The Wilmington Sharks are excited to announce Russ Burroughs as the team's new Field Manager.
Burroughs is currently the Head Baseball Instructor at Nashville Baseball Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently in his 11th year with the Academy. Burroughs comes to Wilmington by way of the Edenton Steamers, an organization he was with for three seasons.
"I am very honored the Sharks have asked be to be their next Field Manager. The opportunity to join this organization is very exciting. I want to bring an atmosphere to Wilmington that the whole town can enjoy", said Burroughs.
A 2009 graduate of Lipscomb University, Burroughs went on to play four seasons of professional baseball. He spent three years in Independent Baseball, and one year in International Baseball. During his time in the professional ranks, he was used as a spot starter, and left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.
"We're thrilled to have Russ leading our team. He's proven he can win in the Coastal Plain League, and his teams seem to get better as the summers go on. We feel confident that Russ is the guy to help us bring another championship to this community", says Sharks General Manager Carson Bowen.
As a coach in the Coastal Plain League, Burroughs led the Steamers pitching staff to rank 3rd in fewest hits allowed and the 3rd most strikeouts. He also worked with three pitchers that were taken in the 2018 draft, two of which were taken in the top 9 rounds.
In 2018, Burroughs' first year as head coach, his pitching staff ranked 4th in the Coastal Plain League in fewest hits allowed, and finished 1st in the league in strikeouts with 518, setting a new franchise record. This mark fell short of the CPL record by just 8 punchouts. Five players from the 2018 team were taken in the most recent MLB Draft.
This past summer, Burroughs led the Steamers offense to a top 3 league finish in homeruns, hits, doubles, RBIs, batting average, and slugging percentage.
The Wilmington Sharks haven't been in the playoffs since their 2017 run to the Petitt Cup Finals, in which they lost to the Gastonia Grizzlies.
2019 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year
ABOUT THE WILMINGTON SHARKS
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball, and were named the 2019 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year.
ABOUT THE COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 24th season in 2020, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. While another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.