Middlebury football head coach Bob Ritter has been named the D3football.com East Region Coach of the Year. Senior tight end Frank Cosolito (Medfield, Mass.) and junior linebacker Jack Pistorius (Park Ridge, Ill.) were both named to the All-East Third Team. The group helped lead the Panthers to the NESCAC Championship this fall with the program's first undefeated season (9-0) since 1972.
Ritter earns East Region Coach of the Year honors for the first time, after recently being named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third time (2007, 2013). He led his team to the first 9-0 season in NESCAC history and currently owns a career record of 102-54 over 19 years at his alma mater.
The NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Pistorius earns his first All-East honor. The junior tied for the team lead with 72 tackles, to go along with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for lost yardage. The linebacker's tackle and sack numbers both placed him fourth among his NESCAC peers. He recorded double digits in tackles in four-consecutive games, including 10 with two sacks in a win over Wesleyan.
Cosolito was named to the All-East team for the first time and is a three-time first-team all-conference choice. He finished the year second on the team with 29 catches for 353 yards and two touchdowns. In his four year, Cosolito amassed 1,287 yards receiving on 105 catches with 17 touchdowns.