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Lincoln (Pa) names Abanishe head football coach

August 9, 2007

Lincoln University PA - Lincoln University of Pennsylvania has named Olabaniji Abanishe (pronounced ah-bon-EE-shay) as its head football coach.


Abanishe brings nine years of coaching experience to Lincoln, including the last four at his alma mater Langston University in Oklahoma. Abanishe was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Langston University, a NAIA school. Under Abanishe, Langston had an explosive offense as evidenced by the Lions, finishing in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (38.5 points per game) and in the top 20 in total offense (388 yards) in 2006.

"We are very pleased to have Olabaniji join the Lincoln University athletic staff as head football coach," President Ivory Nelson said. "He brings impressive credentials to lead the development and implementation of our football program. We have every confidence that he will be successful in building character and leadership of our student-athletes."

Abanishe began his coaching career at Langston University in 1998 as a tight end coach. In 1999, he coached the defensive line at Highland Junior College. From 2000-2002, Abanishe was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Lane College. In 2003, he coached the offensive line at the University of St. Mary before returning to Langston. Under Abanishe's leadership, the 2005 offense featured three first team All-Conference players (Kendrick Dozier, Jimmy Scales, and Cermase Barry) Dozier was the conference player of the year as Langston won the CSFL in 2005.

"Coach Abanishe is a proven football coach and will bring a very exciting and wide-open brand of football to Lincoln University's campus," Director of Athletics Dr. Alfonso Scandrett, Jr. said. "Coach Abanishe and his Langston University Lions have made their mark not only in the sport of football, but he and his staff have demonstrated a keen awareness of the importance of academics and the need to have our student athletes graduate and become successful contributors to society. With that being our primary objective we do welcome him and his family to the new gateway of Division II football in Southeastern Pennsylvania."

Abanishe is Lincoln's first head football coach since Robert Gardner last led the Lion program in 1960. Lincoln, which is beginning its exploratory year as a Division II institution, is reviving football after a 47-year absence. According to school records, Lincoln, which began playing football in 1894, has compiled a 163-166-27 record. Lincoln won the CIAA Conference championship in 1918, 1919 and 1924. Lincoln's Board of Trustees approved a Student Enhancement Initiative last year and as part of the Initiative will provide athletics-based aid to its student-athletes. Lincoln offers 17 sports (9 women, 8 men).

"I feel blessed and excited to have the opportunity to coach and teach at one of the most historically prevalent university's in the nation," Abanishe said. "I am excited and take pride in the fact that I will be able to lead young men on a campus that has seen the likes of Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, and Nnadmi Azikiwe."


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