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Simon Fraser University Captures Its Sixth United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup

June 11, 2004

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Dallas, Texas - Simon Fraser University (B.C.) has returned to its championship position, winning the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup, 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.

SFU has won the Directors' Cup five other times - 1997 through 2001. SFU posted 842.25 points, 142.25 points ahead of runner-up Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)

Simon Fraser won NAIA championships in women and men's swimming and diving and women's cross country. SFU was also the runner-up in women's indoor track and field and softball. Additionally, SFU posted four other top 10 finishes: men's cross country (3rd), men's indoor track and field (8th), women's soccer (9th) and men's wrestling (10th). Simon Fraser scored in five women's and six men's sports and averaged 76 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 Simon Fraser won the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup for the NAIA competition, the 2003-04 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - Grand Valley State University (Mich.); and Division III - Williams College (Mass.).

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 NAIA include: Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), Lindenwood University (Mo.), Oklahoma City University and, tied for fifth, Dickenson State University (N.D.) and the University of Mary (N.D.).

Of the 300 eligible colleges and universities in the NAIA, a total of 236 (79 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.