Head Coach Rob Watt
Rob has been named the new head baseball coach following the 2018 season. He has been an assistant baseball coach since the summer of 2004 and has served as the hitting coach and the defense coach. Watt is also an instructor in the recreation and leisure studies department and is also a fitness specialist in the Pope Wellness Center on the UMO campus.
Since Watt joined the Mount Olive baseball coaching staff, the Trojans have won five conference championships and have earned ten NCAA Tournament appearances. Mount Olive won NCAA II regional titles in 2008 and 2011, and won the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship in 2008. The Trojans tied for third in the 2011 National Finals in Cary, N.C.
The Trojans have also had 31 Players drafted and/or signed with MLB organizations, 29 Players signed to Professional Independent League contracts, 30 NCAA All-Americans, two NCAA National Player of the Year Recipients, 108 Conference Carolinas All-Conference selections, and 47 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team selections under the assistance of Watt.
The Trojans have consistently ranked among the national statistics leaders in many of the team hitting categories each year since Watt arrived at Mount Olive. Watt assumed duties as pitching coach early in the 2011 season and Mount Olive set a school record with a team earned run average of 2.78.
Watt has also spent four years coaching in the Coastal Plain League, a summer amateur wood bat league. Watt guided the Edenton Steamers to the 2004 CPL Championship and the Martinsville Mustangs to back-to-back first and second half league championships. Watt also coached in the CPL All-Star Game in 2006 and 2007.
Watt earned both his undergraduate and master’s degree in exercise science at Wayne State College (Neb.). Watt played two years of baseball at Wayne State and was team captain. He also spent four years as an assistant coach at Wayne State.
Assistant Baseball Coach Jason Sherrer
Jason Sherrer was added to the University of Mount Olive baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the spring of 2010. Sherrer has been the pitching coach for the past eight years and will currently work with the offense and the catchers. He also is the supervisor of all the athletic field maintenance.
Sherrer first came to Mount Olive in the fall of 2006 from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, where he is originally from. He was the starting catcher and one of the captain's on Mount Olive’s 2008 NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship Team where he earned team MVP. His two-run single highlighted a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Trojans to a dramatic 6-5 win over Ouachita Baptist in the first round of the NCAA II National Finals. Sherrer also reached on an error with two outs in the top of the first of the National Championship Game to keep the inning alive as the Trojans went on to score five runs in the inning and win the title game 6-2, also against Ouachita Baptist.
Jason Sherrer was added to the University of Mount Olive baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach after a brief stint in professional baseball playing in Canada, Chicago and St. Louis. prior to the spring of 2010. Sherrer is starting his 5th year as the Trojans' pitching coach after he shared that duty next to Coach Watt in 2011. Since Sherrer was added to the coaching staff, Mount Olive has reached the NCAA Tournament each year, including an NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship and a top three finish in the Division II National Finals in 2011. The Trojans have won four Conference Carolinas Championships in Sherrer's first six years.
Sherrer captured a number of individual honors at the end of the 2008 season, including Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Year and Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year. He also earned All-America honors and All-South Atlantic Region Gold Glove honors. Sherrer was named to the All-Tournament Team at the South Atlantic Regional. Sherrer also excelled in the classroom and was named to the 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team. Sherrer graduated from Mount Olive with a 3.89 cumulative grade point average majoring in sports management. In addition, Sherrer was the 2007-08 Conference Commissioners Association Division II South Atlantic Region Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
In addition to his role as the Trojan's pitching coach, he also is the head of all the athletic fields on campus. Last year he earned his Sports Turf Grass Management Certification from the University of Georgia.
During the summers, he spent two years as assistant to the local Wayne County Legion baseball team and was head coach for six years as the head coach. He has compiled a record of 97-49 with three regular season first place finishes, reaching the post season all six years, twice a runner up in the Area 1 East finals and one appearance in the North Carolina American Legion State Tournament.
Assistant Baseball Coach Jesse Lancaster
A 2010 graduate of University of Mount Olive, Jesse Lancaster joined the Trojan baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2012. Lancaster is currently the recruiting coordinator for the Trojans and works with the outfielders as well as an instructor in the Recreations and Leisure Program
Mount Olive has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament in each of Lancaster's first five years on the coaching staff, earning the No. 1 seed and serving as the host for the Southeast Regional in 2012 and 2013. The Trojans were the No. 2 seed in the 2014 and 2015 Regionals and the No. 7 seed in 2016.
Lancaster began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at East Carolina University in 2010, where he worked with the offense and outfielders.
During his playing days, Lancaster was a starting pitcher and second baseman during his freshman before transitioning to the team's starting left fielder for his final three years. He was the 2006 Conference Carolinas (then Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference) Freshman of the Year and was a three-time All-Conference selection. He was named MVP of the 2010 Conference Carolinas Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Finals as the Trojans won the National Championship.
In the classroom, Lancaster was a double major in physical education and sports management. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2008 and 2010. Lancaster completed his master's degree from East Carolina in health education.