Pete Knox is in his 11th year as assistant coach after serving four years as UK's graduate assistant. Often described as a vigorous and intense leader, Knox primarily works as a sprint coach and has developed many Wildcats swimmers, such as 1996 NCAA qualifier Rick Barber. Knox brings his vocal and energetic approach to every practice and has an exceptional ability to motivate his swimmers. With an exercise physiology and research background, Knox specializes in an ongoing weight-training program.
Knox came to Kentucky from Brandon, Fla., where he coached the Brandon High School men's and women's teams from 1980 to 1988. While at Brandon, his teams consistently placed in the top 10 of the Florida High School Championships. Knox also developed two All-America high school swimmers and had several Junior and Senior National qualifiers. An assistant coach with the Brandon Blue Wave USS Team from 1981 to 1988, Knox was selected Hillsborough County Coach of the Year in 1987.
A native of Norfolk, Va., Knox graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1978 with a degree in health education. Knox earned a master's degree in exercise physiology with an emphasis directed toward the application to swimming from UK in 1999.
Knox is married to former Wildcat swimming standout Wendy Hipskind.