Patrick Klein served as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini for three seasons from 2007-2010, before resigning in June 2010 due to family and personal reasons. Klein, who joined Jolette Law's staff on June 14, 2007, played a big role in the development of the Illini post players, as well as in scouting, scheduling, recruiting, summer camps and academic mentoring.
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 during that span. Klein also helped coordinate the successful Jolette Law Summer Camps program and had a hand in landing three talented recruiting classes.
During his first season Champaign, Klein helped the Illini to a 20-win season and a postseason appearance in 2007-08. He helped Smith have a breakout All-America season as the sophomore center averaged 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In November of 2008 Klein helped Law and 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. It also saw Smith re-write the UI record books as the program's all-time leading scorer, rebounder and blocker under Klein's tuteledge.
Prior to coming to Illinois, Klein spent two years as a graduate assistant with the women's basketball team at The Ohio State University. With the Buckeyes, he assisted head coach Jim Foster's staff in several areas including recruiting, scouting, summer camps, community service and supervising the student managers. He also played a complementary role in player development, particularly assisting with the post players, helping Jessica Davenport earn All-America honors and become the No. 2 pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft.
In addition to his contributions at Ohio State, Klein also gained experience working with USA Basketball in the summer of 2006. In June, 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 work experience isn't related solely to basketball. He founded PB& J Consultants, a leadership consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio, in June of 2003 and remains the company's CEO. The business develops leadership workshops for high school student organizations that motivates students to excel in all areas of life.
A native of Belpre, Ohio, Klein attended Ohio State and earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 2005. 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. He is pursuing a master's degree in leadership and team management.
HEAD COACH JOLETTE LAW ON KLEIN
"Patrick's energy, enthusiasm and love for the game immediately won me over. He is both a teacher and a student of the game. He's well connected in recruiting circles, has experience with USA Basketball, and has been in the Big Ten the last few years learning from one of the best in Jim Foster. Patrick's knowledge of the Big Ten, experience as a post coach, and leadership development training is sure to serve our staff and student-athletes well."
THE KLEIN FILE
Hometown: Belpre, Ohio
The Ohio State University
B.S. in Business Management, 2005
2007-10 Assistant Coach, University of Illinois
2005-07 Graduate Assistant, The Ohio State University
August 2006 Support Staff, USA Basketball Senior Women World Championship Trials
June 2006 Support Staff, USA Basketball U18 FIBA Trials
2004-05 Student Manager, The Ohio State University
2004-05 Director of Tournaments & Leagues, Ohio Sports Plus, Inc.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
2003-07 CEO and founder of PB&J Consultants
updated June 2010