Marthas Vineyard, MA – The Marthas Vineyard Sharks front office announced today that Mike Miller will return as their field manager for the 2014 season to defend the Sharks championship title.
Miller, a FCBL veteran, led the 2013 Sharks to their first title and their highest winning percentage (.660) since being in the league in his first season at the helm of the Sharks. The 35 wins during the regular season and their 4 straight wins during the combined playoff and championship series was the highest single-season win total (39) in Sharks history.
The 2013 season was the second season that Miller coached in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League; during the 2012 season, he was an assistant coach for the Sharks. VP Baseball Operations, Bob Tankard, stated that the “organization liked his even temperament exhibited during the prior season and the respect earned by that year’s group of players.”
“What an unbelievable experience and an exciting summer,” proclaimed Miller, “the support from the Vineyard, ownership, front office, is second to none in the league. I am humbled to be back and to be associated with the Sharks. Just goes to show you that if you surround yourself with good people then good things will happen. I certainly did, as I had a great coaching staff with Anthony Corona and Ryan Morris as assistants (both ex-Sharks players). We are looking forward to defending our title next summer!”
“In order to continue to live up to our commitment of player development and put a quality team on the field, we needed an experienced leader and couldn’t be more thrilled to have Mike returning”, said Sharks General Manager Jerry Murphy. “The culture that he creates through his daily drive to get better is an asset to our organization and the key to helping the players we bring here to develop and prepare themselves for the next level.”
Miller was voted as the “Manager of the Year” in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League at the conclusion of the season, one of six awards won by the Sharks players, coaching staff and organization distributed by the league.
Miller enters his third season as an Assistant Coach at Davis & Elkins College after earning a BS in Physical Education in 2009. Miller began his playing career at Salem Community College where he played the outfield during the 2006 and 2007 seasons and was a part of the school’s first Garden State Athletic Conference Championship. He finished his career at Davis and Elkins College where he played left field during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Pictures provided by Carol Christopher, team photographer.