Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
Ashland County Sports
Hall of Fame

Class of 2008
'Mark Camp
'Jody Getz
'Tim Kline
'Jack C. Porter*
'Russel Reynolds, Jr.
'Bill Springer
'Greg Steele
'Scott Valentine
'Laura E. Vermilya
'2008 Joel Brean*
'2008 Ralph "Eddie" Farris*
''( Deceased * )

'1951 Undefeated
''Loudonville HS
''Football Team
'1962 Ashland HS Boy's
''Golf State Champions
'1998 Ashland HS Boy's
''Golf State Champions
Selection Committee
'John Carlisle

'Bill Rogers
'George Valentine
'Donna Williams
'Barbara Malone
'Robert Valentine
'Duane Yoder


Tim F. KlineTim Kline

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 Wrestling Tournament.

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.

Nominator:Dorine Kline

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