British Baseball Federation

NATIONAL TEAM | SENIORS HEAD COACH 

Liam Carroll enters his fifth year at the helm of the Great Britain Senior National Team, and 24th with the programme. He has served in numerous roles as a player, coach and administrator. In 2016 he led Great Britain to the final of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, including a famous win over Brazil, then ranked 14th in the world. This September Great Britain will compete in the European Championship, which marks the first step on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Currently residing in Bedfordshire, the London native has lived in Somerset, Bristol, California, Cornwall and Las Vegas. 

Carroll joined the GB coaching staff in 2004, coaching third base and running the offense for the U18 National Team as they captured a CEB B-Pool crown to earn promotion to the European Championship. He remained on Tom Gillespie’s U18 staff through 2006 as an assistant, before being named Head Coach in 2008. He returned to work with the U18s in 2010 and 2012. In all, Carroll has coached in 12 European tournaments across the youth levels, including as an assistant and Head Coach at the U15 and Head Coach at the U12 level.                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                       

                                                                   

In 2012 Carroll was named Head Coach of the U23 National Team, which would evolve into the GB Lions – a development programme designed to bridge the gap between the U18 and Senior National Teams which resulted in more UK-based players advancing to the Senior level.

Carroll’s first experience at the Senior Level came in 2008, when he coached first base under skipper Stephan Rapaglia at England cricketer Marcus Trescothick’s “Baseball Spectacular” at the County Ground in Taunton, Somerset. His next taste of the Senior level came in 2013 under Sam Dempster, when he coached third base at the European Championship Qualifier in Zurich, Switzerland, as Great Britain secured promotion back to the European Championship. Carroll remained on staff in 2014, coaching First Base at the European Championship in Regensburg, Germany and Trebic in the Czech Republic.

Carroll was announced as Head Coach of the Senior National Team in January, 2015. That year the GB Lions competed in Prague Baseball Week, finishing with a 1-4 record. At the 2016 European Championship in Hoofddorp, Holland, Great Britain recovered from an 0-5 start to beat Croatia 6-2 and Greece 19-2 in order to secure top-tier status in consecutive championships for the first time since 2005/2007. The 2016 squad featured the most home grown players since 2001.

The Senior National Team last competed in September 2016 at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn, New York. Carroll’s squad finished with a 2-2 record and qualified for the tournament championship game. Two losses to Israel bookended a 14-0 win over Pakistan and a thrilling 4-3 victory over Brazil to reach the final. Carroll assembled arguably the strongest club in national team history, featuring a host of current and former professionals including MLB players Antoan Richardson, Chris Reed and Michael Roth and Jazz Chisholm, currently ranked as the Arizona D-Backs’ top prospect. Carroll’s staff was no-less star studded, including GB alum and former Big Leaguer Mike Nickeas and Hall of Fame inductee Trevor Hoffman.

Carroll has recent experience with the U23 National Team, coaching them to a 7th place finish (out of 16) at the 2017 European Championship in Austria and the Czech Republic and a 5-1 record and third place finish at the 2018 European Championship Qualifier in Bratislava, Slovakia.

A Middle Infielder, Carroll’s GB playing career culminated at the 2003 European Championship. Prior to that he was selected to the U15s in 1996 and 1997 and to the U18s from 1997-2000, becoming the team’s starting shortstop in his final year of eligibility. Domestically, Carroll played for the Crewkerne Cutters, Bracknell Blazers and Brighton Buccaneers.

Following in the footsteps of GB stalwarts Nick Carter, Alex Malihoudis and Gavin Marshall, Carroll left the UK in 2000 to become a student-athlete in the US college system, attending Delta College (Stockton, California) and Porterville College (California). In 2003 the Porterville Pirates set a then-school record for wins and advanced to the state tournament.

After his playing career, Carroll moved on to the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he would receive a degree in Physical Education and serve as Director of Baseball Operations. During five seasons under Head Coach Buddy Gouldsmith, Carroll was involved in the development of more than 20 players who would go on to sign with MLB organisations. In his first season in Las Vegas, the Rebels captured the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament crowns and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Between 2007 and 2014 Carroll worked with BaseballSoftballUKin various capacities, focusing on regional club and coach development, Academy Baseball and the High Performance Academy (HPA). He continues to be involved in BSUK programmes, serving as Head Coach of the HPA, a Sport England funded talent development programme.

Carroll served on the BBF Board from 2015 to 2018 as the National Teams Programme Official. During this time Carroll launched the GB programme mission, to Inspire, Develop and Perform, and established The GB Way, setting out philosophies, playbooks, policies and procedures to unify the programme across all age groups. He oversaw a brand refresh including the introduction the new Lion mascot and created a coach education platform on Facebook that provides resources to almost 200 coaches from the British baseball and softball community.

In 2017 Major League Baseball selected Carroll to coach third base for the European All-Star team at their Spring Academies Tournament in Barcelona, Spain. He was invited back in 2018 as Head Coach, leading the team to a 4-2 record. He’ll return in an Assistant Coach role this summer when MLB brings the tournament to London prior to the London Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Carroll was active in MLB’s “Battlegrounds” events in 2017, throwing Batting Practice to Middlesex cricketers at Lord’s Cricket Ground and to rugby players from Harlequins RFC.

In addition to his work in baseball, Carroll has worked with Academy and First Class cricketers at Surrey and Worcestershire County Cricket Clubs, with a focus on Twenty20 batting, fielding and throwing.

Carroll has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live as an analyst for MLB broadcasts and provided baseball instruction to celebrities on BT Sport and Sky Sports. He has been a guest on coaching podcasts including ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse, Baseball Outside the Box, KWB Radio, Top Coach Podcast and Whistle & Clipboard. Carroll has experience as a coach education clinician and lecturer.

What they’re saying about Liam Carroll:

“Getting the opportunity to work under Liam was fantastic. His energy is off the charts, he really loves the game, is inquisitive, a learner and wants to empower the people around him. I couldn’t be more proud of the product that he was behind (at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier). To give Liam credit, we came to Brooklyn ready to play, he got us fired up and put a great staff together. I think the things he’s doing back in Great Britain are fantastic.” Trevor Hoffman, MLB Hall of Famer, 2016 GB Bullpen Coach

“We can talk about growing the game inside our town or community, but Liam is doing it in an entire country and it’s just a really neat dynamic and I think it’s shed a lot of light on how special of a person he is as a coach and ambassador.”Jeremy Sheetinger, American Baseball Coaches Association

“He did an outstanding job as manager. I really enjoyed watching his club compete and they did a fantastic job. He’s made a major impact on Great Britain Baseball and also spreading the game around the world.” Pete Caliendo, Baseball Outside the Box podcast, WBSC Tournament Commission.


NOTE: The following age divisions exist in our British Baseball Federation National Teams: U12, U15, U18, U23 and Seniors. Our Seniors division is our top division which competes internationally in the WBC, is internationally ranked by the wbsc.org and is attempting to make the Olympics (Tokyo 2020). Our National Team Programme is overseen by the British Baseball Federation the National Governing Body of Baseball. If you have any questions about our National Team Programme please email Jason Pearce our National Team Programme Official at e-mail jason.pearce@britishbaseball.org

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