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Salisbury coach Jim Berkman became the NCAA leader in career wins when the seven-time defending national champion Sea Gulls defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 13-5, on Saturday in a NCAA Tournament Division III first-round contest.

Berkman, who is now 327-35 in 21 years of coaching, passed former Army coach Jack Emmer for the record.

"I think a lot more people were thinking about it than I was," Berkman said with a laugh. "I just feel very fortunate that I've had a lot of good players and a lot of good teams because we've had a lot of talent play here over the years. I feel very fortunate to have coached them and be the guy that's been managing the ship down here."

Salisbury (19-0) will meet Cabrini (17-2) in a quarterfinal on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls have made it to the quarterfinals in all 19 years of Berkman's tenure there and have failed to advance to the semifinals just six times.

"I think some people take it for granted once in a while, but as coaches, we definitely don't take it for granted," Berkman said of the quarterfinals. "The expectation from the players' perspective is that if they don't make it to the championship game, the season isn't successful. That's from the players, and that's because of the bar that has been set."

Posted by Edward Lee at 11:24 AM | | Comments (1)
        

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The fact that Coach Berkman has won this big for so long at Salisbury and has not jumped ship for a Division I opportunity (and I'm confident there have been many) is just awesome. Here is a guy who totally gets it...success is best measured by building something special and lasting rather than by flirting with every opportunity that comes along. So many coaches should learn from this...they are always looking for something bigger and better. Thanks for the example Coach!!

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