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The 2016-17 season will Patrick Klein's sixth year on the Ohio State staff. He served his first five seasons as an assistant coach and was promoted to Associate Head Coach by McGuff prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. Outside of his coaching duties, Klein in charge of scheduling and plays a major role in donor relations and the academic success of the student-athletes.
In his three seasons on McGuff’s staff, Klein has helped guide the Buckeyes to 67 victories and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also had a big hand in guiding Ohio State to the top-5 in the country the last two seasons in scoring. The Buckeyes shattered the school’s single-season scoring averaging in 2015-16, averaging 86.0 points per game and topped the 90-point mark 14 times. Working primarily with the post players during his tenure, Klein helped develop rising-junior Alexa Hart into one of the best post players in the Big Ten. Hart blocked a school-record 129 shots as a freshman and led the team with 13 double-doubles. Last season, Hart led the Big Ten during conference play making 68 percent of her shots from the field and averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
In addition to the Buckeyes recent success on the court, Klein has played an instrumental role in recruiting over the last three years. In 2014, OSU had a top-5 ranked class that included the No. 1 ranked point guard Kelsey Mitchell and three other top-100 players in Asia Doss, Alexa Hart and Makayla Waterman. A year later, he helped bring in a pair of transfers in Sierra Calhoun and Stephanie Mavunga who were both McDonald’s All-Americans. This past year, Klein played a key role in signing another top-5 ranked class that included Tori McCoy (No. 10), Kiara Lewis (No. 24) and Jensen Caretti (No. 31) who were all ranked in the top-31 of the 2016 class. That was in addition to the signing of another high-level transfer in Linnae Harper. Harper was an All-SEC Defensive Team member at Kentucky and a veteran of five Team USA squads.
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 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.
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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