T. Scott Muscat
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.