PHILADELPHIA - Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Dolan announced the addition of a new assistant coach on Tuesday, bringing in Joe Klim to work with Penn's jumps and multi-event athletes.
"We are so excited and pleased to have Joe joining our staff," Dolan said. "I've known Joe for a number of years and I've always been impressed with his success. He has an excellent background from his time at Akron, Penn State and Bucknell and I know he will do a great job with our jumpers and multis here at Penn. We are ecstatic to have him."
Before joining the staff at Penn, Klim was the assistant coach for the Akron men's cross country and track & field team for two seasons. There, he coached the men's team to its first-ever Mid-American Conference outdoor team championship in 2008.
Leading up to his years at Akron, Klim spent the 2005-06 season at Penn State University as a volunteer assistant with the women's track & field team. He was responsible for coaching the high jump and assisting with sprints, hurdles and jumps while with the Nittany Lions.
Prior to Penn State, Klim spent nine years coaching at Bucknell University. As the associate head coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field, his teams earned 20 Patriot League team championships; three men's cross country, four women's cross country, seven women's indoor track and six women's outdoor track. His athletes broke 27 school records and achieved 171 top-10 performances during his time with the Bison.
Klim's early career included stints as the head coach of the Elmhurst College cross country and track & field programs (1991-92), a graduate assistant at Campbell University (1992-92) and assistant and interim head coach at Emory University (1994-96).
During his coaching career, Klim has had student-athletes qualify for NCAA Championship meets in 14 different disciplines, with All-Americans in the high jump, triple jump, decathlon and 400 meters.
Klim received his undergraduate degree in marketing from Elmhurst College in 1991. He competed for the Bluejays' track & field team at the NCAA National Championships in the decathlon, 110-meter hurdles, 400m hurdles and javelin.
In addition to his performances on the track, Klim was twice a CCIW all-conference selection and earned most valuable player honors as a member of the Bluejays' football team. In 1997, he was inducted into the Elmhurst College Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments. He earned his master's degree in physical education from Campbell University in 1994.
Klim and his wife, Nittaya, have been married for eight years and have a five-year-old son, Andrew.