Division II Scoring Update
University of California, Davis Claims Fifth Sears Directors' Cup
June 18, 2002
Dallas, Texas - The University of California, Davis claimed its fifth Sears Directors' Cup for the NCAA Division II, the prestigious 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 2001-02 Sears Directors' Cup winners were announced today at the NACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas, 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.
UC Davis has finished either first or second in each of the seven years of Division II Sears Directors' Cup competition, winning the award in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002. UC Davis accumulated 743 points, 56 points ahead of the runner-up, Grand Valley State University (Mich.).
Led by their national champion women's rowing team, the Aggies sealed the Sears Directors' Cup win with five top 10 finishes in women's cross country (3rd), football (3rd), men's cross country (5th), men's golf (8th), and men's swimming and diving (10th). UC-Davis scored points in six women's and the maximum of seven men's sports.
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 UC Davis took home the Waterfordâ Crystal Sears Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II competition, the 2001-02 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division III - Williams College (Mass.); NAIA - Oklahoma City University.
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.
Sears and NACDA also awarded 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 II include: Grand Valley State University (Mich.), the University of California-San Diego, Truman State University (Mo.) and Western State University (Colo.).
Of the *264 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division II, a total of *213 (81 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 37th 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 broadline retailer with significant service and credit businesses. In 2001, the company's annual revenue was more than $41 billion. The company offers its wide range of apparel, home and automotive products and services to families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 870 full-line stores. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through its Web site, www.sears.com.