Virgil Knight begins his second season with the NM State football team and is solely responsible for the strength and conditioning of the football team. A veteran in the strength and conditioning field, Knight has served stints with Arkansas, Florida, Auburn and the Green Bay Packers.
Since 1992, Knight has been in the construction business, as president of Knight Construction in Fayetteville, Ark. From 1994-98, Knight was the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Arkansas. While with the Razorbacks, Knight helped design and administer the strength program for both men's and women's athletic teams as well as organize and administer off-season football workouts.
Prior to his stint at Arkansas, Knight spent seven years with the Green Bay Packers, where he was strength coach and worked with tight ends for head coach Forrest Gregg and head coach Lindy Infante. While with the Packers, from 1984-92, Knight handled all strength and conditioning aspects, including off-season workout programs, preseason conditioning programs and on-field rehab.
A native of Clarksville, where he was an all-conference football player, Knight graduated from Northeastern State College in 1970 with a degree in education. He was all-conference in football and earned his master's degree in education from the school in 1971. In 2003, Knight was inducted into the Northeastern State Athletics Hall of Fame.
While working on his master's, Knight served as a graduate assistant for a season, then went to Arkansas State where he was a graduate assistant for six months before becoming offensive line and track coach at Sylvan Hills High School in North Little Rock. After a year at Sylvan Hills High School, Knight went to Marist High School in Atlanta, Ga., as defensive coordinator and assistant wrestling and track coach. He spent three seasons at Marist.
His first collegiate experience was gained at Arkansas Tech where he worked with the defensive linemen and linebackers for three seasons. He also coached track and cross country and served as strength coach.
In 1979 he was hired as strength coach at Florida, where he spent two seasons. During his first year, the Gators were 0-10-1 but improved to 7-4 in 1980. He then moved to Auburn where he was the strength coach for three seasons during which time the Tigers won two SEC titles. From Auburn, he went to Green Bay in 1984. Knight is married to Tracie Knight. They have five sons, Trent, Josh, Colt, Christian and Jake, along with three grandchildren.