COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland baseball head coach Rob Vaughn announced the addition of Corey Muscara as an assistant coach Monday. Muscara, who previously served as an assistant at St. John’s for five seasons, will handle Maryland’s pitching staff.
"The number one thing that I was looking for in hiring a pitching coach was a guy that had a ton of passion for developing young men and had a vision for what this place is going to be,” Vaughn said. “Over the last five years, every game that I have been recruiting, Corey has been right there -- and I just got tired of fighting him for players. He is a relentless recruiter and his track record for developing pitchers at St. Johns speaks for itself. We can't wait to welcome his wife, Suzie, and his son, Theodore, to College Park and build something very special here."
Muscara has helped the Red Storm advance to the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three seasons, including a 43-win season in 2017. The former college pitcher coached four All-Americans and two freshman All-Americans at St. John’s and had nine pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, including five in 2015. Two St. John’s hurlers have signed free agent minor league contracts over Muscara’s tenure.
Muscara led one of the best pitching staffs in the country in 2017 as St. John’s ranked eighth in the country with a 3.11 ERA. The staff also ranked 18th in WHIP (1.24), good enough for 18th in the nation.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity work with such a great young passionate staff,” Muscara said. “I believe in following great people and I was able to learn a lot under the tutelage of Ed Blankmeyer at St. John’s, and I’m thankful for all my experiences there. The future is very bright at with Coach Vaughn and the players we have here. I’m excited to get started and I think we can achieve great things at the University of Maryland.”
St. John’s has boasted the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year in each of the last three seasons. Most recently, Muscara guided RHP Sean Mooney, who was named both the Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the conference. Mooney was named the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by multiple organizations and was recently named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Muscara helped reliever Thomas Hackimer take home BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors in 2016 after compiling a sub-one ERA during the regular season, finishing the year with a 7-3 record and eight saves. In 2015, All-American and BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Ryan McCormick went 11-1, matching a 47-year old program record for wins in a single season, and led a staff that ranked second in the BIG EAST with a 2.66 ERA. Hackimer set a school record for saves (15) that season.
The Red Storm topped the BIG EAST with 406 strikeouts in Muscara’s second season in New York in 2014. He helped Joe Kuzia notch a league-high 13 saves. In his first season, Muscara helped a staff that was the third-youngest in the country, with 10 freshman combing throw 60 percent of the innings. The staff posted a 4.75 ERA.
Muscara came to St. John’s after spending the 2012 season at Southern New Hampshire where he helped the program reach the NCAA Division II College World Series and win a school record 43 games. The program’s pitching staff led the nation in both ERA (2.41) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.3). He also served as the recruiting coordinator. Mooney had previously coached at Southern New Hampshire in 2010, his first coaching, before heading to Binghamton for the 2011 season where he helped three Bearcat pitchers earn American East All-Conference honors.
As a player, Muscara spent his final two seasons at Franklin Pierce and captained the 2009 squad. Franklin Pierce won the Northeast-10 tournament crown both of Muscara’s seasons and captured an NCAA Northeast Regional title in 2008. He had previously spent three seasons at Siena, earning letters in 2005 and 2007 while sitting out 2006 as a medical redshirt.
Muscara graduated from Franklin Pierce with a degree in history in 2009. He and his wife Suzie have a son, Theodore.