Josh McElroy
Josh McElroy
Induction Year: 2013
Class: 2003
Sport(s): Men's Soccer

By far and away the most decorated goalkeeper in the 54-year history of the men’s soccer program. McElroy owns every single season and career goalkeeper record but one, and was a key cog in the 2001-02 men’s soccer team that won a program-record 21 straight games to start the season before falling in the NCAA Round of 16. The 2001-02 men’s soccer squad was inducted into the Norwich University Athletic Hall of Fame last year.

In his senior season he not only was named the team overall Most Valuable Player, but he also earned GNAC MVP honors as well as first team all-conference recognition. The Cadets finished with a 13-6-1 record before falling to Johnson & Wales 1-0 in the conference tournament finals. McElroy is the all-time winningest goalie in NU history and his 31 career shutouts nearly double the total of the next highest keeper. He was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second Team All-American after being named a First Team All-New Englander in 2001. 

“It hasn’t really set in yet,” said McElroy on his induction. “I just want to thank every person I got to play with because I didn’t collect any of those records on my own. It isn’t just an individual award.

McElroy was also a freshman on the 1999 team that became the first NU men’s soccer team to make the NCAA Tournament.

“We had seven freshmen starters on that team and being the first team to make it to the NCAA Tournament just seemed surreal. I came in as a freshman just trying to make the team and then riding that whole NCAA wave of excitement was something you never even really think about when you go to a Division III school. That year was just fun soccer and we just ended up being really good.”

McElroy graduated in 2003 with a degree in Architecture. He now is back in hometown of Boyertown, Pa. where he is helping run a family carpentry business with his Dad, Larry and younger brother Kellen. They specialize in high-end finished carpentry and bringing historic buildings up to par. Josh is married to his wife Elizabeth and they have a 19-month-old girl Maeve.