Head Coach Courtney Kline
Office Phone: 304-829-7165
Having just completed her seventh season as the coach of the volleyball program, Courtney Kline has turned the Bison into a PAC and ECAC powerhouse following the team's fourth-straight ECAC championship.
In 2013 Coach Kline was tasked with replacing a senior class which had amassed over 100 wins in a four year span, and she was up to the challenge. Using a team with just six upperclassmen (three sophomores and three juniors) as well as 12 freshmen, Kline led Bethany to its third-consecutive 30-win season. The Bison also became the first team in PAC history to record 17 wins in conference play.
Posting a 30-10 record, and a 17-1 mark in PAC play, the Bison earned the right to host the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, where they earned the overall number one seed. The Bison defeated #4 Westminster, 3-2, in the semi-final match, advancing to the PAC title game for the second time in three years. The team then fell in a hard fought five-set match (3-2) to Thomas More in the championship game.
Following the PAC tournament, the Bison were tabbed as hosts for the ECAC Division III South-West Regional Tournament for the second-consecutive year. Bethany captured the ECAC crown by sweeping matches against McDaniel College and Marymount University.
For their efforts during the 2013 campaign, five different Bison were named All-PAC selections, including First-Team All-PAC honorees Mackenzie Lauber and Dylana McKenzie. McKenzie was also given the nod as the Presidents' Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Other Bison earning all-conference distinction included second teamers Breana Harris and Julia Mouch, and honorable mention selection Dakota McKenzie. Mouch also earned Capital One First-Team Academic All-District III honors.
Prior to 2013, Kline helped the Bison post back-to-back 31-win seasons. Bethany posted its best record (31-6) in school history in 2011, following that with a 31-8 mark in 2012. In both seasons, the Bison finished their run with an ECAC championship, defeating Saint Vincent (3-1) in 2011 and Moravian (3-0) in 2012.
After winning eight and five games during Kline's first two seasons, Bethany began to turn the corner. In 2009, Kline was named the PAC Coach of the Year after guiding the program to a 16-15 record and their first appearance in the PAC Tournament since 2004. Only four programs in all of Division III had a bigger one-year turnaround than Bethany, who improved from five wins in 2008 to the 16 in '09. The team then improved again to 24 wins in 2010, and then three straight 30-win seasons starting in 2011.
Through her first seven seasons, Kline has coached four Academic All-American selections, seven Academic All-District honorees and 23 All-PAC selections, including eight first-teamers, six second-team honorees and nine honorable mention selections. She has also coached two PAC Freshman of the Year selections (Jessica Zavatchen - 2009; Dylana McKenzie - 2013). Kline has also had 45 players earned Academic All-PAC honors.
Kline, who is CAP Level II certified, came to Bethany after a highly successful two-year stint as the head coach at Penn State-Fayette in Uniontown, Pa. In those two seasons, the Lions captured back-to-back PSUAC championships, the first in the school’s history, and Kline was named the Coach of the Year following both seasons. In 2006, PSU-Fayette completed the regular season with a 24-7 overall record, including an 18-1 mark in conference play, before claiming victories over Mont Alto and two over Penn College to repeat as PSUAC champions. In addition to the conference title, the Lions earned the #1 ranking in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) polls in their initial season with the new conference.
Due to her success at Penn State Fayette, Kline was also named the 2007 College Women’s Coach of the Year by the Tri-County (Fayette, Greene, Washington) Athletic Directors Association.
A four-year member of the volleyball team at Cedarville (Ohio) University, Kline helped her team to the NAIA American Mideast Conference tournament all four years and was a 2002 NSCAA All-Midwest Region team selection. She still currently ranks in the top 10 at the school in service aces, games played and digs.
Kline, who graduated from Cedarville in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education (sports management concentration) and later earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from California (Pa.) University in 2006, also teaches in Bethany's Physical Education-Sports Studies program.
Assistant Coach Jaycee Cole
Office Phone: 304-829-7154
Jaycee Cole enters her first season with the Bethany College volleyball staff during the 2014-15 academic year. During her time with the Bison, Cole will assist in all day-to-day operations including individual workouts, scouting, recruiting and video review. She will also primarily be in charge of defensive responsibilities.
Cole comes to Bethany after a four-year playing career with Alma College in Alma, Michigan. A four-year letterwinner, Cole served primarily as a defensive specialist and libero, appearing in 74 matches during her career. During her tenure with the Scots, the team accumulated a 66-48 record. She posted a career-high 279 digs in 2013 while serving as a team captain.
While at Alma, Cole also served as an AAU volleyball coach for 16 and under teams, and also ran individual lessons as well as serving as a summer camp coach. Cole graduated from Alma in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Physiology and Health Science.
A native of Alma, Michigan, Cole will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2014.
Assistant Coach Will Kline
Will Kline is in his fifth season as an assistant with the Bison volleyball program.
In 2012, Kline was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a 2013 "30 Under 30" award recipient, an award created to recognize up-and-coming volleyball coaches 30 years old or younger at all levels of volleyball.
In his five seasons on the BC bench, the program has compiled a 132-52 record, reached the PAC Tournament Championship game twice and won four-consecutive ECAC South Region Tournament titles.
Also the husband of Bethany head coach Courtney Kline, Will has earned a USA Volleyball Impact Volleyball coaching certification and is also CAP Level I certified. His main responsibilities include working with the development of the outside and middle blockers and his efforts helped the Bison blockers rank 10th in the nation in 2011.
In addition to his work at Bethany, Will has been an assistant coach with the Penn Highlands Volleyball Club since 2005 and was a volunteer assistant for Penn State-Fayette's back-to-back PSUAC championship teams in 2005 and 2006. In addition, Will has served as tournament directors for the Bethany College-sponsored Ohio Valley Region USAV Juniors Tournament, as well as the Keystone Region Penn Highlands sponsored USAV Juniors Tournaments.
A graduate of California University of Pa., with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, Will also has an MBA from California and an associate's degree in engineering technology and nanofabrication manufacturing from Penn State.