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Williams College Wins Eighth United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup in Last Nine Years

June 11, 2004

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Dallas, Texas - Williams College (Mass.) defended its title as the best athletics program in NCAA Division III competition by winning its eighth United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup, 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.

Williams College won its eighth United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup in the last nine years and topped the 1,000-point mark for the second consecutive year. The Ephs recorded 1,081.75 points, 270.75 points ahead of runner-up Emory University (Ga.).

Williams was the national runner-up in both men's basketball and tennis. Ten additional teams recorded top 10 finishes: women's tennis (3rd), women's cross country (4th), women's swimming and diving (4th), field hockey (5th), women's volleyball (5th), men's swimming and diving (6th), women's outdoor track and field (8th), women's softball (9th) and men's soccer (9th). The Ephs scored in eight women's and seven men's sports. Williams averaged 72 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 Williams won the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup for NCAA Division III competition, the 2003-04 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - Grand Valley State University (Mich.); 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 III include: Emory, Middlebury University (Vt.), College of New Jersey and the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Of the 430 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III, a total of 283 (66 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.