Bradley LeCroy is in his eighth year as an assistant coach and third as the assistant head coach with the Tiger program in 2015. He is in his second stint, as he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson from 2003-05. LeCroy (pronounced luh-CROY) also serves as recruiting coordinator along with duties as hitters and outfielders coach.
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 ninth-best assistant coach in the nation by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season.
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 stolen bases. LeCroy coached All-ACC outfielders Jeff Schaus and Will Lamb in 2011.
The 2012 Tigers had a league-high four offensive players earn All-ACC honors, which were the first four batters (Steve 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 and made countless highlight-reel catches in center field.
In 2013, LeCroy’s hitters combined for an ACC-high 111 stolen bases, the most by the Tigers since 2000. Shane Kennedy and Wilkerson earned All-ACC honors, while Steven Duggar was named a freshman All-American.
The 2014 team saw five of its nine position players earn All-ACC honors under LeCroy’s tutelage. 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 Duggar had a team-high 25 steals.
LeCroy spent three seasons (2008-10) as Tennessee’s infielders coach and recruiting coordinator under Head Coach Todd Raleigh. Prior to 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.
During his tenure at Tennessee, he put together a pair of signing classes that ranked among the best in the nation. In 2008, his signing class was rated No. 28 in the country by Collegiate Baseball, then his 2009 signing class was ranked No. 14 in the nation according to Baseball America.
Tennessee totaled 67 home runs in 56 games 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 in 55 games, good for the second-highest total in Tenneseee history.
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. Western Carolina had a 7-2 combined record against the ACC, Big Ten Conference and SEC in 2007 and had a school-record five players picked in the draft.
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 Brad McCann to an All-America season, 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. Included in that list were underclassmen Brad McCann (3B) and Russell Triplett (SS). Seniors Michael Johnson (1B) and David Slevin (2B) also earned All-ACC honors as infielders in 2003.
LeCroy coached in the Valley League in the summer of 2003 as an assistant coach 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 legion 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 everyday 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 a member of four NCAA Tournament teams as a Tiger.
LeCroy, 37, 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 (4) and Cooper (2). LeCroy was born Feb. 1, 1978 in Anderson, S.C.
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