Mary Coyle Klinger

Mary Coyle Klinger served as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team that went on to finish with an unblemished 7-0 record and captured the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship after defeating Spain, 77-75, in the Czech Republic on July 6, 2014.

She returned to the sidelines after helping the USA to a 5-0 record and a gold medal as an assistant coach for USA Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women in Cancun, Mexico. The first-place finish qualified the USA for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. 

Perhaps the most internationally experienced member of the 2014 U17 staff, Klinger suited up for USA Basketball in the 1979 U.S. Olympic Festival, capturing a 4-0 record and gold medal with the USA East Team, and she was an assistant coach for the 1991 USA Junior Select Team that recorded a 5-1 record in Mexico and for the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival West Team that earned a 1-3 record and finished in fourth place.

Coyle recently completed her 30th year at Rutgers Preparatory School in New Jersey, where she has compiled a 442-203 career record (.685 winning percentage), including 10 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Prep B state titles and three Somerset County championships.

In 2013-14, Klinger and her squad finished 13-10, reaching the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public B state tournament.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join coach Phillips and coach Robinson on the bench again at this year's FIBA U17 World Championship,” Klinger said.

A member of the WBCA Board of Directors, Klinger has been an active member of the WBCA & McDonald's All-American Selection Committees. She was the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game East team coach, and she was a part of the first Center for Coaching Excellence at Columbia University in partnership with the WBCA.

During the spring Klinger directs the Nike Skills Academy for the East Coast, in the summer she co-directs the Nike National Basketball Tournament in Augusta, Ga., and throughout the year she speaks at engagements and clinics across the country.

She was a member of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team that won the AIAW National Championship in 1982, and her induction in 1993 into the Rutgers' Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame culminated an impressive career. Playing alongside her sister Patty, Klinger was a four-year starter (1978-79 through 1981-82) who helped Rutgers to a 110-20 record during her time.

To this day, Klinger lists No. 5 on the RU all-time freshman average assists list with 4.1 apg., No. 4 for sophomores (5.0 apg.) and juniors (5.0 apg.) and No. 2 for seniors with 6.5 apg.

She was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Klinger earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic administration, and she has served as the director of athletics at Rutgers prep for the past 17 years.