In his first season as an assistant coach with Indiana State soccer is Adam Kleman.
Kleman comes to Indiana State after spending the 2018 campaign at Eastern Kentucky. During the fall, the Colonels earned the program's first-ever win over neighboring Kentucky in September, before finishing the regular season 8-8-4 (4-4-3 OVC). EKU advanced to the OVC semifinals for the third consecutive season, before falling to the No. 1 seed UT Martin, 3-2, on November 2.
"I am excited to welcome Adam Kleman to the Indiana State women's soccer family," coach Hanley said. "Adam has worked at a pair of highly successful mid-major programs and that experience will be instrumental as we look to build a championship culture here. Adam comes highly regarded from Nick Flore (former EKU head coach) who I worked with while I was at Iowa. His ties to the Midwest will provide additional avenues for recruiting future Sycamores. While his ability to influence training and positively impact our current student-athletes as they continue to grow as players will be invaluable. "
Kleman arrived at Eastern Kentucky following four seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio Valley Conference rival Southeast Missouri (2014 to 2017). Before arriving in Cape Girardeau, Kleman was a graduate assistant on EKU's staff for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
He served as Southeast Missouri's goalkeepers coach, and he handled administrative tasks, team travel, meals, compliance, and recruiting while assisting in overall player development.
"My family and I are tremendously excited to join Indiana State University and the Soccer Program that Coach Hanley has built," coach Kleman said. "We would like to thank Mr. Clinkscales, Ms. Lansing and Coach Hanley for their thoroughness and support throughout the interview process. It was very clear the passion that exists for Sycamore Athletics as well as the resources that are in place to allow the student-athletes to thrive at every level. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Coach Hanley has provided me & I'm looking forward to building future successes with both the players and staff here at Indiana State!"
In his first season at SEMO, Kleman helped guide the Redhawks to their fifth OVC title. Kleman mentored freshman goalkeeper Kindra Lierz that season. Lierz went on to be the first player in league history to earn both OVC Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Lierz also earned first team All-OVC and All-Newcomer accolades. The Redhawks led the OVC in goals allowed (0.71), goals against average (0.70), and shutouts (8) in 2014.
Kleman's work with the goalkeepers lent to Southeast recording 11 shutouts in 2015, his second season with the program. The Redhawks finished the 2015 campaign with an 0.93 goals against average and an 80.7% save percentage. SEMO's 0.93 goals against average and 1.00 goals allowed per game each ranked third in the league while its 11 shutouts ranked first.
The 2016 season featured seven shutouts of the Redhawks' opponents. The campaign was highlighted by a season-opening 1-0 shutout of Southeastern Conference opponent Tennessee. The Redhawks began the season 6-0-1, five coming by way of shutout. The Redhawks' 18 goals allowed ranked third-best in the OVC as did their 0.95 goals against average.
SEMO continued to be one of the top defensive teams in the OVC in 2017, ranking third in the league in goals-against average (0.91) and shutouts (7).
During his tenure at EKU, Kleman was responsible for on-field coaching, off-campus recruiting, travel arrangements and video editing. He was part of the memorable 2012 season, in which the Colonels set then-program records for wins (10), conference victories (6), goals (22), assists (18), points (62) and shots (253). EKU posted an undefeated home record (8-0-1) for the first time in school history that season, and had three players selected first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference, the most in program history.
A native of Elida, Ohio, Kleman competed collegiately as a defender at Transylvania University (2004-07). The Pioneers posted a 56-10-13 record during his career, won four consecutive Heartland Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007.
Kleman earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Transylvania in 2008 and a master's degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky in 2013.
He and his wife, Bo, have one daughter, Journey. The couple is expecting their second child in September.