Bethel’s Lincoln Dearing – OKC Most Outstanding Baseball Coach – Presented by Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

From achieving a winning record to making great strides on the field, Bethel High School head baseball coach Lincoln Dearing had a fantastic season with the Wildcats. 

“I preach consistency on and off the field. Although being successful in baseball goes beyond wins and losses, we finished the season with a winning record. First time in three years at Bethel they’ve had a winning season,” said Dearing. “Also, our overall team batting average jumped 50 points from last season. We made great strides and established a consistent bond throughout the season. We succeeded in many aspects of the game and the 2019 seniors left a lasting legacy that I’ll carry with me eternally.”

Dearing is a 2008 graduate of Seminole High School who was an All-District player and the starting catcher for the Chieftain baseball team for four years. After graduating from East Central University with a Master’s in Sport’s Administration, his goal was to become a head baseball coach in order to build and develop his own program. A key part of that program to Dearing is implementing skills that have value in and out of baseball.

“My goal for the players is to play with passion and intensity and use those skills later on in life in the career path they choose,” he said. “I also strive to influence patience and understanding into their minds, so that they may be able to apply that knowledge related to real-life situations.” 

His love for the game is something he enjoys sharing with his players. For Dearing, coaching was an easy choice.

“I’ve played the game of baseball since I was five years old, so coaching was the ideal choice,” he said. “The game of baseball truly teaches athletes to thrive in adversity. There are numerous intricate and important details in the game of baseball. Those details are exciting to teach athletes, so they can realize the rewards later in life. As a coach, I feel it is important to instill in the players both the positive and negative aspects of the game. As much as a team likes to win every game, there is still something gained even with a loss. Society today has lost some of the pure joy that young people strive for everyday in competing for a high school team. As a coach, I learn from my players, too.”