Richard McCleskey is in his second season on the Kansas City Command coaching staff. Under McCleskey’s leadership last year, the Command claimed the 2011 Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year in Rich Ranglin.
Before joining the Command, McCleskey was offensive and defensive line coach for the IFL’s Omaha Beef. In the 2010 season, his offensive line ranked second in the league at giving up sacks, allowing just four in the entire season. The Beef ranked first in sacks allowed in 2009 under McCleskey. His defensive line came tallied the seventh-most sacks in the league.
Prior to his coaching career, McCleskey played for six AFL teams over five seasons. He played a variety of positions, spending time as a defensive lineman, linebacker and running back. He led the New York Dragons in rushing yards in 2006. McCleskey also played in af2, earning 1st-Team All-af2 honors.
At the University of Nebraska – Omaha, he served as volunteer Offensive and Defensive Line coach while also playing both positions. Richard has an Associate’s degree, majoring in Recreation, from UNO. He volunteers his time to create football camps for young players. Richard is the proud father of Jerzei Rayne McCleskey.