Doug Fleetwood, who begins his 14th season as head coach of the Salisbury University baseball team in 2014, has added to the rich tradition of the program by taking the Sea Gulls to 13 straight NCAA tournaments, including three NCAA South Regional titles and three trips to the NCAA Division III World Series. In addition, Fleetwood has guided his teams to nine Capital Athletic Conference championships and recorded at least 30 wins in 12 of his 13 seasons. Through his 13 seasons, Fleetwood has accumulated a combined record of 439-138-6 (.762). The winning percentage ranks Fleetwood second among all active coaches in Division III and sixth all-time. He has also won the CAC Coach of the Year award 10 times. He was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches (MSABC) Hall of Fame on Feb. 9.
Fleetwood led the Sea Gulls to the program's 11th CAC title and 14 consecutive NCAA appearance in 2013 as Salisbury finished 33-9 overall and 11-4 in the league. SU fell in the NCAA sourth regional final for the second straight season, this time to Millsaps College, 7-6. Five players were named to the ABCA all-region team, including four on the first team.
Fleetwood guided Salisbury to its first CAC title in three seasons in 2012 and 13th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance with a 34-9 record (15-3 in the CAC) on his way to being named CAC Coach of the Year. The Sea Gulls advanced to the regional championship before falling to regional-host Christopher Newport University. Fleetwood earned his 400th win at SU win an 11-10 CAC tournament win over York (Pa.) College and had seniors Tyler Bennett and Chris Connor as well as sophomore Bill Root named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region Team.
In 2011, the Sea Gulls put together an outstanding late-season run to make their third appearance in the Division III College World Series. Salisbury earned in-region wins against No. 1 Christopher Newport, Johns Hopkins University and a weekend sweep of Methodist University to earn an NCAA tournament berth. The Gulls lost their first game in the regional, but roared back with four straight elimination-game wins to advance to the World Series. In its second game in Gland Chute, Wis., the offense came to life with 14 hits in a 10-3 win against Kean University. Salisbury closed the season with a 34-14 record and saw senior Chris Greiner earn All-American honors. Fleetwood earned College Coach of the Year honors from the MSABC for the second time in his career.
During the 2010 season, the Gulls, who finished with a record of 30-13 and batted their way to the program's 15th tournament appearance. It was the ninth time in Fleetwood's 10 seasons that the Gulls claimed at least 30 victories. The Sea Gulls placed eight student-athletes on the All-CAC teams.
The Sea Gulls put together another strong season under the guidance of Fleetwood as the Sea Gulls finished 38-8 in 2009. The highlight of the season came on April 16 when the Sea Gulls defeated University of Mary Washington, 7-3, in the CAC tournament as Fleetwood recorded his 300th career victory. The Sea Gulls went on to win the CAC tournament championship for the fourth consecutive season and hosted the NCAA South Regional at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. Senior pitcher Eric Willey, junior first baseman Mike Celenza and sophomore outfielder Andrew Miller were named ABCA All-Americans, the most All-American honors in one season in SU program history.
In 2008, Fleetwood guided the Sea Gulls to one of their best seasons in program history. Salisbury won a school-record 41 games, including 35 consecutive. The streak was the best in the nation until SU dropped a game to Mary Washington in the CAC tournament. The Gulls (41-4) went onto win their third straight conference title and earn the top seed in the south regional. SU was one game away from making its third-ever College World Series appearance. Under Fleetwood's watch, Salisbury had two All-Americans in Willey and senior third baseman Justin Arminger. For the seventh time in eight seasons, Fleetwood was honored as CAC Coach of the Year. He was also named the ABCA South Region Coach of the Year.
In 2007, the Sea Gulls went 33-10 as the Gulls repeated CAC champions and continued the streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. It marked the sixth time in seven seasons that the Sea Gulls recorded 30 wins. Senior outfielder Andrew Jensen became the third Sea Gull under Fleetwood to earn All-American honors and ninth overall in the program.
In 2006, Fleetwood led the Sea Gulls to an overall record of 37-10 and the program's sixth CAC crown in the past 11 seasons. The Gulls advanced to the program's seventh consecutive NCAA tournament and tied a then-school record with 37 wins. Salisbury had nine players selected to the All-CAC teams and Fleetwood earned his fifth conference coach of the year award.
In his inaugural campaign as head coach in 2001, the Sea Gulls finished 33-13 and earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Division III World Series as they finished the year ranked No. 4 by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The 2001 season also saw the Sea Gulls win the CAC title as Fleetwood was named CAC Coach of the Year and College Coach of the Year by the MSABC.
Over the next three years, Fleetwood elevated the program to new heights as he added two more CAC championships and three conference Coach of the Year awards. Salisbury finished with a 30-13-3 record in 2002, 31-13-3 record in 2003 and a school record 37-13 record in 2004.
In 2004, the Sea Gulls capped their season with the school's second appearance in the Division III World Series and a No. 7 ranking by the ABCA.
Before becoming head coach, Fleetwood served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Sea Gulls with his primary duties as the team's hitting coach. Since Fleetwood has been on the staff, Salisbury has had 87 players earn All-CAC honors, 37 players receive All-South region status and nine players earned All-American selections.
A 1972 graduate of Salisbury, Fleetwood's baseball background includes 12 successful years as the head coach at Cambridge-South Dorchester (Md.) High School where he won the 1978 state title and advanced to 11 state regional playoffs as he compiled a 171-63-1 record. As a respected baseball teacher and evaluator of talent, he also worked as a scout for the Baltimore Orioles for several years.
Fleetwood also enjoyed an extremely successful football coaching career at C-SD as he won three state championships and was recognized for his accomplishments by being inducted into the Maryland High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.
Along with being the head baseball coach, Fleetwood also serves as the associate head coach-offense of the Salisbury football team. The Sea Gulls posted a school-record 584 points in 2011.
Fleetwood has a son, Ryan, daughter, Brooke, and currently resides in Salisbury, Md., with his wife Debbie.
Coach Fleetwood News
05/09/13 Salisbury places school-record 10 on All-CAC Baseball Team; Fleetwood CAC Coach of the Year for 10th time
01/08/13 Fleetwood to be inducted into MSABC Hall of Fame
06/21/12 Bennett, Fleetwood earn ECAC Division III Baseball South Region honors
05/10/12 Fleetwood named CAC Coach of the Year for ninth time; Four players gain All-CAC honors
04/21/12 SU takes two to advance to CAC championship game; Fleetwood wins 400th in opener
02/09/12 Fleetwood named 2011 MSABC College Coach of the Year
05/05/09 Celenza, Fleetwood honored with CAC awards, SU earns eight All-CAC honors
04/16/09 Salisbury's Doug Fleetwood wins No. 300, Sea Gulls begin CAC title defense
05/27/08 Armiger, Willey picked as third-team All-Americans; Fleetwood named South Coach of the Year
05/06/08 Sea Gulls sweep CAC postseason awards, seven named to first team
05/02/07 SU baseball places eight on the All-CAC teams, Fleetwood wins again
02/20/07 Fleetwood wins No. 200 at SU
Coach Fleetwood's Record at SU
|2001||33-13||6-4||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|2002||30-13-3||8-2||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2003||31-13-1||9-1||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2004||37-13||7-3||NCAA World Series appearance, CAC Champions|
|2005||28-9-2||7-2-1||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2006||37-10||8-2||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2007||33-10||5-5||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2008||41-4||18-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2009||38-8||15-3||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2010||30-13||14-4||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2011||34-14||13-5||NCAA World Series appearance|
|2012||34-9||15-3||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2013||33-9||11-4||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|Total (13 Years):
|3 NCAA World Series
13 NCAA Tournaments
9 CAC Championships