Adams State College Claims First-Ever Sears Directors' Cup
As of June 15, 1999
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - In the closest race in the history of the Sears' Directors' Cup program, Adams State College [Col.] emerged as the winner, claiming its first-ever Sears Directors' Cup, the prestigious award presented annually by National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The 1998-99 Sears Directors' Cup winners, one awarded to the top institution in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, and III, and the NAIA, were announced today at the NACDA Convention.
"The Sears Directors' Cup competition is truly the measuring stick for college athletics programs and rewards institutions for their commitment to achieving athletics excellence," said Adams State College Athletics Director Rodger Jehlicka, who was on-hand to accept his college's coveted award. "Adams State's win reflects the remarkable accomplishments and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff."
Adams State won its first Sears Directors' Cup by posting 340 points, edging out runners-up Abilene Christian University and University of California-Davis by just 10 points. The Grizzlies' two national championships during the 1998-99 season in men's and women's cross country paved the way for the college's Sears Directors' Cup win. Also scoring for Adams State were women's indoor track and field (3rd), men's outdoor track and field (5th) and wrestling (8th).
"Sears proudly supports participation and excellence in college athletics," said Mark Cohen, Sears executive vice president of marketing. "The Sears Directors' Cup program rewards Adams State for its dedication to achieving athletics and academic success, reflected in the college's win."
Each year, the Sears Directors' Cup program, presented in partnership by Sears and NACDA, awards Waterfordâ Crystal trophies to the top athletics programs in NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA and presents a total of $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships to students in all four collegiate divisions. The Sears Directors' Cup is the only national awards and academic scholarship program to recognize all NCAA and NAIA championship sports for both women's and men's athletics.
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 Adams State took home the Sears Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II competition, the winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division III - Williams College [Mass.]; NAIA-Simon Fraser University [B.C.].
Every year, Sears and NACDA award $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships, five $5,000 scholarships in each division, to assist students who support their institution's athletics departments. This includes managers, 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, like the trophy component, aims to recognize and reward the best in the nation," said Lee McElroy, chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee and director of athletics at American University. "The distinguished scholarship winners represent the outstanding group of students who support their institutions both athletically and academically."
This year, Sears and NACDA will award each of the top five 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 II include: Abilene Christian University, University of California-Davis, Florida Southern College and North Dakota State.
Of the 267 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division II, a total of 196
(73 percent) scored points in the Sears Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's home page at www.nacda.com.
NACDA, now in its 34th 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 more than $41 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through 850 full-line department stores and more than 2,100 specialized retail locations nationwide. More information about the company is available on Sears Web site, www.sears.com.