Salisbury's Berkman improving

Assistant coach says NCAA's all-time winningest coach is "doing very well"

March 13, 2012|By Edward Lee

Ben Sandlin, the defensive coordinator who will serve as Salisbury’s interim coach against Washington & Lee Wednesday night, said head coach Jim Berkman is improving after being admitted to an area hospital Sunday after experiencing heart problems.

“I know he’s doing very well, and we’re hoping to get him back sooner rather than later,” Sandlin said Tuesday morning.

Berkman, the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach with 395 career victories, was admitted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury after experiencing troubles while working out at his local gym. As of late Monday, Berkman was still at the hospital after having a blockage removed by the placement of two stents.

Sandlin said the coaches have been working with the players to keep practices and meetings as normal as possible.

“We met before practice with the captains and made sure that everybody was aware,” he said. “Coach sent out an email Sunday night to the players. Nothing else was really said. The captains – Erik Krum, Dean Rossi, Sam Bradman and Matt Cannone – all did a great job with their leadership yesterday during practice, making sure that we were staying on top of what we needed to stay on top of. Nothing was really said about Coach’s health other than he’s going to be back, and we know what’s expected of us. So we’re going to play as if he’s out here.”

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