May 13, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coaches Patrick Klein and Joy Cheek were part of a select group of college basketball assistant coaches who attended to the prestigious Villa 7 Consortium May 6-8. The consortium, held at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., is an invitation-only event that brings together university athletic directors with the elite assistant coaches of today. It marked the second invite for Klein and the first for Cheek, who also serves as recruiting coordinator for the Buckeyes.

“I’m very proud that two of our assistant coaches were invited to such a prestigious event,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “Patrick and Joy are obviously two of the top assistant coaches in all of women’s college basketball and two of the most talented and hardest-working individuals I have ever met. Both are rising stars and have bright futures in the coaching profession.”

Since its inception in 2004, more than 115 men’s and women’s assistant coaches who have attended Villa 7 have gone on to Division I head coaching positions.

Notable attendees at the event featured segments from prominent men’s coaches such as SMU’s Larry Brown, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and VCU’s Shaka Smart.

About Villa 7
The next generation of rising head coaches, the Villa 7 members comprise the most talented group of men’s and women’s basketball assistant coaches from the most storied programs in the college ranks. As these elite coaches move closer to their goal of running their own programs, participants are exposed to a variety of topics designed to help ease their transition into the first chair. In addition, athletic directors from across the country participate in programming that is critical to the changing landscape of college athletics. The networking and interaction between Athletic Directors and rising head coaches at this unique event allows both groups to better position their programs for future success.