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Grand Valley State University Claims Its First United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup

June 11, 2004

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Dallas, Texas - Grand Valley State University (Mich.) claimed its first United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup for the NCAA Division II, the prestigious 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 with their United States Sports Academy Directors' Cups.

Grand Valley State was the runner-up for the last two years. This year, the Lakers accumulated 810 points, 147 points ahead of the runner-up, University of California San Diego.

Led by their national championship football team and their runner-up finish in baseball, the Lakers sealed the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup win with five additional top 10 finishes in women's cross country (3rd), women's volleyball (3rd), women's golf (6th), women's soccer (9th) and softball (9th). Grand Valley State scored points in six men's and the maximum of seven women's sports. The Lakers averaged 62 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 Grand Valley State won the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II competition, the 2003-04 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division III - Williams College (Mass.); and NAIA - Simon Fraser University (B.C.).

NACDA also awarded 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. This year's runner-up institutions in the NCAA Division II include: University of California San Diego, Truman State University, University of North Dakota and California State University Chico.

Of the 282 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division II, a total of 225 (80 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.