Kleman named Beaver’s interim swimming and diving head coach

Bluffton University has appointed Dr. Luke Kleman as interim head swimming and diving coach.

Kleman works full-time as a physical therapist at Lima Memorial Health System in Lima, Ohio, where he specializes in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation. He is a Certified American Swim Coach for the YMCA of Lima and previously coached for the YMCA of Putnam County. Kleman has coached several swimmers to compete in the Great Lakes Zones Championship.

Kleman is still a competitive swimmer with the YMCA USA Lima swim team, and in July, he set career bests in the 50-m freestyle and 50-m butterfly at the senior states swim meet. United in Mason, Ohio.

He is a graduate of the University of Findlay, where he received his bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy in 2019 and his doctorate in physiotherapy in 2021. He was a member of the Findlay swim team where he competed mainly in freestyle , ranging from sprint to long distance events. He placed 6th in the 1,650 yard freestyle and 8th in the 1,000 yard freestyle in the 2019 Great Midwest Athletic Conference, as well as 9th in the 200 yard freestyle in 2018.

Kleman will begin his duties as interim head coach at Bluffton this week.

“I’m excited to continue to grow the Beavers swim and dive team this fall,” Kleman said. “My unique coaching philosophy comes from my college training as a neurological physical therapist. I have the ability to teach proper swimming technique using the same methods I use with my patients to retrain them to walk and improve long-term muscle memory. I want to thank James Grandey for giving me the opportunity to work with student-athletes this season.”

In addition to his youth coaching experience, Kleman has conducted several swim clinics in Texas and worked personally with the head coach of Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer.

He succeeds Ben Rath who served as head coach last season.