By: Rick Bender
HANOVER, N.H. — The British Baseball Federation announced that Drew Spencer, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1997, has been appointed as the head coach of Great Britain’s National Baseball Team. He replaces Liam Carroll, who stepped down yesterday after six years at the post.
Spencer, originally from Glendale, California, had been serving as Great Britain’s Under-23 head coach for the past two years. He led that squad to its best finish ever at the European Championship in 2019, placing fifth while earning the country’s first victory over the Netherlands at any level. He has also guided the London Mets to back-to-back titles in the National Baseball League, the United Kingdom’s highest domestic baseball competition.
Spencer began his coaching career in the UK’s youth baseball program, winning five British National Championships at the youth level. He was also nominated and selected as a finalist for the British Youth Baseball Coach of the Year in 2017.
At Dartmouth, Spencer received All-Ivy honors in all four seasons with the Big Green, making the first team in both 1994 and ’96. He graduated as the Dartmouth career leader in several offensive categories and still ranks among the top 10 in batting average (.365, fifth), hits (201, fifth), runs (139, fourth), stolen bases (47, sixth) and RBIs (113, 10th).