Klinge accumulated the greatest high school girls basketball coaching record in the state of Iowa, which also ranks 10th nationally. In 52 years (41 at West Central Maynard and 11 at Waukon), Klinge compiled a record of 1,009-252. His career included 16 state tournament appearances, highlighted by a state title for Waukon in 2004. He’s an Iowa Girls Coaches Association and National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Famer. In 2011, he became the first Iowa girls’ coach to receive the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Morgan Wooten Award for lifetime achievement. The West Central High School gymnasium bears his name where he spent 41 years coaching.
Klinge was known as a fierce competitor who instilled tough discipline and insisted his teams play hard-nosed defense. After coaching the six-on-six game for 30 years, he transitioned to the five-player game and loved to press teams and run on offense. He firmly believed in the importance of high school sports and what they could teach kids about life.
• Female currently enrolled in a public or private Iowa high school
• Lettered in high school girls basketball for at least two years
• GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), verified by unofficial high school transcript
• ACT score of 20 or higher, verified by unofficial high school transcript
• Rank in top half of graduating class, verified by unofficial high school transcript
• 500-word essay reflecting on involvement in high school basketball and/or what impact your basketball coach has had on you as a player/person
• Two letters of recommendation, one must be from current HS basketball coach
• Applications will not be accepted in parts. Please submit completed materials together, including application, copy of transcript, essay and letters of recommendation (all uploaded). Partial applications will be deemed incomplete and discarded upon receipt.