Golden Knights Athletics Wrap-Up

The 2018-19 athletic year at Gannon came to an end with a fitting prize, as the Golden Knights earned their highest finish ever in the PSAC Dixon Trophy standings. The trophy is awarded annually to the conference’s most successful institution based on league playoffs and regular-season finishes. With 12 of its 16 PSAC teams reaching the postseason and eight earning top-five finishes, Gannon finished an all-time best sixth in the standings.

A new era of Golden Knight basketball has begun, as Gannon introduced Kelvin Jefferson as the 19th head men’s basketball coach in program history. Jefferson brings 24 years of coaching experience with him to Erie, including 12 as a Division I assistant.

The Gannon baseball team reached new heights this season, earning the outright PSAC West division title for the first time, and made the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Setting a new program record with 33 victories, the Golden Knights made it to championship day at the Atlantic Region tournament.

Gannon Softball Player

Softball continued its run of success, winning the PSAC West title and earning an NCAA berth for the second straight season.

The all-girl and game day competitive cheer squads each placed third at nationals, the highest finishes ever for the program. Acrobatics and tumbling earned their sixth trip to nationals in the seven-year history of the program. Brent Benedict qualified for nationals in four events and grabbed All-America finishes in two for the men’s swimming program.

Men's Wrestling

Five from men’s wrestling qualified for nationals, and the Golden Knights won their first-ever PSAC Division II dual meet championship.

Men's golfer Michael Marsico

Michael Marsico of men’s golf became the program’s first individual qualifier to nationals since 2015, and the team finished an all-time best fourth at regionals.

Women’s water polo earned its highest finish ever at the WWPA Championships hosted by the Lady Knights.

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