March 1, 2012
Klein comes to Pullman from UNLV, where she spent five seasons, including the last two as the Rebels' head coach. When she was promoted prior to the 2010 campaign, she was the youngest head women's soccer coach in Division I.
"I'm extremely excited to add such a quality coach to our staff," McAlpine said. "Jen has a great reputation as a coach and as a former Pac-10 player. Her knowledge of the game and her teaching ability are going to be priceless for our program."
In Klein's first year as the head coach at UNLV, the Rebels improved their win total from the previous season from five to 11 and set a school record for goals scored with 38. The Rebels were 19-18-4 during Klein's tenure.
Klein's collegiate-coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Arizona, her alma mater, during the 2006 season. She was a four-year student-athlete for the Wildcats from 2002-05 and was a team captain as a junior and senior.
She helped the Wildcats capture their first Pac-10 Championship (2004) and was a starter on the 2005 squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship.
Klein earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Arizona (2006) and a master's degree in athletic administration at UNLV (2011).