KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Kutztown University football team had a season to remember in 2018 and brought a ton of excitement to campus. It’s historic campaign wrapped up just outside of the top-25 nationally, but was receiving votes in the final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Poll, released on Dec. 17.
The Golden Bears finished 9-2 overall with its most wins in seven seasons and also qualified for just its third NCAA Tournament, first since 2011. Andre Reed Stadium hosted just its third ever NCAA Tournament game on Saturday, Nov. 17, when fourth-seeded KU took on fifth-seeded Hillsdale (Mich.). The Chargers came out on the winning end of things, ending the Golden Bears magical run. It was the third ranked team on KU’s schedule, as it went 1-2 with a win over No. 17 Assumption in the season-opener.
Kutztown was nationally-ranked for the final seven weeks of its 2018 season, including as high as 15th, the highest the program has appeared since it was sixth in 2011.
The Maroon and Gold also saw individual success in each facet of the game; offense, defense and special teams. 12 members of KU were voted All-Conference, including first-teamers on offense Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington), Justin Tindull (Seven Valleys, Pa./Dallastown Area), Jayson Williams (Pomona, N.J./Cedar Creek) and Matt Cella (Secane, Pa./Springfield), along with defensive first-teamers in Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace), Ahkee Cox-Cowan (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) and Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy) and special teams first-teamer Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley).
Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) and Conor Sullivan (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) were named second-team on offense and Dave Calderon (Willingboro, N.J./Neptune (New Haven)) and Luke Snyder (Levittown, Pa./Pennsbury) were named second-team on defense.