STAC Baseball

Coaches

 

T. Scott Muscat
Head Coach

T. Scott Muscat enters his 17th season as the Spartans Head Baseball Coach. In 2000 he took over a struggling NAIA program and helped to reclassify as an NCAA DII member. Under his leadership the Spartans have qualified for their conference tournament in eleven of their thirteen NCAA seasons while compiling a 186-133 conference record. Over the past four seasons STAC has risen to the top of the East Region, compiling 141 victories, four consecutive 30+ win seasons, three consecutive  ECC Tournament Championships, two ECC Regular Season Titles, an NCAA East Region Championship & Runner-up and in 2014 make their first appearance at the NCAA DII National Championship in Cary, N.C. The Spartan offense has routinely been the top hitting and base stealing team in the ECC, with five consecutive ECC team batting titles and 730 stolen bases over the past six seasons. In 2014 Muscat notched his 300th career NCAA victory (13 seasons) with a total of 347. Coach Muscat has been honored as the NYCAC Coach of the Year, 2x ECC Coach of the Year, 2x East Region Coach of the Year (NCBWA) and the 2014 ABCA East Region Coach of the Year. During Muscat’s tenure fourteen Spartans have gone on to play professionally (affiliate and independent). In 2011 he played an active role in helping to secure Provident Bank Park as the new home field. Under his leadership STAC players have played an active role in the community, serving in the Touching Bases baseball league for adults with disabilities, the Hope Academy in Nyack (for disadvantaged families), Rockland BOCES Family Resource Center, Soup Angels and offering free player and coaches clinics to the local Little League affiliates. This past season STAC Baseball was selected as one of the twenty-two national finalists for the NCAA DII Award of Excellence for community service.

Before assuming his coaching duties Muscat had a stellar playing career. As a prep star pitcher in North Carolina he amassed over 300 strikeouts, a 25-3 win/loss slate, 9-0 post-season mark, and two post-season no-hitters while leading Western Guilford H.S. to a 44-8 record (12-0 post-season) and two consecutive North Carolina State Championships. As a team captain and two-way player at UNC Charlotte he set the single game strikeout record of 16 Ks and hit .298 with 298 at-bats as an outfielder. Selected in the 18th round of the 1989 draft, he pitched two seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system until a second shoulder surgery ended his professional career.

Born in West Covina, California and raised in Greensboro, N.C., Muscat received his B.A. in Economics from UNC Charlotte ('90) and a Masters in Secondary Education from St. Thomas Aquinas ('02). He also works as a history teacher. He and his wife, former Kelly Adamson and sons Tyler (13), Cameron (11), and Mason (8) reside in West Haverstraw, N.Y.

Chronology during Muscat’s tenure:

2002 - STAC plays first season in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA DII) finishes in 5th place. Brian Flynn drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.

2003 - (24-14 record), Finishes 2nd in the NYCAC tournament. Ranked nationally in runs scored (8.4 runs per game), batting average (.331), and receives a # 1 seeding in the ECAC Tournament. Mike Clohessy makes 3rd Team All-American and has 75 RBIs (2nd nationally), signs with the Southeastern League (Independent).

2004 - (19 wins), finished as the #4 team in the conference.

2006 - (23-22 record), peaks at #5 in the East Region before finishing at #9 with a 23-18 region record. Javier Diaz sets single season hit mark (76). Mike Sharpe is drafted by NY Mets.

2007 - Team leads league in stolen bases and triples and ranks 2nd in homeruns. John Muller sets all-time hits record (224) and is acquired by the Chicago Cubs.

2008 - (28-24 record), ECC Regular Season Champions. Final NCBWA Poll ranks STAC 9th in the East Region. Offensively, team finishes 1st in steals & homeruns and 2nd in runs, doubles & walks. Pitching staff finishes 2nd in ERA (3.79) & saves (11). In addition, a record seven Spartans were selected to the ECC All-Conference Team. John Mazzello collects 73 hits in Spartans’ first season using wood bats. Mike Pasch signs with the Continental League. Fall term GPA of 3.1.

2009 - (25-23 record), 15-9 in the conference (13-1 over last 14 games), finishes 3rd in the regular season and 3rd in the tournament. The pitching staff has a 2.98 ERA and 10 saves, both marks good for 2nd in the ECC. STAC ranked 2nd in stolen bases (101), walks (174) & hits (406). The final NCBWA Poll ranks STAC 11th in the 35 team East region. Team GPA is a 3.0

2010 - (23 wins), finishes 3rd in the regular season. The pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA (7th in the East region and 2nd in the Conference), 2nd in the nation in hits/9 innings. The Spartans steal 137 bases (STAC record, 1st/region, 8th/nation) and 2nd in the conference in hits (405). Mike Aviles is drafted by the Seattle Mariners. Matt Matcovich is selected as the ECC Male Scholar-Athlete Award along with being named the ECC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Team GPA is 3.1.

2011 - (25-23), finishes 3rd in the tournament. The Spartan offense leads the ECC in batting average (.275) and stolen bases (115). Sophomore Frank Salerno leads team in hitting (.340) and stolen bases (27) and earns All-Region Honors. Vin Malzahn sets career HR mark (25). The pitching staff finishes 1st in opponent batting avg. (.225). The defense fields at a .964 clip (3rd in the ECC). Five Spartans are selected to the All-ECC team. The College signs a contract making Provident Bank Park the new home of Spartan Baseball

2012 - (33-16), ECC Regular Season Champions. Final NCBWA Poll ranks STAC 4th. STAC leads the ECC in every offensive category including an ECC wood bat batting avg. record of .312 and an ECC record of 142 stolen bases. The pitching staff holds opposing hitters to a .245 BA & has a 3.01 ERA, both good for 2nd in the ECC. A record 9 Spartans are selected to the ECC All-Conference Team. 6 Spartans make the Daktronics All-Region Team and three make All-American (3rd & HM). All four major ECC player awards are taken by the Spartans: Player of the Year (Frank Salerno), Pitcher of the Year (Matt Marotta), Rookie of the Year (Stanley Susana) and Triple Crown (Mike Russo, .381, 44, 6). Coach Muscat is honored with the ECC and NCBWA East Region Coach of the Year. Matt Marotta throws the 1st STAC no-hitter. Joe Antenucci ties a STAC record with 6 hits in a game. Frank Salerno breaks a STAC record with 40 stolen bases. Former Spartans, Andrew Hanscak and Matt Smith both sign with the Pecos League (Independent). Andrew Ahn signs with the Goyang Wonders of the Independent Korean League.

2013 - (39-14) ECC Regular Season Champions. ECC Tournament Champions. Ranked #22 nationally (NCBWA). Ranked #2 in the East Region. Team breaks previous year wood bat era batting avg. mark with a .318 avg. Leads conference in every offensive category. Over the last 20 games, STAC goes 19-1 and 13-0 in the ECC. Mike Russo (.343, 11 HRs, 62 RBIs), is named 1st Team All-American, East Region Player of the Year & ECC Player of the Year. Robert Frank is named D2Baseball News Pitcher of the Week, 2x East Region Pitcher of the Week & 3x ECC Pitcher of the Week. He hurls a no-hitter and has a 15k performance. He also strikes out 95 batters in 77 IP and is 2nd in the nation in hits allowed per game. Freshman, Robert Naughton is selected as the ECC Rookie of the Year going 6-1 with 1.54 ERA. First baseman, Kenny Kirshner does not commit an error in conference play and leads the ECC with 74 hits. Second baseman, Efrain Bautista hits .438 in conference play to lead the ECC. Closer C.J Ferriggi records 8 saves and does not surrender a hit or a run in 14 innings. A record 12 Spartans are selected to the All-ECC Team & 5 to the All-East Region Team. Muscat is selected as the ECC & NCBWA East Region Coach of the Year. Mike Russo signs with the Greys of the Frontier League.

2014 – (38-18) ECC Tournament Champions, NCAA East Region Champions & NCAA DII National Championship Participant. Led by a pitching staff that posted a 1.48 ERA, 8-0 record and two shutouts, STAC wins 8 consecutive postseason elimination games to capture both the ECC and East Region crowns. STAC steals 100 bases, hits .300 as a team for its 4th consecutive ECC team batting title, 10 Spartans are selected to the All-ECC Team & 5 make the All-Region team. Rich Baerga leads the ECC in hitting with a .368 batting average. All-ECC catcher, Stephen Sunday hits .298 and is selected as the ECC Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year  Frank Salerno signs to play professionally with Fargo-Morehead of the Cam-Am League (I) and Kenny Kirshner signs with the Newburgh Newts of the East Coast Baseball League (I). Coach Muscat is honored as the 2014 ABCA East Region Coach of the Year.

2015 - (30-19), STAC wins third consecutive ECC Tournament and makes it back to the NCAA East Region Championship game, but lose in final game. Spartan players lead league in most major statistical categories: Joey Pena leads league in batting avg. (.356) and Giovanni Dongcong is second (.351). The Spartans have the four top RBI leaders: Stanley Susana leads (44), Dingcong is second (36), Brandon Fischer is third (31) and Rich Cesca is fourth (30). Three STAC pitchers finish in the top spots for wins: Matt Kostalos (8), Nick May (7) and Anthony Morris (7). Dingcong leads in HRs (6). Christian Santo leads in saves (4). Kostalos finishes fifth in ERA (2.11) and second in Ks (83). May ties for third with 76 Ks. Pena finishes third in stolen bases (19), while Nick Gargan and Fischer finish tie for fourth with 17 each. Susana is selected as the ECC Player of the Year. Dingcong is the ECC Rookie of the Year. Joey Pena is the ECC Batting Champion. The team leads the league in all twelve offensive categories. The STAC starting pitchers hurl three consecutive complete game wins in the ECC Tournament and two shut-outs in the NCAA East Region Tournament. In game one of the East Region Tournament STAC defeats #1 nationally ranked Franklin Pierce 3-0 behind Kostalos’ complete game shutout. Robert Frank signs professionally with the River City Rascals (Frontier) and Nick May signs with the Rockland Boulders (Can-Am). The baseball team is selected as one of the twenty-two national finalists for the NCAA DII Award of Excellence for their work with Touching Bases, a baseball league for adults with disabilities.

 

Jon Garvey
Associate Head Coach

Jon Garvey enters his 8th year on the Spartan Baseball coaching staff after a four-year playing career at STAC.  Before STAC he was a standout player at St. Edmunds Prep (Brooklyn), where he set the all-time fielding percentage record while serving as captain on a the winningest team in school history.

At STAC he was converted to catcher and hit .462 in limited at-bats in 2008, while helping the team to win their first ECC Regular Season Championship. Voted captain in 2009, he helped the team to a regular season and conference tournament finish of 3rd. During his senior year he served as player-coach, tutoring the younger catchers. He graduated STAC in 2009 with a 3.3 GPA in Sports Management (Honor Society).

Immediately after graduating he was hired as an assistant and began his master's work in Secondary Education and is currently working on a Masters in Sports Management. Administratively, Coach Garvey serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for Spartan Baseball and in that role has been instrumental in the Spartans recent ascendancy to the top of the 35-team East Region. He has been a player and coach on four championship teams at STAC ('08, '12, ’13, ’14, & 15). His coaching responsibilities include hitting coach, catching instructor and managing the strength & conditioning program. Under his guidance the Spartans have excelled offensively, winning the ECC team batting title 5 consecutive years, while averaging .300 during that time.

Along with the team accomplishments, several players have excelled behind Garvey’s tutelage. In 2012 Mike Russo was the ECC Triple Crown Winner (.383, 6 HRs, 46 RBIs), Frank Salerno was the ECC Player of the Year and Stanley Susana was the ECC Rookie of the Year. In 2013 Russo was named All-American (1st Team) and led the ECC in HRs (11) and RBIs (62). Kenny Kirshner had 74 hits and Efrain Bautista hit .438 in conference, both marks tops in the ECC. In 2014, five Spartans hit above the .300 mark, including Rich Baerga, who hit .368 to capture the ECC batting title in 2014.

In 2015, Coach Garvey guided another potent offensive attack, as STAC notched its fifth straight ECC Batting Title. In fact the STAC offense was ranked #1 in all twelve offensive categories. The freshman duo of Joey Pena and Giovanni Dingcong took home the ECC Batting Title & ECC Rookie of the Year, respectively.  Pena hit .356 and Dingcong hit .351 with a league leading six home runs. Susana finished his record breaking career with 263 hits and was named the 2015 ECC Player of the Year.

Outside of his baseball responsibilities Garvey serves as the Asst. Athletic Director / Facilities & Fitness Center Manager, while also assisting with NCAA compliance. In 2014, he oversaw major renovations and additions to the Kraus Fitness Center.

Outside of St. Thomas Aquinas, Garvey served as the General Manager of the Shamrocks, an expansion franchise in the ACBL, helping to guide them to an inaugural season play-off appearance, in 2012. The following year, he served as the General Manager of the L.I. Shamrocks and L.I. Whalers of the newly formed North Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (NACBL). As an assistant to the commissioner, he handled all the daily operations of the league. Serving as head coach in 2014, he led the Atlantics to a NACBL Championship.

This past summer, Jon managed newly formed Pasack Valley Cats in the Metropolitan Colligate Baseball League. Jon took the Cats to the league championship game in his first year.

Jon, wife Cindy (who also works for STAC in the Financial Aid Office), two year-old sons, Dylan & son, Luca reside in Orangeburg, N.Y.

Manny DelRosario
Assistant Coach

Manny Del Rosario begins his 11th season with STAC via Bergen Community College, where he served as the head coach from 2000-2002. In the 1980s he played in the San Diego Padres' and Texas Rangers' minor league organizations as a middle infielder. He also managed in the Spanish League Federation where he coached Manny Ramirez for one season. He is known for his great rapport with the players and his ability to teach some of the finer subtleties of playing infield. Manny works full-time for Jet Blue and along with his wife and two children, resides in Washington Heights,

 

Kyle Ward
Assistant Coach

Coach Ward comes to STAC after a 2-year stint as the pitching coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC. At Flo-Dar Tech, Ward's pitching staff compiled a 65-42 record, a 2.91 team ERA in 2015 and 14 shutouts in Region X of the NJCAA, which is one of the toughest and deepest NJCAA conferences. Under his leadership, numerous players moved on to schools in the SEC, Big South, SoCon, Peach Belt, Conference USA, and Colonial Athletic Association. Nick Jobst, one of Ward's 2015 pitchers posted a 0.00 ERA and was later drafted in the 15th round of the 2016th draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

In the summer of 2015, Coach Ward began a 2-year stint in the Valley League, first as the pitching coach for the Aldie Senators and then in 2016 he became the head coach for the Woodstock River Bandits, becoming the youngest head coach in the league that summer.

Prior to his coaching career, Coach Ward played football and baseball at Georgetown High School. He went on to receive a scholarship and became a 4-year letter winner at DI Charleston Southern University. Recruited as a two-way player (first base & pitcher), eventually, he focused entirely on pitching for Coach Stuart Lake.

Coach Ward has remained active in additional coaching and training capacities, serving as a coach at Zoned, Inc. baseball training facility in Piscataway, N.J. Just recently he was hired as a coach on the staff of the Evolution Summer Baseball Program in Westchester, N.Y.

Coach Ward earned his B.A. in communications & minored in business administration at Charleston Southern University. Born and raised in Georgetown, S.C., he currently resides in Garnerville, N.Y.