Klee departs WestConn; Named Assistant Director of Operations at Miami

University of Miami head men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga announced the hiring of Jacob Klee as the assistant director of operations.

A University of Miami alumnus, Klee served as a student manager for the Hurricanes during all three years of his undergraduate tenure. He has since added additional experience as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University.

“I’m happy to welcome Jacob back to Miami,” Larrañaga said. “During his time as a student manager, he displayed a tireless work ethic and a deep care for our student-athletes. He has continued to hone his skills over the past few years and will assuredly be an asset to our program.”

Klee joined the Miami basketball program as a student manager in September 2017 and was then promoted to assistant head manager in August 2018. Just five months later, in January 2019, Klee was elevated to head student manager during the 2019-20 campaign, becoming the youngest person in the position during Larrañaga’s tenure.

The Roslyn Heights, N.Y., native worked in that capacity until his graduation in May 2020. He managed the equipment room, handled gear distribution, aided student-athletes in numerous capacities, coordinated logistics on the road and oversaw the full group of 10-plus managers.

In August 2020, Klee began a role as a graduate assistant at Kansas City, a Division I program in the Summit League. He was responsible for day-to-day operations of the equipment room, organizing postgame meals on road trips, assisting with video editing across multiple platforms and more. In 2021-22, his second year there, he was the acting director of basketball operations and added more responsibilities, such as booking flights and helping to plan a foreign tour.


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