June 15, 2003
Division III Scoring Update
Williams College Wins Seventh NACDA Directors' Cup in Last Eight Years
Orlando, Florida - Williams College (Mass.) defended its title as the best athletics program in NCAA Division III competition by winning its seventh NACDA Directors' Cup, 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.
Williams College won its seventh NACDA Directors' Cup in the last eight years by topping the 1,000-point mark for the first time. The Ephs recorded 1,158.25 points, 379.5 points ahead of runner-up Emory University (Ga.). Williams won national championships in women's cross country and men's basketball. Nine additional teams recorded top 10 finishes: women's swimming and diving (2nd), men's tennis (2nd), women's indoor track and field (3rd), women's tennis (3rd), field hockey (5th), women's volleyball (5th), women's lacrosse (5th), men's cross country (7th) and men's soccer (9th). The Ephs scored in eight women's and eight men's sports. Williams averaged 72.4 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 Williams took home the Waterford Crystal NACDA Directors' Cup for NCAA Division III competition, the 2002-03 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - University of California-Davis; 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 III include: Emory, College of New Jersey, Trinity University (Tex.) and Washington University (Mo.).
Of the 424 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III, a total of 281 (66 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.