Courtney Kline enters her 13th season at the helm of the Bethany College volleyball program in 2019. She also serves as Bethany College's Senior Women's Administrator.
The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kline has taken the Bison to new heights during her tenure, including the program's first-ever PAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2016. The Bison added another PAC Tournament win to their belt last season defeating top seeded Westminster 3-0 in the Championship. She enters the 2019 season with a record of 271-157 (.633) and a 134-65 (.664) mark in conference play and has guided the Bison to nine-straight seasons with 20 wins or more.
A three-time PAC Coach of the Year, Kline has coached the Green & White to 10-straight PAC Championship Tournament appearances, seven Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament appearances, and four ECAC Championship crowns.
The 2018 squad finished the season 22-10 overall, including a 13-3 PAC conference record. Kline led Bethany to its fourth championship match appearance in the last eight years. The Bison secured this year’s title after ceding just one set in its three championship tournament victories. Bethany was the first No. 3 seed to win the PAC title since 2013 defeating top seeded Westminster in three sets. The Bison would fall to Christopher Newport in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Five athletes from the 2018 squad would earn All-PAC honors, led by senior Reilly Parker and junior Katie Sparks landing All-PAC First Team.
The 2017 squad finished the season 23-13 overall, including a 12-6 mark in the PAC, and reached the semifinals of the PAC Tournament. Kline's Bison team earned a bid into the ECAC Tournament where they earned a road-upset victory over McDaniel, before bowing out to Brandeis in five sets in the quarterfinals round. A quartet of Bison were named to All-PAC teams, including middle blocker Sumayyah Muhammad and libero Reilly Parker, who were named All-PAC First Team.
In 2016, the Bison finished the season 25-12 overall, including a 16-2 mark in the PAC, and captured the program's first-ever PAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
The awards piled up after the season, as a program-record seven Bison were named to All-PAC teams, including three first-team selections. Kline was honored as the league's coach of the year and Dylana McKenzie became the first Bethany volleyball player to be named PAC Player of the Year since 1992. She was also named an AVCA All-Region and All-ECAC honoree and was joined by Dakota McKenzie and Allie Powell as All-PAC First-Team selections.
Kline oversaw the development of both Dylana and Dakota McKenzie, the two most decorated volleyball players in Bethany College history. Dylana graduated as the school's all-time kills leader, while Dakota finished right behind her twin-sister at second all-time in kills following the 2016 season.
Having notched a seventh-straight winning season in 2015, Kline led the Bison back to the PAC Championship Tournament finals for the second time in three seasons. It also marked the fourth time in the last five that she had led Bethany to a 30-win season.
Following the 2015 campaign, six different Bison were named to the All-Presidents Athletic Conference teams, including Freshman of the Year selection, libero Reilly Parker. Parker and junior Dylana McKenzie were also named first-team selections.
Between the years of 2010-2013, the Bison rattled off four-consecutive ECAC Championships, as well as three-straight 30+ win seasons in 2011, 2012 and 2013. During the 2013 campaign, the Bison accomplished something that no other team in the PAC had before; a 17-1 regular season conference record. The team then made it to the PAC Championship Tournament finals before falling to Thomas More (3-2).
Bethany hosted the ECAC Championships for the second-straight year in 2013, earning 3-0 sweeps of McDaniel and Merymount to earn their fourth-straight title.
Prior to 2013, Kline helped the Bison post back-to-back 31-win seasons. Bethany posted its best record (31-6) in school history in 2011, following that with a 31-8 mark in 2012. In both seasons, the Bison finished their run with an ECAC championship, defeating Saint Vincent (3-1) in 2011 and Moravian (3-0) in 2012.
After winning eight and five games during Kline's first two seasons, Bethany began to turn the corner. In 2009, Kline was named the PAC Coach of the Year after guiding the program to a 16-15 record and their first appearance in the PAC Tournament since 2004. Only four programs in all of Division III had a bigger one-year turnaround than Bethany, who improved from five wins in 2008 to the 16 in '09.
Through her first 10 seasons, Kline has coached four CoSIDA Academic All-American selections, 11 academic all-district honorees and 45 All-PAC selections. She has also coached three "PAC Freshman of the Year" selections (Jessica Zavatchen - 2009; Dylana McKenzie - 2013; Reilly Parker - 2015) and has also had more than 70 athletes earn Academic All-PAC honors.
Kline, who is CAP Level II certified, came to Bethany after a highly successful two-year stint as the head coach at Penn State-Fayette in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. In those two seasons, the Lions captured back-to-back PSUAC championships, the first in the school’s history, and Kline was named the Coach of the Year following both seasons. In 2006, PSU-Fayette completed the regular season with a 24-7 overall record, including an 18-1 mark in conference play, before claiming victories over Mont Alto and two over Penn College to repeat as PSUAC champions. In addition to the conference title, the Lions earned the #1 ranking in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) polls in their initial season with the new conference.
Due to her success at Penn State Fayette, Kline was also named the 2007 College Women’s Coach of the Year by the Tri-County (Fayette, Greene, Washington) Athletic Directors Association.
A four-year member of the volleyball team at Cedarville (Ohio) University, Kline helped her team to the NAIA American Mideast Conference tournament all four years and was a 2002 NSCAA All-Midwest Region team selection. She still currently ranks in the top-10 at the school in service aces, games played and digs.
Kline, who graduated from Cedarville in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education (sports management concentration) and later earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2006, also teaches in Bethany's Physical Education-Sports Studies program.