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.
|Title:||Asst. Baseball Coach|
Andrew Otterberg enters his third year on the Spartan staff
after graduating from Kutztown University in 2012 where he earned
his Sport Management degree with a concentration in Coaching and
Otterberg was a three-year letter winner for the Golden Bears where he owned a career .378 OBP. The Golden Bears won 100 games during his tenure including the 2010 Atlantic Region Championship which led to a trip to the Division II College World Series.
Coach Otterberg attended Wall Township High School in New Jersey and began his coaching career as the Wall Township Junior Legion Head Coach in 2008. After two years at the helm of the junior legion program, he became an assistant on the Senior Legion team for the 2010 campaign. In 2011, he was a member of the coaching staff for the New Jersey Niners 16U and 18U showcase teams.
Coach Otterberg will be responsible for the development of YCP's outfielders and will coach first base.
|Title:||Asst. Baseball Coach|
Dan Dierdorff begins his first season on the Spartan staff after completing his collegiate playing career at West Virginia University and Frederick Community College.
Dierdorff began his collegiate career at Frederick where he was a NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American in 2011, in addition to being named a First Team All-Region and a First Team All-Conference selection that same season. In 2010, Dierdorff was named a Second Team All-Region and Second Team All-Conference selection as a freshman. Dierdorff ranked second in the nation with a 1.11 ERA in 2011 and left Frederick as the all-time leader in strikeouts and innings pitched.
While at WVU, Dierdorff saw considerable action in the Mountaineer starting rotation after earning a win in his first career appearance in the 2012 season-opener against Northwestern. Dierdorff led the team in strikeouts (108) and games started (23), while ranking second in appearances (34) and innings pitched (159) during his two-year career in Morgantown.
Dierdorff is a York County native and played his high school baseball at Northeastern High School.
Dierdorff's primary responsibility will be to develop the Spartan pitchers.