Patrick Klein


position Associate Head Coach

Hometown Belpre, Ohio

Alma Mater Ohio State, 2005


The 2018-19 season was Patrick Klein’s eighth 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 plays a major role in recruiting, donor relations, scheduling and the academic success of the student-athletes.

In his six seasons on McGuff’s staff, Klein has helped guide the Buckeyes to 137 victories and four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also had a big hand in guiding Ohio State for a four-season run as a top-5 team in the country in scoring. The Buckeyes shattered the school’s single-season scoring average in 2015-16, averaging 86.0 points per game and topped the 90-point mark 14 times. In 2016-17, the team set a school-record with 2,999 points and in 2017-18, the Buckeyes made more three-pointers than any team in program history.

Working primarily with the post players during his tenure, Klein helped develop Alexa Hart and Stephanie Mavunga into two 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. In 2015-16, 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. The 2016-17 season saw Mavunga become the nation’s most efficient rebounder and earn second team All-Big Ten honors. Freshman center Tori McCoy was also named to the conference’s All-Freshman Team. In 2017-18, Mavunga was a first team All-Big Ten honoree and averaged a double-double for the second-straight season at 16.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

In addition to the Buckeyes recent success on the court, Klein has played an instrumental role in recruiting over the last four 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. In 2016, 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 class. That was in addition to the signing of another high-level transfer in Linnae Harper. Harper was a McDonalds’ All-American, an All-SEC Defensive Team member at Kentucky and a veteran of five Team USA squads.

The Buckeyes’ 2019 signing class is also a top-3 class in which Klein played a major role in landing. OSU got commitments from arguably two of the top players in Ohio in McDonald’s All-American Kierstan Bell (No. 6) and Dublin native Jacy Sheldon (No. 41). Kaelynn Satterfield (No. 39) and Rikki Harris (No. 24) rounded-out a class of five-star players.

Academically, Klein has led the team’s academic development by assisting Coach McGuff in implementing a comprehensive academic accountability plan. That plan has led to tremendous success over the past five years including a team GPA of 3.4 in 2017-18 which was this highest since McGuff’s arrival in Columbus. Ohio State has had nine Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 14 OSU Scholar-Athletes. Over that same time period, Klein has helped 11 student-athletes earn their master’s degrees. Notable alumni include Dr. Amy Scullion (2018 graduate of Ohio State Medical School), Martina Ellerbe, JD (2018 graduate of Ohio State Law School), Cait Craft (2018 graduate of Ohio State Nursing Master’s program), and Asia Doss (2019 graduate of Ohio State College of Engineering).

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 and the Buckeyes appeared in their school-record 10th consecutive NCAA tournament and finished with a 25-7 overall record.

Klein served as an assistant coach at the University of llinois from 2007-10. During his time at Illinois, 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 land three talented recruiting classes, oversee academics, and coordinate summer camps.

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 Honorable Mention 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 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 also had the opportunity to serve as a support staff member with Coach K and the USA Men’s Senior National Team Trials in Las Vegas during the spring of 2007.

Klein’s success isn’t solely devoted to basketball. In 2011, He founded The iBELIEVE Foundation, which provides leadership, communication and problem solving skills to Appalachian youth. During the inaugural year in 2011, the program sent 36 kids to summer camp. In just seven years of growth, Klein and The iBELIEVE Foundation has raised millions of dollars for students from all over Appalachia. In 2018 alone, The iBELIEVE Foundation raised nearly $1 million and sent nearly 1,000 kids to summer camps in five Appalachian states. Through his servant leadership, Klein has been awarded Ohio State’s Alumni of the Year for Student Life and an honorary degree from Zanesville State University for his work in the region.

A native of Belpre, Ohio, Klein attended The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2006 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 student assistant for the 2005-06 season and a graduate assistant in the 2006-07 season.