Carl Lancaster Training Facility Dedicated at the University of Mount Olive

Carl Lancaster Training Facility Dedicated at the University of Mount Olive

On Saturday, November 18, the University of Mount Olive dedicated its new baseball training facility in honor of Carl Lancaster.  Lancaster joined Mount Olive College as Head Baseball Coach in 1987.  When he retired in 2018, after 31 seasons at the helm of the program, Lancaster had amassed numerous honors and achievements. Below are a few of his major accolades and the reason the University has chosen to honor his legacy with the naming of this facility.     

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2008 Division II National Champion

2008 Division II National Coach of the Year

2008, 2011 Regional Coach of the Year

16 NCAA Tournament Appearances

16 Conference Regular Season Championships

15 Conference Tournament Championships

12 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year Awards

Coached three Division II National Player of the Year winners             (Lovett, Capps, and Escalante)

More than 40 former players have gone on to play professional baseball

Class of 2018 UMO Athletic Hall of Fame selection

Longest tenured coach in UMO history 1987 to 2018

Carl Lancaster (third from left) and University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom (fourth from left) cut the ribbon on the new 5,850 facility named in Lancaster’s honor. Community members, friends and family of Carl Lancaster, current and former baseball players, UMO administrators and staff, and many of the facility’s donors, including lead donor Walter Ray Daniels, attended the event.

UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom presents Carl with a framed print of the facility named in Lancaster’s honor. The print was signed by those who attended the dedication event.

The Carl Lancaster Training Facility is a 5,850 square-foot indoor space aimed at improving player development. The facility features three full-length retractable batting cages, pitching mounds, performance turf, upgraded equipment storage, and data driven metrics to track hitters and pitchers with instant feedback. This facility helps attract and retain students for the highest level of competition.