Russ Burroughs


Russ Burroughs returns in 2023 for his third season as field manager for the Sharks.  In both his seasons at the helm, Burroughs has led the Sharks to top 6 finishes in the 15 team CPL.  The Sharks were strong on the mound in 2021 and 2022 with top 3 finishes in the CPL earned run average.

During the 2021 campaign, Burroughs’ pitching staff was ranked second in fewest runs allowed, third in fewest earned runs, third in fewest hits allowed, and third in lowest 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 head coach in 2018 and 2019.

The 2019 season was a year of the offense for Burroughs’ club. The Steamers’ offense, guided by Burroughs, ranked in the CPL top-3 in homeruns, hits, doubles, RBI’s, batting average and slugging.

In 2018, Burroughs’ first year as head coach, his pitching staff ranked fourth in fewest hits allowed and finished first in the league in strikeouts with 518, setting a new Steamers team record, but fell short of the league record by eight strikeouts.

In Burroughs’ first season in Edenton, his pitching staff was ranked third in fewest hits allowed and third in strikeouts.

In his three years of recruiting, 17 players of players under Burroughs signed professional contracts, four players represented teams in the College World Series, and 11 were named All-CPL first and second team honorees.

He 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 and left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.

Burroughs spends the offseason as the Head Baseball Instructor with Nashville Baseball Academy.  He is in his fourteenth year with the Academy.  He also works for Sidearm Nation, traveling around the world as a specialty instructor.  Burroughs helps pitchers develop the fine art of throwing from sidearm and submarine arm angles.

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