Few people, if any, understand The College of Wooster basketball experience more fully than Doug Cline, a 1995 graduate of the school, does. Cline, who just completed his 23rd year as a full-time member of the coaching staff, has played a major role in Wooster's 571-141 during that time. He'll assume the head coaching duties immediately following the retirement of Steve Moore at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year.
Although he serves in a variety of daily capacities, Cline’s primary responsibilities with the program include serving as the recruiting coordinator and working with the post players.
As a player for the Scots, Cline was a member of one of the top basketball classes ever at Wooster. Along with teammates Scott Meech, Craig Bradley, Jason Zerger, and Jeff Hamilton, Cline helped lead the Scots to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championships, two NCAC regular season titles, and a record of 91-21 (.813) in four years.
For his career, Cline finished with 1,396 points, placing him 17th on Wooster’s all-time scoring list (No. 8 upon graduation). The three-time all-conference honoree also holds the fifth-best career field-goal percentage mark (.607) and the ninth-best field-goal percentage in a season (.634). An outstanding rebounder as well, Cline led the team in that category twice, including his senior year when he averaged 8.2 boards.
Prior to joining the Wooster team, Cline was a local high school star at Northwestern where he was an all-county and all-state selection as both a junior and senior.
Personally, Doug, and his wife, Lauren, live in Wooster. They are the proud parents of Joshua (17), the late Corey (3), and twins Courtney and Jordan (9).