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trending “THEY PLAY 60 games in 70 days,” says Courtney 20 WBM july 2016 Wright, the Sharks’ assistant general manager. “You’ve got to love this. You don’t sign up to play 60 games in 70 days if you don’t love it. It’s a grind.” Bohm, in Wilmington after playing in 51 games as a freshman for Wichita State, says it’s worth it. “It’s important for developing, and continuing to play at a high level against top competition. I didn’t want to take the summer off and then start back over,” Bohm says. “It’s not too bad. It’s like a minor-league short season. It’s still a lot of fun. I just want to play every day, get a lot of at-bats, and become a better player.” Like the players, their coach is chasing a dream, too. Wingo’s hopes of making it to the majors were dashed when the Dodgers released him in 2014, but all that did was shift his focus. “I definitely dream of being a head coach in college baseball,” he says. “That’s my goal. I was the kind of player that laid it on the line every time I played. I feel that I owe it back to these kids that I would like to show them and try to teach them how I played the game. It was successful for me, and hopefully it can translate to them.” He returned to his alma mater as a student assistant coach for the 2015 season. That summer, he served as the Sharks’ assistant coach. Last season he was an assistant coach at North Greenville University in South Carolina, where he is pursuing a master’s degree. He returned to Wilmington this summer, this time as the guy in charge. “This is my first season as head coach,” he says. “It’s a big learning experience and hopefully will help me grow as a coach.” Wright also has baseball dreams. “It all started with Derek Jeter,” she says. When she was playing basketball in the fourth grade, she inked the Yankees shortstop’s No. 2 on her shoes. “I’d always had an interest, but it didn’t pique until high school,” she says. “I started to manage my high school team in the 11th grade. I thought, ‘This is fun.’ I love baseball.” She went on to become the first female manager at James Madison University in Virginia. She interned with the Sharks while in college, and was hired as assistant GM when she graduated with a sports and recre-ation degree in 2015. “Chasing my dream will be working up to the major leagues at some level, hopefully in the front office, hopefully with the Yankees,” she says. “My next step will hopefully be the minor leagues. I want to use the expe-rience and knowledge and work my way up. I love the promotional stuff, and working with the fans.” Assistant GM Courtney Wright and GM Pat Hutchins (top) are in charge of marketing, promotions, and just about everything that happens off the field. Wright has her own big-league dream — she wants to work for the New York Yankees someday. Sharky, the team’s mascot, entertains fans during games. “You’ve got to love this. You don’t sign up to play 60 games in 70 days if you don’t love it. It’s a grind.”


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