LTC Baseball Staff
This is Coach Bowers' seventh year as head coach and 14th year overall at LTC. Bowers had previously served as pitching coach and associate head coach. In that time, the Statesmen have never had an ERA above 3.65. The 2007 staff allowed a stingy 3.17 earned runs a game en route to the GRAC and Region XXIV championships. The 2009 staff had an overall ERA of 3.19 including a conference ERA of 2.69. He has coached two Conference Pitchers of the Year, 14 All-Conference pitchers, placing three of those on the NJCAA All-Region Teams. The 2009 staff included the Player of the Year and two members on the NJCAA All-Region Team. Bowers has had two former pitchers drafted in the top 10 rounds of the MLB draft.
In 2013, Coach Bowers moved back over to the offensive side. Under his tutelage, the Statesmen hitters posted three year highs in batting average, extra base hits and average with runners in scoring position.
Coach Bowers also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Statesmen. In that time, he has quickly established himself as one of the finer recruiters in the Midwest, seeing his classes achieve success both on and off the field.
Since 2003, Bowers has had over 124 of his players move on to NCAA D-1 institutions, seeing 17 sign professional contracts and two named NJCAA-All Americans. These recruiting classes have won two NJCAA Region XXIV titles and two GRAC titles.
In the classroom, these teams have never received below a 3.0 team GPA, and the 2006 team was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. On six other occasions, teams have been on the top 25 in the nation.
The 2014-15 season proved to be Bowers most impressive campaign to date as head coach. He led the Statesmen to a GRAC Championship, his first conference title as Head Coach, as well as being named Co-Coach of the year in the GRAC Conference. The Statesmen advanced to the Northern District Tournament (super-regional) which tied the longest run in school history. The Statesmen had great success in the classroom as well posting a team 3.43 GPA which ranked 4th in the country.
Previously, he spent two years at UW-Platteville where he served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. The 2001-02 Platteville team established school records in hits, runs, RBI's and doubles, while posting its best record in 10 years.
Coach Bowers graduated from UW-Parkside and was an assistant there for five years before moving on to Indiana State for the 1999-2000 season. In 2001, he received a Master's of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Andrew Elliott joins the Lincoln Trail coaching staff as the Pitching Coach after finishing the last 4 years in professional baseball.
Elliott spent the 2018 season as a pitching coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.
Elliott was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th Round of the 2015 MLB Draft where he spent 2 years playing for the Orioles minor league affiliates. He went onto play 2 seasons for the Quebec Capitals in the Can-Am League.
As a player at Wright State, Elliott was selected as the Ron Nischwitz Award for the Team’s top pitcher in 2014 and 2015; first-team All-Horizon League Honors in 2014 and 2015; Horizon League Reliever of the year in 2014 and 2015; and ABCA All American and Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All American Selections in 2014. He finished with 25 saves in his career, good for 3rd on the all-time Raider list.
Elliott graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 2015.
The 2015-2016 season will be assistant coach Bob Boyll's 14th year at Lincoln Trail. Boyll will assist with team defense and hitting with a concentraion on outfield for the Statesmen.
Boyll has coached in a variety of roles for over 20 years in the collegiate and AAU ranks and adds valuable experience to the Lincoln Trail staff. On game days Boyll coaches first base and helps coach positon players.
He resides in Shelburn, Indiana with his wife Tanja and has two sons: AJ and Tanner.
Before returning to Lincoln Trail College as an assistant. Coach Hall continued his playing career at Murray State (2015-2016) - played MIF at Division 1 level for the Murray State University Racers for one season. In July of 2016, Decided it was best for my family and myself to transfer to McKendree University (2016-2017). Served as the starting SS and two-hole hitter for the Bearcats.
After McK, I decided to take everything I have learned while playing and pass it on to players chasing a dream. Being at different levels of college baseball has opened my eyes to many different styles of the game and being an LTC alum and former player gives me the chance to guide those in a direction of success.
Playing Career (HS/College)
2009-2013 - Harrisburg High School
2013-2015 - Lincoln Trail College
2015-2016 - Murray State Univ.
2016-2017 - McKendree Univ.
Harrisburg Post 167 Sr. Legion
Harrisburg Middle School
Southern Illinois SunDawgs
Forever a Statesmen--Coach Bollinger passed away in the fall of 2011 but his memory and impact on the LTC baseball family will be here forever. Coach B has served as the manager of the Robinson, IL Legion program since 1983. Dick had seen many of his players go on to play college ball, and provided a wealth of experience for both the coaching staff and players. BOO YAH!!!!