Salisbury's Berkman in hospital recovering from "minor setback"

Status of NCAA's all-time winningest coach for immediate future is unclear

March 12, 2012|By Edward Lee

Salisbury’s Jim Berkman, the all-time winningest lacrosse coach in NCAA history, is in the hospital, recovering from what he called a “minor setback.”

Berkman, who has compiled a record of 395-42 in 24 seasons as a head coach with the Sea Gulls and Potsdam State, confirmed Monday morning via text of his status, writing, “In hospital minor setback can’t talk for a few days sorry.”

Senior attackman Matt Cannone said one of the assistant coaches stopped by Cannone’s house Sunday evening and informed him, senior midfielder Sam Bradman and several other seniors of Berkman’s health issue.

“Obviously, we were all concerned,” Cannone said Monday morning. “Coach is like a father figure to us and has helped us out in so many different ways. Hearing that he’s in the hospital always makes you worried and makes you wonder what’s going on. But we know he’s a strong man, and he’ll fight through it.”

Berkman’s status for Wednesday’s road contest at Washington & Lee is unclear. If Berkman, who missed just one game in the last four years to attend a funeral, can’t return, assistant coach Ben Sandlin, who has been on staff for the last four seasons, could be the interim head coach.

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