Tim Kline attended Ruggles-Troy Elementary School and graduated
from Mapleton High School in 1976. He always had been involved in
sports as a player, coach, and mentor.
Tim was very active in athletics at Mapleton. He earned 11 varsity
letters during his busy high school career: four in football, four in track,
and three in wrestling. Tim excelled in football and was named 1976 All-Ohio Honorable Mention for his efforts on the field. He was also a solid
competitor in wrestling, being a three-time Ashland Times-Gazette First
Team All-Area. Tim’s biggest athletic achievement would prove to be in
track. He was a member for the 1976 Mapleton High School Championship
Mile Relay Team.
After graduation, Tim returned to his alma mater to establish a very
successful biddy-wrestling program. He was a mentor to hundreds of
young men as they passed through the program’s 23-year span. When
Mapleton was to hire a new head wrestling coach, Tim was the obvious
choice. He worked to create his own dynasty, as he was one of the most
successful wrestling coaches in the area. Mapleton wrestling was known
for their sportsmanship, knowledge, and individual success.
Tim’s extraordinary 20-year coaching career included a Firelands
Conference Championship and three second places, along with 43 individual
champions and one four-time champion. At the sectional level
he coached 73 placers including 21 individual champions. Tim saw 30
wrestlers place at the district, 3 champions, and 7 runners up. Tim’s
greatest success was at the state level where he boasted 26 qualifiers, 20
state placers, 2 runners-up, and an incredible 5 state champions. His own
son Corey won two of those titles. Tim would be recognized as the Ashland
Times-Gazette Coach of the Year twice, and had 6 wrestlers named
Wrestler of the Year along with one being named the MVP of the State
Today, Tim is part owner of Active Metal, Inc., an Ashland-based
business, with his brothers Jim, Bill and Sam. He and his wife of 34
years, Dorine, live near Nova. They have three children: Ericka (Mrs.
T.J.) Hellickson, Corey, his wife Heather, and Casey.
Tim has been blessed with five amazing grandchildren: Camden,
Grady, Julia, Maggie, and Audrey. Leisure time is spent enjoying his
grandchildren, gardening, going to auctions, and watching his son coach
wrestling at Black River High School.
Tim would like to thank the many individual wrestlers he had the
honor to coach. To the parents, supporters and his coaching staff throughout
the years, he expresses his undying gratitude. He writes “A special
thanks to my wife and children for the patience and support”. I would
like to recognize my brother Sam Kline for his unwavering support in my
career from the beginning to the end.