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.
The Spartans had a strong 2014 season as the Spartans went 29-14 with a regular season Capital Athletic Conference championship. The Spartans went a blistering 14-2 in the league as they hosted the 2014 CAC championships at Jaquet Field. Scappa earned the CAC Coach of the Year award while freshman righthander Elliot Mortimer was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Six Spartans earned All-CAC honors under Scappa's guideance including four first-teamers. Senior catcher Colbe Herr became Scappa's first NABC All-American as he earned a third team berth. Herr, Brad Wenzel, Andrew Hershey and Derek Pitzer were All-South Region honorees for the season.
The Spartans are 87-78 in four seasons under Scappa while they are 37-30 in Capital Athletic Conference play during the same stretch.
Scappa is entering his 21st 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 has recruited and coached seven players who have earned first-team All-CAC honors while he has had five players earn a combined six second-team All-CAC awards. He has coached two CAC Rookies of the Year (Mortimer and Dan Gurganus), four All-Region selections and one All-American.
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.
|Title:||Asst. Baseball Coach|
|Previous College:||Kutztown, 2011|
Tyler Persun enters his first season on the Spartan baseball coaching staff with the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Persun possesses a strong background of collegiate baseball experience as he completed a four-year player career in 2011. Persun started his collegiate career at McDaniel College where he competed for the Green Terror in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Persun transferred to Kutztown University for his final two seasons where helped lead the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division II World Series in 2010. That season, Persun posted a record of 6-0 in 10 starts with a 3.88 era and earned the victory in the PSAC Tournament semifinal game to send his team to the conference championship.
Persun has gained a wealth pitching knowledge from high-profile Kutztown alumni pitching mentors who include two-time MLB World Series Champion Ryan Vogelsong, former AA Pitcher-of-the-Year Mike McCardell and current Mets AAA pitching prospect Darin Gorski.
For the past five years, Persun has gained coaching experience with Elite Baseball in Lancaster where he has focused his efforts in working with the young pitchers in the organization.
Persun's primary role on the York College staff is working with the pitchers, in addition to recruiting new talent into the program.
Persun graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a B.S. in sport management.
|Title:||Asst. Baseball Coach|
Dave Snyder enters his first year on the York College baseball staff in 2015-16 academic year.
Snyder began his coaching career as an assistant at Audubon High School in New Jersey. He went on to become the varsity head coach at St. Joseph’s High School in Hammonton, N.J. After St. Joseph's, Snyder became the head baseball coach for Camden County College. He then moved on to become an assistant baseball coach at Haddonfield High School in Haddonfield, N.J. Along the way, Snyder coached American Legion and various other teams. He has been fortunate to coach many talented players and his teams have experienced much success.
At York, Snyder will work with the infielders and hitters. He hopes to help Coach Scappa continue the excellent baseball tradition at York College.
Snyder has a son who lives in Texas and has a daughter who was an Ivy League student-athlete and is now a pediatric nurse at Johns Hopkins. Dave lives in York, Pa. with his wife, Diane.