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Azusa Pacific University Wins Its First Sports Academy Directors' Cup

June 17, 2005

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida - Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), which has perennially finished in the top five and was last year's runner-up, has won its first 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 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup winners were announced at the NACDA Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were awarded with their Sports Academy Directors' Cups.

Azusa Pacific won its first Sports Academy Directors' Cup with 881 points, 182 points ahead of runner-up Lindenwood University (Mo.). The Cougars won the national championship in men's tennis and posted a runner-up finish in men's Division I basketball. Additionally, Azusa Pacific posted nine other top 10 finishes: women's tennis (3rd), football (3rd), women's indoor track and field (4th), men's indoor track and field (4th), women's cross country (5th), men's cross country (5th), men's soccer (5th), women's soccer (9th) and women's Division I basketball (9th). The Cougars also placed 54th in women's volleyball. Azusa Pacific scored in the maximum of six women's and six men's sports and averaged 73 points per sport.

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the 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.

Completing the year in second place was two-time champion Lindenwood University with 699 points. They won national titles in men's soccer, wrestling and golf, and placed third in men's cross country, ninth in men's tennis, 10th in women's swimming, 13th in men's golf, 18th in women's indoor track and field, 23rd in women's cross country, 24th in women's golf, 30th in women's volleyball and 32nd in women's soccer.

Rounding out the top five were Simon Fraser University (B.C.), in third place with 684 points; Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.), fourth with 618 points; and the University of Mary (N.D.), fifth with 572.75 points.

While Azusa Pacific won the Sports Academy Directors' Cup for the NAIA competition, the 2004-05 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - Grand Valley State University (Mich.); and Division III - Williams College (Mass.).