It appears that former Clemson baseball player and long time assistant coach Bradley LeCroy has landed on his feet as the next head coach of Virginia Commonwealth University.
VCU’s former head man, Shawn Stiffler, spent 15 years with the program, 10 full seasons as head coach before moving on to fill the void at Notre Dame.
VCU is coming off a 42-20 season that saw the Rams win their first two games in the Chapel Hill Regional before falling to North Carolina in the subsequent two games.
LeCroy has been an assistant at Clemson for 15 years across two separate stints and most recently served as recruiting coordinator and coached the infielders as well as working with hitters.
LeCroy, a Clemson graduate, played at Clemson from 1997-00 and hit .266 in 173 career games and 395 at-bats, with four home runs and 67 RBI.
Bradley LeCroy’s future with Clemson baseball had been a question mark since Erik Bakich completed his staff earlier this summer
We’ve fielded multiple questions about LeCroy’s future with the program as new head coach Erik Bakich filled out his staff, including bringing assistant head coach recruiting coordinator Nick Schnabel with him from Michigan.
Bakich opted to retain long time Clemson staffers Brad Owens and Ben Paulsen as part of his initial staff at Clemson.
It is a season of change and monumental turnover for the Clemson program, both with the roster of players, recruits and among the coaching staff and the Tigers will have a markedly different look when they take the field next February.
This is a great opportunity for LeCroy, an established, very well run program that can compete for Atlantic 10 Championships and beyond, but Stiffler will be a difficult coach to follow as he averaged 36 wins, NCAA Regional births the last two seasons and the schools only Super Regional appearance in 2015.