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Blue Hens


JIM SHERMAN head coach | fresno state ‘97 ‘99 | first season at dsu | first season overall as head coach

Tournament in 2003, Sherman’s squad did not stay down for long. The 2004 campaign saw the Blue Hens post a 33-24 overall record and place sixth in the CAA standings with a mark of 12-11. But Delaware was the surprise of the CAA Tournament in Wilmington, N.C., knocking off topseed George Mason and host UNC Wilmington to advance to the finals. Needing just one win on the final day of the tournament to capture the CAA crown and return to the NCAA Tournament, the Hens were upended twice by UNC Wilmington. The 2005 team battled injuries to finish with a 27-31 overall record and a 13-11 record and fifth place finish in conference. With three senior starting position players sidelined with injuries for most of the season, Sherman was forced to start three freshman position players. The 2005 team improved as the season progressed and won four of its final six conference games. The younger players gained experience and showed signs of the things to come for Delaware baseball as three freshman were named to the CAA All-Rookie Team and one was named a Freshman All-American. As the top assistant for Delaware from 1995-2000, Sherman helped the Blue Hens post an incredible record of 249-87. During that span, the Hens captured five America East titles and advanced to five NCAA Regional Tournaments. As the top assistant, he served as the Blue Hens recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor, outfield coach, and coached third base during games. Sherman came to Delaware as an assistant coach in 1995 after serving seven years as head coach and six years as athletic director at neighboring Wilmington (Del.) University. He was 218-128 in his seven seasons at Wilmington, winning six District titles, two Regional titles, and making two trips to the NAIA World Series. Before leaving Wilmington, he established the baseball program as one of the top NAIA programs in the country. Wilmington now competes at the NCAA Division II level. From his Wilmington teams, he had three players sign professional baseball contracts. During his time as athletic director, five sports at Wilmington College advanced to the NAIA championship tournament. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Wilmington University Athletics Hall of Fame in April 2001. In 1993, 1994 and 1995, Sherman served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Baseball Trials in Homestead, Fla. At the trials, he coached under legendary college coaches Skip Bertman, Ray Tanner and Ron Polk. In 1993, he was the head coach of the East team. At the trials, he worked with the outfielders and hitters. He had the opportunity to work with major league outfielders Mark Kotsay, J.D. Drew, and Jacque Jones.


Sherman enjoyed an outstanding career on the field for the Blue Hens from 1979 through 1982, hitting .347 in his career as an outfielder. He hit


2014 Baseball Media Gudie  
2014 Baseball Media Gudie