|College:||UNC Charlotte '90|
T. Scott Muscat enters his 15th 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 nine of their first eleven NCAA seasons while compiling a 156-115 conference record. Over the past six seasons STAC has been a model of winning consistency, being the only ECC team to average 28 wins, finish in the top three, and win three regular season titles. Over the past two seasons the Spartans have won consecutive ECC regular season titles & were the 2013 ECC Tournament Champion, earning a trip to the NCAA East Regional. The 2013 team finished as the #22 ranked team in the nation (NCBWA) and #2 in the 35-team East Region. The Spartan offense is routinely the top hitting and base stealing team in the ECC. Coach Muscat has been honored as the NYCAC Coach of the Year, 2x ECC Coach of the Year and 2x East Region Coach of the Year (NCBWA). During Muscat’s tenure ten 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 for Spartan Baseball.
Before assuming his coaching duties Muscat had a stellar playing career. As a prep star in Greensboro, 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 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 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 (11), Cameron (9), and Mason (6) 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.