The Kansas State men’s basketball team has named A.J. Koss its new strength and conditioning coach.

Kloss, who spent the last seven seasons working with the K-State’s women’’s basketball and women’s tennis teams, replaces Ben O’Donnell, who resigned in May to pursue a job outside of college sports.

On his way out, O’Donnell gave head men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber a lead on his replacement.

“The first thing Ben told me after he was leaving was that A.J. was the right person for the job,” Weber said. “A.J. is someone who has been around our program before as a graduate assistant, so he knows how we operate. … Summer is such an important time in the development of our players, so it was critical to get someone in not only quickly, but also get someone who knows our players and has their respect.”

Kloss worked as a graduate assistant under Weber from 2014 to 2016. He’s trained 30 All-Big 12 selections in the time since.

A Chicago native, Kloss earned his undergaduate degree from Iowa in 2013 and a Master’s in counseling in student affairs with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletics from Kansas State in 2016.

While Kloss was sad to see O’Donnell go, he’s excited to continue the work his friend did.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Weber and his staff have given me to join the program,” Kloss said. “The last few weeks have undoubtably been bittersweet because I’m losing a colleague and a collection of student-athletes that I admire. However, I’m excited for the opportunity, optimistic for the future and hope to make this team proud.”

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