14U Red Manager & Outfield/Hitting Instructor
With a variety of experience and an incredible passion for the game, Brad McElroy has been a mainstay on the Great Lake Canadians coaching staff and has been the manager of the 14U team since its inception.
Born and raised in London, the former outfielder began playing locally with South London, moving onto Southwest London and then into the London Badgers organization. He earned a scholarship to Kellogg Community College in Michigan, making his way there on a recommendation from former Badgers teammate Brian Blackburn. After two years at Kellogg – also winning a gold medal for Team Ontario at the Canada Games during his time there – he played for the London Majors – winning the batting title in the Intercounty Baseball League -during the summer and turned down two offers to play professionally for the Toronto Blue Jays organization to pursue a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he was an all-American in his junior year.
At UNC Charlotte, McElroy earned the highest accumulated average the program had seen, and after his senior season, he was selected by the Blue Jays in the 25th round of the 2008 draft. He spent five seasons in Toronto’s organization and played up to Double-A before returning home. While with the Jays, he was named the quality-at-bat champion in the Class-A Advanced Florida State League in 2011.
Of all his playing experiences, McElroy cherished his time at Kellogg and in Charlotte the most. He loved the team atmosphere, and the game being more about winning than individual players, and focusing on success. Immediately after his playing career came to an end, McElroy wasn’t sure he wanted to remain in or around the game, but coaching his nephew in rookie ball got him back to loving the game. He enjoyed seeing the kids and how much they loved to play, the smiles on their faces, learning, wanting to play, and having fun, and it all brought back the love of the game for him.
That experience pushed McElroy to delve further into the coaching side, and he continued to give lessons at Centrefield Sports, where he had always returned during his off-seasons to work out and play. When they began the Great Lake program, they asked him to become involved, and he did so around his full-time job. When the younger teams were added to the program he started with the 14U players, an age he really enjoys because he likes seeing players come from different organizations, getting them early, working with them, and helping to mould them into the players they can be.
He loves working alongside the rest of the GLC staff, and learning from all their different viewpoints of the game. He believes the program is truly special, and the best in North America, because of the people involved. He knows it is amazing to have so many baseball minds who have spent as much time as many of them have, playing at a high level. They all know and understand what programs are looking for and how they coach players at the next level, and he loves being involved in the process.