Dec 2

Nick Klingler Named Head Girls Cross Country Coach

Nick Klingler has been named Brebeuf Jesuit’s new Head Girls Cross Country Coach after 15 years as an assistant coach under the leadership of Hall of Fame Head Coach Karl Knerr, ’74.

Nick is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended Bishop Luers High School. His love of distance running started over 20 years ago when he ran both Cross Country and Track & Field as a high school athlete. Following Bishop Luers, Nick attended Indiana University, where he majored in Secondary Education. His love of running continued to grow, as he was an avid runner throughout his time in Bloomington.

After college, he spent two years serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School for girls in Detroit, Michigan. It was during his time in Detroit that Nick discovered his passion for coaching. Through coaching the basketball team and running club, he discovered the transformational impact athletics can have on the lives of young people.

Following his time with JVC, Nick moved back to Indiana and started his career at Brebeuf Jesuit teaching Social Studies before becoming the Director of Community Service. In his 16 years at Brebeuf, the privilege of working with the student athletes on the Cross Country and Track teams has always been a source of joy for him.

“Nick Klingler embodies the mission of Brebeuf Jesuit as a man for others,” Brebeuf’s Athletic Director, Ted Hampton, remarked. “He has been an integral part of the development of our students and the development of our Girls Cross Country program for over a decade. We are very excited to have Coach Klingler leading one of the state’s top programs.”

Nick is thrilled to move forward with two talented and dedicated assistant coaches, Kayla Grimes and John Maley, to continue the legacy of Coach Knerr and to build on the recent success the girls program has seen over the last several years. He has learned so much from Coach Knerr through their time together, but also from fellow assistant coaches Layton Payne-Elliott, Peter Knerr, and Jacob Rich. Nick’s coaching philosophy is centered around creating a culture of positivity that empowers every runner to work towards their goals and to know that they are loved and supported by their teammates, coaches, and the Brebeuf Jesuit community.

Nick would like to thank his wife, Sarah, and daughters Annemarie, Marin, and Ada. Coaching involves a great deal of time after school and on the weekends, and their support has made all of this possible.