USC Assistant Jen Klein Named Associate Head Coach|
May 26, 2015
"Jen has been a priceless member of my staff at WSU as well as here at USC," said second-year head coach McAlpine. "I can't say enough about her qualifications, and desire to make us the best. It is impossible for me to put her value into words, and I'm very happy to announce the promotion of a wonderful person, a supremely talented coach, and my dear friend to Associate Head Coach. It is well deserved!"
Klein, who came with McAlpine from Washington State, is entering her second season at USC. Overall she is entering her fourth season working with McAlpine, and each year she has helped their teams advance to the NCAA Tournament, including leading the 2014 Trojan club to its first NCAA appearance since 2006. The team finished with a record of 12-6-3 overall and were 6-5-0 under her tutelage.
In 2013 at Washington State, she help lead the Cougar squad to a tie of the program record for victories with a 14-3-4 mark, as the team and players set or tied 27 school records. Under McAlpine and with the help of Klein, the Cougars finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation with only 11 goals allowed. In 2012, the Cougars went 6-4-1 in Pac-12 play and finished up 12-6-2 overall.
Prior to her time in Pullman, Klein spent five seasons at UNLV, assuming the post of head coach for her final two seasons. At the time she was named head coach prior to the 2010 campaign, Klein was the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I women's soccer.
In Klein's first year as the head coach at UNLV, the Rebels improved their win total from the previous season from five to 11 and set a school record for goals scored with 38. The Rebels were 19-18-4 during Klein's tenure.
Klein's collegiate-coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Arizona, her alma mater, during the 2006 season.
Klein also brings experience with the youth soccer ranks, having coached club teams and regional ODP teams during her tenures at UNLV and Arizona. She received her National "A" License in the summer of 2011.
She was a four-year student-athlete for the Wildcats from 2002-05 and was a team captain as a junior and senior. She helped the Wildcats capture their first Pac-10 Championship (2004) and was a starter on the 2005 squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. Klein appeared in 78 games in her career, with 60 starts as a midfielder and outside back. Klein was also a member of the Arizona Heatwave in the semi-professional W-League from 2003-05.
Klein received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Arizona in May of 2006 and her master's degree in athletic administration at UNLV in May of 2011.