Head Coach Courtney Kline
Office Phone: 304-829-7165
Now entering her seventh year at the helm of the Bethany volleyball program, Courtney Kline has transformed the Bison from an eight-win team into back-to-back ECAC champions.
In 2012, Bethany achieved 31 wins for the second conseuctive season, culminating in a third-straight ECAC South Championship.
The team finished with a 31-8 record, including a 14-4 mark in the PAC, bowing out of the PAC tournament in the semi-final match against the #2 seeded Tomcats of Thiel College.
Following the PAC tournament, the Bison hosted the ECAC South Championship tournament, where they swept through Penn State Behrend, Cabrini, and a championship-match against Moravian.
For their efforts in 2012, Kline coached five-different Bison to All-PAC status; including First-Teamers, Taylor Cassidy, Jessica Zavatchen and Lauren Goodwill, as well as Breana Harris and Julia Mouch who earned Honorable Mention laurels. Zavatchen was also named an Academic All-American following the 2012 campaign.
Bethany enjoyed its best year in school history in 2011. The team started the year with 14 consecutive wins, which included winning tournaments at Haverford and Rose-Hulman, and earned votes in the AVCA Top 25 coaches poll for the first time in school history. The Bison advanced farther in the PAC Tournament than ever before in school history, reaching the championship match before falling to Geneva.
The season would continue in the ECAC Tournament, where Bethany defeated Marywood, Swarthmore and Saint Vincent to capture the tournament championship for the second consecutive year. In the process, the Bison finished with a 31-6 record to set school records for single-season victories and winning percentage.
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 back-to-back 31-win seasons in '11 and '12.
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.
Kline is also very active with the Penn Highlands Volleyball Club. Since becoming involved with the organization in 2004, Kline has coached seven different teams, including the 17 National squad this year. She serves as the Ohio Valley Region Penn Highlands Volleyball Club Director and is in charge of practice and tournament scheduling for nine competitive club teams, among other duties.
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 Jordan Barton
Office Phone: 304-829-7154
Jordan Barton is in her second season as an assistant coach with the Bethany volleyball program.
Barton joined the Bison staff after completing her playing career at PAC rival Waynesburg. She was a three-year team captain for the Yellow Jackets and led the team in kills her sophomore and junior season. A solid all-around player during her tenure at Waynesburg, she compiled a total of 672 career kills as well as 953 career digs.
In addition to her time on the court, Barton was also an assistant coach with the Waynesburg men’s club volleyball team in 2009 and 2010 and has been a volunteer for the volleyball program in the Burgettstown Area School District since 2009.
Barton was very active on the Waynesburg campus as well. She served as President as a senior and Vice President as a junior of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was selected as the PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April 2012. A native of Burgettstown, Pa., Barton graduated from Waynesburg in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a minor in psychology.
Assistant Coach Will Kline
Will Kline is in his fourth season as an assistant with the Bison volleyball program.
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.