In the same Oct. 1, 2015 announcement that Belmont Abbey was adding men's and women's cycling to its sports programs for 2016-17, Kyle Knott was named as the program's first coach. He has spent the time since his hiring recruiting riders, purchasing equipment and setting a schedule.
"We are thrilled to announce the addition of cycling as a program at Belmont Abbey College and the hire of Kyle Knott as our first Head Cycling coach," Athletic Director Stephen Miss said at the time. "Our cycling program certainly will bolster our continued growth as a department – especially in the area of Olympic sports, and Coach Knott's impressive credentials, which include winning National Championships both as an individual and as a member of a team, bodes well for the program's future success.
Knott is a level 2 USA Cycling Coach and former Programs Coordinator for the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, South Carolina. As a former Collegiate National Champion (Criterium, Omnium, & Team Omnium in 2011) and Domestic Elite bicycle racer, Knott knows what it takes to succeed in collegiate cycling. Knott's quality over quantity coaching philosophy focuses on creating an atmosphere where riders can develop both on and off the bike to become leaders both in sport and life.
Knott was a member of the National Championship winning team at Mars Hill College in 2011 and was the program's first national champion, winning the criterium and individual omnium that year. For his efforts, he was selected to the USA World Amateur Cycling Championship team.
Prior to his time at Mars Hill, Knott was a member of the diving team at James Madison University for three seasons, earning a degree in kinesiology in 2008. While at James Madison, he was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach and served as a youth coach in both diving and gymnastics. After graduation, he turned his efforts to cycling, matriculating at Mars Hill for the 2010-11 season while completing his certification for a teaching license.
Collegiate cycling is not a recognized NCAA sport and is governed under the aegis of USA Cycling. Collegiate Cycling is organized into 11 conferences, each with its own regular racing seasons, five per year: Track, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, BMX and Road.