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Wilmington Sharks Under New Ownership and Management Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 December 2013 14:20
newowner_jpg The Wilmington Sharks are pleased to announce that Peter B. Freund, a minority owner of the New York Yankees and partner in the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, has purchased the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League.

“I am thrilled to begin a new era of Sharks baseball in the beautiful Port City of Wilmington, North Carolina,” said Freund. “Our goal is a simple one – to listen to our fans and continue to offer families a fun and affordable evening of baseball in a minor league setting. We have many upcoming surprises for 2014 and will be working hard between now and opening night on May 28th to ensure a memorable season for all inside the Shark Tank.”

“On behalf of the Coastal Plain League, we want to officially welcome Peter into our family,” said CPL Commissioner Justin Sellers. “Peter has an impressive background, both as a business professional and baseball enthusiast, and we feel he will be a great asset for our league. We are excited about what he and his staff have in store for Sharks fans and look forward to working with them as they grow the Wilmington franchise into one of the best.”

There are several personnel moves along with new ownership to announce. The Sharks organization has brought back former General Manager Amanda Blackwell to run the team. Blackwell was the first female GM in Coastal Plain League history before more recently serving as the Director of Sales for the USL Pro Soccer Wilmington Hammerheads.

“I am thrilled to be back with the Sharks,” said Blackwell. “Peter and I share the same vision for this club, and I am committed and excited to see it through.”

“Amanda has the kind of leadership skills, work ethic and positive energy that I believe will be immediately felt throughout the Sharks organization and the Wilmington community as a whole,” Freund added.

Blackwell takes over as General Manager for Pat Hutchins, who will remain with the Sharks as a sales executive and host family coordinator.

“Pat put his heart and soul into this team last season and we are pleased that he has agreed to stay on as part of the Sharks family,” said Blackwell.

On the field, the Sharks have hired Parker Bangs as the new head coach. Bangs was an assistant coach last season with the Columbia Blowfish of the CPL, which made it to the Petitt Cup Championship Series after winning the league’s West Division Championship. He also played for the CPL’s Fayetteville SwampDogs in 2007 and 2008, while at the University of South Carolina. Further, Bangs was a member of the 2010 Gamecocks National Championship baseball team.

“Parker is a proven winner and is dedicated to putting together a fantastic product on the field for the Sharks in 2014,” Freund commented. “Our goal, as it will be every season, will be to bring home the Petitt Cup to the City of Wilmington.”

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.

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).


Contact: Amanda Blackwell

Phone: (910) 343-5621

Sharks Thank Fans Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:31
The 2013 Wilmington Sharks Family would like to thank everyone who helped the Sharks have a very special season.  Our sponsors, host families, post game meal providers, interns, employees and everyone else who rolled up their sleeves when we needed you......THANK YOU!
The season brought us some good and amusing memories that we will never forget. Our first home game with no music! Our loveable owner, Lew, being at every home game. Braylon the 5 year old trying to date every gal over 15. The relationships built with the interns , management and the fans. $1 beers every night, Zach Stevens’ bat and Kevin,  just to name a few!
On the diamond, the Sharks made another playoff appearance thanks to a late season push brought on after the passing of longtime equipment manager, Kevin Cerasuolo. The team rallied around Coach Ryan and his leadership to try and bring the Petit cup home for "Big Kev". We fell short to the eventual CPL champions but a good season no doubt.
To the entire Wilmington community and surrounding area, the Sharks say thanks! It is, without a doubt, your commitment, support and love for the sharks and baseball that makes what we do fun!
We are currently busy in the treehouse preparing for 2014 which we hope will be even better than 2013!

Sharks Earn 3 Seed Print E-mail
Monday, 05 August 2013 22:52
Following a Sharks win vs the Morehead City Marlins, and 2 Fayetteville Swamp Dogs losses in a doubleheader vs the Wilson Tobs, the Sharks have earned the 3 seed in the Petit Cup Playoffs. They will host the Peninsula Pilots at home this Wednesday, August 7th. To purchase tickets, call the Sharks office at 910-343-5621. 
Playoff Tickets Print E-mail
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:56

Sharks Fans! Playoff tickets are officially on sale. Game 1 will be held this Wednesday, August 7th, vs either the Peninsula Pilots or the Edenton Steamers. Gates open at 6:00 and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. To order tickets call the Sharks office at 910-343-5621. 

The Sharks have gotten hot at the right time this year, winning 8 of their last 12 games and are 16-10 this half of the season. So come cheer on your Sharks as they fight to advance to the Pettitt Cup Championship. 


Have a question for the Sharks?

Call their office at 910-343-5621

Playoff Tickets and Final Home Game Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 August 2013 10:29

Attention Sharks Fans! Playoff tickets are officially available for purchase. Coastal Plain League playoffs follows a best-of-three format, with the Sharks hosting the first game of the series on Wednesday, August 7th. Opponent is TBA. To order tickets or ask a question, call the Sharks office at 910-343-5621.

Tonight is also Host Family Appreciation Night, and the final home game of the regular season. Come watch your Sharks take on the Morehead City Marlins, and help us honor the wonderful families that have helped make this season possible.

Gates open at 6:00 and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. And, as always, $1 beers in Sharky's Cove.





Have a question for the Sharks?
Call their office at 910-343-5621 


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