Steve Klingman's career at The University of Scranton has been a long and storied one, filled with success on the soccer pitch and countless contributions behind the scenes of a successful athletics program.
Klingman has received numerous honors during his time with the Royals, and he's about to receive another. Klingman has been chosen to the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame, according to a release from the Conference office today.
The elder statesman of The University of Scranton athletics department, Klingman began his career in 1973 as head men's soccer coach and has served in a variety of roles since, including his current position of associate director of athletics.
He will always be remembered, however, for his tenure as head coach of the Royals' men's soccer program. Taking over just four years after the program was founded, he led Scranton to an overall record of 324-116-23 in 22 seasons, including two straight appearances in the national championship match of the NCAA Division III tournament in 1980 and 1981 during a string of four straight Final Four berths (1980-1983). The Royals also made nine other NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure, including Elite Eight appearances in 1977, 1978 and 1979. To this day, he is still ranked 23rd in winning percentage (.726) and tied for 31st in victories (324) all-time in NCAA Division III men's soccer history.
He won the first of his eight championships in the highly regarded Middle Atlantic Conference in 1976, just four years after taking over as head coach, and, remarkably, led the Royals to 21 consecutive winning seasons after posting a 5-8-1 record his first year. Ten of his players earned All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), 29 were named all-regional by NSCAA and 69 earned all-conference recognition.
Klingman is a member of the University's athletics Wall of Fame (Class of 1986), and received the University's prestigious Peter A. Carlesimo Award in 2014. The Carlesimo Award is presented annually to an individual who has made special contributions to athletics and Catholic education.
Steve and his wife, the former Deanna Kyle, are the parents of four children: Kelly, Derek, Justin, and Colin. Kelly, Derek and Justin are all graduates of the University. The family resides in Clarks Summit, Pa.
Klingman is one of 20 inductees in the Class of 2016 from current and former MAC member institutions. The MAC Hall of Fame was started in 2012. Klingman joins Bob Bessoir (Class of 2012), the late Joe Bochicchio (Class of 2013) and Mike Strong (Class of 2015) as inductees from The University of Scranton.