This could be one of the most memorable months in the life of new Blue Springs South High School football coach Matt Klein.
“I’m so excited about being the new head coach at Blue Springs South,” Klein said Thursday night, as he drove back to St. Louis, where he coaches and teaches at Marquette High School, “and my wife Adrienne and I are expecting our third child in a few days – maybe as early as this weekend.
“I’m just hoping I don’t get home and have to make a quick trip to the hospital.”
The Kleins have two children, 6-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Lydia.
Klein, who was in Blue Springs to meet with the Jaguar players Thursday afternoon, coached at Marquette from 2014 to 2018.
He replaces Jon Oyler, a South graduate and all-state linebacker, who coached the Jaguars the past three years and stepped down in December.
“We are excited about this hire – he is the right man for the right job,” Blue Springs School District activities director Mark Bubalo said. “Not only are we getting a great coach, we are getting a great teacher and leader.
“We have heard so many great things about Matt. He knows how to run a first-class program that stresses both academic and athletic excellence.”
Marquette won conference championships in 2016 and 2018 and Klein was named conference coach of the year both seasons. He compiled a 30-23 record in his five seasons leading the Mustangs, including a 6-4 mark in 2018.
Those 30 wins were the school record for the most wins in a five-year period and his teams broke 18 school records. Program numbers also increased by 35 percent during his tenure.
Klein served as the head coach at Knob Noster High School in 2013 and 2014 before moving to Marquette. He also was an assistant coach at Pleasant Hill from 2008 to 2013 and started his coaching career as an assistant at Morgan County in 2007-08.
“Being at Pleasant Hill, with my good friend (and head coach) Kyle Roach, I am very familiar with the area and I know a great program Blue Springs South has.
“And I know it has not had the success the past few years that everyone had hoped for. That is something I addressed with the players I met with. That is our goal – to be a successful team, on the field and in the classroom.
“There are a lot of things more important than wins, but winning is important, too. And it begins in the weight room and in the process and listening to your coaches and I know we have a great staff at South.”
Klein, a physical education teacher, will finish the school year at Marquette and spend as many weekends as possible in Blue Springs.