Ryan McCloskey has been promoted to the role of Special Assistant to the Head Coach with the Rhode Island Men’s Basketball program.
Head Coach David Cox said McCloskey earned the promotion through hard work and productivity behind the scenes with the team.
“Ryan is an invaluable asset for our team,” Cox said. “His understanding of the game as well as his ability to communicate and connect with all individuals makes it possible for our program to be successful. Ryan consistently proves his ability to handle increased responsibility.”
McCloskey is entering his fourth season with the Rams. He was the Director of Basketball Operations for the last two seasons, and will continue to oversee many of those duties. McCloskey was the team’s Video Coordinator for the 2018-19 season.
McCloskey handles multiple responsibilities for the Rams, including serving as liaison to various departments in athletics, game scheduling, advanced scouting projects, overseeing the support staff, organization of on-campus recruiting visits, and the day-to-day operations of the basketball program.
Before coming to Rhode Island, McCloskey spent five seasons with the Florida Gators, working under Billy Donovan (2013-15) and Michael White (2015-2018). For two years as a graduate assistant, he helped in the day-to-day operations of the program as well as player development. As an undergrad, he assisted specifically with day-to-day video operations and projects.
During the 2013-14 season, the Gators won 30 straight games, leading to an SEC Regular Season Title, SEC Tournament Title, the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and a Final Four appearance. Florida also reached the NCAA tournament in 2016-17 (Elite Eight) and 2017-18 (Round of 32).
McCloskey was part of the support staff for USA Basketball’s U18 (June 2014) and U19 (June 2015) teams. The Men’s U18 National Team claimed the FIBA Americas U18 Championship while the U19 National Team captured gold medals in the FIBA U19 World Championship.