Thanks for this great article recognizing one of the true jewels of Central Florida. Tom Klusman is a class person as well as a great coach. His dedication to Rollins, his players and his community is very special and not nearly as recognized and appreciated in the Orlando area as it should be.
Through his basketball camps, he has taught two generations of young kids that sports can be fun.
At Rollins, he has mentored many young men who have gone on to great heights in the business world.
Central Florida is truly lucky that he never felt the urge to move to a bigger school because there is no doubt he has the coaching ability.
He has won almost 500 games at a school that does not bend the rules to allow good athletes to walk through the doors without being able to cut it academically. To have graduated all but three players in 28 years is remarkable. And, his team had a 3.0 GPA this last semester. How many other top 10 basketball programs at any level can say that?
It is sad that the Sentinel has chosen to dramatically reduce their coverage of Rollins athletics over the last few years. Student-athletes at Rollins represent all that is good about college athletics, yet the Sentinel ignores their exploits (which have included many conference, regional and national titles), in favor of more coverage about spoiled professional athletes who we already see too much about through television and other national media outlets.
The Sentinel keeps fighting to stay relevant, but if they would just focus more on local stuff (like Rollins, Stetson, and high school sports), they could maintain an important niche and thus keep the interest of local readers.
Congrats to our Coach K for approaching 500 wins. It sure would be great for it to happen at Florida Southern.