Klausman steps down as AAHS coach | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Jarrod Klausman resigned because the Altoona Space Excessive College varsity boys basketball coach Monday after simply three seasons on the helm.

“Though I’m solely 39, I’ve been teaching for 15 years already,” Klausman mentioned. “My spouse and I’ve 4 kids which are 8 years previous and youthful. They’ve all gone over and above with their sacrifices to permit me to place every little thing I’ve bodily, mentally and emotionally into teaching. Teaching will all the time be an choice for me if I ever need to get again into it, however my youngsters will solely be little as soon as. You solely get one shot to be an excellent father and husband.”

Klausman led Altoona to District 6 Class 6A championships in every of his first two seasons earlier than the Mountain Lions fell to State School within the district title recreation this season.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased with what we have now completed with all the program throughout my time right here,” Klausman mentioned. “Again-to-back District 6 championships for the primary time in 34 years, began a sixth-grade program and league from scratch, carried out a winter expertise program for grades two by 5, we have now 120 youngsters coming to our elementary summer season camp, a number of gamers which have moved on to play on the subsequent stage, I used to be requested to educate within the Altoona Mirror Basketball Basic, and we have been greater than aggressive within the very powerful Mid-Penn Commonwealth. I’m very pleased with the general progress of this system as a complete from once I took over to now.”

Regardless of the 2 championship seasons, Altoona went simply 28-49 general the previous three years, together with a 7-36 mark the previous two seasons.

“Jarrod has achieved an honorable job the final three years working to proceed to vary the tradition in the very best curiosity of our athletes and our faculty district,” Riccio mentioned. “In his three years, he gained two District 6 championships. He had a whole lot of obstacles with COVID thrown at him, dealt with each antagonistic state of affairs extraordinarily properly and was a robust chief. He’ll be missed.”

Klausman’s kids are additionally concerned with sports activities.

“I’ve all the time had a contract with myself throughout my teaching profession,” Klausman mentioned. “If the time dedication ever turned an excessive amount of for my household to deal with, I might stroll away at the moment, with out hesitation. As exhausting as it’s to step away from this system, I actually really feel that is the very best choice for me and my household presently.

“My sons are getting sufficiently old to grasp the worth of doing every little thing to the very best of your capacity, with a excessive stage of dedication, vitality and keenness, which I speak to them about on a regular basis. With that mentioned, they’re nonetheless little youngsters and miss their dad once I’m not residence. With a whole lot of our video games being so far-off, it’s powerful to drop them off within the morning at my dad and mom’ home realizing I gained’t see them once more till the subsequent day.”

Riccio mentioned a seek for a brand new coach will start shortly.

“This simply all transpired (Monday),” Riccio mentioned. “Naturally, we’ll undergo the method as soon as it’s board authorized. We’ll promote the place each in-house and out of doors. There’s a robust historical past with Altoona basketball and Altoona athletics, and we need to be sure we get the very best candidates to work with our scholar athletes in a profitable and constructive manner.”

Previous to his stint at Altoona, Klausman coached with Brad Lear at Hollidaysburg.

“I wish to thank Phil Riccio and the remainder of the AAHS administration for giving me the chance to be a head coach on the highest stage of highschool basketball within the state, particularly at my alma mater,” Klausman mentioned.

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