Three spring season St. Andrew's coaches received Coach of the Year honors this June: boys varsity tennis Head Coach Taylor Foehl was named Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Boys Tennis Coach of the Year, and varsity baseball Head Coach Mike Mastrocola was named Delaware Independent School Conference (DISC) Boys Baseball Coach of the Year. In addition, boys baseball Assistant Coach Dave DeSalvo was named the conference's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Coach Foehl (pictured here at left, in the grey t-shirt) was recognized as the state's Boys Tennis Coach of the Year after he led the Saints to a second-place finish in the 2018 DIAA tennis state championships. The Saints were runner-ups in the team championship, losing to Caesar Rodney 22-19, and notched two individual state championship trophies at first and second doubles. Between the boys and girls teams, St. Andrew's players competed in five of the ten final matches of the tournament (St. Andrew's girls varsity tennis is coached by Peter Hoopes).
"I couldn't be prouder of our guys for how they competed all season long and especially in the state tournament," said Coach Foehl. "We talked all year about getting ourselves in a position to play our best tennis at the end of the year, and to have five of our seven starters playing on the very last day of the season in the finals was awesome. Winning two doubles state championships shows the remarkable depth of our team, and it was great to send this senior class off with some hardware!"
Coach Foehl has served as the head coach for the boys varsity tennis team, and the boys and girls varsity squash teams, since the 2014. He is also an assistant coach with the boys soccer team. Before coming to St. Andrew's, Coach Foehl played on the varsity squash team at Williams College. He was a captain of the team during his senior year, and won the 2014 Division III Individual National Championship. Before attending Williams, Foehl was active on the US Squash junior tournament circuit, ultimately attaining his highest ranking of #10 nationally in the Boys U19 division. He also won four Massachusetts Closed championships, two at U17 and two at U19. Coach Foehl also played varsity tennis at Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, MA. During his two years on the team, the team had an overall record of 40-2, with their only two losses coming in two consecutive state finals. Foehl played first doubles both years, and went 39-3 with his partner.
Coach Mastrocola (pictured above at right) was recognized as DISC Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 12-6 record, the Saints' best since 2004 (when they went 11-9).
"The baseball team had a successful season this spring, finishing up 12-6," said Coach Mastrocola. "While we did not meet our preseason goal of making the state tournament, we have a lot to be proud of. There was tremendous senior leadership this season, and those six seniors did a wonderful job of modeling what St. Andrew's baseball looks like—the Saints way. I was lucky enough to have the best coaching staff in the state, and we will sorely miss Coach DeSalvo and his endless wisdom next season."
"St. Andrew's fell a little short to make the last position in the state tournament," said Assistant Coach Bob Colburn. "But the players should feel very good about a great season. This has been a superb group of players to coach. Watching them progress as the season went on was a real treat. Been a fun season to be a part of."
Five players on the 2018 Saints baseball team were recognized with All-Conference honors: Evan Murray '18 (3B) was named First-Team All Conference, while Baylen Manocha '18 (OF, P), Rick Townsend '18 (1B, P), and Jack Lauer '20 (2B), and Andrew McArthur '18 (C) were named Second Team All-Conference.
"Coach Mastrocola embodies the St. Andrew's coach-mentor-advisor model," said Athletic Director Al Wood. "He had an accomplished career as a player and combines that experience masterfully with his off=the-field connection with our students to grow and develop his team—not only as baseball players, but as young men."
Mastrocola was named head coach for St. Andrew's varsity baseball team in the 2016-17 school year. He has five years of coaching experience at St. Andrew's, including one season with soccer, four seasons with volleyball, five seasons with basketball, and five seasons with baseball. He is also the Head Coach of the girls varsity volleyball team. The summer prior to coming to St. Andrew's, he head coached the Southbury U-15 Babe Ruth Baseball team to a winning season.
Coach Mastrocola played three years of varsity baseball and varsity basketball at the Taft School, where he captained both teams as a senior. Mastrocola earned All Colonial League and All Founder's League honors for his performance in baseball, and was awarded the James Painter Logan Memorial Basketball Award for his efforts in basketball. Additionally, he won the Taft School Sports Award for his contributions to varsity athletics. Mastrocola went on to Colby College where he was a four-year starter at third base for the Mules. He earned D3baseball.com National Team of the Week honors and First Team All-NESCAC in his senior campaign.
Coach Mastrocola's coaching philosophy places a strong emphasis on fundamentals, teamwork, sportsmanship, resilience, and strength and conditioning. His players work very closely with the School's athletic trainers on injury prevention. Mastrocola's ultimate goal is for his players to have such a positive playing experience at St. Andrew's that they go on to play collegiate athletics.