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Adam Becht committed to University of Wisconsin Parkside
Adam Becht commits to University of Wisconsin Parkside. Becht stated, "Coach Weaver is a great coach, who can develope me as a pitcher. The school has a great business program that will allow me to succeed after college as well." The 6'7 rightly started 8 games for the Lynx as a freshman.
Standout sophomore outfielder Nathan Blessman committed to the University of Illinois-Springfield
Lynx standout sophomore outfielder Nathan Blessman has verbally committed to the University of Illinois-Springfield. Blessman stated, "I chose UIS because I see it as a great opportunity to play for a good coach, as well as play in a good conference." As a freshman, Blessman had a .313 batting average with 6 doubles, 4 triples, and 1 home run.
Coach Thomas is entering his 17th season at Lincoln College. A graduate of Argenta-Oreana High School, Thomas played and lettered all four years of varsity baseball while earning all-conference as well as All-Macon County his last two years under Coach Tom Saunches. Thomas continued his academic and baseball career at Lincoln College, under the direction of former LC Coach and current Murray State Coach Rob McDonald, where he earned his A.A. degree. Thomas continued his education at Millikin University in Decatur, his hometown. He received his B.S. in Physical Education and lettered two years in baseball. He was honored as a C.C.I.W. all-conference shortstop for Millikin and was named Most Improved Player during his senior season. Coach Thomas played two summers for the Decatur Blues of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL). He also coached one season for the Blues and the Springfield Rifles.
His experience includes being an assistant for the Lincoln Heat baseball program for four summers; including this year when he coached his nine year old son Ryan. Thomas has been active with the Legion Post 263 program for the past four years and served in the assistant and head coach capacity. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association. Thomas previously served as an assistant at Lincoln College for three years before being named Head Coach in 1993. He teaches, advises and is the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach.
Thomas says he's learned a lot from Lincoln College. "It's has given not only myself but many former and current player a great start to their college career. LC is a perfect place for any young athlete to begin a successful career because it provides a solid foundation to build upon."
Isaac Cox is entering his 3rd season as an assistant for the Lynx. Cox was a graduate of Argenta-Oreana High School in 2004, where he was a multi-sport athlete (Baseball, Basketball, and Football). Cox continued his baseball career after high school as a pitcher for the Lynx. After graduating from Lincoln College in 2006, Cox attended Illinois State University where he helped assist their baseball program under Head Coach Jim Brownlee.
Cox received his B.S. in Travel, Sports, and Hospitality Management from Lincoln College-Normal in 2008. Cox is currently pursuing his Masters degree. Along with being an assistant coach at Lincoln College, Cox also is Resident Hall Director and assists with intramurals. Cox has coached 3 Major League Draft Picks. In Cox's first season with LC, the Lynx improved in 5 offensive categories.
Cox is a member of American Baseball Coaches Association and will assist with recruiting, fundraising, and work with hitters and outfielders.
Andrew Bartman is beginning his first year as the Pitching Coach for the Lynx Baseball Program. However, he is no stranger to Lincoln College. Bartman was a catcher for the Lynx from 2001-2003 under current Head Coach Tony Thomas.
Prior to LC, Bartman was the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel,IL. under Rob Fournier for the past 3 years. During his time at WVC, Bartman helped to recruit players to a program with a perennial national ranking in D1 juco, and 4 different pitchers were drafted by Major League organizations in the past 2 years. In addition, pitchers from WVC signed scholarships to the SEC (Kentucky 2, Arkansas, Ole Miss), Big East (Cincinnatti), Missouri Valley (Indiana State 3), MAC (Bowling Green), SWAC (Alcorn State), MEAC (Norfolk State), OVC (Austin Peay, Tennesse Martin), along with perennial Division II powers Delta State and Southern Indiana. Also, WVC finished 3rd, 1st, and 2nd consecutively in the highly competitive GRAC conference during Bartman's time there. Coach Bartman was also proud to be a part of Head Coach Rob Fournier's 500th win at Wabash Valley in his last season. The WVC pitching staff finished with a 3.00 ERA or better in the last 2 seasons Bartman was in Mt. Carmel. Andrew Bartman has also coached with Springfield College, Lincoln Legion, and Lincoln Heat baseball.
"I am tremendously excited to be coming back to my hometown and former school to coach. I cannot wait to hit the recruiting trail and begin getting prospects excited about Lincoln College."
Andrew is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and an Associate Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.