Entering his fifth season as a member of the UCF baseball coaching staff, Ryan Klosterman was elevated to associate head coach in November 2015. He has taken on the role of recruiting coordinator and hitting coach after spending his first four campaigns in charge of the Knights’ infielders and team defense.
Klosterman helped mentor American Athletic Conference First Team members Dylan Moore, Erik Barber and Tommy Williams. The Knights 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.
Vasquez shined defensively under Klosterman’s tutelage in 2013 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.
Infielders D.J. Hicks, Travis Shreve, Darnell Sweeney and Chris Taladay all had strong 2012 campaigns with the help of Klosterman. 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.
Robust 2012 campaigns led both Hicks and Sweeney, members of the Coral Gables All-Regional Team, to professional careers after their junior seasons. Manning shortstop in all but one game that year, Sweeney was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round while Hicks was drafted by Minnesota in the 17th.
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 until coming to UCF playing professional baseball, most recently at the Triple-A level for the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Florida Marlins Organization.
Klosterman 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. 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.
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.
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. The couple wed in September 2013 and currently reside in Oviedo.