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Game of the Week 11.19.18 - WBB vs. Villanova (TOP)
Baseball Coaching Staff
Ryan Klosterman
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: 4320
Email: rklosterman@athletics.ucf.edu
Contact Ryan:
Email - rklosterman@athletics.ucf.edu
Phone - 407-823-4320
Twitter: @Coach_Klosty

Ryan Klosterman is in his eighth season as a UCF assistant coach and his third season under UCF head coach Greg Lovelady. Klosterman serves as the Knights' hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. While at UCF, Klosterman has coached a total of 23 players that have been drafted, 3 of which have made it to the Major Leagues and 4 others have garnered the distinct honor of being named an All American.

In 2018, the Knights launched 42 home runs, led by Rylan Thomas' 13. Thomas set the single-season program record with a 47-game on-base and set the American Athletic Conference single-season and career on-base streak at 55 games. Combined with Tyler Osik's team-high 56 RBI, the Knights had two 50-RBI players for the first time since 2011. Klosterman also played a vital role when the Knights were on the base paths where they stole 109 bases in 2018, marking its first back-to-back seasons of 100-plus steals in a decade. Ray Alejo and Matthew Mika topped the league with 34 and 27 steals, respectively.

Much of the Knights' success was attributed to the 2018 signing class that was ranked 16th by Collegiate Baseball and 23rd by Baseball America.  

In his first year under Lovelady in 2017, Klosterman took the Knights' offense to higher levels, finishing the year with .278 batting average, more than 20 points above the mark from 2016. UCF climbed up to 66th in the country in scoring with 6.3 runs per game and finished eighth in the country in stolen bases with a total of 106. Rookie first baseman Rylan Thomas garnered Freshman All-American honors (College Baseball News, Perfect Game, Baseball America, DI Baseball) in 2017 as he finished the year ranked in the top-five in The American with a .343 batting average (4th), 13 homers (5th), a .447 on-base percentage (5th), 55 RBI (4th), and 6 sacrifice flies (4th).

During his first four campaigns as an assistant coach at UCF, Klosterman oversaw the Knights' infielders and team defense. In 2016, under former head coach Terry Rooney, he served as associate head coach adding the roles of recruiting coordinator and hitting coach to his duties. The UCF defense turned 59 double plays in 2016, which ranked 16th nationally and fourth in program history. Junior slugger Matt Diorio thrived under Klosterman's guidance and was selected in the 16th round of the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

During the 2015 season the Knights rose to a program-best No. 6 national ranking by Baseball America. Klosterman helped mentor an offense anchored by American Athletic Conference First Team members Dylan Moore, Erik Barber and Tommy Williams and led the nation in a number of offensive categories through the first half of the season.

The Knights had a strong defense in 2014 that combined to post a .970 fielding pct. Moore (.990) and James Vasquez led the UCF infield, defensively. Both were named to The American All-Conference Second Team. Moore committed just three errors in 58 games, while tallying 101 putouts and 186 assists.

In 2013, Vasquez shined defensively under Klosterman's tutelage as he held a team-best .987 fielding percentage in 58 starts. Overall, the Knights recorded a .968 fielding percentage and turned 41 double plays. Third baseman Chris Taladay was selected C-USA Player of the Year after hitting .342 on with 43 RBIs.

In 2012, infielders D.J. Hicks, Travis Shreve, Darnell Sweeney and Chris Taladay all had strong campaigns leading the Knights to the championship final in the Coral Gables Regional. The Knights registered a .972 fielding percentage, the second-highest mark at UCF since 2001. Working with Hicks during his first full year at first base, Klosterman's guidance saw the All-C-USA First Teamer commit just two errors in 62 games while notching 537 putouts and 31 assists. Four Knights position players moved on to professional careers after the 2012 season; Darnell Sweeney was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round, DJ Hicks was drafted by Minnesota in the 17th round, OF Ronnie Richardson was drafted by the Padres in the 18th round and Travis Shreve signed with an independent team.

Prior to his coaching days in Orlando, Klosterman was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent eight years playing minor league baseball, most recently at the Triple-A level for the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Florida Marlins Organization before retiring and coming to UCF.

Klosterman, a Central Florida native, was a standout infielder at South Lake High School before going on to a successful collegiate career as an infielder at both Clemson and Vanderbilt from 2001-04.

In his junior season with the Commodores, Klosterman was named to the All-SEC First Team as a shortstop, while also being voted as the team's Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year. That same year, Klosterman helped lead the Commodores to the NCAA Super Regional in Austin after batting .346 with 91 hits, 72 runs scored and eight triples. Klosterman's eight triples remain a Vanderbilt single-season record. In addition to his success on the field, Klosterman was also honored with a spot on the 2004 Verizon Academic All-District IV Second Team and was a member of the Dean/s List and the Student-Athlete Honor Roll.

Klosterman graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in human and organizational development with an emphasis in leadership and organizational effectiveness.

He is married to the former Kaitlyn Arpin and currently reside in Orlando, Fla. with their daughter Kinsley Ann and son Cohen Ryan.

 

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