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Mike Scappa was named the fourth York College baseball coach in the 44 years of the program’s history in July of 2011. Scappa replaced long-time head coach Paul Saikia, who had served as the Spartans’ leader since 1998. Saikia was named the Spartans’ Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation in late spring of 2011.
Scappa's first year at the helm of the program saw the Spartans notch a record of 22-20. After a rough start to the campaign, York rallied to win 10 of their final 14 games with a young and talented roster that is primed for very good 2013 season. The Spartans were very close to having a much different record in 2012 as the Spartans lost nine one-run decisions.
Scappa begins his 19th season as a part of the Spartans’ baseball program. He was a four-year letter winner for the Green and White before joining Saikia’s staff as an assistant coach. He had spent 13 years coaching the hitters and catchers in addition to being involved in the recruiting process for the Spartans.
Scappa was a four-year starter as a switch-hitting catcher from 1995-1998. While wearing the Green and White of York College, Scappa accomplished as much as any team leader in program history. A two-time captain of the team, Scappa hit for a career average of .305 and was twice named to the All-CAC squad. He made two trips to the NCAA Tournament and won one CAC championship.
Scappa has accumulated a wealth of baseball knowledge during his playing career that included high school baseball at tradition-filled Gloucester Catholic High School in southern New Jersey. He played summer ball for the Brooklawn American Legion that is perennially considered one of the best in the nation.
Scappa graduated from York College in 1998 with his bachelor’s degree in history. He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from York College in 2007. Scappa resides in York with his wife, Heather, and their two sons.