Former DePaul star Tom Kleinschmidt was named the York boys basketball head coach on Thursday.
Kleinschmidt was a York assistant last season and was DePaul's director of men’s basketball operations during the 2009-2010 season. He left DePaul after head coach Jerry Wainwright was fired.
Kleinschmidt replaces Dominic Cannon, who was the head coach for one season. UIC assistant coach Al Biancalana was York’s head coach for five seasons prior to Cannon.
“To be honest, I was kind of in limbo after I left DePaul,” Kleinschmidt said. “I was interested in the [York] job, but wasn’t really thinking about applying because I thought they were looking for an educator first. I was asked to apply on Friday, and I was named today. It all happened quickly. It’s a little bit of surprise, but good things happen when you don’t expect them.”
Following a 11-year playing career overseas, Kleinschmidt had been targeting a college coaching career, but he has since changed his mind. He’s now set on creating a long, successful high school career.
“I figured out I wanted to take it to high school,” Kleinschmidt said. “I want to be around kids and be around basketball. I’m committed to York, and York is committed to me.”
Kleinschmidt was a McDonald’s All-American out of Gordon Tech High School in Chicago. He starred at DePaul from 1991-1995 and was the only DePaul player to ever have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 3-pointers.
York went 20-9 and lost to De La Salle in the Oak Park regional championship game. The Dukes graduate nine seniors from that team and return 6-2 guard David Cohn, one of the state’s top Class of 2013 prospects.