Spillman Named Interim Baseball Coach

Release Date:
March 5, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Hilbert College Director of Athletics Richard Walsh has announced Stephen Spillman as interim head baseball coach, effective immediately. Spillman succeeds Jonathan Musialowski, who was seriously injured in a car accident last Saturday. He suffered a severe head injury and is currently being treated at the Erie County Medical Center. 

“I look forward to building off the strong foundation Coach Musialowski created,” said Spillman. “He needs us all to respond well to this difficult situation and that's what we're going to do. It's an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of young men as we prepare for the 2010 season.”
Spillman takes over a program he joined as an assistant coach in February.  “I am very confident that Steve is prepared to lead the baseball team at this time,” said Walsh. “Steve will continue to follow the philosophies and strategies already established by Coach Musialowski.”
During his freshman year as a student-athlete at Canisius College, the first base/outfielder led the team in put-outs (173) and finished second in fielding percentage (.973). In what would be his best weekend series in 2004, Spillman's .416 batting average (three doubles) led the team against Niagara University. 
His Division I baseball career stats list him with 67 games played and 53 starts earned. As a sophomore, Spillman was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s All-Academic team. 
Active in the Western New York baseball community, he continues to play competitively as a member of the West Herr team, which represented Buffalo’s AAA-Muny League in the 2009 NABF World Series in Louisville.
As a two-sport athlete (baseball and basketball) at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Spillman was named the baseball team’s Most Valuable Player and earned first team All-Catholic honors his senior year, while the basketball team captured the 2002 Manhattan Cup championship his junior year.
Spillman, who was a student in Canisius’ All-College Honors Program, earned a bachelor’s degree from the college with a dual major in criminal justice and political science.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.