GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jesse Lancaster has been named the volunteer baseball coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head coach Billy Godwin Wednesday.
Lancaster, who will work directly outfielders and coach first base, was a four-year letterwinner at Mount Olive College and helped the Trojans capture the 2008 NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship where he was named to the all-tournament team after batting .457 in the National Finals. The three-time captain and all-conference performer was also a member of four Conference Carolina Championship squads.
"We are excited to have Jesse join out staff," said Godwin. "He comes from a great baseball background having played for his father Carl (Mount Olive's Coach) for four years. He is mature beyond his years and his playing experience along with his knowledge brings a great deal of experience to East Carolina."
A preseason All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as a senior, Lancaster batted .358 (72-for-201) with five home runs, 46 RBI and 64 runs scored helping Mount Olive to a 41-11 overall record and its fourth Conference Carolina's crown in the last five seasons and was named the league's Most Valuable Player and 2010 America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) all-region performer.
In his junior season, the Goldsboro, N.C. native picked up his second all-conference honor after batting .358 (67-for-187) with five home runs, 14 doubles, 56 runs scored and 29 RBI during the Trojans 33-18 season. Lancaster ranked third in the conference in stolen bases (24-for-27) and ninth in runs scored.
During the Trojans national championship season, Lancaster took home all-conference accolades and in the title game was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He also sparked Mount Olive's defense in the National Finals, making a long running catch in the opposing bullpen for the final out of the eighth inning with the tying run on base in Mount Olive’s (58-6) semifinal win over Central Missouri.
Lancaster, the 2006 Conference Carolina Freshman-of-the-Year, helped his dad (Carl) record his 600th career win after tossing his first collegiate complete game against Erskine and four years later he was part of the senior Lancaster's 800th win, also against Erskine.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Lancaster has also excelled in the classroom. He is a three-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, garnering first team honors in 2009 and 2010, while taking home second-team honors in 2008. Lancaster was also named a three-time Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team member.
Lancaster was a dual major at Mount Olive earning his bachelor's degree in recreation/leisure studies and physical education/sport management in 2010.