Program Spotlight: Lincoln University

Head Coach Anthony Plá of Lincoln University shared some insight into his recruiting process and offered advice for players who want to play college baseball. The Lions are an NCAA Division II school that competes in the East Coast Conference.

“If you are interested in playing baseball at the college level, I would suggest that #1 You have the best grades you can possibly get. #2 Play and practice, don’t just play. #3 Do your research on schools that you would like to go to with a major you are interested in…”

– Coach Plá, Lincoln University
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Quick Facts

School:Lincoln University
Division:NCAA Division II
Conference:East Coast Conference
Location:Oxford, PA
Student Population:1,750
Camps:Prospect Camps

Recruiting Q&A – with Head Coach Anthony Plá

What are your typical scouting methods?

Showcases, summer Ball, contacts, videos, emails.

How do you recommend players contact you if they are interested in your program?

Email, DM on Instagram or Twitter is fine, phone calls or texts are ok as well.

If a player contacts you, what are you most interested in?

Their interest in the University and program. How much research they have done on the program. Videos, GPA, and potential schedule so we can see them play if we like what we see.

Any general advice for players that want to play college baseball?

If you are interested in playing baseball at the college level, I would suggest that #1 You have the best grades you can possibly get. #2 Play and practice, don’t just play. #3 Do your research on schools that you would like to go to with a major you are interested in as well as speak with your HS Guidance Counselor to make sure you are on track with all of your core courses to compete in college.

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Program Overview – Lions Baseball

The Lincoln University Lions baseball program has been led by Assistant AD and Head Coach Anthony Plá for over a decade. The Lions compete in the East Coast Conference, an NCAA Division II conference. After a recent move from NCAA Division III to Division II athletics, Coach Plá brings his extensive coaching knowledge to continue to compete in a strong conference.

Players that are interested in learning more about the Lions program are encouraged to reach out to Coach Plá using his recommended methods and consider attending one of their upcoming camps, linked above.

School Overview – Lincoln University

Lincoln University is a historically black university located in the state of Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1854 and has been serving the educational needs of students for over 167 years. It’s a small university with a student population of around 2,000 students, making it a tight-knit community where students can receive personalized attention and support.

The university offers more than 40 undergraduate programs in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, science, and the humanities. It’s accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The university has a beautiful campus with modern, state-of-the-art buildings and cutting-edge technology. It’s equipped with a library, a student center, and a recreation center, all designed to provide students with the resources they need to succeed.

Lincoln University also has a strong athletics program, with men’s and women’s sports teams competing at the NCAA Division II level. The university’s mascot is the Lion, and students, faculty, and alumni alike proudly support their teams.

Academically, Lincoln University offers students an exceptional education. The university has a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring that students receive individualized attention and support from their instructors. The faculty at Lincoln University are dedicated to their students’ success and are highly qualified, with many holding advanced degrees in their fields.

One of the defining characteristics of Lincoln University is its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The university has a long history of serving students from diverse backgrounds and is committed to providing a supportive, welcoming environment for all students.

In terms of student life, Lincoln University offers a vibrant, active campus community. There are over 50 student organizations and clubs, including academic organizations, cultural clubs, and special interest groups. These organizations provide students with the opportunity to get involved, develop new skills, and meet new people.

Overall, Lincoln University is a great choice for students looking for a small, supportive university with a strong commitment to student success. With a beautiful campus, exceptional faculty, and a variety of opportunities for students to get involved and succeed, Lincoln University is an excellent choice for anyone looking to further their education.

Closing Remarks

We would like to thank Coach Plá for his insight and advice, and bring extra attention to his advice around grades. His emphasis on taking ownership in all aspects of the recruiting process is something we completely agree with. Research on schools, academic performance, and a strong work ethic are all qualities to better a player’s chances of becoming a college baseball player just as much on their on-field performance.

Coach Plá also brought up an interesting point regarding what players should include when they reach out to him. It is important to him that the player has done research on the program and university and thinks they would be a good fit. This could be for several reasons, but by players showing coaches that they did research on the program, it legitimizes their interest and coaches know it’s genuine. Coaches get hundreds if not thousands of emails from high school players in all types of forms. Many are a generic email sent out to all coaches. So to Coach Plá’s point, players can separate themselves from others by making their outreach emails personalized and specific to the program they are contacting.

Again, we would like to thank Coach Plá for his time and for sharing his thoughtful answers, and we wish the Lions the best of luck in their upcoming season!