Rochester College is a very familiar place for new Head Men's Basketball Coach Klint Pleasant. Pleasant takes the reigns from his father and long time RC basketball coach, Garth Pleasant, after assisting him for the past four seasons.
Pleasant's coaching resume is among the best. He comes to RC from NCAA Division II Abilene Christian University where he was the youngest NCAA Division II college coach in the country. At ACU, Pleasant coached the Wildcats to 25 wins in his first two seasons after taking over a program that had won only 13 games in the two previous seasons.
Before coaching at ACU, Pleasant was an assistant coach at Kent State University (NCAA Div. I). During the 2001-2002 season, Pleasant helped coach the Golden Flashes to a Mid-American Conference record 30 games as the team advanced to the NCAA Div. I Tournament's Elite Eight. The University of Indiana denied them a trip to the Final 4 on a nationally televised game on CBS. Since then, the Kent State team that Pleasant coached was named the "Mid-American team of the decade." Pleasant coached and played a major role in developing the team's center, John Edwards, into an NBA player. Edwards went on to play for both the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks. He also coached power forward, Antonio Gates, who now plays in the NFL and is among the best tight ends in the game. Following his only season at Kent State, Pleasant was offered a chance to follow Head Coach Stan Heath to SEC powerhouse Arkansas. Pleasant, however, decided to remain at Kent State, only to be offered the head coaching job at ACU three months later. In addition, Rachel (Pleasant's wife) received her master's degree in Exercise Physiology while at Kent State.
Prior to joining the Kent State program, Pleasant served as an assistant coach at (NCAA Div. I) University of Tennessee-Martin (1999-2001) and (NCAA Div. II) Wayne State University (1998-1999). While at UT-Martin, he helped the Skyhawks qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in school history. During his tenure at WSU, Pleasant helped lead the team to a 25-5 record, a top 5 ranking in the country, a conference championship and an NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearance. Pleasant completed his master's degree in Education in 1999 while coaching at UT-Martin.
Pleasant's coaching career started at Lipscomb University where he served as a student assistant under legendary head coach Don Meyer, who is the fastest coach to reach 700 victories in the history of college basketball.
Before his coaching career, Pleasant played football for Abilene Christian University (NCAA Div. II) under head coach Dr. Bob Strader in 1994. He graduated college from Lipscomb University in 1998.
As a prep, Pleasant attended Waterford Kettering High School in Waterford, MI and played football for legendary high school football coach Mike Berry. He was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection in football and was his team's co-captain on the baseball, basketball, and football teams. His 48 pass receptions in his senior year put him among the top five in the state of Michigan.
Pleasant's roots are planted deeply in Rochester College's soil as his grandfather Lucien Palmer was a founding father. Dr. Palmer served as the first Dean of the College and later served as President for eight years. His father, Garth Pleasant, served at Rochester College for nearly 40 years as the men's basketball coach, Athletic Director, and as a member of the faculty. Klint and Rachel made the move back to Rochester College in 2005 after the birth of their first child, Abigail.
Pleasant also serves as the RC Athletic Director and Vice President of Enrollment. Enrollment (incoming classes) has increased more than 40% since Pleasant took over the reigns, and the largest incoming class in the school's 52 year history was brought in during his second year managing the recruiting process. The Pleasant family experienced some personal struggles after moving back to Rochester Hills as Rachel survived a brain tumor and several surgeries. Rachel and Klint frequently travel to various places as they speak about their incredible journey. Klint also preaches part-time at the Lake Orion Church of Christ.
Pleasant resides in Oxford, MI with his wife Rachel (Stevens) and two daughters Abigail (7) and Julia (2).
|0||Zef Deda||SO||PG||6-0||170||Sterling Heights, MI||Wayne County CC|
|1||Matt Gold*||FR||PG||6-2||160||Detroit, MI||Loyola H.S.|
|2||AJ Burton*||JR||G||6-2||165||Brown City, MI||St. Clair County C.C.|
|3||Kourea Hayes||SO||G||6-0||175||Ypsilanti, MI||Belleville High School|
|5||Torey Throop||SR||G||6-0||175||Vestaburg, MI||Kirtland Community College|
|10||Marvin Stokes||SO||G||5-11||155||Banning, CA||Banning H.S.|
|12||Stephan Henning||SR||G||5-11||175||Beloit, WI||Rochester High School|
|21||Dramell Hogan||JR||F||6-4||200||Novi, MI||Walled Lake Western|
|22||Ioannis Lekakis*||JR||G||6-6||200||Greece||Florida State CC|
|23||Sean Mattia||JR||PG||6-0||Sterling Heights, MI||Sterling Heights H.S.|
|24||Brad Norman||JR||G||5-10||170||Bay City, MI||Delta CC|
|30||Ricky Doran||SR||C||6-9||Clinton Twp., MI||Chippewa Valley H.S.|
|31||Evan Walker||SO||PF||6-6||225||Macomb, MI||Dakota H.S.|
|32||Raymond Stepney||JR||F||6-3||205||Saginaw, MI||Kirtland CC|
|34||Ian Jenkins||JR||G||6-0||Detroit, MI||Detroit Renaissance H.S.|
|42||Anthony Cooley*||FR||PF||6-5||225||Caledonia, MI||Caledonia H.S.|