||36th NACDA Convention|
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 10-13, 2001
All NACDA Members
NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, June 12, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
If you could all take your seats, we would like to begin. Thank you and welcome to the 2001 NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon. Please direct your attention to the front of the dais, I would like to introduce our past presidents. Please hold your applause to the end. We have Bob Bronzan, president in 1967-68 while at San Jose State University; Ben Carnevale, president in 1979?80 while at the College of William and Mary; John Toner, president in 1980?81 while at the University of Connecticut; Mike Lude, president in 1981?82 while at the University of Washington; Homer Rice, president in 1986-87 while at Georgia Tech; Carl Miller, president in 1987-88 while at the University of the Pacific; Gary Cunningham, AD at the University of California-Santa Barbara and president in 1988-89; Jack Lengyel, AD at the U.S. Naval Academy and president in 1989?90; Gene Smith, AD at Arizona State University and president in 1994-95 while at Iowa State University; Jim Copeland, AD at Southern Methodist University and president in 1995-96; Vince Dooley, AD at the University of Georgia and president in 1997-98; Jim Livengood, AD at the University of Arizona and president in 1998-99 and Dave Hart, Jr., AD at Florida State University and president in 1999-2000.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for our past presidents.
I would now like to welcome our head table, the officers and today's award winners. Ladies and gentlemen, our head table.
Welcome to the 2001 NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon. It is my pleasure to introduce Joanna McLendon to give the invocation. After the invocation, please enjoy your lunch and we will start the program in about 30 minutes. Joanna.
May we bow our heads. Our Father, we are thankful for this time of gathering to enjoy good fellowship with one another and to reward those who have earned, by their achievements, the awards and scholarships being presented to them today.
We are thankful for the NACDA organization and for those who support it with their time, talents and wealth. We ask your blessings upon them. Grant them the strength of spirit, mind and body that they may continue their dedication to helping deserving young people achieve success so they, too, can follow the example set for them by giving of themselves to others.
We ask your blessings for all whose services have made possible the meal we are about to share. Be with them and with us today and in all the days to come. Amen.
I hope you are enjoying your lunch. Please continue eating while we begin the program. I would like to open by introducing the people on the dais who are not speaking today. Please hold your applause to the end. On the upper dais, to my right and your left is our executive director, Mike Cleary. Beside him are our current officers, Bill Bradshaw, AD at DePaul University and NACDA's 1st vice president; Joe Castiglione, AD at the University of Oklahoma and NACDA's 2nd vice president; Judy Rose, AD at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and NACDA's 3rd vice president; and Tim Gleason, commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference and NACDA's secretary. And, although he will be speaking later, I would like to introduce, on the upper dais to my left and your right, John Lebbad, director of event marketing and sales promotions for Sears, Roebuck and Company and sponsor of today's luncheon. Let's also welcome two additional past presidents of NACDA, Vince Dooley, president in 1997-98, athletics director at the University of Georgia; and Jim Livengood, president in 1998-99, athletics director at the University of Arizona. Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for our Officers and sponsor.
It is now my pleasure to introduce our emcee, Leslie Gudel of ABC Sports. Leslie joined ABC Sports as a sideline reporter on the network's coverage of college football in September 1999.
In August 1997, She joined Comcast SportsNet, where she became the first female sports anchor in the city of Philadelphia. In addition to her primetime anchor duties on "SportsNITE," Leslie is part of the Philadelphia Phillies' telecast team as a roving reporter on game nights. She also hosts "NASCAR Garage," a weekly auto racing show on TNN.
Leslie also worked at Prime Sports, where she was the anchor and a reporter for "Press Box," a national nightly sports news show.
Leslie was named by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the eight personalities to watch in the year 2000. Leslie is a graduate of UCLA, and proudly I might add after speaking to her, with a degree in political science.
Ladies and gentlemen, Leslie Gudel.
Thank you Debbie. I am glad to be with you this afternoon. We would like to open our program honoring our NACDA Foundation Football Scholar?Athletes. The NACDA Foundation, in conjunction with the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics, annually sponsors a postgraduate scholarship for one member of each of the teams that participated in the two NACDA?sponsored preseason football games. The NACDA Foundation is providing the funds for four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000 in postgraduate scholarships. Each of the winners is a varsity football letterwinner who has completed his eligibility and has carried at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Bios of all of the scholarship recipients we are recognizing are in your program. The winners will come up to the center of the lower dais and be congratulated by your president, Debbie Yow.
Our four football scholarship recipients are Jared Lee, a safety from Brigham Young University; Marcus Outzen, a quarterback from Florida State University; Brandon Steele, a linebacker for Penn State University; and Mike van Raaphorst, a quarterback from the University of Southern California. Accepting on behalf of these student-athletes is Jared Lee. Jared earned a 3.96 in history and I might add, when I had my first television job in Idaho about 2 and a hours from here, Jared was just a sophomore in high school, so I'm feeling a bit old.
We are now pleased to present the recipients of the second annual John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. Here to explain the program is committee Chair Lee McElroy, director of athletics at the University at Albany.
Thanks Leslie. The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to minority senior students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Each recipient receives a $10,000 grant. The program is administered by the NACDA Foundation.
Among the criteria is full-time status as a senior at the time of nomination; minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; official classification as a minority as defined by federal guidelines; intention to attend graduate school to earn a degree in athletics administration; and involvement on the college/university or community level.
Members of the John McLendon Committee voted upon the finalists, while members of the John McLendon Blue Ribbon Committee selected the overall winners. These individuals are listed in the program.
In addition to NACDA, funding for the program has been provided by the 8th Ward Regular Democratic Organization of Chicago; adidas America; the American Football Coaches Association; the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Eddie Robinson Foundation; ESPN Regional Television; Host Communications; IMG; Mellon Private Asset Management; the National Association of Basketball Coaches; the National Athletic Steering Committee; the National Basketball Association; Sears, Roebuck and Company; and the Sports Media Association of Cleveland and Ohio.
Here to make the presentation is Joanna McLendon, widow of the legendary athletics administrator and basketball coach John McLendon, for whom the program is named.
The McLendon scholarship honorees will join Joanna in the center of the upper dais.
Thank you Lee. Our first winner is Adebola Bamiduro of Barnard College. Bola earned a 3.27 GPA in political science.
Our next scholarship recipient is Harvey Davis from St. Mary's College in Maryland. Harvey posted a GPA of 3.80 in economics.
Our third recipient is Marty Jarmond from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Marty earned a 3.56 GPA in communications, with a minor in leadership studies.
Our next recipient is Cobey Shoji from the University of Michigan, which is in the top five in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Cobey posted a 3.60 GPA in sports management and communications.
Our final recipient is Hajj Turner of the University of Louisville. Hajj earned a GPA of 3.73 in Pan African studies.
Congratulations to these, our second class of winners of the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. Thank you Joanna.
Now, we are pleased to join with our friends from Sears in presenting the Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. Before we present the scholarships, we would like to bring back to the podium Lee McElroy, AD at Albany, who is also chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee.
Thank you Leslie. John, could you please join me at the podium. As you know, Sears has been the sponsor of the Sears Directors' Cup program for nine years. During this time, the program has grown to the prominent stature it enjoys today. To show our appreciation, we would like to present John Lebbad with this small token of our appreciation. It is the cover of the February issue of Athletics Administration, signed by members of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee. John.
Thank you Lee. Now, to explain the Sears Directors' Cup program is Tom O'Toole, college editor of the sports department for our print partner, USA Today.
Thank you Leslie. The Sears Directors Cup Committee is proud to be honoring winners from all three divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA. In addition to honoring our winners, we will also present plaques to those institutions that finished in second through fifth places for Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Although the College World Series has not been concluded, we have been able to determine the top five places in Division I. This means that the final standings that you may have seen in a certain national newspaper this morning for Division I are not quite the final standings, as a few people have pointed out to me today. We'll run the final next week after the College World Series is over.
Coinciding with the trophies are the presentations of the postgraduate scholarships. Each recipient was required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and serve in one of the support categories for the athletics department. This would include students in academic support, band members, cheerleaders, equipment room managers, facility staff, sports information assistants, team managers and athletics trainers. There are four at?large scholarships per division and one to a student at the institution that wins the Sears Directors' Cup trophy. Each of these young men and women will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study, funded by Sears, for a total of $100,000. We received 179 nominations. What's most exciting about the Sears Directors' Cup at USA Today is that we can recognize athletes and athletics programs in which, in many cases, are overshadowed by football and basketball. One of our goals at USA Today is to tell the wonderful human-interest stories that take place away from the television lights. I would invite you to have all of your sports information directors contact us with your best human-interest ideas. We can't do them all, but we certainly will consider them all.
Since the inception of the Sears Directors' Cup program in 1993-94, more than $1 million in postgraduate scholarships have been awarded. Now, to explain Sears involvement in the program, we have John Lebbad, director of event marketing and sales promotions at Sears, Roebuck and Company. John.
Thank you Tom. Thanks to all of you for joining us here today in Salt Lake City.
I am honored to be here as we close the eighth year of the Sears Collegiate Champions program with the Sears Directors' Cup winner announcements and academic scholarship presentations.
The institutions and individuals being honored today share several important traits. They are not only dedicated to success in intercollegiate athletics, but they also understand the importance of a strong work ethic and a commitment to academics.
The Sears Directors' Cup has always been awarded to institutions with strong academic records to go along with their outstanding sports teams. That is not surprising. To achieve such a broad level of success takes a group of women and men who have the discipline to prevail against a demanding schedule of classes and competitions.
In similar fashion, the recipients of the coveted Sears Directors' Cup scholarships have shown dedication, not only to their coursework, but also to the challenges of their jobs in support of the athletics department.
All of today's honorees should be commended on their ability to maintain their focus and conquer such a multitude of challenges.
Through the academic scholarship element of the Sears Collegiate Champions program, we recognize the important individuals who support the student-athletes on the field as managers, athletics trainers, cheerleaders, band members, assistant coaches, sports information assistants, facility staff and academic support personnel.
Today, we honor 16 of these Sears Directors' Cup scholarship recipients for their commitment to their athletics programs and to academic excellence. Let's give them a very warm round of applause!
A joint effort between Sears, NACDA and USA Today, now in it's eighth year, the Sears Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition to recognize the four NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions with the best overall athletics programs.
In just a few minutes the winning athletics directors are going to be called up on stage to accept their Sears Directors' Cups.
On behalf of the more than 300,000 Sears associates nationwide and our NACDA and USA Today partners, congratulations to all of our scholarship and Sears Directors' Cup recipients for your outstanding achievements. Let's give all of our honorees a well-deserved, warm round of applause!
We thank you for letting us join in your celebration and wish you all the best in the future.
Thank you John. We will now begin with the Sears Directors' Cup scholarships for the NCAA Division 1. They will come to the lower dais and be congratulated by John Lebbad of Sears.
Our first scholarship recipient is Laurie Baumgartner, an athletics trainer at Western Illinois University. She posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in physical education/athletics training.
Our next recipient is Kathryn Jordan, a band member at the University of Maryland, which is in 40th place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Kathryn posted a 3.97 GPA in physiology and neurobiology.
Our third winner is Cindy Masters, a manager for the women's basketball team at the University of Tennessee, which is in 23rd place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Cindy earned a perfect 4.0 in marketing.
Our final Division 1 winner is Jay Snow, who was an athletics trainer at the University of Missouri, which is in 48th place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Jay earned a GPA of 3.82 in nutrition and fitness with a minor in Spanish.
Moving to Division III, our first scholarship recipient is Brenda Ashby, manager for the volleyball team at Widener University. Brenda posted a GPA of 3.89 in psychology and pre-physical therapy.
Our second winner is Nick Bachand, manager for the football and baseball teams at Albion College. Nick earned a GPA of 3.75 in economics and management.
Our next recipient is Teresa Saunders, manager for the women's basketball team at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. Teresa posted a GPA of 3.93 in biology.
Our final recipient is Steve Vladeck, a sports information assistant at Amherst College, which placed 14th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Steve posted a GPA of 3.74 in history and math.
Now, I am pleased to introduce to you our NAIA scholarship recipients. Our first winner is Adam Burns, who was a member of the facility staff at John Brown University. Adam earned a GPA of 3.68 in family studies.
Our next recipient is Jason Clouser, a cheerleader from the College of the Ozarks. Jason earned a 3.30 in English.
Our third recipient is Jenni Rodwell, a sports information assistant at Albertson College, which placed 26th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Jenni earned a 3.74 in economics and business administration.
Our final recipient is Mary Ryan, an athletics trainer from St. Ambrose University. Mary posted a GPA of 3.82 in athletics training, with a minor in biology and psychology.
Our last set of recipients comes from Division II. Our first scholarship award is for Melinda Huhn, an athletics trainer from Grand Valley State University, which placed 27th in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings. Melinda posted a perfect 4.0 in health sciences.
Our next recipient, Brian Hunt, could not be with us today. Brian posted a GPA of 3.50 in exercise science with a minor in biology. He is from Augustana College in South Dakota.
Our next recipient is Josh Lovell, a manager for the men's basketball team at Lenoir-Rhyne College. Josh posted a GPA of 3.74 in sports management.
Our final recipient is Tim Mayfield, a member of the facility staff at Truman State University, which placed ninth in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Tim earned a 3.69 GPA in biology with a minor in chemistry.
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big round of applause for our 2001 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. Here to speak on behalf of all our scholarship recipients is Kathryn Jordan, a Sears Directors' Cup scholarship recipient from the University of Maryland.
Good afternoon. On behalf of the 2001 NACDA Scholarship Award recipients it is my honor to thank the following people. I'd like to thank the Luncheon sponsors, NACDA and Sears. I would like to thank Sears as the sponsor of the Sears Directors' Cup Scholarship program. I'd also like to thank the sponsors of the John McLendon Awards program including NACDA, adidas; the American Football Coaches Association; the Eddie Robinson Foundation; Host Communications; IMG; Mellon Private Assets Management; the National Association of Basketball Coaches; the National Athletics Steering Committee; the NBA; Sears, Roebuck & Company; the Sports Media Association of Cleveland and Ohio; and the Eighth Ward Regular Democratic Organization of Chicago.
I'd like everyone to take a second and think back to your college years. What memories surface? What experiences do you remember most fondly? Although most of us will undoubtedly recall countless hours in classrooms and libraries, I'd wager a guess that these are not our favorite memories. We look back at college and remember hanging out with friends, attending football games and procrastinating on school work to participate in the hype of March Madness.
Athletics organizations contribute to proverbial college experience. For student-athletes, they provide a framework upon which they exercise and expand their talents. These gifted young men and women manage to balance their schoolwork while dedicating countless hours to sports conditioning. It goes without saying that without student-athletes there would be no need for collegiate athletics.
Collegiate athletics, however, encompasses a broader scope, one that includes individuals who never set foot on the playing field. Behind the scenes, many people are involved in the maintenance and success of athletics teams. Athletics trainers, team managers, coaching staff members, sports information assistants and facilities managers dedicate hours of hard work to make sure their team's needs are met.
Cheerleaders and band members support athletics teams by enhancing crowd involvement and promoting positive sportsmanship. Students, faculty members, alumni and the community rally together to form a network of diehard fans.
All these people, with their unique roles, are integral components of athletics communities. By working together, not only is success enhanced, but an atmosphere is created that helps define the character and spirit of a college experience.
I was the kid in elementary school whose only C was in PE. You see I could never hit a softball, shoot a basket or throw a football, due to my staggering lack of athletics ability. I turned to music instead. When I picked up the clarinet for the first time, I had no idea the unique opportunities that would arise. As a college freshman, I couldn't wait to join the mighty sound of Maryland. I joined the band so that I could make music, form lasting friendships and feel connected to campus life. It wasn't long before I also found myself addicted to the spectacle of collegiate athletics. Participating in the band provided many priceless opportunities, from performing at every home football game to cheering on the team. I had a courtside seat at the Final Four.
Although I can never be a Terrance Morris, a Jen Adams or a Lamont Jordan, I thought I had something else to contribute to the athletics program at the University of Maryland. What is so amazing about collegiate athletics is that everyone can be involved in some capacity. Everyone can contribute to the team's success.
As many of my peers who are sharing this honor will agree, our participation was by no means contingent upon receiving recognition or glory. Satisfaction of contributing to the campus community and to the success of athletics teams was reward enough for our effort. Therefore, we are especially grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us today. This award will help us pursue new paths and expand our educational opportunities.
Now that we have graduated and are no longer students at our respective colleges and universities, our roles must change. Some of us will be involved in athletics as trainers, physical therapists or sports marketers. At the very least, we will all be active alumni and lifelong fans. We will never fail to stay involved in the athletics community and somehow contribute to the team. Thank you very much.
Thank you Kathryn. It is now my pleasure to introduce the winners of the 2000-01 Sears Directors' Cup trophies and the top five institutions in each division. Not all of the institutions that achieved these results were able to have representatives in attendance at this luncheon. However, we will recognize all of them. Representatives from the schools in second through fifth places will come to the center of the lower dais and be congratulated by John Lebbad of Sears.
We will begin with Division I, which, as I mentioned, the final standings will not be posted until the conclusion of the College World Series. However, we are able to recognize the top five. For schools that are not in the College World Series, their totals include baseball. The point totals of the schools that are still competing in the College World Series do not include baseball.
In fifth place with 863 points is the University of Arizona represented by Director of Athletics Jim Livengood.
In fourth place is the University of Michigan with 864.5 points, represented by Associate Director of Athletics Megan McAllister.
The University of Georgia, which now has 830.5 points, will move into third place at the conclusion of the College World Series. Depending upon their baseball finish, the Bulldogs will conclude the Sears Directors' Cup race with a minimum of 890.5 points. Georgia is represented by Director of Athletics Vince Dooley.
This year's runner-up is UCLA with 1,138 points. Representing the Bruins is Associate Athletics Director Betsy Stephenson.
It is now my pleasure to present the eighth Division I Sears Directors' Cup. The winner of the inaugural Division I Sears Directors' Cup was the University of North Carolina. Winning the last six years was Stanford University. The Cardinal streak is unbroken as Stanford claimed the Cup this year with 1,259.5 points thus far. In addition to the national championship in women's golf, the Cardinal placed 13 other teams in the top 10, with 11 earning spots in the top five. Stanford scored in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports.
Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.) And now, here to accept the trophy one more time for the Stanford Cardinal is Director of Athletics Ted Leland.
Thank you very much. I'm awfully pleased to rise before you again today and accept this trophy humbly on behalf of all of our coaches, student-athletes and staff at Stanford University and all of our stakeholders. Our success might be a little bit of a result of my influence, but I think it's more the result of a lot of great things coming together at one university that allows us to provide outstanding opportunities.
My wife has always felt it ironic that this trophy is sponsored by Sears, because I'm so handy around the house. I do want to thank Sears and NACDA and USA Today for all of the programs they've done and their support of this program. I think it is important that we reward broadbased programs. Stanford certainly appreciates it. It's wonderful that the scholarship program has developed the way it has.
I really am lucky to have the job I have. To boil it down, an old football coaching friend of mine used to say there were college coaching jobs where you had to be Houdini to win and there are other jobs where you have to be stupid to screw it up. Clearly, I know what kind of job I've got, so I accept this award with proper humility.
In the past, when I've received this, I told you a lot about our tree jokes. We've got a lot of them, along with our escapades. I thought I'd be a little more serious today. I'm convinced that we, in intercollegiate athletics, must do whatever we can to limit the forces that we unleash by a broad, big, strong, successful program. Our ex-president at Stanford said one time that we must be ever cautious of the huge forces that a successful athletics program can unleash on a campus like ours as we struggle to keep academics and athletics in proper balance. I really do think H.G. Wells was correct when he said, after looking at the technological revolution and understanding maybe sooner than anybody else the kind of weapons that technology would bring forth, that civilization is a race between education and catastrophe. When we in athletics step over that line and we can't control the forces that we unleash and things happen that blemish the reputations of our institutions, we have to be circumspect. There's more here at stake than a couple of scholarships, probation and a little bad publicity.
I'll enjoy putting this next to its sister trophies on campus. Yet, I know where my bread is buttered and where my priorities must lie and where everybody in this room must lie, that is with managing our programs that create such joy and such excitement. We must manage them with integrity in ways that reflect well upon the universities that nurture us.
Thanks again to Sears and to NACDA. Congratulations to the other schools and all of the scholarship winners here on the dais today. Thank you.
Thank you Ted and congratulations. We will now move onto Division III. Our fifth place finisher, is Ithaca College with 584 points.
In fourth place with 633 points is Emory University, represented by Director of Athletics Chuck Gordon.
Our third place finisher is the College of New Jersey with 713.5 points.
The 2001 runner-up with 728.5 points is Middlebury College.
Congratulations to all.
Now, to present the Sears Directors' Cup to our Division III winner. Winning the first two years and last two years was Williams College from Williamstown, Massachusetts, while the winner in 1997-98 was the University of California-San Diego. Williams returned this year to reclaim its title, posting 897.5 points. The Ephs won the national title in both women's and men's tennis and posted seven additional top 10 finishes. Williams scored in six women's and seven men's sports.
Let's watch them. (Video plays.) Here to accept the trophy for Williams College is Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy.
I just want to say it's great to be here. Wilf, from Simon Fraser, and I are the two most relieved people in the world, because we're first time ADs with multiple winners behind us. Someone asked me today if I was happy. Well I am, but I'm more relieved than anything. You now know that we didn't mess it up, yet.
It's not many times that you have a chance to take a podium and give people a little bit of history lessons. Steve Vladeck, who received one of our scholarships goes to a school called Amherst, not amerst. Amherst was founded by a man named Zefania Swift Moore, who was the president of Williams until 1821. A particularly cold winter sent Zefania over the mountain with 100 library books and a handful of students, founding Amherst College. You can imagine the intensity of the rivalry.
I was thrilled when I got here and saw Steve, because it's a wonderful opportunity to recognize a student from a tremendous institution. Steve actually got to use some of those 100 library books that were stolen from us back in 1821.
I want to thank NACDA, USA Today and Sears. What a wonderful opportunity to honor tremendous student-athletes across the board. Congratulations to all of you on the dais and all of the student-athletes
This job, the first year was very daunting. I was the basketball coach at Williams for 17 years. The first thing Bob Peck, our retired AD told me, was that it would be different. It was very different, but it was a wonderful opportunity to work with some of the very best student-athletes in the country.
I want to thank a tremendously determined and focused and talented staff at Williams. It's been a wonderful year with them.
I want to share a few things before I close because I've learned a few things on the job this year. I don't know how many of you out there have heard about the book, The Game of Life. I was talking to Ted Leland about it a little bit. That book, if you haven't read it, is the most read about book in the country. I don't know anybody that has actually read it. It's a little bit like Moby Dick, if you can find the first person that has actually read it all the way through, that would be great.
For the first time in my 18 years at Williams, I had the opportunity to step into every classroom in my athletics department. I stepped in and watched 31 teams practice and 31 teams play. People ask me what I learned. Here's something that really struck me, which I think, as we go along and challenge some of the points made in this book, which challenge some of the benefits of athletics. Some of the very best teaching at my college, your college and your university, happens in the gymnasium, the hockey rink and on our fields. When a faculty member comes to me and says it's not academic, they are correct, it's not academic in nature, but it's absolutely educational in nature. The piece we get to put into these young student-athletes' lives is a piece that when they look back, are happy that it's there. We enjoy being a part of that.
As the challenge that lies before us in the years to come, I'm ever mindful to the fact that everything we do has everything to do with the daily input we have in these students' lives. As thrilling as scholarships are and the awards are, if these were all taken away, and we're very thankful that we're here, the substance of what we do would not change one bit. It would still be every bit as important. We might not have something to measure it by, we need to have the confidence within ourselves that what we're doing is so valuable that, while it's great to take home a cup, we certainly don't need that cup to validate us.
I want to again thank Sears, NACDA and USA Today. It's been a wonderful year for us.
Congratulations Harry and Williams. Moving on to the NAIA. Placing fifth with 473 points is Cumberland College in Kentucky.
In fourth place with 586.5 points is Lindenwood University.
Our third place finisher is Azusa Pacific University with 630 points. They are represented by Vice President Cliff Hamlow.
This year's runner-up, with 715 points, is Oklahoma City University.
Congratulations to all of those winners.
The inaugural winner in the NAIA was Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, while the winner for the last four years has been one of only two Canadian institutions in the competition, Simon Fraser University. Once again, the streak is unbroken as Simon Fraser defended its title, recording 820 points. Three national championships sparked SFU's triumph, including women's soccer and women's and men's swimming and diving. SFU also placed five other teams in the top 10. They scored in the maximum six women's and six men's sports.
Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.) Here to accept the trophy for repeat winner Simon Fraser University is Director of Athletics Wilf Wedmann.
Thank you. Good afternoon everyone. It is an incredible honor representing Simon Fraser University in accepting this award. As already alluded to, it's an incredible relief to not have screwed it up. My predecessor has been up here four times and he's now my boss, so I have a daunting task ahead.
A very young women's softball team came through for us. They found their tournament play and were runners up for the national crown. They'll be back, hopefully, next year to finish the task.
This award is incredibly important to our university, for when it was established 36 years ago, our chancellor made a unique commitment to Canadian universities by committing ourselves to both academic and athletics excellence. We're the first Canadian university to grant financial aid to gifted student-athletes and we chose to play in the United States. We wanted to pursue athletics excellence. This award means a lot to us. Not only did the student-athletes succeed on the field and on the floors in the gym; they succeeded as well academically because their grade point averages are higher than our university population grade point average. They also take a heavier workload than the general population and they graduate earlier. They are a wonderful testimonial to the commitment our chancellor made at the start.
Earlier this year, we were again named the number one comprehensive university in Canada. Now, to finish the year by being awarded the Sears Directors' Cup is an incredible pleasure, so thank you very much.
Before I go, I would also like to thank our competitors. It is our competitors that were an integral part of our growth and development on the fields and in the gymnasiums. Thank you for helping us. I also want to thank USA Today and NACDA and Sears for a very inventive program that does keep us focused on the really important all-round programming in athletic excellence. Thank you very much.
Congratulations Wilf and congratulations to Simon Fraser. Our final set of winners comes from Division II. A very close race, only 39 points separated second through fifth places. Locking in the fifth place was Western State College in Colorado with 500 points, represented by Director of Athletics Greg Waggoner.
Our fourth place finisher, with 524 points is the University of California-San Diego, represented by Athletics Director Earl Edwards.
Holding on to third place with 536 points is California State University-Bakersfield. They are represented by Associate Athletics Director for Development Doug Ihmels.
The 2001 runner-up with 539 points is the University of North Dakota.
This is the fifth year for Division II and there have been three winners - the University of California-Davis in the inaugural year and last year; California State University Bakersfield in 1996-97; and Adams State College in 1997-98. This year's winner, once again, is UC-Davis. The Aggies placed nine teams in the top 10, led by third place showings by the football and women's cross country teams. UC-Davis scored in five women's and six men's sports.
Let's watch some highlights. (Video plays). And now, here to accept the trophy once again for UC-Davis is Director of Athletics Greg Warzecka.
Thank you Leslie. Our coaches, student-athletes and athletics administrators are, once again, very honored to win the Division II Sears Directors' Cup. I want to publicly thank John Lebbad, Sears, Roebuck and Company, along with USA Today and NACDA for the support of the Sears Directors' Cup Program, which has been so important to all of our institutions for the last few years.
We're also honored today to be recognized for our athletics achievements, which sometimes hit the newspapers in positive ways and many times, they pick up on some negative comments. Today, it's all of our opportunities to speak to the benefit our students and our athletics programs.
We're pleased to be here with an outstanding group of institutions that have had great years. Our sister campus, UC-San Diego is here. They were a past winner of the Sears Directors' Cup. As many of you know, they now have made an immediate impact in Division II.
Last year, I made a few brief comments about the Sears Directors' Cup program and the marketing promotional opportunities around it. This year, I'd like to say a little bit about our athletics program and our conference. At UC-Davis, we sponsor a wide variety of sports. We're members of five conferences and we even compete as a Division II independent in football and a Division I independent in women's gymnastics. We're a bit unique in that regards. Some might even think we're a bit odd, but it works for UC-Davis.
Most important for us though is the fact that about 840 men and women compete in athletics at UC-Davis which, from a participant perspective, makes us one of the larger athletics programs in the nation. It's because of this interest that we're able to provide a large number of opportunities for male and female student-athletes to compete and to be successful. To win the Division II Sears Directors' Cup is a tribute to all of them and to all of our coaches.
I should also mention that 13 of our sports compete in the CCAA, the California Collegiate Athletic Association, which we joined in 1998. This past year, we won six conference championships and 11 of our teams finished in the top 10 nationally in Division II. The CCAA is a 12-team conference. We consider it one of the better competitive Division II conferences in the nation. In fact, with Cal State-Bakersfield here on the dais and UC-San Diego, we can see the three out of the top four finishers in this year's Sears Directors' Cup standings are from CCAA.
I want to close with congratulating the University of North Dakota, Western State College, Cal State-Bakersfield and UC-San Diego for the outstanding year they've had in athletics. Also, I want to recognize the contributing efforts of a large number of our staff that are here today. Without them, we would be helpless. Here today is Larry Swanson, associate athletics director; Bob Bullis, Scott Brayton and Renee Delasantos, who works so hard in marketing promotions. Mike Angius is here and raises money for the Aggies. Go Mike. Last year's Volunteer of the Year is Brian Thompson, with his wife Audrey. We appreciate that Brian. I want to thank them all publicly, because they have all contributed greatly to our success.
I'd like to say this about out students and student-athletes back at Davis. They are all very proud and honored today. Thank you.
Let's give a round of applause to our four 2001 Sears Directors' Cup winners -- Stanford, UC-Davis, Williams and Simon Fraser.
I would like to congratulate the four winners of the Sears Directors' Cups and the institutions that have finished in the top five. They are remarkable achievements. I would also like to congratulate the outstanding students you see before you today for their exceptional achievements. Congratulations to all of you.
Before I turn it over to Debbie, I'd like to thank you all very much for having me here today. If somebody had told me when I was in high school that I was even going to college, I wouldn't have believed them.
I'd like to say that I was a misfit in high school. My parents would say that was an understatement. I saw football, baseball and softball scouts and I'm really convinced that if there was a party scout, I would have been invited to many major universities across the country.
After buckling down a little bit and getting some guidance from a few wonderful people in my life, I found my way to UCLA, a life-long dream. When I got there, I realized I had missed out on something that a lot of other people had the opportunity to do and that was to participate in athletics. Although, I had recreationally, I had never done it at the kind of competitive level that I had always hoped to. Fortunately, at UCLA, the crew program allowed students to walk on. I didn't know anything about rowing. I didn't even know that it had to do with a boat, but I found out a little bit about it and went out for the crew team. It turned out to the be the greatest experience of my life and has been the background for everything that I do and so many decisions that I make. It taught me to push through walls, to be a team player. It taught me things about life that I never would have learned had I not had the opportunity.
For those of you out there that think maybe people should get this straight before they come to college, there are some of us who take a while to catch on. Thank you to all of the universities that allow students to get involved even if it didn't look like they had much hope when they got there.
Thank you for having me here today.
Thank you Leslie. I think a number of us, on a personal level, very much appreciate the story you just shared with us. It gives us, not only some insight about who you are and what you've been through, but there are probably a number of people who could personally identify with that story in one way or another.
We'd like to present you with this memento on behalf of NACDA for being with us today.
I would like to ask John Lebbad to return to the podium. John, on behalf of NACDA, thank you for your continued support of the Sears Directors' Cup program. To show our appreciation, we would like to give you this memento.
I would now like to have Joanna McLendon return to the podium. Joanna, on behalf of NACDA, thank you for your involvement today and yours and John's support of the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship program.
Just a quick reminder to browse the exhibit hall and drop your business cards in the boxes at each exhibitor's booth. The grand prize, compliments of International Sport, Inc., will be drawn at the Business Session tomorrow morning.
We stand adjourned.