Ryan McCleney joined the Belmont Abbey College baseball program as an assistant in 2013. McCleney is the recruiting coordinator while also focusing on hitting and infielders.
McCleney began his coaching career in 2011 as an assistant at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. That year, the Braves started out ranked 30th nationally in the NCAA Division II baseball poll. Finishing the season with a record of 44-12, the Braves rose to number 3 in the NCAA Division II national poll. This was the best ranking in the history of the Braves' baseball program. In the spring of 2011, the Braves ranked near the top of the Peach Belt Conference in almost every offensive and pitching category. The Braves led the conference in slugging percentage, doubles, home-runs, and runs scored. The Braves finished in the top 20 nationally in runs scored, hits, doubles, home-runs, stolen bases, and slugging percentage. In the spring of 2011, UNCP won the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. McCleney enjoyed 3 straight 30-win seasons during his stint at UNC Pembroke.
In 2011, McCleney started coaching in the Coastal Plain League with the Wilmington Sharks. He served as an assistant while going 29-27. He then took over as the head coach in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 the sharks finished with a record of 29-23 while finishing 31-23 in 2013.
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.