LeCroy Headed to Western Carolina

There will be a new assistant coach standing in the first base box for Clemson next season when the Tigers' baseball team begins the 2006 season, CUTigers.com has learned.

Volunteer assistant baseball coach Bradley LeCroy, who also played for the Tigers from 1997-2000, has accepted a full-time paying position as an infield instructor and assistant with hitting at Western Carolina, he confirmed Sunday.

"It's bittersweet considering I've coached here for three years and especially the team that's coming back," LeCroy said. "But hopefully it's a step where I move on and come back here as a full-time coach in four or five years hopefully. I hope that works out because I love this place. This is the best place on Earth according to me."

LeCroy was also offered a job as the recruiting coordinator at Mercer, but he chose Western Carolina for a variety of reasons.

"I felt more comfortable with the tradition of winning at Western, and that's not saying that you could never get it done at Mercer, because you could," LeCroy said. "I just felt that everything was all set up at Western. But it was a hard choice to make."

LeCroy will join Catamounts head coach Todd Raleigh, who played for Tigers head coach Jack Leggett at Western Carolina from 1987-1991.

It's a move that Leggett is sad to see happen, but at the same time he understands why LeCroy left. And he's also happy that LeCroy is going to his old stomping grounds.

"I know he hates like heck to leave, but he was a volunteer here and to develop his career, he needed to get a full-time job," Leggett said. "I think it's a great experience for Bradley and I think Bradley will do a great job for Todd.

"We're excited for him, but we hate to lose him, believe me. We have really good chemistry on our staff."

Leggett said that he will look at another former player or two within the next week to fill LeCroy's position, but said as of yet, there are no primary candidates.

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