A 2010 graduate of University of Mount Olive, Jesse Lancaster joined the Trojan baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2012. Lancaster’s duties include working with the offense, as well as serving as coordinator for camps and recruiting.
Mount Olive has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament in each of Lancaster’s first five years on the coaching staff, earning the No. 1 seed and serving as the host for the Southeast Regional in 2012 and 2013. The Trojans were the No. 2 seed in the 2014 and 2015 Regionals and the No. 7 seed in 2016.
Lancaster began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at East Carolina University in 2010, where he worked with the offense and outfielders.
During his playing days, Lancaster was a starting pitcher and second baseman during his freshman before transitioning to the team’s starting left fielder for his final three years. He was the 2006 Conference Carolinas (then Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference) Freshman of the Year and was a three-time All-Conference selection. He was named MVP of the 2010 Conference Carolinas Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Finals as the Trojans won the National Championship.
During his freshman year, Lancaster tossed a complete game for head coach – and father – Carl Lancaster’s 600th career win. In the 2010 NCAA II Southeast Regional, Carl Lancaster recorded his 800th career victory in what would be the Trojans’ final win of Jesse Lancaster’s playing career.
In the classroom, Lancaster was a double major in physical education and sports management. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2008 and 2010. Lancaster completed his master’s degree from East Carolina in health education.