The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is Bryant University’s Ryan Klosterman, who is entering his fifth season as head coach.
Klosterman, the 2021 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, has helped Bryant remain one of the top mid-major baseball programs in the country after the departure of Steve Owens to Rutgers in 2019. Klosterman has posted an 87-86 career record, reaching the 30-win plateau for the first time as a head coach in 2022.
Klosterman and his staff are preparing for the 2024 season while also firming up commitments for high school players in the Class of 2025. He is a fan of a new NCAA rule that restricts college coaches from recruiting players before August heading into their junior seasons.
“I appreciate the later decision-making process,” Klosterman said. “I appreciate it for the families. I appreciate it for the kids going through it. The maturity from a 14-year-old kid to be able to make a decision — a lifelong decision — it’s been very good to see this delay in that process. I think a lot more of us, myself included, are attending some of the summer leagues instead of the high school showcases. It is, again, a necessary evil of the transfer portal, and there are a lot of guys that are showcasing in the summer leagues that may be in the portal looking for a new opportunity.”