Bill Cleary begins his second season as head coach of the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team in 2009-10. Cleary came to Bloomsburg after spending five seasons as head coach of the women's team at Wilmington University in New Castle, De.
At Wilmington he helped turnaround the Wildcats program from a two-win team into a 20-win team with a record the last four seasons of 54-60. During his last season, Wilmington finished 22-9 and was ranked in the NCAA Northeast Regional poll for the first time in school history ending the season with a ninth-place ranking.
Cleary also helped the Wildcats to the school's first ever women's basketball championship when the team won the ECAC Division II title with a victory over Caldwell College. Wilmington finished the year winning nine of its last 10 games.
Overall in Cleary's five seasons as head coach, the Wildcats made three trips to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoffs and reached the semi-finals in 2007-08.
Prior to taking over at Wilmington Cleary spent one season as an assistant coach with the Towson (MD) University men's basketball team and two-years as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech where he earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administration. He was also an assistant men's basketball coach at Beaver College in Glenside, Pa.
Cleary is a 1998 graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Political Science. He and his wife Jackie are the parents of Billy, born in September of 2008 and Chase, born in December of 2009.