Larry Kline is happy to be back at his alma mater Binghamton University as the new defensive coordinator for the Division 1 men’s lacrosse program. The Beverly native spent the last two years at Stony Brook and was at UMass Lowell prior to that.
When Bearcats head coach Kevin McKeon had an opening, Kline was delighted to return to work with his former teammate.
“Kevin was a captain, a couple of years older than me, and when the opportunity presented itself it was a good fit for me,” said Kline. “I’m happy to return and help get the program back on track.
“When I went to Binghamton to interview I was shocked how much the place has grown from the time I was there. It’s really amazing, and the campus is a lot more beautiful now.”
Technically, Kline’s job began in late July, and the first task was moving his belonging upstate to Binghamton.
“I wanted to move as quickly as possible, leave Long Island and hit the ground running,” said the Beverly High Hall of Famer. “The first order of business was Prospect Day. I won’t have any break in the action until a brief one around Labor Day because I’ll be busy recruiting. That involves a lot of traveling, but I really enjoy it. Coach McKeon and I always got along great which is important because we’ll be joined at the hip.”
Kline had an outstanding career as goalie for the Bearcats. A four year starter, he led the team to the America East tournament all four years, and is third in the school record books for goals against average (9.20), second in saves with 384, and third in both save percentage (.522) and wins. He was named to the America East All Tournament Team twice and took the team to the America East Conference championship two years.
He was also on the America East All-Academic team three years and earned a degree in philosophy, politics, and law, graduating cum laude. He earned a masters degree in psychology from Washington College six years ago.
At Beverly High he was a three-year starter and helped the Panthers have an amazing 61-8 record. The All-American led the team to the 2003 state championship, beating Duxbury in Hurd Stadium before a huge crowd. Kline came up with a huge save in the closing seconds to preserve an 8-7 victory.
He worked as a staff assistant in congressman John Tierney’s Washington office for two years, was an assistant at Binghamton and played a key role in the team winning America East regular season. At Washington College he worked with the goalies and was director of strength and conditioning. The team went to the Division 3 NCAA semifinals in 2014.
From there he moved to take over the defensive role for the River Hawks and over two years worked to lower the team’s goals against average by three points. Kline had been the defensive co-ordinator at Stony Brook since 2017.
“He has had a plethora of success both as a player and as a coach,” said McKeon in a press release. “There is no doubt that coach Kline is the right man for the job. He will be an outstanding mentor for our young men as we move forward towards our quest for an America East championship.”
“I was happy at Stony Brook, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to go back to Binghamton and work with Kevin,” said Kline. “It’s gong to be a busy time with fall ball in September. We’ll let the kids get acclimated to school first and then right into five weeks of fall ball. Our goal is to achieve success, and in order to do that you have to work hard. I couldn’t wait to get started.”
Cam Wodarski, who is from Danvers, pitched his first no-hitter for North Shore Freedom baseball out of the Grind Factory in Salem. What makes the feat even more special is his twin brother Dylan was his catcher. They are sophomores at St. John’s Prep.
Bill Lowd, District 15 Little League director, organized another successful East Region Tournament of Champions at Harry Ball Field for 9-11 year old state winners from as far away as Maryland and Pennsylvania.
One night lightning forced all games to be postponed, and the schedule had to be reworked to make sure all teams got the four games promised. The tourney was a big success.
“Overall, the tournament went off very well, even with the rain out and schedule changes,” said Lowd. “A couple of teams even managed to get to Fenway Park while they were here in the Boston area.”
Another popular side trip between games was Essex for seafood. Hamilton-Wenham, the Massachusetts state champ, finished with a 3-1 record against stiff competition. Organizing an event of this magnitude requires a lot of volunteers, and once again host Beverly Little League deserves credit for a job well done.
Contact Jean DePlacido at JMDeplacido@aol.com