Johnson named All-American by Daktronics
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (Dec. 9) – California University of Pennsylvania junior cornerback Terrence Johnson (Braddock, Pa./Woodland Hills) was named to the Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-America Second Team, as selected by a national vote of Division II Sports Information Directors. Johnson is the sixth different player for the Vulcans to earn All-America honors from Daktronics since 2004. Last season, Cal U featured four players on the Daktronics All-America teams, including first-team All-American offensive lineman Tim McCutcheon.
A three-year starter, Johnson led the team and ranked among the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) leaders with five interceptions, tying a career high. The 6-0 cornerback registered a career-best 46 tackles (34 solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss (TFL), three pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries. Johnson was one of 50 players named an All-American by Daktronics and was just one of 13 juniors on the two squads.
Williams earns PSAC freshman laurels
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (Dec. 9) – California University of Pennsylvania freshman forward Kelsey Williams (Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky) was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Freshman of the Week, announced the league office on Tuesday. Williams helped lead the Vulcans to a 2-0 record last week, as Cal U posted wins over Salem International University and Wheeling Jesuit University. The 6-7 forward averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, shooting 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the field.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, scored a season-high 15 points in the win over Salem International. On Saturday, Williams scored 11 points and led the Vulcans with seven rebounds (three offensive). For the season, Williams is second on the team with both 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the floor and has collected five steals.
Luckhardt earns AFCA regional honors
WACO, Texas (Dec. 9) – California University of Pennsylvania head coach John Luckhardt was named the American Football Coaches (AFCA) Division II Region 1 Co-Coach of the Year, announced the organization on Tuesday. Luckhardt, who finished his seventh year with the Vulcans, earns AFCA regional honors for the fifth time in his career and was only one of only three coaches to earn the accolade in both 2007 and 2008. He shares this year’s regional laurel with Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale.
Luckhardt helped guide Cal U to its second-most successful season in school history, finishing with a 12-2 record and a consecutive appearance in the NCAA Semifinals. With his 12 victories this season, he now ranks first in school history with 57 career victories and ranks fifth among active coaches in Division II with 194 career wins.