Tamsen Klein Burke
Tamsen Klein, a Lakewood, Ohio native, was inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame for her contributions to the Wasps’ basketball team in the mid-1980s.
Klein scored 816 points in only two seasons. She was a key contributor to the success that surrounded the women’s basketball team during her years at Emory & Henry. Her junior year, the team went 16-8 with a 10-4 conference record. Klein had a 16.2 scoring average, a 9.5 rebound average, and 59 steals. That year she was selected as the team’s Most Outstanding Player as well as ODAC Player of the Year.
In 1988, Klein accumulated 427 single-season points, a record that stood until 2000. That season she also netted 192 field goals, had an 8.8 rebound average, and made 67 steals. The team went 18-7 and were ODAC Champions thanks to a 68-58 win over Bridgewater, in which Klein scored 27 points. She was named to the All-ODAC first team for the second year in a row.
Klein held a 16.8 career scoring average. Her single-season average of 17.1 was a record until broken by Kelly Smith Houseright during the 2000-01 season.
Klein also played volleyball at E&H. She was a co-captain in 1987 and was named team MVP and First-Team All-ODAC.
Klein continued to promote her love of sports by pursuing a career as an Assistant Director of Athletics, Intramurals, Recreation and Sports Clubs for the University of Chicago. She also officiates and is a member of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and has served in a host of volunteer positions including work as an HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B instructor for the Red Cross.