BELMONT, N.C. -- Ryan McCleney, an assistant coach for Belmont Abbey baseball for the past four seasons, has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Head Coach Chris Anderson today.
McCleney serves as the recruiting coordinator while also focusing on hitting and infielders. Over his four seasons, the Crusaders have been near the top of the Conference Carolinas standings, winning the league tournament and advancing to the NCAA Southeast Regional in 2016. Last year, The Abbey just missed a regional bid, falling in the final at-bat of the league championships. Under McCleney, the Belmont Abbey baseball team has produced 16 All-Conference Carolinas Players, three All-Southeast Region players, and an All-American. Two Abbey alums have been drafted into the Major Leagues.
"I'm proud to name Ryan McCleney our Associate Head Coach," Anderson said. "Ryan has been so important to the recruitment, development, and success of our players. Throughout his four years at Belmont Abbey, he has run a very successful offense, coordinated all recruiting efforts, and has been in charge of developing our infielders, specifically our middle guys. Ryan is one of the best people that I know -- the kind of man we hope our players become. Not only is he a talented coach and recruiter, he is a mentor to our players and a tremendous husband to Meagan and father to Harper. This is a great day for our program."
McCleney began his coaching career in 2011 as an assistant at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, helping the Braves to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship. UNCP climbed from 30th in the NCAA Division II preseason poll all the way to No. 3 -- their highest-ever ranking -- during the season, posting a 44-12 record. The Braves led the Peach Belt Conference in four offensive categories, while ranking in the top 20 nationally in six. They enjoyed three straight 30-win seasons during that span.
While at Pembroke, McCleney spent his summers coaching the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League, first as an assistant in 2011, then as head coach for two years. His teams posted a record of 89-73 over three seasons.
McCleney played baseball at Barton College, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education. In 2012, he earned a master's degree in Physical Education at The University of North Carolina Pembroke. The native of Chadbourn, North Carolina, now resides in York, South Carolina, with his wife, Meagan, and infant daughter, Harper Leigh.