Hall of Fame – Doug Klein


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Doug is a 1989 graduate of Springville Griffith Institute and is the son of the late Daniel Klein and

Kathy Klein of Springville, N.Y.

Doug was a 4 year football player in High school. His freshman year, he was part of a JV team that went undefeated and unscored upon coached by Mr. Duprey and Mr. Obrien. As a 3 year starter on varsity football Doug was coached by Mr. Nugent, Mr. Havens and the late Mr. Schlageter. During his sophomore and junior years he played E/DB and had the honor of playing with fellow inductees Jim Duprey, Mark Rumfola and Glenn Weber. To this day, Doug shares the record for most touchdowns for career with 9.  For his senior year Doug was team captain and made the switch to QB on offense and accounted for 7 touchdown passes and rushed for another 4.

Doug also played 4 years of high school baseball. His freshman year he played on JV for Coach Mr. Kramer. He was also a 3 year starter on varsity baseball for Mr. Duprey. Doug played a different position all 3 years. During his sophomore season he played ss/2ND/pitcher. His junior season he made the transition to catcher and for his senior year Doug played 3rd/pitcher. Doug was named team MVP his senior year. At the age of 16 Doug was asked to play town ball for Morton’s Corners baseball team coached by Tom warner. He played 8 seasons with the organization.

As with football and baseball, Doug was a 4 year player for basketball. During his freshman year he played for the late Mr. Schlageter.  He was also a 3 year starter on varsity basketball under coach Mr. Rindfuss. Doug played all 3 years as a shooting guard. Most memorable season was the team of 88!! This team went a remarkable 19-2 and went on to break a 114 divisional win record by Lackawanna. The result of this win, made this team division co-champs. This team won 3 sectional games and went on to play at UB Alumni Arena!

In 1994 Doug enlisted in the UNITED STATES ARMY. His basic training was held in FT. Benning Ga. His 1st duty station took him to Ft. Carson Co. Orders soon followed for Doug to report to Camp Casey South Korea. While in South Korea he re-enlisted for another 3 years and choose Baumholder Germany as his next duty station. While in Germany, he spent 1 week in Latvia and 8 months in Bosnia. When Doug transitioned out of the Army he had the rank of SGT E-5. Awards that Doug earned while serving 6 years for his country include.

. Army commendation medal

. Army achievement medal (4th award)

. Good conduct medal

. National Defense Service Ribbon

. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

. Armed Forces Service Medal

. NCO Professional Development Ribbon

. Army Service Ribbon

. Overseas Ribbon (with#2)

. NATO Medal

Doug married his wife Melissa in 2004. They live in the Town of Tonawanda N.Y. and they are the proud parents of 4 children. Andrew (20) US NAVY, Vinny (17) senior at Kenmore East, Daniel (11) and Charlee (7). During the summer months the Klein’s are busy with baseball as both Vinny and Daniel play competitive travel baseball. Vinny plays for the Buffalo Wings and Daniel plays for the Buffalo Titans. Daniel also plays TTFA football in the fall and BSAC basketball in the winter where his team is on a 32 game win streak. Charlee, Anyone who is a friend of Doug or Melissa on face book know that Charlee is a super star herself! Doug keeps himself busy as well coaching Daniel in all 3 sports.

Doug would like to thank all of his coaches from little league up thru high school for being exceptional role models in his life. They have molded him into the man he is today. They instilled the hard work and determination in every player that you have ever coached. It was an honor to call you all coaches. For his teammates, Doug would like to say that none of this would have been possible without you. It was a pleasure playing with you all. Doug would like to thank his Mother Kathy for being such a big supporter of his athletics, and making sure his uniforms were always clean.  It would not be right if he didn’t mention his Aunt Shirley for all the secret handshakes after basketball wins.  Doug would like to also thank the athletic committee for nominating him into the hall of fame. He knows there are a lot of great athletes that are more deserving and still waiting for this recognition.