BBF Press Release: GB U23 Coach Spencer Promoted

The following is a press release from the British Baseball Federation. We will have more imminently as the situation develops. 

The British Baseball Federation is excited to announce the appointment of Mr Drew Spencer as the Lead Programme and Seniors Manager of the Great Britain National Baseball Team. Spencer succeeds Mr Liam Carroll who resigned after 16 years with the programme.

Drew joined the Great Britain Baseball coaching staff in 2019, as Manager of the programme’s U23 team, which achieved its highest ever finish (5th) in the 2019 U23 European Championships. The U23 campaign included a 2-1 victory over the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a first in British Baseball history in any age group.

Drew has also managed the London Mets baseball team to consecutive National Championships in the British Baseball Federation’s top division, the National Baseball League (NBL).

Mr Jason Pearce, the National Teams Director at the BBF, said “Over the next few years, GB Baseball has some significant competitive opportunities ahead of us, from European Championships to the World Baseball Classic and even the Olympic Games. We are excited about Drew’s track record of success and his ability to unite and motivate players to reach new heights for British Baseball”.

As a player, Drew was a 4-time All-Ivy League selection at Dartmouth college. At the time of his graduation, he held career records in 11 offensive categories. He also played for two seasons in Orleans in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League

On his appointment, Drew Spencer said, “I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get started. Being part of the programme so far has been a tremendous source of inspiration and pride for me, and I have the utmost respect for all that have come before me and whose contributions have helped to make the programme what it is today. The chance to take GB Baseball forward and build on the strength of what Liam Carroll has done is one that will require the very best that I have to offer, but I know I won’t be alone. We have an amazing group of players, coaches, staff and an entire community involved. We will raise the bar together, along with a few trophies along the way!”

About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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