Phil McElroy is entering his twentieth season at the helm for the Lions. One of the most successful coaches in Emerson history, he has led the Lions to a postseason appearance in 16 seasons. McElroy is dedicated to his craft, and is recognized as a Four-Star Master Coach by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
During his tenure, Emerson softball has reached new levels of success. In 2007, Emerson won the conference championship, and made the school's first NCAA appearance. They captured the conference championship again in 2009. The program has produced twenty two NFCA All-Region Selections, eight New England Softball Coaches Association All-Stars, and 74 All-Conference Selections.
McElroy's teams also perform well in the classroom. The NFCA has named Emerson College as the nation's top academic softball team six times (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
The 2010 team was ranked third, and the 2008 team was ranked fourth. The program has had six ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selections, and numerous players recognized by the NFCA for carrying a GPA of 3.5 or above.
McElroy has also reached his own personal milestones at Emerson. Entering the 2020 season, he has amassed a career record of 455 and 325.
On March 12th, 2016 McElroy captured his 400th NCAA win against Wesleyan University. In 2009, McElroy was named conference Coach of the Year, after leading the Lions to their second conference championship in three years.
Well respected nationally, McElroy has served on the NCAA Division III Softball Championships Committee. He is also the former President of the New England Interscholastic Softball Coaches Association.
Prior to Emerson, McElroy was an assistant coach at Bentley College (1994) and took over as interim coach in 1995 where he led the Falcons to a 16-23 record. From 1997-2001 McElroy was an assistant coach at Reading Memorial High School where, alongside his sister, head coach Jill McElroy, he won the 2001 Massachusetts Division 1 State High School Championship.
Accomplished in his field, Coach McElroy also brings over three decades of travel ball experience with him. He currently serves as the general manager of the Polar Crush. Prior to taking over as director with the Crush, he served as head coach of the Middlesex County Krush and the assistant coach of the Boston Bat Busters. These three youth softball programs have helped place numerous female student-athletes in college softball programs around the country. Coach McElroy's accomplishments with the Krush include nine Metro Boston ASA Championships and seven trips to ASA, NSA, and Pony National Championships.
Coach McElroy is also the current Commissioner of USA Softball in Massachusetts (2017-present). He resides in Marlborough, Massachusetts.