Gary McKnight begins his 41st year at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and he begins it as the winningest active high school boys basketball coach in the country.
With the retirement of Steve Smith of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) at the conclusion of the 2022 season, McKnight takes over as the coach with the most wins, coming in at 1,214 wins. He ranks No. 4 all-time behind Robert Hughes of Dunbar (Fort Worth, Texas) with 1,333 wins, Morgan Wooten of DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) with 1,274 and Smith with 1,230.
McKnight is nearly 40 wins ahead of No. 2 Richard Duease of Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.), who has 1,176 wins. However, it should be noted that Duease also has 592 girls basketball wins, giving him a combined total of 1,768 wins.
Freddy Johnson of Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.) comes in at No. 3 with 1,136 wins while Charles Smith of Peabody (Alexandria, La.) comes in at No. 4 with 1,121 and Tony Harper of Cathedral (El Paso, Texas) is No. 5 with 1,103 wins.
Paul Rodio of St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.) is the next in line to surpass the 1,000-win milestone. He enters the 2022-23 season with 991 wins.