Position: Assistant Coach
Bradley LeCroy completed his 13th year as an assistant coach with the Tiger program in 2020. He is in his second stint in Tigertown, as he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson from 2003-05. LeCroy (pronounced luh-CROY) also serves as recruiting coordinator and coaches the infielders as well as working with the hitters. He has helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in all 12 years (2003-05,11-19) he has been a coach at Clemson and the tournament has been held.
LeCroy’s 2012 recruiting class (2013 newcomers) was rated No. 5 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, while his 2013 recruiting class (2014 newcomers) was rated No. 16 in the nation by Baseball America. That was a big reason LeCroy was rated as the No. 9 assistant coach in the nation by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season.
The 2015 recruiting class (2016 newcomers) was rated No. 23 in the nation by Baseball America, the 2016 recruiting class (2017 newcomers) was rated No. 12 in the country by Collegiate Baseball, the 2017 recruiting class (2018 newcomers) was rated No. 9 in the nation by Perfect Game, the 2018 recruiting class (2019 newcomers) was rated No. 7 in the country by Collegiate Baseball and the 2019 recruiting class (2020 newcomers) was rated No. 13 in the nation by Baseball America and D1Baseball. LeCroy was also rated the No. 10 recruiter in the nation by D1Baseball prior to the 2017 season.
The 2020 Tigers had a 14-3 record, but the season was suspended March 12 and later canceled due to a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Clemson ended the season ranked as high as No. 19 in the nation. Clemson’s sophomore-laden lineup in 2020 was led by sophomore Kier Meredith, who hit .364 with a .465 on-base percentage.
In 2019, the Tigers, who were 9-8 against top-25 teams and 6-3 versus top-10 teams, were selected to the NCAA Tournament. Six Tigers earned All-ACC honors, tied for most in the league, and five Tigers were drafted, including first-rounder Logan Davidson. Grayson Byrd was an All-American and First-Team All-ACC selection who totaled 16 homers. Davidson was a first-team Academic All-American, just the third in school history. He became the first Tiger in history to total both double-digit homers and double-digit steals in three different seasons.
The 2018 Tigers totaled 47 overall wins, 22 ACC regular-season victories, a share of the ACC regular-season title and an outright ACC Atlantic Division championship. Those four achievements were all firsts for the program since 2006. Clemson finished ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation by Perfect Game and was also ranked in the top 25 during all 19 weeks. Clemson was third in the nation in homers (98) and had a school-record .975 fielding percentage as well. Seth Beer (first) and Davidson (third) earned All-America honors, as Beer became just the second three-time All-American in Clemson history and was a first-round draft pick by the Houston Astros.
In 2017, the Tigers totaled 42 wins and hosted a regional. The 2017 squad was ranked in the top 10 for 10 straight weeks and finished ranked No. 22 in the coaches poll. The Tigers were also ranked in the top 25 during all 19 weeks. They totaled 73 home runs, a .381 on-base percentage and .970 fielding percentage. Reed Rohlman was a second-team All-American and First-Team All-ACC selection who batted .361 and had a 20-game hitting streak. Beer was a second-team All-American who led the team in homers (16), RBIs (53) and on-base percentage (.478).
LeCroy helped coach the 2016 team to 44 wins, the ACC championship and a top-eight national seed under first-year Head Coach Monte Lee. Clemson, who was ranked No. 15 in the final USA Today coaches poll, slugged an ACC-high 75 homers, tied for seventh most in the nation, thanks in large part to Beer, who won the Dick Howser Trophy. Beer, who batted .369 with 18 homers, 70 RBIs and a .535 on-base percentage, became the first freshman to win the award and the first freshman to be named ACC Player-of-the-Year. LeCroy also worked with first-team All-America catcher Chris Okey, who hit .339 with 15 homers and 74 RBIs. Okey was a second-round draft pick after the season.
Five position players earned All-ACC honors in 2015, including Okey, a First-Team All-ACC catcher. Okey also earned first-team All-America honors, while Rohlman, a freshman, was a third-team All-American after leading the team in batting average (.356). The Tigers were third in the ACC in batting average as well.
The 2014 team saw five of its nine position players again earn All-ACC honors under LeCroy’s tutelage. Steve Wilkerson received Second-Team All-ACC honors for the third year in a row after hitting .317 with six homers, 18 doubles and 42 RBIs. Tyler Krieger also earned All-ACC honors after leading the team in batting average (.338), while Steven Duggar had a team-high 25 steals.
In 2013, LeCroy’s hitters combined for an ACC-high 111 steals, most by the Tigers since 2000. Shane Kennedy and Wilkerson earned All-ACC honors, while Duggar was named a freshman All-American.
The 2012 Tigers had a league-high four offensive players earn All-ACC honors, which were the first four batters (Wilkerson, Thomas Brittle, Richie Shaffer, Phil Pohl) in the lineup during most of the season. Shaffer, who hit .336 with a .480 on-base percentage, was a first-team All-American by Perfect Game, while Brittle had a 22-game hitting streak.
In his first season back at Clemson in 2011, the Tigers were sixth in the nation in batting average (.318) and led the ACC by 14 points. Clemson was also sixth in the nation in walks, 11th in runs, 14th in slugging percentage and tied for 14th in steals. LeCroy coached All-ACC outfielders Jeff Schaus and Will Lamb as well.
LeCroy spent three seasons (2008-10) as Tennessee’s infielders coach and recruiting coordinator under Head Coach Todd Raleigh. Two of his recruiting classes (No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball in 2008 and No. 14 by Baseball America in 2009) with the Volunteers were ranked in the top 25. Before his stint in Knoxville, LeCroy served under Raleigh at Western Carolina in 2006 and 2007. Prior to his three years as the volunteer assistant coach at Clemson, LeCroy was an assistant coach at nearby Anderson (S.C.) during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Tennessee totaled 67 home runs in 2008, at the time the fifth-best mark in school history. A year later, he was a big reason the Volunteers slugged 87 long balls.
He led Western Carolina’s offense to heights not seen in recent history. In 2007, the Catamounts were in the top 11 in the nation in runs per game, homers per game, slugging percentage, doubles per game and batting average.
During the 2005 season, the last of his three years as the volunteer assistant at Clemson, LeCroy contributed to the Tigers’ third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a trip to the Waco (Texas) Super Regional. He was a big reason Taylor Harbin had a stellar .974 fielding percentage along with 28 doubles, 10 homers and 63 RBIs in earning second-team All-America honors as a freshman.
In 2004, the Tigers hit 73 homers and 149 doubles. He coached All-American Brad McCann, as the third baseman hit .379 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs.
The 2003 season was his first coaching at Clemson. The Tigers had a .326 batting average in ACC regular-season games, the best mark in the ACC by 19 points. LeCroy coached four all-conference players in 2003, all of which comprised the Tigers’ starting infield.
LeCroy coached in the Valley League in the summer of 2003 as an assistant for the New Market Rebels in Virginia. The Rebels were the Valley League runner-up after compiling a 31-18 record.
LeCroy was an assistant coach at Anderson in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, he coached David Mattox, who was drafted in the 11th round by the Mets. In 2002, the Trojans led the Division II ranks with 41 triples.
During both summers in 2001 and 2002, he was the head coach of the Williamston (S.C.) American Legion team. Both teams played in the state playoffs.
LeCroy earned four letters at Clemson from 1997-00. He was a valuable utility player who hit .266 in 173 career games and 395 at-bats. He was the starting shortstop on the 1999 team that came one inning from advancing to the College World Series. He was the starting shortstop alongside future national player-of-the-year Khalil Greene, who was the starting third baseman on that 1999 squad. LeCroy was also a member of Clemson’s 2000 College World Series team and was on four NCAA Tournament teams as a Tiger.
LeCroy earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson in May 2001. He was a three-sport star at nearby Walhalla (S.C.) High School, earning all-state honors in baseball, basketball and football.
LeCroy is married to the former Meredith Chandler. She was a four-time letterwinner in tennis at Clemson from 1996-99, was named ACC Outstanding Senior Female Scholarship Athlete in 1999 and was an NCAA Outstanding Sportsperson-of-the-Year National nominee that same season. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and a master’s degree in professional communications from Clemson.
The couple has two sons, Crew and Cooper. LeCroy was born Feb. 1, 1978 in Anderson, S.C.
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