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.