Arizona Record: 8-27-3 (2 years)
Division I Career Record: 65-68-4 (7 years)
In her third season as the head coach of the University of Arizona women’s soccer team, Cathy Klein continues her quest to transform the Wildcat program into a nationally prominent powerhouse. The steps may seem slow, but the improvements have been obvious.
Over the six seasons prior to Klein’s arrival, the Wildcat program earned a combined total of three Pac-10 victories. Last year alone, Klein guided the Cats to a 2-7-0 conference mark, the most conference wins for a UA team in four seasons. The 2001 team also set or tied 23 school records, including most goals in a season (30), most assists in a season (20), most total points (80) and most corner kicks (87).
During her brief time at Arizona, Klein has already produced three honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections, two second team Academic All-Pac-10 honorees and five honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 choices. Fourteen Wildcat soccer players earned Mary Roby Academic Achievement Awards during the 2001-02 school year, bringing Klein’s total up to 28 Mary Roby Award winners in her two seasons at the UA.
In January of 2000, Cathy Klein, a former All-American player and the head coach at Iowa State for five years, was named the second head women’s soccer coach at the University of Arizona.
In her first year, Klein began her quest to turn the Arizona soccer program around, finishing the 2000 season with a 3-15-2 mark which belies the actual progress that was made during the year. With a brutal schedule, the team played an unprecedented six nationally ranked teams, all in the final seven matches of the year. The squad set or tied 30 school records, and half of the season’s 20 contests were decided by a margin of only one goal or less.
Klein, 38, led Iowa State to three postseason conference tournament appearances during her tenure there and was Big 12 Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 1997, when ISU posted a 12-9 record. Her 1999 team went 13-8, reached No. 21 in the national rankings, posted a seven-game winning streak and recorded victories over nationally prominent Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Texas.
Klein was named the first coach at Iowa State in 1995 and compiled a record of 43-37-1 in four regulation seasons after the team played an exhibition year. She recruited both the 1998 and 1999 Big 12 Conference Rookies of the Year, and her 1998 team earned its best-ever Big 12 record and participated in a second consecutive Big 12 Tournament.
Including a 1994 season at Creighton, she has a Division I record of 57-41-1. Klein led Creighton to a 14-4 mark and reached a No. 17 national ranking during the 1994 season and was a perfect 8-0 at home including a victory over Big Ten champion Wisconsin.
Prior to the Creighton job, Klein spent three years as the head coach at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., where she posted a 16-37-2 mark. The Earlham team had won just two games in the three seasons prior to Klein’s takeover as head coach.
Before Earlham, Klein was the head coach at Utica College in New York, where her teams went 6-16-3 in 1987 and 1988. The Utica women’s soccer program was winless in the two seasons prior to Klein’s arrival.
Klein graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1987 with a bachelor’s in physical education. She was a two-time All-America selection in 1985 and 1986, when the school played as a Division I program, and earned Soccer America magazine “Super 11” honors as a senior.
A native of Burlington, Ontario, she went on to play for the Canadian National team from 1987 to 1990. She has been involved as a regional Olympic Development Staff member and holds a United States Soccer Federation “B” license as a coach. She earned a master’s degree in physical education from Kent State University in 1991.