Stanford University Extends Record By Winning Its Sixth Consecutive Sears Directors' Cup
As of June 21, 2000
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Stanford University continues its record winning streak in the Sears Directors' Cup competition for the NCAA Division I by winning its sixth consecutive award, presented annually by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. The 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup winners were at the NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla., and the four winning institutions, one in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, and III, and the NAIA, were awarded with their Sears Directors' Cups and scholarships. The Division I race has been finalized with the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series.
"Each year Stanford's student-athletes and the athletics department strive to win the Sears Directors' Cup, the measuring stick for college athletics," said Stanford Athletics Director Ted Leland. "Through the Sears Directors' Cup program, Stanford's student-athletes, coaches and support staff are rewarded for their dedication to excellence in all sports."
Through its ongoing commitment to athletics excellence, Stanford has fostered many outstanding student-athletes who have continued their successes on the professional and Olympic levels. Former Stanford student-athlete and retired star quarterback for the Denver Broncos, John Elway, commended his alma mater's continued success in all sports.
"Congratulations to Stanford's student-athletes for capturing their sixth consecutive Sears Directors' Cup," said Elway, who played baseball and football at Stanford from 1979-82. "It is an honor to be part of the winning tradition of Stanford athletics that continues to raise the bar of excellence each year."
The Cardinal clinched the Sears Directors' Cup with a total of 1359.5 points, surpassing runner-up UCLA by 206 points. Stanford's sixth straight Sears Directors' Cup win was fueled by its two national championships during the 1999-2000 season in men's tennis and men's outdoor track and field, and by its runner-up finishes in baseball, women's tennis, women's golf, women's volleyball and water polo.
Other Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were women's cross country (3rd), women's swimming and diving (3rd), men's cross country (4th), fencing (4th), men's swimming and diving (4th) and women's soccer (9th). Other sports scoring included women's outdoor track and field (11th), women's gymnastics (13th), women's basketball (17th), men's basketball (17th), football (24th), men's golf (31st) and wrestling (55th). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports.
"Sears proudly supports participation and excellence in college athletics," said John Lebbad, Sears director of event marketing and sales promotion. "Through the years, Stanford University continues to set the standard for athletics and academic excellence, and the Sears Directors' Cup program is pleased to reward this dedication by presenting Stanford with its sixth consecutive Sears Directors' Cup."
Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and NACDA, the Sears 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. The Sears Directors' Cup is part of the Sears Collegiate Champions program which annually awards more than 2,200 conference and sport champion trophies and a quarter-of-a-million dollars in academic scholarships.
While Stanford took home the Waterfordâ Crystal Sears Directors' Cup for NCAA Division I competition, the winners in the other categories include: Division II - University of California-Davis; Division III - Williams College [Mass.]; NAIA-Simon Fraser University [B.C.].
Through the Sears Directors' Cup program, Sears and NACDA annually award $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships. Five $5,000 scholarships in each division assist students who support their institution's athletics departments, including team managers, athletics trainers, band members, cheerleaders, assistant coaches, sports information assistants, facility staff and academic support personnel. For each category, four outstanding recipients are selected by a nationwide nomination process, administered by NACDA, while the fifth recipient is a student at the institution that wins the Sears Directors' Cup.
"The scholarship component of the Sears Directors' Cup program recognizes the dedicated students who support their colleges' athletics programs behind the scenes," said Lee McElroy, chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee and director of athletics at American University. "By rewarding academic and athletics success, the Sears Directors' Cup program encourages students to excel both on and off the playing fields."
This year, Sears and NACDA will award each of the second through fifth place institutions in all four divisions with Sears Directors' Cup plaques, commemorating their program's dedication to athletics greatness. This year's runner-up institutions in the NCAA Division I include: UCLA, University of Michigan, Penn State University and the University of North Carolina.
Of the 324 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division I, a total of 261 (72 percent) scored points in the Sears Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.
NACDA, now in its 35th year, serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 collegiate athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of nearly $40 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through approximately 860 department stores, more than 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, www.sears.com.