Hoskins named LU head football coach

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

LU football coach Malik Hoskins. Aug. 23, 2019. (Clarion News photo)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lincoln University Director of Athletics John Moseley announced that interim coach Malik Hoskins has been named the next head coach of the Blue Tiger football team on Thursday (Nov. 21).

“We conducted an extensive search that generated quite a bit of interest from some outstanding candidates,” Moseley said. “In the end, it was Coach Hoskins’ familiarity with the program, with the campus and the Jefferson City community that convinced us he was the right person to lead the Lincoln football team moving forward.

“As we transitioned back into the MIAA, arguably the best Division II conference in the country, Hoskins developed a mindset among our players that encouraged them to work hard, both on the field and, more importantly, in the classroom. Our players bought into Hoskins’ vision for the program this season, and I look forward to seeing how the football team grows under his leadership.”

Hoskins, who was elevated to the position of interim head coach this past May, just completed his third season with the program. The offensive coordinator of the Blue Tigers during his first two years, Hoskins coached seven players this season who earned All-MIAA recognition. That includes sophomore running back Hosea Franklin, an All-MIAA first team honoree who led the league in rushing and finished in the top-10 of the country in total yards and yards per carry.

A graduate of Southern Mississippi, Hoskins has over 20 years of coaching experience, including spending eight years as the offensive coordinator at Lane. In 2018, Hoskins was rewarded for his commitment to student-athlete development when he was invited to attend the NCAA/NFL Coaches Academy.

The Lincoln Athletic Department will host a reception for Coach Hoskins in December. More information, including the date, time and location, will be announced later.

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