The Golden Eagle baseball program has continued to grow and improve under third-year head coach Anthony Williams and his dedicated coaching staff. This past year 15 former and current Golden Eagles spent their summers in various parts of the country competing in NCAA-sponsored collegiate baseball leagues, and 2017 graduate Kane McCall signed a professional contract in the Frontier League.
Head coach Marcess Williams brought the Golden Eagles back to the postseason in 2015-16, leading them to the second round of the PSAC Tournament after upsetting Edinboro in the opening round. The team has been blessed with a number of all-conference selections in recent years, including 1,000-point scorer Cam Grumley, who was the NCAA statistical champion in free throw percentage in 2017.
The women’s basketball team had one of its best seasons in recent memory in 2016-17, as head coach Jana Ashley led them to their first winning record since 2010 and their first PSAC Tournament appearance since 2013. She and assistant coach Jermaine Cooper continue to aggressively recruit top-flite talent to Clarion and reshape the culture of the program, making success an expectation and not an aberration.
The cross country program achieved an Atlantic Regional ranking earlier in 2018 as head coach Eric Laughlin’s mix of veteran performers and younger upstarts made great strides. The team took third place in their heat at the 45th Annual Paul Short Run, and was the only team in the field to place two competitors in the top-10.
On the track, first-year head coach Jason Falvo will lead a program that set a number of event records over the last several years, including two set by Style Henry in as many days in 2018.
Head coach and Clarion alumnus Chris Weibel set off to a fast start in his tenure, winning seven straight games to start his career as the Golden Eagle head coach. In recent history the Golden Eagles have boasted record-breaking, All-American wide receivers Matt Lehman and Kevin Genevro, as well as two-time PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year Julian Howsare, who went on to sign professional contracts in the NFL and CFL.
Head coach Marty Rinker consistently has the Golden Eagles on the verge of regional and national contention, with Clarion ranking among the top-10 teams in the NCAA Atlantic Region on a yearly basis. Most recently, Sean Edgar qualified for the Atlantic / East Regional in two of his four years in the Blue and Gold.
Second-year head coach Gregg Fritz has the program on the right track, with a consistent trend of scores going down and placements in tournaments going up. With Fritz’s decades of experience in instruction and as a golf professional, the future looks bright as senior golfers continue to improve and younger golfers develop into formidable forces on the course.
The soccer program set a slew of records in 2017, with coach Sean Esterhuizen’s squad tying the program’s single-season mark for wins and setting a new record for conference victories. Goalkeeper Krista Mosi earned All-PSAC Third Team honors in 2017, setting the program record for goals-against average and tying the record for save percentage in a season. With an infusion of young talent this year, even better things may be on the horizon.
Head coach Cheryl Peterson’s team has excelled on the field and in the classroom, with her charges regularly appearing on conference and national scholar-athlete lists. In 2018 Taylor Nonnenberg and Rebecca Kelley earned All-PSAC Central honors, the first time any Golden Eagles had been named to the all-conference teams in many years.
Clarion alumna Bree Kelley demands excellence from the men and women in her charge, and the team has responded by consistently competing at the top of the PSAC in her first years as the program’s head coach. The divers, under the direction of 25-time national coach of the year Dave Hrovat, continue to rank among the very best in the nation, including 2018 CSCAA Division II Women’s Diver of the Year Christina Sather and All-Americans Emma Kehn and Cary Johns.
First year head coach Cynthia Copenhaver brings decades of experience coaching national-level tennis players. She will look to elevate the Golden Eagle program among the contenders in the PSAC West division.
A two-time Atlantic Region and three-time PSAC West Coach of the Year, Jennifer Herron’s volleyball program has made eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the last 12 years. The Golden Eagles consistently produce talent that is recognized at the conference and regional levels, including AVCA All-Region picks Taylor Braunagel (2017) and Mackenzie Biggs (2016).
Head coach Keith Ferraro has brought national recognition back to the Division I wrestling program, with the Golden Eagles boasting eight NCAA qualifiers in the last three years. In 2018 the team produced its first winning dual match record in 15 years and sent four competitors to the NCAA Championships. The diligent coaching staff has produced recent recruiting classes that are regarded nationally as some of the best at the mid-major level.