Wilmington, NC – In preparation for the 2021 Coastal Plain League season, the Wilmington Sharks officially announced the club’s manager and coaching staff on Friday, April 16.
Russ Burroughs will return as Sharks field manager for his debut at the helm of the team after the cancellation of the 2020 season. The 2021 season marks Burrough’s first in Wilmington and fourth in the CPL as he served the Edenton Steamers as a pitching coach in 2017 before being named manager in 2018 and 2019. Burroughs’ previous clubs have produced 10 CPL All-Stars, six players who have signed professional contracts, four players represented in the NCAA College World Series and seven All-CPL 1st and 2nd team honorees.
The 2009 Lipscomb University graduate, Tennessee resident and former professional pitcher of four seasons serves in the off-season as Head Baseball Instructor with Nashville Baseball Academy where he has instructed for 13 years. Additionally Burroughs works for Sidearm Nation, traveling internationally as a specialty instructor of pitchers throwing from sidearm and submarine arm angles.
Austin Turner joins the Sharks as an assistant coach after his first season as an assistant coach at John A. Logan Community College in Carterville, Illinois. Turner, an alumnus of Alabama A&M University and former All-SWAC Academic Honoree previously served as the volunteer assistant at his alma mater coaching infielders and hitters among other duties. Prior to coaching collegiately, Turner operated a training academy in Huntsville which consisted of over 10 teams.
Tyler Fitzgerald will serve as an assistant coach to the Sharks after spending the 2020-2021 off-season as pitching coordinator for Vikings Baseball in Massachusetts where he has worked extensively with pitchers from the youth, college and professional levels. The alumnus of Keene State College and Southern New Hampshire University pitched in varying roles through his collegiate career with summer collegiate stops with the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and North Shore Navigators of the Futures Summer Collegiate Baseball league. Fitzgerald is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration in Business Analytics.
The Wilmington Sharks, 2019 Coastal Plain League Franchise of the Year, will open the 2021 season against the Morehead City Marlins at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Park on Thursday, May 27 at 7:05 PM.