Five-game intra-squad series begins this coming Saturday morning
Head coach Joe Godri and his staff addressed every position on the field with versatile group
Deron Spink is in his second season at Villanova in 2013 and his first as the Director of Baseball Operations. Last season Spink made an immediate impact on the program while serving as the hitting coach.
The 2012 season was a terrific one for Wildcats hitters, as the team hit .289 while posting a .377 on-base percentage. Villanova raised its batting average by 19 points from the previous season and also had 25 more extra-base hits while finishing the season with 100 doubles, 15 triples and a .372 slugging percentage. The team also drew 208 walks and was hit by a pitch 77 times.
Spink was instrumental in the continued development of outfielder Matt Fleishman and infielder Tyler Sciacca, who each received All-BIG EAST recognition following the season. Sciacca hit a team-high .359 last season and was the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year. Fleishman batted .320 and was a first team All-BIG EAST selection, while he and Kevin Wager (.350 average) each finished their collegiate careers and went on to play professional ball.
Spink arrived at Villanova from Division II Bellarmine, where he won more than 200 games and averaged better than 30 wins per season in seven years as head coach. Spink compiled a career record of 211-184 (.534) at Bellarmine and his teams were even better in conference play, where he had a record of 140-104 (.574) in regular season Great Lakes Valley Conference games.
During his time as head coach Spink coached his student-athletes to All-GLVC honors 29 times, including 11 players who were first team selections. He also coached the league's Player of the Year (Patrick Brady, 2008) and Pitcher of the Year (Michael Thompson, 2009) and saw both of those players go on to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Early in the 2010 season Spink notched his 152nd career victory with a 4-2 win over North Alabama to become the Bellarmine all-time wins leader. That year the Knights posted a 34-24 record and tallied their third consecutive season with 33 or more victories. Two years earlier, in 2008, Bellarmine went 36-22 and posted a 23-7 conference record en route to winning the GLVC East Division and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989.
Accolades came pouring in for both Spink and his players following the 2008 season. Spink was named the GLVC Coach of the Year while Patrick Brady was a third-team All-American, the GLVC Player of the Year and one of four first team all-conference selections.
Spink's coaching career began at Sacramento City College in 1996, the same school where he began his own collegiate playing career four years earlier. Spink was an assistant coach at Sacramento City for two seasons from 1996-97 and worked primarily with the team's outfielders and hitters.
Following two years with the Sacramento City program Spink joined the staff at Missouri-St. Louis, where he spent six years as an assistant coach. Missouri-St. Louis advanced to the GLVC tournament five straight years while Spink was there and in 2003 won the tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Spink played two seasons of college ball at Sacramento City in 1992 and 1993 and both years helped lead the team to a California Community College runner-up finish. He completed his collegiate career at Armstrong Atlantic State and helped lead the squad to the 1994 NCAA Division II championship and a fifth-place finish in the country.
Spink and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of two children; Gabby (6) and Ryan (5).