Ryan Klosterman

Ryan Klosterman was named the 10th baseball coach in Bryant University baseball history on July 29, 2019.

Klosterman comes to Smithfield after eight years as the top assistant at the University of Central Florida.

"I am excited to introduce Ryan Klosterman as the next head coach of our baseball team," Smith said. "Ryan's ability to identify, recruit and develop high-level student-athletes pushed him to the top of a very impressive candidate pool. As the recruiting coordinator, hitting and infield coach at Central Florida, Ryan has a proven track record of success. He coached over 30 student-athletes that were drafted, including four who made it to Major League Baseball. We are thrilled to have Ryan join our Bulldog family and continue the rich tradition of Bryant Baseball."

"We are pleased to have Ryan and his family join the Bryant University community," Machtley said. "Ryan has not only developed exceptional ballplayers, he has mentored outstanding student-athletes that have excelled in the classroom and in the community. He was an excellent college and professional player and now college coach, and he also understands the importance of academic achievement having excelled at Vanderbilt with a 3.5 GPA. I am certain he will continue the winning tradition here at Bryant."

Klosterman comes to Smithfield after serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UCF. In eight seasons, Klosterman produced four nationally-ranked recruiting classes (2013, 2014, 2015, 2018) and helped the Knights to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances (2012, 2017).

Under Klosterman's watch, the Knights had 31 players sign professional contracts, four make their Major League debuts and four All-Americans.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be the next head baseball coach at Bryant University," Klosterman said. "I'm extremely grateful to President Machtley and Athletic Director Bill Smith for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead an extraordinary group of young men who are committed to academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to get started and build upon the consistent success and tradition of the Bryant Baseball program! Go Bulldogs!"

Klosterman joined the Knights' coaching staff in June 2011 after wrapping up an eight-year professional baseball career. This past spring, Klosterman helped UCF post a 36-22 overall record. The Knights finished in the top three in the AAC in stolen bases (1st, 94), doubles (3rd, 112), doubles per game (2nd, 1.93), home runs (3rd, 57) and OBP (3rd, .377).

In 2018, the Knights launched 42 home runs, led by Rylan Thomas' 13.