Wayne State College

Kevin Lein

Dr. Kevin Lein is an assistant professor of education. His experience includes 15 years as a K-12 administrator and coach at every level; 20 years as a collegiate instructor, coach, and administrator; and six years as a K-12 teacher. Lein has been involved in educational initiatives as a local, state, and regional leader and was also a school board member.

He is married to Amy and has two children, Karter and Kennedy.

Lein was an All-American basketball player at Mount Marty College and still holds all assist records for the Lancers after 41 years. He was twice named the college coach of the year in South Dakota during his intercollegiate tenure and is in the Hampton (Iowa) Hall of Fame and the Mount Marty Hall of Fame. He was the South Dakota Principal of the Year in 2016 and the South Dakota Innovative Educator of the year in 2017, and was named a Hochsprung Memorial Award Hero in 2018. He is the only remaining founding member of the Reimagining Education Models (REM) committee, which oversees and implements a $7.2 million three-year grant, and is a founding member of the Principal Recovery Network that assists schools who have endured shooting tragedies.


Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, College of Saint Mary

M.A. Health, Physical Education, and Recreation / Communication, University of South Dakota

Program completion of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, South Dakota State University

B.S. Elementary Education, University of South Dakota

B.A. Journalism/English/Business, Mount Marty College