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"Klinge, 72, became the winningest coach in the history of Iowa girls' basketball with the 939th victory of his 48-year career, snapping the old mark of 938 that he'd shared with the late Bob Mullen."

...."Klinge now ranks seventh all-time in the history of girls' basketball in the United States. The all-time record is 1,284 victories by Leta Andrews of Granbury, Texas, from 1962-2008, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations."


Klinge began his coaching career in 1962 at Maynard, which eventually became Maynard West Central. Klinge's teams qualified for the IGHSAU Tournament in 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1983, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996. (Source: 2005 Hoop Scoop: 86th Annual Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament). Worth mentioning is that he transitioned from being a highly effective coach of the 6 player game to a great coach of the 5 player game while at Maynard West Central.

While at Maynard, Klinge coached standouts:

* Mary Parsons (graduated in 1966), one of the All-American Redheads: http://www.allamericanredheads.com/id4.html;

*Deb Kaune (1972), who was the leadering scorer at the IGHSAU State Tournament in 1972, racking up 189 points in 4 games. Earlier that season, Kaune scored 88 points in a game versus Fayette, racking up 38 field goals and 12 free throws.

*Glenda Poock, who was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athetic Union Basketball Hall of Fame. Poock scored 92 points in a game versus Postville High in 1975, making 43 of 59 field goal attempts and 6 of 6 free throw attempts. Poock's 92 points places her 12th on the all-time scoring list for a single game in IGHSAU history.

In 2003, he moved to Waukon and has been coaching there since. Under his coaching, Waukon has been a State Tournament Qualifier in 2004, 2005 and 2009. (Before his arrival, the last and only time a Waukon team qualified for the state tournament was in 1979 when prep standout Jody Runge was playing.) Klinge's Waukon team won the 3A championship in 2004.

At Waukon, he has coached prep standout Samantha Reiser, who scored 71 points in 3 games at the IGHSAU State Tournament in 2004.

His current team is ranked second in the state: http://www.allamakee.k12.ia.us/activities0809/girls%20basketball/new_page_1.htm

Hats off to you, coach! You deserve to be in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame! http://www.wbhof.com/

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