March 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, OHIO -
After putting the finishing touches on the 2011-12 season with a fourth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships, Army earned a plethora of honors at the banquet.
Three sharpshooters were awarded NRA (National Rifle Association) All-America certificates and three were selected as Academic All-Americans by the CRCA (Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association). In addition, head coach Ron Wigger was among four CRCA nominees for National Coach of the Year.
Senior Kelly Buck, who placed among the individual leaders in air rifle (fourth) and smallbore (fifth) at the NCAA meet, garnered All-America honors in both disciplines - the first Black Knight since 2008 when Chris Abalo and Stephen Scherer earned that distinction. Buck repeated as a first-team selection in smallbore and was named to the second unit in air rifle in closing out her career as a three-time All-American.
Sophomores Michael Matthews and Joseph Todaro earned All-America honors for the first time in their careers with their selection to the second team in smallbore. Matthews finished runner-up in that discipline at the NCAA Championships and Todaro was on Army's scoring unit in both disciplines. They are the 13th and 14th Black Knights on Wigger-coached teams to earn All-America honors.
Wigger, who was named the national coach of the year in 2004 and 2005 by the CRCA, was nominated once again for that honor after leading the Black Knights to their highest NCAA finish since 2008.
Todaro, sophomore Richard Calvin and junior Chris Malachosky were named Academic All-Americans by the CRAC. It is the third straight year Malachosky was selected for this honor,