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Patrick Klein will be in his fifth year as an assistant coach at Ohio State and his third under head coach Kevin McGuff in 2014-15.
"Patrick is an incredibly hard worker and is very passionate about Ohio State - specifically this program," McGuff said. "As an Ohio State graduate, his knowledge of the school and this team along with his connections in the state of Ohio and the Big Ten will allow us to move forward in a really positive way."
In 2014-15, Klein helped guide the Buckeyes to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in four years. Ohio State won 24 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as well as the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament. Klein worked closely with the Buckeye post players and played a key roll in the development of forward Alexa Hart. Hart emerged as one of the best low-post threats in the conference by the end of her freshman campaign and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team as well as the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. She blocked a school-record 129 shots as a freshman and led the team with 13 double-doubles.
In his first season on McGuff's staff, Klein helped land a consensus Top 5 recruiting class with four ESPN Top 100 signees.
Klein helped the Buckeyes to 43 wins during his first two seasons as an assistant under Jim Foster, working primarily with the post players and recruiting. In 2011-12 in his first year as an assistant in Columbus, Klein helped the Buckeyes to their school-record 10th consecutive NCAA tournament and a 25-7 overall record.
"I am honored to be able to continue my coaching career at my alma mater and one of the greatest universities in the country," Klein said. "I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Kevin McGuffand I am excited to work under his leadership."
Klein, who served as an assistant coach at Illinois from 2008-10, served as a graduate assistant on Jim Foster's Ohio State staff from 2005-07 and again in 2011 where he assisted in several areas including summer camps, community service and supervising the student managers. During his time at UI Klein played a large role in the development of Illinois post players in addition to scouting, scheduling, recruiting, summer camps and academic mentoring.
At Illinois Klein helped the Fighting Illini to 49 wins and two postseason appearances in three seasons and played a big part in Jenna Smith's development into one of the top post players in the country. Klein also helped coordinate summer camps and had a hand in landing three talented recruiting classes.
During his first season in Champaign, Klein helped the Illini to a 20-win season, a postseason appearance in 2007-08 and helped Smith earn All-America honors as a sophomore. In November of 2008 Klein helped Jolette Law and her staff sign the No. 3 recruiting class in the country - the highest-ranked class in school history.
In 2008-09, Klein helped a young Illini squad play its best basketball at the end of the season as the team finished 6-5 in the final 11 games after starting 4-16. Then in 2009-10 the Illini had a 19-win season and earned a trip to the WNIT quarterfinals.
In addition to his contributions at Ohio State, Klein also gained experience working with USA Basketball in the summer of 2006. He served on the support staff for the U18 FIBA Trials, monitoring and supervising 30 athletes during the trials week and assisting with on-court practice. Then, in August of 2006, he was on Anne Donovan's support staff for the USA Senior Women World Championship Trials, serving as a practice player and assisting the staff with on-court and post-practice workouts.
Klein’s success isn’t solely devoted to basketball. He founded PB& J Consultants, a leadership consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio, in June of 2003 and remains the company’s CEO. Klein also is the founder and director of the iBELIEVE Foundation, which provides leadership, communication and problem solving skills to Appalachian youth and raises money to help send kids to summer camp. During the inaugural year in 2010, the program sent 35 kids to summer camp. Two years ago the program grew by leaps and bounds, sending more than 100 students in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to camp. In 2014, the program raised more than $220,000 and sent more than 220 students to summer camps with more than 500 expected in 2015.
A native of Belpre, Ohio, Klein attended Ohio State, earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 2005 and a master's degree from the Fisher College of Business in March 2011. While a student, he served as Director of Tournaments and Leagues for Ohio Sports Plus, Inc., managing AAU and seasonal leagues for over 500 high school athletes. He also worked one year as a student manager for the Buckeyes in 2004-05 before becoming a graduate assistant for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
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