A new face at bat: VCU baseball welcomes a new head coach

VCU head coach Bradley LeCroy poses for a photo. Photo courtesy of VCU Athletics

Thaillon Wilson, Personal editor

VCU turned to Clemson, South Carolina to hire longtime assistant coach Bradley LeCroy to serve as the baseball team’s head coach.

LeCroy assumes the role following the team’s second straight win in the Atlantic 10.

“The administrative support staff has been fantastic in helping me adjust and answering my questions,” LeCroy said. “The current players have been exceptional.”

LeCroy is a former Clemson shortstop who became a starting coach with over 15 seasons of coaching experience with Clemson, as well as over two decades of total baseball coaching experience.

Coach LeCroy worked under Hall of Fame coach Jack Leggett, when he first joined as an assistant, and he also worked under former Clemson head coach, Mount Lee.

David Hood has previously written about LeCroy for Tigernet.coma site on all sports news around Clemson.

LeCroy learned a lot of different coaching techniques during his time at Clemson, and he was great at building good relationships with players, according to Hood.

“He bonds with the players and he really gets to know them. He really enjoys getting to know his guys and working with them as baseball players, but also as young men,” Hood said.

LeCroy said he thinks it’s important to grow the team to win games, but also to grow the team for the players’ future after baseball.

“We are here to develop young men to be successful after VCU. If they don’t get a chance to play professional baseball, we still want to be successful,” LeCroy said. “To do that, you have to invest in people and have good relationships.”

In addition to being known as a successful player and assistant coach, LeCroy is a highly regarded scout who has been in the No. 25 national recruiting top for the past ten years while at Clemson, according to Clemson Athletics.

“Our goal is to recruit at a high level here at VCU, but as soon as we get them here, we have to develop them and improve them,” LeCroy said.

VCU senior outfielder AJ Mathis said he is already adjusting to the new coaching transition. Mathis said coach Lecroy will be a good leader for the black and gold, and he’s excited to play for him.

“Coach LeCroy is amazing and I think this university really benefits from him and not just him but this coaching staff in general,” Mathis said.

Mathis said he thinks as long as everyone gets to work and follows LeCroy’s system, everything will go smoothly for the team.

“I feel like if everyone buys into his process and the standards he holds, we can go far,” said senior outfielder AJ Mathis.

VCU baseball is coming off a 42-win season with another A-10 championship, making it its third conference title since joining the A-10 conference, according to VCU Athletics.

VCU junior outfielder Cooper Benzin has high expectations for himself and the team to revive him this year and win the A-10 title again – and go further than the team did last year. last.

“Our first goal is to win the A-10 regular season and then of course win the tournament,” Benzin said. “Our mindset takes us further than we were last year, so going to the Super Regional and going to Omaha.”

The Rams recently began fall training since returning to campus, and LeCroy said he believes the desire to perform at a high level has already been instilled in the team.

“They have a great work ethic,” LeCroy said. “They have good attitudes and a champion mindset.”

Coach LeCroy said he is looking forward to picking up the already established VCU baseball culture and working hard through the fall to prepare for the upcoming spring season later after winter break.

“I’m super excited. I think the players are doing well even though it’s a long journey. We’ve just started and we have until February until opening day, but the work ethic, culture and team composition are exceptional,” said LeCroy.

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