Matt Spatafora begins his first year with as the infielders and hitters instructor for the Purple and White.
Spatafora, a native of Toronto, Ontario, comes to NU after a three-year stint as the head coach at Mary Ward High School in Toronto. Prior to coaching at Mary Ward, Spatafora was the student assistant coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in 2005.
Before becoming a coach, Spatafora began his collegiate career at Texarkana College. From 2000-02 he helped lead the Bulldogs to two conference championships, one regional championship, and the junior college world series, while being named All-Conference Shortstop both seasons. Spatafora played for the UALR Trojans from 2003-04 where he was named All-Conference Shortstop during his senior season. He also played for the Guelph Royals of the Intercounty Baseball League from 2005-07.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in health sciences from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2004.
Rob McCoy enters his fourth season as head coach and sixth season overall with the Purple Eagles.
The 2011 season was a rebuilding year for the Purple Eagles. Having only two seniors on the roster, Niagara battled youth, inexperience, and a tough out-of-conference schedule that led to an 8-40 overall record. The youthful Purple Eagles were able to pick up quality wins over Virginia Tech, George Mason, and handed Manhattan their first loss in 17 conference games. Senior Brian Deering, was named to the All-MAAC 2nd Team as a utility player. Also, for the second consecutive season, the Purple Eagles had the most student-athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic team. Adam Wagner's 4.11 grade-point average led all 51 baseball student-athletes for the second straight season.
During the 2010 season, McCoy led the Purple Eagles to a 17-36 overall record, including a sweep of St. Bonaventure. NU's 13-11 conference record led to their second consecutive conference winning seasons. That season, Niagara had a conference-high nine student-athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
For the 2009 season, McCoy served as interim head coach and led the Purple Eagles to a 13-11 conference record that was good for a tie for fourth place in the MAAC and the best conference record for Niagara since 2006.