Russ Burroughs Headshot


Russ Burroughs returns in 2024 for his fourth season as field manager for the Sharks. In 2023 the Sharks reached the Coastal Plain League playoffs for the first time since 2017 and won the CPL Eastern Division Championship. The pitching staff shined, finishing top 3 in multiple categories including ERA, runs allowed, earned runs, hits allowed, and BA against. He has led the Sharks to top six finishes in the 15-team CPL in 2021, 2022 and 2023.


The Sharks were just as strong on the mound in 2021 and 2022 with multiple top 3 finishes in the CPL. The 2022 season was no different for Burroughs’ pitching staff. Again, finishing in the top 3 in ERA, runs allowed, earned runs, WHIP, and BA against. During the 2021 campaign, Burroughs’s pitching staff finished top 3 in runs allowed, earned runs, hits allowed, and WHIP.


Prior to joining the Sharks, Burroughs spent three seasons with the former CPL member Edenton Steamers. He served as the pitching coach in 2017 and was elevated to Head Coach in 2018 and 2019.


In his five years of recruiting, 32 players under Burroughs have signed professional contracts, 4 players represented teams in the College World Series, 3 players represented in the World Baseball Classic, and 21 were named All-CPL first and second team honorees.


Burroughs played four seasons of professional baseball, three with Independent teams and a year in international competition. During his time in professional baseball, Burroughs was used as a spot starter, left-handed specialist, and an emergency DH. 


Burroughs spends the offseason in Nashville, TN as the Head Baseball Instructor with Nashville Baseball Academy. He is in his 16th year with the Academy. He also works with Sidearm Nation, traveling around the world as a specialty instructor. 


Burroughs graduated from Lipscomb University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Austin Skipper Headshot


The 2024 season will be Skipper’s first season as a Sharks assistant coach, but Austin is no stranger to the organization. A Wilmington, NC native Skipper pitched consequently for the Sharks from 2018-2023. He played under Manager Russ Burroughs for the past three seasons. Skipper attended William Peace University where he was a 4-year starter and won All-Conference Honors in 2021. With two years of eligibility left he then attended Methodist University where he was voted team captain for the 2023 season. Skipper received his MBA in Business Administration at Methodist University all while achieving scholar athlete honors. 

Rece Sabo Headshot


The 2024 season will be Sabo’s first season as a Sharks assistant coach. Rece is from Massillon, Ohio and played with the Sharks in 2021 and 2022 under Russ Burroughs. Sabo studied and played college baseball for Lake Erie College in Cleveland, Ohio. Graduated with a Bachelors in secondary 7-12 grade social studies education. Rece is currently a High School teacher and assistant baseball coach at NorthWest High School. 

Adam Cardin Headshot


Adam Cardin returns to the Sharks in 2024 after serving as an assistant in 2023. He has coached within the CPL for 7 Seasons. Cardin’s intro to coaching was with the GCL Pirates in Bradenton, FL after his playing career ended. Active in player development, he has seen 25 former players selected in the MLB draft and worked with former MLB All Stars. Cardin is a graduate of UNCW and currently resides in Wilmington with his family.