There are now four active coaches in the 1,000-win club at the NCAA Division II level, but no coach has done so as efficiently as Carl Lancaster. The Head Coach of the number 22-ranked University of Mount Olive Trojans, reached the milestone Tuesday with a 12-10 victory at number-17 Catawba College.
Lancaster joins Mike Metheney (Southeastern Oklahoma), Charlie Migl (St. Mary’s (Texas)), and John Schaly (Ashland) in the club, and is the 14th coach all-time in Division II to notch 1,000 victories. Lancaster sports the best career winning percentage (.698) of the active group.
Lancaster has built the Trojans in his 28 years into one of the premiere Division II programs in the United States, sending 33 players to the professional ranks in his tenure. Some of those players include former Fayetteville SwampDogs Carter Capps (‘10), now the setup man for the Miami Marlins and Deshorn Lake (’14) who is in the New York Yankees minor league system.
In 2014, the SwampDogs featured five players from Lancaster’s squad: right-handed pitchers Jordy Farthing, Kodi Whitley, and Lake; left-handed pitcher Hunter Barnett and outfielder Chase Edwards. Whitley and Barnett are slated to return to “The Swamp” for a second summer in 2015.
“We’re very proud of what Carl and the staff at Mount Olive has accomplished,” said SwampDogs General Manager Jeremy Aagard. “We value the partnership we’ve had in helping young men succeed. We couldn’t be happier for Carl and wish him all the best as he continues to set the standard for success on and off the diamond.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 75 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.