GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay men's and women's cross country coach and Academics Coordinator Mike Kline was recently awarded the 23rd annual Luxemburg-Casco High School Alumni Award during the Luxemburg-Casco High School graduation ceremony.
"I am very honored to receive the award but I thought there are a lot more people in the Luxemburg-Casco area that do a lot more for the community than I do," said Kline. "There are more deserving people than me, but I'm very thankful."
Kline enters his 24th season as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Green Bay and 12th as the Academics Coordinator for the Green Bay Athletics Department.
The Luxemburg-Casco High School Alumni Award was established to honor alumni of the Luxemburg-Casco area who have distinguished themselves during and after their high school careers. It is also meant to serve as an inspirational example for present students.
During his acceptance speech Kline thanked the current Luxemburg-Casco students for allowing him to be a part of their day, "I told them to make sure that they find a job they like so they don't have to work the rest of their life."
Kline encouraged the class of 2011 to be a "Heinz 57" and be able to do so many different things in order to be successful, "Everything you do that you want to take credit for, there's somebody else that inspired you to do something so that's why it's important to be a Heinz 57 and be a variety of everything."
Truly one of the most positive and upbeat individuals, Kline graduated from Luxemburg-Casco in 1976 before earning his degree in Psychology and Human Development from UW-Green Bay in 1987. Kline resides in Luxemburg and is the proud father of two children, Zac and Lexie.