Stanford Extends Record by Winning Tenth Consecutive United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup|
June 11, 2004
Dallas, Texas - Stanford University continued its record winning streak in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition for the NCAA Division I by winning its 10th consecutive award, presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.
The 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup winners were announced 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 their United States Sports Academy Directors' Cups. Although the Division I race will not conclude until late June, after the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series, Stanford has already clinched the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup.
The Cardinal won with a total of 1332.5 points (to date), surpassing runner-up University of Michigan by 106.56 points. Stanford won its 10th straight Directors' Cup with national championships in women's tennis and women and men's cross country and was the runner-up in men's swimming. The Cardinal placed eight additional teams in the top 10. The Cardinal women and men's track and field teams, which compete on Saturday, June 12, may add to this total.
Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were women's gymnastics (3rd), softball (3rd) women's basketball (5th), women's swimming and diving (5th), men's tennis (5th); men's gymnastics (7th), women's indoor track and field (7th), women's volleyball (9th) and fencing (10th). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports. Stanford averaged 67 points per sport.
Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy 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.
While Stanford won the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup for NCAA Division I competition, the 2003-04 winners in the other categories include: Division II - Grand Valley State University (Mich.); Division III - Williams College (Mass.); and NAIA - Simon Fraser University (B.C.).
NACDA will award each of the second through fifth place institutions in all four divisions with United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup plaques, commemorating their program's dedication to athletics greatness. The current second through fifth place institutions in Division I (not including outdoor track and field or the super regionals in baseball) are the University of Michigan, UCLA, Ohio State University and the University of Florida.
Of the 327 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division I, a total of 274 (84 percent) scored points in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's web site at www.nacda.com.
NACDA, which is now in its 39th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, the Association operates the NACDA Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.