The University of Scranton will honor former long-time men's soccer coach and administrator Steve Klingman during halftime of Tuesday night's men's basketball game against Cabrini in the Long Center. Klingman was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame this past summer.
Klingman, who is currently the University's athletics facilities manager, will always be remembered, however, for his tenure as head coach of the men's soccer program. Taking over in 1973, 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 NCAA Division III national championship match in 1980 and 1981 during a stretch of four straight Final Four berths (1980-1983).
The Royals also made nine other NCAA tournament appearances during Klingman's 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 34th 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-American 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.
The University will honor Klingman at halftime of the men's game on Tuesday night, with tip-off set for 8 p.m. Prior to the men's game, The University of Scranton women's basketball team will take on Cabrini at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3 for seniors (61 and older) and students (ages 8-17). Children under 7 are admitted free of charge, as are all University students, faculty and staff with Royal ID.