|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
|Previous College:||York (Pa.), 1998|
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|
|Previous College:||Kutztown University, 2011|
Jonathan Grosse begins his second season on Mike Scappa’s coaching staff after a successful collegiate career at Kutztown University.
Grosse is charged with coaching the Spartans’ young pitching staff in 2012. He is also responsible for working with all the baseball players in the weight room as he brings a strong knowledge of baseball conditioning. Grosse also assists Scappa in all aspects of the program including recruiting, budgeting, game day duties and the coordination of practice.
Grosse started his collegiate career at Suffolk County Community College where he pitched. He then moved on to Kutztown University where he led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division II World Series in 2010. He posted a mark of 7-1 in 61.1 innings of work with a 4.23 ERA. He struck out 43 and held opponents to a .265 batting average. He drew the game-one start in the World Series in Cary, NC and he was outstanding. Grosse threw eight innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks as he earned the no-decision in the Golden Bears’ 2-1 12-inning win.
In 2011, Grosse went 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA in a team-high 49.1 innings of work. He made a team-high nine starts with one complete game. He struck out 36 as opponents hit .269 against him.
Grosse has also competed at a high level during the summer as he played in the prestigious Mississippi River Valley League in 2010.
Grosse has a great working knowledge of the game. He was the head coach for the Bayport-Blue Point Varsity baseball summer team in 2011 while he has also instructed younger players in the finer points of pitching.
Grosse resides in York.
|Title:||Asst. Baseball Coach|
Andrew Otterberg begins his first year on the Spartan staff
after graduating from Kutztown University this past spring where he
earned his Sport Management degree with a concentration in Coaching
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.