“I’m excited to announce Patrick’s promotion to Associate Head Coach,” said McGuff. “He’s done an outstanding job and I look forward to working with him and the rest of our staff to continue our climb to national prominence.”
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.
Klein, who graduated from Ohio State in 2005, 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. He was then elevated to assistant coach and helped the Buckeyes to 43 wins during his first two seasons as an assistant. 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’s responsibilities extend beyond the court as he is also in charge of scheduling and plays a major role in donor relations and the academic success of the student-athletes.