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Lakeland Christian School

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Lakeland Christian School

One of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.

Program Overview

Our priorities for the Viking Baseball Program are:

  • 1 – Have players grow in their relationships with Christ
  • 2 – Develop young men of character who are better citizens (school, home, church)
  • 3 – Run a clean program
  • 4 – Get kids prepared and give them the opportunity to play at the next level
  • 5 – Win ballgames. Players are expected throughout the course of the season to keep in order God, family, school and then baseball.
  • Since 2018, the program has been District champs in 2019 and 2021, Regionals champs in 2019, and won the State Championship in 2019. Eighteen players have gone on to play baseball in college in the last three years and four of them professionally – Jake Kinney (Phillies), Brooks Wilson (Braves), Logan Browning (Red Sox) and Jake Fox (Guardians).

    Coaching Staff

    Head Coach: MattE Diaz

    MattE began coaching the Viking with varsity in 2018 as an assistant coach, ultimately becoming Head Coach in 2020. He played baseball at FSU, was drafted by Devil Rays, and played for 11 seasons in MLB with the Royals, Braves, Pirates, and Marlins. He coaches the FCA Lions 11U travel team, serves as an advisory board member of Parker Street Ministries and a board member of Pine Cove Christian Camps. MattE attends Redeemer City Church Winter Haven with his family.

    Assistant Coaches

    • Stacey Pough (Assistant Coach – Catchers)
    • Mike Byrd (assistant coach pitching)
    • Mitch Rodriguez (assistant coach infield)
    • Donovan Jones (JV head coach)
    • Gary Nash (JV assistant)
    • Luis Ramos (JV assistant)
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