WINTHROP, Mass. – Former Norwich University men's soccer standout Josh McElroy '03 will be inducted into the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 2019 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn Logan Airport in East Boston, Mass.
McElroy is by far and away the most decorated goalkeeper in the 60-year history of the Cadet 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 in 2012 and McElroy joined them as an individual the following year in 2013.
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 into the Norwich Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this decade. "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. He earned GNAC Tournament MVP honors, backstopping the Cadets to the GNAC Tournament title and allowing just one goal in the tournament. He also earned GNAC Second Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore, helping lead NU to a 14-4-1 record in 2000.
"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 owns his own carpentry business, Joshua McElroy Woodworking and Design.
McElroy is one of eight members of the 2019 GNAC Hall of Fame class. He joins Albertus Magnus' Ray Askew (men's basketball), Emmanuel's Iman (Davis) Barbosa (women's basketball), Johnson & Wales' Lamonte Thomas (men's basketball), Lasell's Jose Guitian (men's basketball), Rivier's Aaron Dufoe (men's basketball/men's soccer), Suffolk's Michael Maguire (baseball) and Western New England's Jackie (Shedlock) Kapusta (Softball) as the first class.
The festivities on Aug. 7 will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the induction ceremony presentations running from approximately 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. All eight inductees are expected to be in attendance.