Abanishe named Lincoln U. football coach

Posted: August 10, 2007

Olabaniji Abanishe was named head football coach at Lincoln University yesterday, becoming the school's first football coach since 1960.

After a 47-year absence, the Lions will revive their football program this season with intra-squad scrimmages and practices. Lincoln, located in Chester County, is scheduled to play its first game in 2008 as an NCAA Division II team.

Abanishe spent the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Langston University (Okla.), his alma mater. Under his leadership, the NAIA school averaged 38.5 points and 388 yards per game in 2006.

"I feel blessed and excited to have the opportunity to coach and teach at one of the most historically prevalent universities in the nation," he said in a statement. "I'm excited and take pride in the fact that I will be able lead young men on a campus that has seen the likes of [Lincoln graduates] Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes and Nnadmi Azikiwe."

Marshall was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. Hughes became an acclaimed poet and author, while Azikiwe was Nigeria's first president.


Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029

or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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