Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Luncheon Recap; Division I Final Standings
June 26, 2012
The annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Luncheon, emceed by Emily Jones of Fox Sports Southwest, was highlighted with the presentation of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cups, the induction of the 2012 NACDA Hall of Fame Class, as well as the presentation of the Michael J. Cleary Merit of Honor award, presented to Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt.
Stanford captured the Division I trophy, Grand Canyon took home the Division II title, the Division III title went to Middlebury, Azusa Pacific won the NAIA trophy and Fresno City College netted the inaugural Junior/Community College Cup.
With Arizona capturing the NCAA baseball title last night, the final standings have been determined. The top five institutions are as follows - fifth place Florida State with 1061.00 points, finishing fourth is Ohio State with 1104.25, in third place is UCLA is 1142.75 and Florida finished second with 1314 total points. Click here for the complete listings. Complete conference standings can be found here.
“It’s quite an honor to be in your company. It takes more than an athletics department to maximize athletics success. It takes a district that is committed and invested in your program,” said Susan Yates, director of athletics at Fresno City College. “This award is a ‘surprise return’ on investment, and aren’t we proud. This award has allowed our college community to support and rally behind our athletics program.”
In addition to the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cups being awarded, the luncheon opened with awards for NAADD, ICLA and NACMA, as well as the John McLendon Minority Scholarship presentation.
The seven 2012 NACDA Hall of Fame inductees were recognized were: Nelson Bobb, UNC Greensboro; Bob Bottger, St. Louis Community College Meramec; Rudy Carvajal, CSU Bakersfield; Oval Jaynes, Jacksonville State; Laing Kennedy, Kent State; Andi Seger, Ball State; and Nelson Townsend, Maryland Eastern Shore. Bobb responded on behalf of the Hall of Fame inductees and said “It’s deeply humbling to be recognized by your peers. Thanks to our universities for allowing us the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. The journey of an athletics director is not a solitary experience. It encompasses a lifetime of discovering, developing and mentoring talent. It includes surrounding yourself with good and gifted people and participating in the growth and development of professional staffs, coaches and student athletes.”
The final award was presented to Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, who recently stepped down from the head coaching position after nearly four decades at the helm of the Lady Vols. Summit, who was awarded the Michael J. Cleary Merit of Honor Award, is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history (men or women) and guided the program to be one of the nation’s elite. Last August, Summitt announced she was diagnosed with early onset dementia ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ ultimately creating the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, with the proceeds going toward cutting-edge research for Alzheimer’s. President Obama announced on April 19 that Summit would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well.