Klint Pleasant currently serves as senior vice president and head men’s basketball coach at Rochester University (RU). Dr. Pleasant’s roots are deeply planted in the soil of Rochester College (now RU). His grandfather, Lucien Palmer, was a founding father, Dean of the College, and eventually President. His father, Garth Pleasant, was head men’s basketball coach for nearly 40 years.
During Pleasant’s tenure, RU has won two Small College National Championships and has been ranked as high as #3 in the country in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He has developed several All-Americans and his teams consistently rank at the top of the conference in academic achievement. Pleasant has been recognized as National Coach of the Year, Conference Coach of the Year, and also a Conference Coach of Character. Off the court, Pleasant has managed Rochester University’s Office of Enrollment overseeing the largest incoming freshman class in its 60-year history. Before arriving at Rochester University in August 2005, Pleasant had coaching stints at Wayne State University, University of Tennessee-Martin, and Kent State University.
Three weeks after returning to Rochester Hills in 2005, the Pleasant’s lives changed forever when Klint's wife Rachel was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Minutes from dying, she was transported to the emergency room where an infectious mass was discovered instead of the originally diagnosed tumor. Klint was given the opportunity to kiss her goodbye and when left waiting, he assumed the worst. Incredibly, Rachel survived the surgery and was eventually released from the hospital without a portion of her skull. After many surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy, Rachel beat the alternative, though challenges continue.
Today, Klint and Rachel have dedicated their lives to embracing the curve balls that life sometimes throws your way. As a basketball clinician, community member, and inspirational speaker, Dr. Klint Pleasant shares the couple’s journey on a regular basis throughout the region. He speaks to the urgency and uncertainty he faced when Rachel was first stricken, how he felt God’s presence in the midst of darkness, and the role the community played in helping to pick up the pieces.
Pleasant attended Rochester College before graduating from Lipscomb University in 1998. He then completed a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001 and later returned to Lipscomb to complete his doctorate. The Pleasants reside in Rochester Hills along with their two daughters, Abigail and Julia.
“When considering a keynote speaker for the 2020 Prayer Breakfast, I wanted someone whose beliefs, mindset and talents would remain with us; I didn’t want the message to leave with the messenger,” said Craig Wolanin, the 2020 Prayer Breakfast chairperson. Wolanin went on to state that Dr. Klint Pleasant could not be a better selection; he is a person of humility who honors God and celebrates our community.