UNLV's Jen Klein is the youngest Division I women's soccer head coach in the country.
Jennifer Klein was named the fourth head coach in UNLV women's soccer history on June 15, 2010, and quickly showed that her hiring was just the kind of spark the program needed. In her first year at the helm of the Rebels, Klein doubled the win total from the previous season, and her initial team would end with an overall record of 11-8-1.
The Rebels under Klein in 2010 were an exciting and high-scoring squad, as the team set a school record for most goals in a season with 38. UNLV won five of its first six games of the year, the best start in school history, while senior Ashleigh Shoughro became the first Rebel to earn second team All-Region honors.
Klein was promoted to the head coach position after three seasons as an assistant coach for the squad. In addition to serving on the Rebels' staff, Klein has coached several local, state and Regional ODP teams. She coached for the Las Vegas Players Soccer Club assisting with the U10, U13 and U15 girls teams from fall 2007 to spring 2010. Currently she is involved with Heat FC Soccer Club. Over the last four years, Klein has been involved as a head coach for Nevada State ODP with 95 and 91 age groups. and as an assistant coach for the 94 girls Region IV teams. She currently is an assistant coach for the 97 girls Region IV team, and received her National "A" License in the summer of 2011.
Klein came to UNLV from Arizona, where she was a volunteer assistant coach upon the conclusion of a four-year career for the Wildcats in 2002-05. As an assistant during the 2006-07 season, Klein helped run team and individual trainings, as well as performed administrative duties for the squad. She also assisted in recruiting and team camps. Klein served as head coach for the 94 Arizona State ODP team, which won the 2007 Gothia Cup. During that same year she was also a coach for Arizona Rush Soccer Club.
As a player for the Wildcats, she was a team captain her final two seasons while helping the squad to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2005 and to its first Pac-10 Championship in 2004. Klein appeared in 78 games in her career, with 60 starts as a midfielder and outside back. Klein was also a member of the Arizona Heatwave in the semi-professional W-League from 2003-05.
Klein received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Arizona in May of 2006 and her master's degree in athletic administration at UNLV in May of 2011.