June 15, 2003
Division II Scoring Update
University of California-Davis Claims Sixth NACDA Directors' Cup
Orlando, Florida - The University of California-Davis claimed its sixth NACDA Directors' Cup for the NCAA Division II, the prestigious award presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.
The 2002-03 NACDA Directors' Cup winners were announced today at the NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were awarded with their NACDA Directors' Cups and scholarships.
UC-Davis has finished either first or second in each of the eight years of Division II NACDA Directors' Cup competition, winning the award in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. UC Davis accumulated 857 points, 59.5 points ahead of the runner-up, Grand Valley State University (Mich.).
Led by their national champion softball team, the Aggies sealed the NACDA Directors' Cup win with 10 top 10 finishes in men's outdoor track and field (4rd), women's soccer (5th), football (5th), men's swimming and diving (5th), baseball (5th), women's swimming and diving (6th), men's cross country (8th), men's golf (9th) and women's cross country. UC-Davis scored points in six women's and the maximum of seven men's sports. UC-Davis averaged 65.9 points per sport.
Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the NACDA Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.
While UC-Davis took home the Waterford Crystal NACDA Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II competition, the 2002-03 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division III - Williams College (Mass.); and NAIA - Lindenwood University (Mo.).
Through the NACDA Directors' Cup program, NACDA awards $40,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships. One $5,000 scholarship in each division is awarded to a student-athlete, while one $5,000 scholarship in each division is presented to a student-athlete from the institution that wins the NACDA Directors' Cup.
NACDA also awarded each of the second through fifth place institutions in all four divisions with NACDA Directors' Cup plaques, commemorating their program's dedication to athletics greatness. This year's runner-up institutions in the NCAA Division II include: Grand Valley State (Mich.), University of North Florida, California State University-Bakersfield and South Dakota State University.
Of the 283 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division II, a total of 215 (76 percent) scored points in the NACDA Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's web site at www.nacda.com.
NACDA, which is now in its 38th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, the Association operates the NACDA Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.