NEAC Coaches Corner: Lancaster Bible

NEAC Coaches Corner: Lancaster Bible

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Throughout the spring, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight a coach and student-athlete from each of our member institutions in a brief Q & A. Today’s Coaches Corner provides an opportunity to learn more about Lancaster Bible Baseball Coach, T.J. Horn, and student-athlete JJ Sanchez.

Coach T.J. Horn is the all-time winningest baseball coach at Lancaster Bible with a career record of 96-114-1, which includes 14 games thus far in 2018. Horn led the Chargers to back-to-back winning seasons in 2016 and 2017, becoming the first team to do so since the 1980-81 baseball teams. In addition to his time as a coach at Lancaster Bible, Horn was a standout player for the Chargers from 2005-2008. He hit .495 with 50 hits in both his junior and senior seasons while his 159 career hits remain the most in program history. Horn also received NCCAA All-American honors in 2007 and 2008.

Senior catcher JJ Sanchez (Manheim, Pa.) has made 81 career starts behind the plate for the Chargers. Over the course of his four-year career, Sanchez has amassed 65 career hits with 40 RBIs and 32 runs scored. A business administration major, Sanchez also took some time to discuss his experience as a member of the Chargers’ baseball program.

Head Coach T.J. Horn

What inspired you to become a collegiate coach?

I was inspired to become a coach by my passion for the game. I also had a good experience during my collegiate career and wanted to provide that for other student-athletes.

What is your favorite memory or moment at Lancaster Bible?

My favorite memory is watching Nate Burns win NEAC Pitcher of the Year last season after his girlfriend was tragically killed in a car accident prior to the season. He went from emotionally broken to using that as his motivation to do well for himself, his team and even Alyssa. I’m not sure he would have had that type of season if he didn’t have to go through that. It was great to watch him grow so much over the season.

As a coach, how do you help your Division III student-athletes balance all aspects of college life?

We mandate study hall hours and we do team activities outside of baseball to try and bring the group closer together. We had the seniors over recently and we just talk to them about anything, whether it is baseball-related or not. We really want to prepare these guys for life after college.

Outside of wins, losses and stats, what do you want everyone to know about your student-athletes?

Our student-athletes are men of character. We have a lot of guys who are good at baseball, but we have six four-year seniors this season and four of them have full-time jobs lined up already. They are solid guys who have bettered themselves through this program.

JJ Sanchez

Describe the impact your coach had on your decision to attend your institution and/or on your development as a student-athlete.

The influence here is different than any other school. Coach Horn has us focus on three things – academics, baseball and spiritual growth. We are preparing for more than just baseball here.

Do you have a favorite memory or moment with your coach that you would like to share?

We were at Arby’s earlier this season and the service was very slow. As a joke, I rang the “good service” bell and Coach Horn wasn’t thrilled with my decision to do so. So for the rest of the time we were there, he stood in front of the bell and wouldn’t let anyone else ring it.

What advice would you give to future student-athletes who may be considering playing for your team/coach?

Come in with a focus that you are going to give more than your talent to this program. Your focus needs to be on more than just baseball. You need to build your character, build relationships and a desire to be successful in life.

To learn more about Lancaster Bible and Chargers athletics, visit lbcchargers.com.

*Information compiled by Zach Freeman, Lancaster Bible Assistant Athletic Director & Director of Athletics Communications

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.