Hired in February, 2019, Noah Knight holds the position of Athletics Development Associate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). A 2018 graduate of UMKC, Knight participated as a member of the Men’s Basketball team while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Prior to becoming Athletics Development Associate, Noah served as Chair of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Responsibilities of the Chair included the facilitation of multi-day meetings, serving as the committee spokesperson to the media, and acting as the primary liaison between the NCAA National Office and the Division I SAAC.
In correlation to the Chair position, Noah earned a seat on the NCAA Board of Directors and its Administrative Committee while working alongside many constituencies throughout the NCAA governance structure. Amidst the Condoleezza Rice Commission on College Basketball Report, Knight brought the imperative student-athlete perspective to multiple ad-hoc working groups organized from the Rice Report to examine critical aspects of Division I men’s basketball. In addition, he served on the NCAA Transfer Working Group, playing an integral role in the creation of the Notification of Transfer legislation (previously Permission to Contact), allowing student-athletes to transfer from 4-4 year institution without the potential loss of financial aid due to blocking.
In the arena of public speaking, Noah has spoken on a range of issues on behalf of Division I student-athletes. Engagements include the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, prioritizing education and student-athlete health and well-being in college sports, IMG/Learfield Sports Business Journal Conference in Times Square, the moderation of a College and University General Counsel Panel at the Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference, and a series of Student-Athlete Experience Forums spanning the country.
A native of Olathe, Kan., Noah Knight is currently working towards his MBA with an emphasis in Finance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, continuing to advocate for the student-athlete voice.