Louisiana - Williams College (Mass.)
defended its title as the best athletics program in NCAA Division III
competition by winning its 10th U.S. Sports
Academy Directors' Cup, the prestigious award presented annually by the
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States
Academy and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate
athletics programs in the country.
The 2005-06 U.S.
Sports Academy Directors' Cup
winners were announced at NACDA's 41st
Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the four winning institutions
-- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were
awarded with their U.S. Sports
Academy Directors' Cups.
won its 10th U.S. Sports
Academy Directors' Cup in the last 11 years and recorded 920.5 points, 130.25
points ahead of runner-up College of New
Williams was the
national championship in women's rowing. Eleven additional teams recorded top
10 finishes: women's cross country (2nd), women's indoor track and
field (2nd), women's swimming and diving (3rd), men's outdoor
track and field (4th), men's tennis (4th), women's tennis
(5th), men's soccer (5th), men's swimming (5th),
softball (7th), women's field hockey (9th) and women's basketball
(9th). The Ephs also placed 15th
in skiing and 35th in wrestling.
Williams scored in five men's and the maximum of nine women's sports and
averaged 66 points per sport.
Developed as a
joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA,
the U.S. 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.
the year in second place was the College
of New Jersey with 790.25
points. The Lions won the national title
in women's lacrosse and placed second in women's soccer; fifth in men's soccer;
ninth in women's cross country, women's field hockey and baseball; 10th
in women's indoor track and field and men's cross country; 12th in
men's swimming; 13th in men's indoor track and field; 19th
in wrestling; and 33rd in women's basketball and swimming.
out the top five were Middlebury College (Vt.), in third place with 758
points; Emory University (Ga.), in fourth with 751.5 points; and Cortland State
University (N.Y.), in fifth place with 654 points.