Ian Kolste is a Pirate again. The former record-setting Whitworth quarterback and interim offensive coordinator has returned to campus to rejoin the coaching staff as the full-time offensive coordinator.
After two years of COVID-19 interruptions – the 2020 NCAA Division III Tournament was scrapped following the second round of play and the 2021 tournament wasn’t held at all – the Pirates will finally get a taste of the postseason on Friday when they face Trinity University in Belton, Texas.
Whitworth, seeded second, hosts No. 3 seed PLU on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Fieldhouse. No. 1 seed Linfield plays fourth-seeded Whitman in McMinnville, Oregon, in Thursday's other semifinal. The winners of those two matchups will clash in the title game on Saturday, and the highest remaining seed will host.
Ranked 16th nationally, Whitworth sits atop the Northwest Conference men's basketball standings a little more than halfway through the league schedule. The Pirates (15-2, 8-1 NWC) host Willamette (5-11, 2-6) Friday night at 8 at the Fieldhouse in their one home game during a three-week span featuring six games on the road.