June 15, 2003
NAIA Scoring Update
Lindenwood University Captures Second NACDA Directors' Cup
Orlando, Florida - Lindenwood University (Mo.) defended its title, winning its second NACDA Directors' Cup, 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.
Lindenwood won its second NACDA Directors' Cup by posting 746.5 points, 28.5 points ahead of runner-up Simon Fraser University (B.C.) The Lions won the national championship in men's outdoor track and field. They also posted six additional top 10 finishes, including women's outdoor track and field (2nd), wrestling (2nd), women's soccer (3rd), women's golf (6th), men's swimming (6th) and women's swimming (7th). Lindenwood scored in six women's and five men's sports. Lindenwood averaged 67.8 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 Lindenwood took home the Waterford Crystal NACDA Directors' Cup for NAIA competition, the 2001-02 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - University of California-Davis; and Division III - Williams College (Mass.).
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 NAIA include: Simon Fraser, Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), University of Mary (N.D.) and Oklahoma City University.
Of the 315 eligible colleges and universities in the NAIA, a total of 246 (78.1 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.