June 27, 2007
Tennessee head baseball coach Todd Raleigh announced the hiring of Bradley LeCroy to the position of assistant baseball coach Wednesday. LeCroy is the first addition to Raleigh’s staff and will work primarily with the Volunteers infielders and hitters.
LeCroy (pronounced luh-CROY) was a key member of Raleigh's staff at Western Carolina in 2006 and 2007, and he preceded his tenure at WCU with three distinguished seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson. In just five years in the college ranks, LeCroy has seen 17 of his players drafted by major-league franchises and has proven more than adept at developing young talent.
"We're all very excited about having Bradley join the program," Raleigh said. "He's young, energetic, a great recruiter and is also skilled in player development. Our infielders should really benefit from working with him, but his impact will reach the entire program.
"He played at Clemson and worked on my staff at Western Carolina, so philosophically we're on the same page. He's been to Omaha (for the College World Series), so he knows what it takes for a team to reach that goal. Bradley's got a great mind for the game and also has a wonderful family. He'll be a key part of our program moving forward."
LeCroy coached infielders during his two seasons at Western Carolina. The Cats ranked second in the Southern Conference with a .966 team fielding percentage in 2007 while turning 46 double plays. Western fielded at a .954 clip in 2006 with 35 double plays.
From 2003-05 LeCroy sharpened his coaching knowledge at his alma mater, helping lead Clemson to three NCAA tournament appearances, a 2005 NCAA Super Regional berth and an average of more than 40 wins per year. His coaching responsibilities included working with the Tigers infielders and hitters.
He coached four All-ACC players in 2003, all of whom were starters in the Clemson infield. In 2004, the Tigers hit 73 home runs and 149 doubles with LeCroy assisting as a hitting instructor. He also coached third baseman Brad McCann to All-America honors. LeCroy saw yet another of his infielders earn All-America acclaim in 2005, as freshman second-baseman Taylor Harbin sported a stellar .974 fielding percentage that ranked among the best ever by a Clemson second baseman, third baseman or shortstop. Harbin also hit .343 that year with 64 runs, 28 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 63 RBIs.
Additional highlights from LeCroy's time at Clemson include a .969 team fielding percentage in 2003 that ranks tied for the fourth-best mark in school history and a .968 team fielding mark in 2005 that ranks tied for sixth all-time.
LeCroy coached in the Valley Baseball League in the summer of 2003 as an assistant with for the New Market Rebels (New Market, Virginia). The Rebels were the Valley League runner-up after compiling a 31-18 record - the 31 wins were a franchise record. He coached eight All-Stars on the Rebels' squad, including Most Valuable Pitcher Phil Bartleski of William & Mary, and Kevin White of Presbyterian, who was the league home runs and RBIs champion.
In 2001 and 2002, LeCroy was an assistant coach at Division II Anderson College in Anderson S.C. In 2001, he coached David Mattox, who was drafted in the 11th round by the New York Mets and was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year in the Mets' organization in 2002. Anderson's 2002 squad led the Division II ranks with 41 triples. LeCroy coached three All-Conference players during his stint at Anderson College.
LeCroy began his coaching career as head coach of the Williamston American Legion team in Williamston, S.C., guiding the team during the summers of 2001 and 2002, and both his clubs competed in the state legion playoffs.
During the four years in which he lettered at Clemson under Tigers head coach Jack Leggett, LeCroy posted a .266 batting average in 173 career games played. A versatile utility player early in his career, he settled in as the Tigers everyday starting shortstop in 1999, playing alongside third baseman and current Major Leaguer Khalil Greene. The Tigers made four NCAA appearances during LeCroy's time as a collegian, including a berth in the 2000 College World Series.
"(Bradley was) an outstanding middle infielder and one of the most versatile and athletic players that I've ever coached," Leggett said. "He's an excellent coach working with the infielders and hitters. He has great knowledge of the game, and he has an exciting future in coaching."
LeCroy, who was a three-sport standout at Walhalla (S.C.) High School, earned his bachelor's degree in education from Clemson in 2001 and is married to the former Meredith Chandler of Greenville, S.C. Meredith lettered in tennis at Clemson from 1996-99.