ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Washington University in St. Louis football team had seven student-athletes earn 2018 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) all-conference honors, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Senior linebacker Jake Coon, senior offensive lineman Hank Michalski and sophomore defensive lineman Peter Pigatti highlighted the honorees by picking up first-team honors.
Junior quarterback Johnny Davidson, senior wide receiver Matt Goldberg, junior linebacker Jeff Gurley and senior offensive lineman Tom Hutchison earned second-team honors.
In addition, head coach Larry Kindbom was named the Bob Reade Coach of the Year. Kindbom led the Bears to an 8-2 overall record and a third-place finish in its first season in the CCIW with a 7-2 conference mark. WashU also finished the regular season ranked No. 25 in the D3football.comTop-25 Poll.
Coon started all 10 games at middle linebacker and leading the conference with the sixth most tackles, 122, in NCAA Division III. He also tied for the team lead with four interceptions. Coon reached 10 or more tackles in seven games, including a season-high 17 stops in a 44-6 win over Carroll Nov. 10. He also had 16 tackles and two interceptions in 38-24 win at Augustana Oct. 27. Coon was named the CCIW Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 8, and was a two-time D3football.comTeam of the Week selection. He finished his career with 333 tackles and 12 interceptions.
Michalski started all 10 games at center for WashU. The Bears’ offense averaged 33.0 points, and 409.6 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of 10 games played. WashU ranked third in the CCIW in passing offense (310.1), fourth in scoring and fifth in total offense. The Bears eclipsed 500 yards of total offense three times, including a season-high 592 yards in the 44-21 win at North Park Sept. 29. Michalski started the final 19 games of his career on the offensive line.
Pigatti recorded 34 tackles on the defensive line and led the CCIW with 11 sacks. He was also first on the team and fifth in the league in tackles for loss (13.5). Pigatti made five tackles and 3.5 sacks in a 17-10 win over No. 12 Wheaton (Ill.) Oct. 13, and followed that up with five tackles and a pair of sacks in a 27-21 loss to No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan Oct. 20. He earned a spot on the D3football.comTeam of the Week on Oct. 15 after earning CCIW Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Davidson started all 10 games at quarterback and completed 276-of-399 passes for 2,992 yards and 26 touchdowns. He finished the regular season third in the CCIW in passing yards per game (299.2) and total offense (303.5). Davidson completed 38-of-49 passes for career-high 483 yards and four TDs in 38-24 win at Augustana, and set a single-game school record for pass completion percentage (.902, 37-of-41) in the 44-21 win at North Park. He was a two-time CCIW Offensive Player of the Week and D3football.comTeam of the Week selection.
Goldberg started all 10 games played, and led the team with 57 catches for 630 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished the season ranked eighth in the CCIW in receptions and 10thin receiving yards. Goldberg had seven receptions for a career-high 103 yards and a TD in the win at North Park, and hauled in seven catches for 70 yards and a career-high two TDs in the victory at Millikin Nov. 3. He finished his career with 110 catches for 1,203 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Gurley registered 47 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 10 starts at linebacker for the Bears. Gurley led the team and was second in the CCIW in forced fumbles (3), and was also ninth in the league with six sacks. He had five tackles, including a pair of sacks, in the 23-10 win at Elmhurst Oct. 6, and followed that up with three tackles and a pair of sacks in the win vs. No. 12 Wheaton.
Hutchison started all 10 games at left guard for the Bears in 2018. The Bears’ offense averaged 33.0 points and 409.6 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of 10 games played. WashU ranked third in the CCIW in passing offense (310.1), fourth in scoring and fifth in total offense. Hutchisonstarted the final 28 games of his career.