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Eric KlingerAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('05)
Start Date: 11/1/2013
Golf program alum and former graduate assistant coach Eric Klinger returned to Liberty's program in Nov. 2013 as the program's assistant golf coach.
During his first season back with the program, Klinger helped the Flames capture the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship, the program's third title in four seasons. Liberty advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Regional, serving as the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Eugene Regional in Eugene, Ore.
Klinger also played a role in Liberty completing the Clarkson Clubhouse. The 4,600-square foot facility, located about 10 minutes from Liberty's campus, houses office space, player locker rooms and lounges, meeting rooms and a picturesque grand lobby that overlooks the Flames' driving range and putting greens. The facility was officially opened with a dedication ceremony during Liberty's annual Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 3-5, 2014).
Klinger first came to Liberty, joining the roster for the final two seasons of his athletics playing career (2003-04 and 2004-05). Klinger's senior season at Liberty was Flames' head coach Jeff Thomas' first year at the helm of the program.
Klinger transferred to Liberty after playing two seasons at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. He earned NJCAA Academic All-America honors in 2003 and participated in consecutive NJCAA National Championship events for the Cavaliers.
During his final year at Johnson County, the program finished in 13th place at the NJCAA National Championship, aided by Klinger's 27th–place individual showing.
Klinger transferred to Liberty during the fall of 2003 and participated in a pair of events during his first season on Liberty Mountain.
As a senior, he participated in seven events, spotlighted by a ninth-place showing at the Scotty Duncan Memorial. He opened the 36-hole event, hosted by Delaware at the Frog Hollow Club in Middleton, Del., with a career-best two-under par 69, which allowed Liberty to close out the 2004-05 campaign with a second-place team finish.
After graduation, Klinger remained with the program, serving as a graduate assistant coach during Liberty's 2005-06 season. During the year, Klinger helped with the initial construction phase of Liberty's first on-campus practice facility.
Liberty captured three team titles during Klinger's graduate assistant season, finishing first at the Frank Landrey Invitational, Hargrove Davis Spring Classic and the William & Mary Invitational. Liberty's Frank Landrey Invitational victory came under Klinger's watch, as Thomas was absent from the team due to the birth of his second daughter.
Klinger's first season as a graduate assistant coach with Liberty culminated with the Flames earning an at-large selection to the 2006 NCAA East Regional, played at the Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The at-large berth was the program's second selection into the NCAA Regional postseason field.
After finishing up his graduate assistant position as Liberty, Klinger served as an internal auditor for CenturyLink in Overland Park, Kan. (2006-09) and as a controller at Camp Bethel Ministries in Wise, Va. (2009-13).
Klinger graduated from Liberty in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in business finance. The native of Warsaw, Ind., and his wife Rachel, also a Liberty graduate, have three children – Natalie, Bodie and Blake.