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Best Football Season Ever

In 2017, head coach Jay Hill set a new standard for the Weber State football program with a historic 11-win season. The Wildcats earned a share of the Big Sky Conference title, won two FCS playoff games — including WSU’s first-ever home playoff game — and finished fifth in the national rankings, the highest in school history.

The Wildcats set countless records along the way, including school-bests with a seven-game winning streak and a nation-leading six road wins. During their playoff run, the Wildcats avenged a regular-season loss to rival Southern Utah in a blowout victory before falling to No. 1 James Madison in the final minutes of the FCS quarterfinals.

A whopping eight Wildcats earned first-team Big Sky All-Conference honors, and 17 earned All-Academic honors. Led by Big Sky Defensive MVP Taron Johnson, seven WSU players were tabbed as All-Americans, the most since 2008. Johnson capped his Weber State career in style, participating in the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, and he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Wildcats Andrew Vollert and McKay Murphy also signed free-agent NFL contracts with the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, respectively.

To put icing on the cake for WSU’s dream season, the Utah Sports Commission named Hill the 2017 Utah Coach of the Year at the Governor’s State of Sport Awards ceremony.

Sellers Takes Second in Boston Marathon

In only her second career marathon, former Weber State track and field standout Sarah Callister Sellers AS ’12, BS ’13 finished second in the 2018 Boston Marathon in extremely windy and rainy conditions. Her finish is the best ever by a Utahn, which qualified her for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Sellers was a nine-time Big Sky Conference champion and 4.0 GPA student during her career at WSU. She earned national spotlight with her surprising finish in the Boston Marathon, a race usually dominated by full-time professional athletes who have the benefit of agents and sponsors. Working as a nurse anesthetist in Arizona, she is still coached by current Weber State women’s track and field coach Paul Pilkington BS ’81.

All-Time Leader in Wins

No coach in Big Sky men’s basketball history has won more games than Randy Rahe, thanks to his record-breaking 247th win in 2018. Rahe coached the Wildcats to their 11th winning season in 12 years and a third-place finish in the conference standings. He got help from star sophomore Jerrick Harding, who led the Big Sky in scoring for most of the season, shattered the WSU record for most points scored in a single game with 46 against Montana State and netted a selection to the Mid-Major All-America Team. 

Another Season, Another Title

Weber State softball collected more hardware for its growing trophy case in 2018, earning a share of the Big Sky Conference regular-season title for the third straight year. Despite falling in the Big Sky Tournament, the Wildcats made their second consecutive appearance in the NISC Tournament. Seven WSU players picked up All-Conference honors, including first-team nods for Kirtlyn Bohling BS ’18, Molly Horne, Takesha Saltern and Ashlyn Visser.

Order on the Court

Weber State women’s basketball earned 20+ wins for the second time in three seasons, including a trip to the WBI tournament, where the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals. In addition, four Wildcats were named to the Big Sky’s All-Academic Team.

The Wildcats were led by senior guard Larryn Brooks and junior guard Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman. Brooks averaged 20.2 points per game, good enough for third in the Big Sky. She was a first-team All-Big Sky selection, breaking Weber State’s 10-year drought without a first-team honoree, and was also named the league’s Top Newcomer.

Welch-Coleman had a breakout season, leading the team with 139 assists. She was instrumental in helping WSU to become the top-ranked scoring offense in the Big Sky.


Success x 3

The Weber State cheer team, dance team and Waldo all won national titles at the 2018 NCA and NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The cheer squad repeated as champions in the Division 1 Coed category, and the dance team repeated in the Division 1 Hip Hop category. Waldo reclaimed the Best Mascot title after first winning it in 2015.