After nearly four decades as head coach of men’s basketball at Rollins, Tom Klusman joins the 700-win club.
Rollins head coach of men’s basketball Tom Klusman ’76 ’78MBA recorded the 700th win of his career this past Friday, December 7, as the Tars held off Palm Beach Atlantic 80-79 on the road. The win comes nearly 38 years to the day after he won his first game as head coach at Rollins on December 4, 1980.
The 39-year veteran is the 43rd coach in men’s college basketball to reach the milestone and just the 16th to do it all at one school. He ranks fifth among active NCAA Division II coaches in total wins and is ninth all-time.
Klusman began his career at Rollins as a standout guard from 1972 to 1976, serving as a key player on the first two Tar squads that made the NCAA tournament in 1974 and 1976. After his playing career, in which he scored 1,006 points, Klusman began coaching in 1978 at Winter Park High School before coming to Rollins as an assistant under Mark Freidinger for three seasons. He was then named head coach of Rollins men’s basketball in 1980 at the age of 26, the youngest in the College’s history.
Under Klusman, Rollins has been known for great shooting and tough defense. Klusman’s teams are constantly among the conference and national leaders in one of three shooting categories. Since 2000, Klusman has led Rollins to seven Sunshine State Conference (SSC) regular-season championships, four SSC Tournament titles, and eight NCAA Division II postseason bids, advancing to the Elite Eight twice (2004, 2017).
The victory also makes Klusman the winningest coach in SSC history, passing Tampa coach Richard Schmidt for the top spot.
Klusman joins Rollins women’s basketball coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. in the 700-win club. Wilkes earned his 700th victory when the Tars beat Embry-Riddle 71-63 on November 28.