Northwest Tech is pleased to welcome Mr. Rory Kling as the newest member of the college staff where he’ll serve as the Assistant Director of Athletics. Having grown up in Goodland, Kling brings with him a wealth of familiarity with the area and a solid background in program management.
In the role as Assistant Director of Athletics, he’ll be largely responsible for the financial management of the athletic program, game day management, NJCAA compliance efforts, and building new revenue and fundraising streams for the athletic program. Over the next year, Kling will mentor under veteran Athletic Director Brad Bergsma, who also serves at the colleges Chief Information Officer. “Rory brings with him a solid background in program development and management and we’re excited to see what he’ll get to do with the program” said Northwest Tech president Ben Schears. “He’s a good guy and we’re looking forward to the energy Rory brings to help increase game attendance and generate new revenue streams for our athletic program.”
Kling grew up in Goodland, and after graduating high school, attended Barton County Community College where he completed an associates degree in Sports Administration. After transferring to Fort Hays State University and earning a bachelors degree in Recreational and Sports Management, he moved to the Denver metro area where he spent the last 4 years working with different Recreation Districts, and most recently with the Highlands Ranch Community Association as the Assistant Facility Supervisor. He is married to Marisa (Acuff) Kling, also a native of the Goodland community.
The Kling’s decision to pursue the position at Northwest Tech was due in part to their desire to return to the small town atmosphere the Goodland community has to offer. With both still having family in the area, it is making for a comfortable transition back into the community. “I am excited to be part of a college that is continually on the rise and has already made a name for itself throughout the state” Kling said. “I want NWKTC to leave a positive impact on the lives of every student, athlete and faculty.”
“I am looking to increase the exposure for all of our sports teams and athletes not only throughout the community, but the nation as well” Kling said. “I’m looking forward to developing facilities and programs, along with providing excellent athletic opportunities for prospective students that are interested in technical programs.” Kling has already landed on campus and has been busy getting familiar with each of Northwest Tech’s 11 NJCAA athletic programs.