Josh Klein Named DeSmet Head Coach

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Josh Klein, Head Coach, DeSmet Spartans (July 2014)


I sat down with Josh Klein Tuesday following a morning training session. We talk about the big shows he has to fill in replacing Greg Vitello. Josh played for Vitello in the early 90’s and has spent the last 10 years coaching at DeSmet for Coach Vitello. He has some personal goals we discuss as well as his experience as a player, including winning one of the five State Champions the Spartan’s hold, in 1995. DeSmet defeated the SLUH Jr Billiken’s in that match and the Billiken’s featured a talented forward named Taylor Twellman. It’s a good story you can hear in the video below!

Via DeSmet.org – John Stewart, athletic director for De Smet Jesuit High School, announced that Josh Klein (’97) will serve as the school’s new varsity soccer coach. Klein replaces Greg Vitello, who is retiring after 46 years as the school’s soccer coach.

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Klein currently teaches Psychology and AP Psychology at De Smet Jesuit High School, and has done so for ten years. After serving as Junior Varsity Head Coach for six years, Klein has been the varsity assistant coach for the last four years, including the 2011 State Championship team. As a player for Coach Vitello, he was a member of the 1995 state championship team his junior year and an All-Conference selection his senior year. Following high school, Klein played for nationally-ranked Rhodes College, as a four year all-conference and all-regional forward, appearing in two NCAA tournaments. He finished his career ranked third all-time in goals, assists, and points. Klein earned a B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and an M.S. in Sport Psychology from Florida State University.

“It’s an incredible honor and privilege to take over a soccer program with such a rich tradition,” said Klein. “As a player for Coach Vitello, he taught me what it meant to work hard in and out of the classroom, to be a good person, and to hold myself accountable for all my actions. As his assistant coach and friend, he’s taught me how to consistently impact a student’s life both on and off the field. More importantly, he has served as an excellent model for how to become a successful teacher, husband, and most of all, a man of integrity. Following in his footsteps will be challenging. No one can ever replace a man like Coach Vitello. I intend to continue many of DeSmet Soccer’s qualities, while at the same time exploring some new directions to make us even more successful in the future.”

Video interview with Josh on my YouTube Channel

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