebrated with Coach Knight as she was recognized by FAMU and inducted into their Hall of Fame. David Miller spoke at the occasion and said, “As Superintendent and former FAMU graduate I am extremely proud of the honor bestowed on Coach Knight. It is a rare occasion to be in the presence of a Hall of Fame inductee.”
Coach Knight was a volleyball and tennis athlete at FAMU. As a FAMU athlete she spearheaded the women’s tennis team. She originally played as number six on the boys’ team. Many southern black colleges, such as Tuskegee started women’s tennis programs as a result of her groundbreaking movement for black women who played tennis.
Coach Knight was also the first FAMU women’s tennis coach leading her players to the MEAC Conference three times during her eight years at FAMU. Coach Knight is currently teaching PE and coaching track at Riversprings Middle School. After working at FAMU, she began teaching at WMS in 1986. She started the softball and track programs at WMS. The Wakulla County School District has recognized her as Teacher of the Month while at WMS and RMS.
This article originally published on August 29, 2008.
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