Assistant leaves OSU women amid investigation
After eight years at his alma mater, Ohio State women’s basketball associate head coach Patrick Klein has resigned amid an investigation into allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the program.
In a letter submitted to the university Friday, Klein wrote that he had "not adhered strictly to NCAA rules" and "my communications with some student-athletes may have been too informal or in some cases even inappropriate, violating university policy."
An athletics department spokesman referred questions about when the department was made aware of any issues regarding Klein and what triggered the investigation to a university spokesman because he said the process began at the university level and not the athletics level.
A university spokesman told The Dispatch that Ohio State notified the NCAA about the investigation on Monday and declined further comment on the cause of the review or the issues it concerns.
“I apologize for these mistakes and realize that I should have used better judgment,” Klein wrote in his letter.
No time frame was given for when the review of the situation, which is being conducted by both Ohio State and the NCAA, will be complete.
“The university has notified the NCAA,” Ohio State said in a statement released by the athletic department. “On Friday, July 26, Klein was placed on administrative leave while the university investigates. Ohio State is working diligently to conclude its review of this matter.”
Klein and head coach Kevin McGuff did not reply to messages requesting comment.
Former Ohio State coach Jim Foster hired Klein as an assistant coach in July 2011. McGuff kept Klein on the staff when he took over the program in 2013, and Klein was promoted to associate head coach before the 2016-17 season.
In his biography on the team’s official website, Klein is described as having played “an instrumental role in recruiting” during the last four years but especially for the 2019 class. That four-person class was ranked in the top three nationally, and Klein “played a major role” in building the class, per the website.
Klein was a student manager for the OSU women's team in the 2004-05 season and became a graduate assistant coach the following two seasons after earning a bachelor's degree in business management. He spent three seasons as an assistant at Illinois before resigning during the summer of 2010 for “personal and family circumstances” according to a statement at the time.
Klein also resigned Friday as executive director of the iBELIEVE Foundation. Founded by Klein in 2011, IBELIEVE is a program to help Appalachian youth develop leadership and problem-solving skills.