Hired in November 2012, Corey Muscara is in his fifth season serving as pitching coach at St. John's. A former collegiate pitcher, Muscara previously coached at Southern New Hampshire University and Binghamton as well as in the summer league circuit in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
In 2016, one of Muscara's hurlers earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors for the second-straight season, as Thomas Hackimer became the first reliever since Craig Hansen in 2005 to take home the honor. After compiling a sub-one ERA during the regular season, Hackimer finished year with a record of 7-3 and a 1.17 ERA to go along with eight saves before being selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft (123rd overall) by the Minnesota Twins. Two more of Muscara's pitchers, Joey Graziano and Joe Napolitano, would go on to sign free agent minor league contracts in the summer of 2016.
Led by All-American, unanimous BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection Ryan McCormick, the 2015 pitching staff led the league in strikeouts and ranked second with a 3.77 ERA. McCormick went 11-1 to match a 47 year-old program-record for wins in a single season and ranked second in the league with a 2.66 ERA. Reliever Thomas Hackimer also earned All-America honors and was a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST choice after finishing 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA to go with a league-leading and program-record 15 saves. Starter Cody Stashak also earned first team All-BIG EAST honors. A total of five pitchers were taken in the 2015 MLB Draft, including Stashak (13th round), Matt Clancy (13th), Hackimer (15th), McCormick (16th) and Alex Katz (27th).
Muscara coached the 2014 pitching staff to a 4.22 ERA, which ranked third in the BIG EAST. Red Storm arms also totaled a league-high 406 strikeouts and combined for a league-leading 19 saves. Closer Joe Kuzia led the league with 13 saves and earned both first team ABCA All-Northeast Region and first team All-BIG EAST honors. James Lomangino also earned first team All-BIG EAST honors, while Ryan McCormick garnered second team all-league honors. Lomangino went on to be drafted in the 18th round of the MLB Draft.
In his first season with the Red Storm, Muscara inherited a pitching staff that was tied as the third-youngest in the country with 10 freshman arms. Those 10 freshmen combined to toss 60.2 percent (303.1-of-503.2) of the innings for a staff that posted a 4.75 ERA. Redshirt freshman Ryan Horstman was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft after earning both Freshman All-America and All-BIG EAST accolades, while senior Sean Hagan was drafted in the 31st round.
Muscara joined St. John's after spending the 2012 season as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Southern New Hampshire University, his second stint with the program. Bolstered by a pitching staff that led the nation in both ERA (2.41) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.3), the Penmen advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series and amassed a school-record 43 wins. Two members of the pitching staff earned All-America honors, including first team selection Tim Flight. The ABCA and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year, Flight also earned Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year honors and led the nation in strikeouts (140). Muscara had a total of four pitchers earn all-conference accolades and had two pitchers sign professional contracts.
Prior to rejoining the Penmen, Muscara served as the pitching coach at Binghamton University in 2011 and led three pitchers to America East All-Conference honors, including a pair of first team selections.
Muscara spent the summer of 2010 serving as an assistant coach for the Danbury Westerners of the NECBL.
In his first stint with Southern New Hampshire University in 2010, Muscara coached three pitchers that earned Northeast-10 All-Rookie honors and led a pitching staff with eight underclassmen to a 3.93 ERA.
Muscara began his coaching career immediately after the conclusion of his playing career, serving as an assistant coach for the Westerners in the summer of 2009.
A two-year letterwinner at Franklin Pierce, Muscara captained the 2009 squad to both the Northeast-10 Tournament and regular season crowns. The pitcher also posted a 3.10 ERA and had 24 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work in 2008 as the Ravens won both the NCAA Northeast Regional and the Northeast-10 Tournament. Muscara began his collegiate playing career at Siena College and earned letters in both 2007 and 2005, while sitting out the 2006 season as a medical redshirt.
Muscara graduated from Franklin Pierce in 2009 with a degree in history and is working towards a Master's in Sports Management with a certificate in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Muscara and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
The Muscara File At St. John's • Has coached three All-Americans, including Thomas Hackimer (2015, 2016) and Ryan McCormick (2015), and one Freshman All-American (Ryan Horstman, 2013) • Has coached two BIG EAST Pitchers of the Year (Ryan McCormick, 2015; Thomas Hackimer, 2016) and eight All-BIG EAST selections, including six first team honorees • Has had nine pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, including five in 2015 • Has seen his pitching staff lead the BIG EAST in strikeouts twice (2014, 2015)
Previous Coaching Experience • Served as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Southern New Hampshire University (2012), and helped the program reach the NCAA Division II College World Series and win a school-record 43 games • Guided a pitching staff that led the nation in both ERA (2.41) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.3) • Coached two All-Americans, including first team selection Tim Flight, and four all-conference honorees. Flight, who led the nation in strikeouts, also earned both ABCA and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year honors • Served as pitching coach at Binghamton University (2011) and had three pitchers earn America East All-Conference honors, including two first team selections • Began collegiate coaching career as pitching coach at Southern New Hampshire University (2010) and had three pitchers earn all-conference honors • Coached in the summer league circuit with the Danbury Westerners of the NECBL (2009, 2010)
As A Player • A two-year letterwinner at Franklin Pierce (2008-09) • Captained the 2009 squad to both the Northeast-10 tournament and regular season crowns and helped 2008 squad win both the NCAA Northeast Regional and Northeast-10 tournament • Earned two letters at Siena College (2005, 2007), while sitting out 2006 as a medical redshirt
Education • Graduated from Franklin Pierce in 2009 with a degree in history • Working towards a Master’s in Sports Management with a certificate in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University
Personal • Resides in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., with his wife, Suzanne