LATE, GREAT LeCLAIR

The inspirational life of former Western Carolina baseball player and coach Keith LeClair ’89, the subject of a newly published book, was celebrated in April at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. Journalist Bethany Bradsher (below right) spent more than a year writing “Coaching Third: The Keith LeClair Story” (cover pictured below center), which chronicles LeClair’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Bradsher spoke with more than 60 people about LeClair’s childhood in New Hampshire, his college years in Cullowhee, and his triumphs and trials in Greenville and at East Carolina University. “While Keith’s story is marked by sadness, it is also characterized by laughter in the most surprising places, and lives that will forever be more generous, less petty and more focused on faith because they intersected the journey of Keith LeClair,” wrote Bradsher, who signed copies of her book prior to the Catamounts’ 8-2 win over Wofford. LeClair’s son, J.D., threw out the first pitch before the game (below left).