Jason Kline to use basketball leadership skills overseas
Former Indiana Tech athlete and basketball coach Jason Kline (BSBA, 1994) will be taking his coaching talents overseas in the spring of 2011.
Kline has been named the hardwood leader for the American International Sports Teams’ men’s basketball squad that will tour Italy in May and June.
Jason Kline will coach this select group of basketball players from around the United States who will compete against national teams as well as some local club teams. It will be a fantastic opportunity for Jason to further hone his coaching skills among some of the best basketball players around the country.
Coaching basketball is a part of the very DNA of Jason Kline. His father, Dan Kline, has more than 25 years of basketball coaching experience, most of which came during his tenure at Indiana Tech where he also served as athletic director. After retiring from Indiana Tech, Dan continued to keep busy offering his expertise in basketball to the Canterbury High School basketball teams here in Fort Wayne. In fact, Dan just couldn’t stay away from coaching, and he was named the new head coach for boys’ basketball at Canterbury High School for the 2010–2011 season. He has his team off to a fast 5–0 start.
Jason learned well from his father and has been very successful in his own right as a coach. After seven strong seasons (overall record of 140–84) as the head men’s basketball coach at Indiana Tech, Jason and his wife, Jolina, moved to Missouri to tackle the head men’s coaching position at Park University. Last season, Jason earned Coach of the Year honors in the American Midwest Conference when he coached the team to a record of 23–10 and guided the Park University Pirates to the second round of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament.
In his first five seasons with Park, Jason has led the team to two national tournament berths and amassed a 91–65 overall record. His players not only perform well on the court but also in the classroom. Between his time at Tech and now at Park, Jason has coached 17 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 14 Athletic All-Americans, 58 Academic All-Conference players, and 29 All-Conference performers. Jason and Jolina live in Kansas City, Mo., with their two boys, Jacob and Jackson.