IBEX signs famed coach Bobby Knight as keynote speaker

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Bobby Knight, one of the winningest coaches in the history of college basketball, will be the keynote speaker at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.

Knight will present a motivational speech on “Winning” at the annual industry breakfast on Sept. 30 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Knight won 902 NCAA Division I games, the most at the time of his retirement and third behind his former player, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. He led the Indiana Hoosiers to three NCAA championships, one National Invitational Tournament championship and 11 Big Ten Conference championships.

He is best known as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971-2000. He also coached at Texas Tech from 2001-08 and at Army from 1965-71. He also boasts a 98 percent graduation rate among players.

Following Knight’s speech, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will deliver the state of the industry address, followed by the IBEX Innovation Awards, the NMMA Hall of Fame Award, the Exhibitor Video Awards and the Boating Industry Movers & Shakers Award.

"In college basketball, the name Coach Bob Knight is synonymous with greatness and winning and we are thrilled to welcome this legendary basketball coach and avid fisherman to deliver the keynote address at the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast," Dammrich said in a statement.

"Bob Knight's impressive record on and off the basketball court illustrates his dedication to his team and the game, all values which will resonate with our attendees who will be inspired by his drive to succeed."

"The IBEX Industry Breakfast is an exciting way to begin your IBEX experience," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said. "We are thrilled to be rewarding innovation and recognizing the true leaders of the industry. We encourage people to register early, as this event will surely sell out."