Bethany’s Will Kline Honored by AVCA as Thirty Under 30 Recipient
March 28 -LEXINGTON, Ky. – Bethany College assistant volleyball coach Will Kline was recently recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a 2013 Thirty Under 30 award recipient, an award created to recognize up-and-coming volleyball coaches 30 years old or younger at all levels of volleyball.
The award was created in 2009, making this the fifth class of Thirty Under 30, and the list of winners will be featured in the upcoming May edition of Coaching Volleyball 2.0. Of this year’s 30 recipients, 12 are head coaches and 18 are assistants. Kline is one of just five Division III honorees in this year’s class, which also includes nine Division I coaches and nine from Division II programs.
Kline (right), who is the husband of Bethany head coach Courtney Kline, just finished his fourth season with the Bison program. In his four seasons on the BC bench, the program has compiled a 102-42 record, reached the PAC Tournament Championship game once and won three consecutive ECAC South Region Tournament titles. With his main responsibilities at Bethany include working the development of the outside and middle blockers, Kline’s efforts helped the Bison rank 10th in the nation in 2011 in blocks per set and 13th this past fall.
In addition to his work at Bethany, Kline has earned a USA Volleyball Impact Volleyball coaching certification and is also CAP Level I certified. He has also served as tournament director for the Bethany College-sponsored Ohio Valley Region USAV Juniors Tournament, as well as the Keystone Region Penn Highlands sponsored USAV Juniors Tournaments.
“Will has helped our program tremendously over the past four years,” said head coach Courtney Kline. “The strides the team has made in our blocking has been key to the success of our program. Prior to Will joining the coaching staff, our team was ranked in the bottom two in the conference for blocks, but in the past two years, we have been ranked in the top two and have also gained national recognition for blocking.
“Not only has he helped considerably with the statistical column, he also brings energy, competitiveness, and passion to the court,” said Kline. “He has also greatly contributed to our success in recruiting over the past four years. I appreciate all he has done for our program, and look for more great things in the future.”