The Wilmington Sharks have been selected as the 2009 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year.The Coastal Plain League announced today that the Wilmington Sharks have been selected as the 2009 CPL Organization of the Year.
“My partners, Lew and Darrell Handelsman, and I are extremely honored and excited about this award," said Wilmington owner and Director of Operations Conor Caloia. “There are many deserving teams across the league that had a great summer and we are thrilled that our efforts at the “Shark Tank” were recognized. Our season would not have been possible without the support of our great fans, the City of Wilmington Recreation Department and our wonderful host families. Finally, this award is a tribute to the efforts of our staff, including the best group of interns in summer collegiate baseball.”
The Sharks were selected after team owners, general managers, head coaches, players, umpires, and league officials voted on various areas of concentration regarding the past season. Under the leadership of Caloia, Wilmington made a commitment to improvement in 2009, and it showed throughout the regular season. The Sharks received high grades in many different categories, including – but not limited to – concessions, CPL WebPass broadcast, after-game meals, ballpark appearance, pocket schedule, strong communication with league office, teams, and umpires; and exhibiting a true, positive relationship with the community.
“Conor and his staff went above and beyond in 2009,” said Coastal Plain League President and Commissioner Pete Bock. “Their organization ran smoothly throughout the season and truly set the bar high for any future team hosting our league All-Star Game. Conor, Avery (Robbins), JW (Cox) and their entire staff, along with the ownership of Lew and Darrell Handelsman, have done a wonderful job in helping make the Sharks a premier attraction in Wilmington. It is with pleasure that we recognize the entire Wilmington organization, as well as their fans, and the community, with the honor of being named our 2009 Organization of the Year. We look forward to continued success for the Sharks each and every year.”
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