Lance Burkhart, Manager
Lance Burkhart joins the Blue Crabs after serving in Lancaster as the hitting coach under former Blue Crabs manager, Butch Hobson.

Burkhart, 39, was drafted in the 15th round of 1997 MLB draft by the Montreal Expos. The former right-handed hitting catcher joined the Barnstormers in 2005 after spending time Montreal, Texas, Baltimore, and Milwaukee minor league systems. The catcher had his best statistical season in 2001 while splitting time between Class A High Desert (Cal) and Class AA Huntsville (SL) of the Milwaukee Brewers system. In seven other professional seasons he tallied double-digit home run totals, amassing a total of 155 round-trippers. He reached as high as AAA three times in his career, with the Expos, Brewers, and Rangers.

Burkhart spent four seasons ('05-'09) as a player with the Barnstormers, amassing 61 regular season home runs in 358 games, which still stands as the club's all-time record.

In 2009, the St. Louis, Missouri native joined the Blue Crabs. Serving as the primary backstop, Burkhart hit .242 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI for the Liberty Division Champion Blue Crabs.

In his four seasons as the Lancaster hitting coach, the Barnstormers offense had a .281 batting average and averaged nearly 150 home runs and 700 runs scored per season. All totals are amongst the tops of the Atlantic League.





JOE GANNON, PITCHING COACH
Joe Gannon is entering his second season as pitching coach with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. During the 2013 season, the Blue Crabs pitching staff finished first in the Liberty Division with a 4.13 ERA and 864 strikeouts and 38 saves in 1229.2 innings pitched.

Having pitched for the Blue Crabs from the team's inaugural season in 2008 until midway through the 2012 season, the Buffalo, NY, native then finished his career with a short one-game stint as a Barnstormer, with fellow Atlantic League (ATLL) team Lancaster at age 37.

Prior to Lancaster and Southern Maryland, Gannon has seen time spread throughout the Independent League (IL) with the Newark Bears, Nashua Pride, Somerset Patriots, Allentown Ambassadors and Niagara Stars. In his 10-year IL career Gannon posted a 53-62 record with a 5.02 ERA in 200 appearances including 526 strikeouts, 545 walks and 23 complete games in 1,015 innings pitched.

The six-foot-one, 200-pound, right-hander has also appeared in a handful of games at the Advanced-A (A+), Double-A (AA) and Triple-A (AAA) levels including time with the Winston-Salem Warthogs (A+) of the Carolina League (CARL), Bowie Baysox (AA) of the Eastern league (EL) and AAA-affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, the Ottawa Lynx of the International League (IL).




JEREMY OWENS, PLAYER/COACH
Jeremy Owens will return to Southern Maryland in 2014 as a player/coach for the fifth year in a row. Owens, 37, was the club's first-ever player/coach in 2010, appearing in 129 games in the outfield and simultaneously working as the hitting coach.

Entering his 16th professional season, Owens has set franchise highs in games played (728), home runs (104), extra-base hits (253), runs scored (421), stolen bases (98), and walks (318). Owens also joins former teammate and manager Patrick Osborn on the top 10 list of all-time team leaders in every major offensive category.

In 2009 former manager Butch Hobson named the six-foot-one, 200-pound Owens team captain to the unanimous approval of the Blue Crabs clubhouse. Owens went on to set single-season franchise records during the 2009-10 season appearing in 137 of 140 games played and belting 28 home runs. His 28 home runs also led the Atlantic League (ATLL).

Owens was selected by the San Diego Padres in the eighth round of the 1998 June MLB Amateur draft and has spent parts of his sixteen year career with the Padres, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays minor league systems, reaching Triple-A for all three organizations. In 2005 Owens made his ATLL debut with league rival the Somerset Patriots.