June 14, 2013
The annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Luncheon, emceed by Jill Arrington of Fox Sports, was highlighted with the presentation of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cups, the induction of the 2013 NACDA Hall of Fame Class, as well as the presentation of the Michael J. Cleary Merit of Honor award, presented to PGA Legend Arnold Palmer.
Although the Division I final standings have not been finalized, Stanford was still able to secure its 19th straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. In addition, Grand Canyon took home the Division II title for the second year in a row, the Division III title went to Williams, Oklahoma Baptist won the NAIA trophy and Gloucester County College took home the Junior/Community College Cup.
In the closest race to date, Stanford captured its 19th straight title with 1261.25 total points, just 41.50 points ahead of second place Florida. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) edged out Grand Valley State (Mich.) by a close score of 954.75-939.25.
Williams (Mass. ) reclaimed its title, finishing with 1273.75 points., as the Ephs have earned 16 of 18 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup titles.
Oklahoma Baptist claimed its first NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup with 964.00 total points. The Bison scored in 14 sports and claimed four national titles - men's and women's swimming and men's and women's indoor track and field.
Gloucester County College captured national championships in five sports in addition to capturing the State Associations NATYCAA Cup, finishing with 195.5 points.
In addition to the Learfield Sports Directors' Cups being awarded, the luncheon opened with awards for NAADD, ICLA and NACMA, as well as the United States Olympic Achievement Award.
The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award recognizes colleges and universities with student-athletes and coaches who contributed to Team USA's medal count during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Forty-one institutions were recognized, all of which have a current student-athlete who was part of a medal-winning performance, or a coach who was an official member of the United States Olympic or Paralympic delegations and led his or her athlete or team to a medal. Overall, 37 coaches representing 31 institutions helped Team USA produce medals in nine sports, and 30 United States athletes from 19 collegiate programs garnered 36 medals in London last summer.
The seven 2013 NACDA Hall of Fame inductees recognized were: Dorothy `Dot' Casey, Wake Forest University; Bob Goin, University of Cincinnati; Jim Harris, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (posthumously); Jack Martin, County College of Morris; Arthur McAfee, Morehouse College; Larry Schiner, New Jersey City University; and Gerald Stockton, Midwestern State University.
Martin responded on behalf of all of the Hall of Fame inductees:
"We consider it a distinct honor to join with those who have preceded us in this honor. We will not soon forget the phone call we received from NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione informing us of our selection into the Hall. It doesn't get any better than that," said Martin. "As active members of NACDA we have aspired to totally participate and make meaningful contributions to the overall mission of this great organization." Martin concluded by saying: "One of the greatest rewards in life, is to be remembered--and we thank you all for remembering us."
The final award was presented to Wake Forest University alumnus and PGA Legend, Arnold Palmer who became just the 10th recipient of the Michael J. Cleary Merit of Honor Award in the Association's 48-year history. The award recognizes individuals that exemplify the core values on which the Association was built - education, service, leadership, integrity, teamwork and commitment.
Palmer attended Wake Forest University, where he became the first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) individual champion, winning the 1954 title. That same year, he won the U.S. Amateur Championship and turned professional. In 2011, Wake Forest named its entire golf complex, a facility that he designed, after Palmer. Although Palmer could not be in attendance, Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman was able to accept and respond the award on his behalf.