Ryan Woerner
Staff Writer

Coates’ record-breaking season was enough to gain the attention of his coaches and peers.

On November 13th, Marauders return man David Coates was honored after a stellar season of fielding punts and kicks with an All-PSEC East Second Team mention.
Coates was nearly the lone bright spot during a season in which not much had gone right for the Marauders. After beginning their season with a 47-17 win, Millersville dropped 9 of 10 to fall to 2-9 on the year.
Coates, however, never slowed up, setting multiple school records as a return man. A sophomore running back and return specialist, Coates became the first Marauder to be honored as a return man since 2004 when Bakari Brown took the honors in 2004.
Coates also set the records for kick returns (45) and return yards (1,156) by a Millersville player, averaging nearly 26 yards per return on the season. That average was good for 33rd in the nation, while his return yards led not only the PCAS, but Division II in its entirety. In addition, the mark was good for sixth best in school history behind only former San Diego Charger Dondre Gilliam and Kevin Cannon, who owns each of the top four spots.
During a 56-14 loss to West Chester in September, Coates took a kickoff 97 yards for a score, the second longest return in the division this season. He also recorded five returns of at least 40 yards, and three of at least 60.
A record-setting season of kick returns by Coates also included 34 rushes for just over 100 yards.