Austin Klumpe named assistant basketball coach
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Austin Klumpe has been named assistant coach with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's basketball team, UMHB head coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor announced today. Klumpe is just the fourth full-time assistant coach in the history of the UMHB women's basketball program. His last name is pronounced CLUMP-ee.
Klumpe comes to UMHB from Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma where he spent last season as an assistant coach for the Aggies women's basketball program, helping lead the team to an 18-10 record. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach of the men's basketball program at Emporia State University and served as a student assistant coach for the Emporia State women's basketball team in 2008-09. He was part of a program that went to the NCAA Division II National Tournament that season.
"I believe Austin will bring a strong work ethic to our program," Curliss-Taylor said. "He has been under great coaches and has gained good experience in strong programs. He is ready to hit the ground recruiting and has good ties at the HS and JUCO levels."
Klumpe is a 2007 graduate of McPherson College with a degree in Business Administration. He was a four-year basketball letterman for the Bulldogs. Klumpe earned a Master's of Science in Business Education from Emporia State University.
"I want to thank Coach Taylor and Mr. Shipp for giving me the opportunity to work for UMHB athletics," Klumpe said. "The university's high standards for success, the positive environment they create, and the overall campus and facilities make UMHB very attractive to work for and to recruit quality student-athletes."
Curliss-Taylor is also in her first season with the UMHB women's basketball program. The duo takes over a team that finished 6-19 overall and went 5-16 in American Southwest Conference West Division play. The Cru missed the ASC Tournament for the first time in seven years.