NACDA Convention Features U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup and Other Affiliate Awards|
June 9, 2007
Orlando, Florida -- At the second day of the 42nd Annual Convention of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), close to 2,000 administrators in attendance were treated to the presentation of the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup trophies.
At the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon, Tim Selgo, director of athletics at Grand Valley State University [Mich.] (Division II); Lisa Melendy, acting director of athletics at Williams College [Mass.] (Division III); and Bill O'Dell, director of athletics at Azusa Pacific University [Calif.] (NAIA) were presented with the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup trophies. It is the ultimate award for winning the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics. Serving as the emcee at the luncheon was Ron Franklin of ESPN.
In Division I, Stanford earned its 13th consecutive U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup. Stanford has 1345.50 points (to date) and scored in 18 of 20 sports allowed in the standings - 10 women's and eight men's. The Cardinal recorded a pair of national championships in women's cross country and men's golf.
Grand Valley State won its fourth U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup, with 995.75 points. The Lakers placed 12 teams in the top 10, including a football national championship. Grand Valley State scored in the maximum seven men's and seven women's sports.
In his remarks, Selgo stated, "Through our many highs we also faced some adversity," noting that the Lakers' head athletic trainer, Todd Jager, had passed away in January after a battle with cancer. "I mention this to you and share it with you so that all of us can remember what is truly important about what we do. What we teach those kids is what will last a lifetime," Selgo concluded, adding that Grand Valley State will be dedicating this year's Directors' Cup to Jager.
Williams claimed its 11th U.S. States Sports Academy Directors' Cup championship in the last 12 years, with 1137.5 points. The Ephs were the national champions in women's rowing and women's indoor track and field. Williams scored in the maximum of both nine men's and women's sports. The Ephs tallied 12 top-10 finishes.
In her remarks, Melendy acknowledged the time and effort contributed by the coaches and student-athletes, adding, "It always means a lot to us. Thanks so much."
Azusa Pacific finished first for the third straight year, tallying 978.25 points. The Cougars took home the championship trophies in men's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field. They scored in the maximum of six women's and six men's sports and had 11 teams finish in the top-10.
In his remarks, O'Dell noted, "It's very humbly that I stand here and accept this for a school that's very happy to be in the NAIA. We have obviously outstanding athletes, outstanding coaches. Over half of our coaches have won national coach of the year honors in their careers."
Other awards presented included the Synergy Award for the Program of the Year by the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) and the University Division Fund Raiser of the Year Award by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). The recipients were Dale Carder of Central Missouri and Bobby Purcell of North Carolina State.
Video recognition was given to the National Association of College Marketing Administrators (NACMA) scholarship winner, Rachael Cohen of Rutgers, while NAADD also recognized its University Division Donor of the Year, William Graham of Bucknell; College Division Donor of the Year, Rex Klepper of Abilene Christian; Pat Ogle of Fresno State as its Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; Arthur "Buster" Browning of the University of Central Florida as its Volunteer of the Year; and also its postgraduate scholarship winner Letitia Lyons from Old Dominion.