Joe Lincoln joins the SIU coaching staff for the 2014 season after spending the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for Austin Peay. He will assist the Saluki catchers while also aiding with hitting.
A well-regarded backstop originally from Tipton, Mo., Lincoln played both collegiately and at the minor-league level.
He was twice drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft. Lincoln was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 48th round of the 2007 draft. He was then selected in the 34th round of the 2010 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lincoln began his professional career in the Dodgers minor-league organization in 2010, playing 15 games with the Ogden Raptors of the rookie-level Pioneer League. He began the 2011 summer with the Dodgers' Arizona League affiliate before joining the APSU coaching staff.
Lincoln began his collegiate career at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo., where he batted .302 with 48 RBI as a freshman. He transferred to the University of Kansas, playing one season and batting .240 in 19 games as a sophomore.
However, it was his junior season at Missouri Southern that captured the scout's eyes again as he led the Golden Lions with a .434 batting average while also blasting 11 home runs and driving in 53 runs. Behind the plate, he posted a .972 fielding percentage and threw out more than 30 percent of attempted base stealers. Lincoln was a second-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection and an ABCA All-South Central Region second-team honoree.
Lincoln enjoyed a decorated prep career at Tipton (Mo.) High School where he was a three-time All-State selection and was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Missouri by Perfect Game. Lincoln batted an impressive .629 as a senior with eight home runs, 51 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
He and his wife, Katie, reside in Carbondale.