|College:||UNC Charlotte '90|
T. Scott Muscat enters his 14th season as the Spartans Head
Baseball Coach. In 2000 he took over a struggling NAIA program and
helped to reclassify it as an NCAA DII member. Under his leadership
the Spartans have qualified for their conference tournament in
eight of their first ten NCAA seasons while compiling a 137-110
conference record. Over the past five seasons STAC has been a model
of consistency, being the only ECC team to average both 27 wins and
finish in the top three. During Muscat’s tenure eight
Spartans have gone on to play professionally. With excellence
demanded not only on the field but in the classroom, his players
have routinely averaged a 3.0 GPA. In 2011 he played an active role
in helping to secure Provident Bank Park as the new home field for
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.
Outside of STAC Muscat has remained active. Over the past 15
years he has served as a recruiter and instructor for the Nyack
Indians of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League (wood bat). Nyack
is the five-time Rockland County Champion, 2004 N.J. State
Champion, and the ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 & ‘08
NJABL Champion. Muscat has also been active in youth baseball,
helping to coach his son Tyler’s team at PBI and the 8U &
9U Haverstraw All-Star teams who have won the Rockland County
Tournament for the 2nd consecutive year. Over the winter he runs
the Spartan Winter Baseball Academy, conducting indoor clinics at
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 (10), Cameron (8), and Mason (5)
reside in West Haverstraw, N.Y.
Chronology during Muscat’s
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 has 75 RBIs (2nd nationally), signs with the Southeastern League.
2004 (19 wins), finished as the #4 team in the conference.
2006 (23-22 record), peaks at a #5 East Region ranking 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 finish), 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 hitters rank 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 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, good for 2nd in the ECC and a #2 ranked 3.01 ECC ERA. 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).