William McCleave participated in baseball and football earning four letters from 1964-1966. Bill was a quarterback for the Patriots in 1966 earning the MVP award. Bill was all an All-State baseball player and team MVP in 1966. He received a full scholarship to The Ohio State University, earning three letters from 1968 to 1970. In 1968 Bill led the team in hitting with a .358 batting average. Bill began his coaching career at OSU in 1971, coaching the freshman team.
Bill was the head football coach for 19 years and head baseball coach for nine years at Valley Forge. As the football coach, he earned three Lake Erie League Coach of the Year awards and three conference championships in 1988, 1989 and 1991.
Bill's 1995 baseball team won the LEL Championship earning him the LEL Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2008 the Greater Cleveland Coaches Association selected Bill as a Golden Deed honoree.
In total, Bill coached seven championship football teams, three championship baseball teams and earned six LEL Coach of the Year awards.