U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cups Presented at NACDA Convention
June 21, 2006
New Orleans, Louisiana -- The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cups, 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, were awarded today to the nation's top collegiate athletics programs in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. The awards were presented at the NACDA Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This year's winners are Stanford University (Div. I), Grand Valley State University [Mich.] (Div. II), Williams College [Mass.] (Div. III) and Azusa Pacific University [Calif.] (NAIA). All four institutions defended their titles from a year ago.
Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and NACDA, the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only national awards program to recognize NCAA and NAIA championship sports for both women's and men's athletics.
The Division I race will be concluded on June 29, after the NCAA College World Series. However, Stanford University has already clinched the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup. It marks an unprecedented 12 consecutive Directors' Cup. Points and placements do not reflect any of the baseball results.
Without the inclusion of baseball, the Cardinal currently have 1,133.375 points (to date), surpassing runner-up UCLA by 87 points. Stanford won its 12th straight Directors' Cup with national championships in women's cross country and tennis and runner-up finishes in women's indoor track and field and men's water polo. The Cardinal placed 10 additional teams in the top 10.
Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were women's water polo (3rd), men's gymnastics (3rd), men's swimming (3rd), women's basketball (5th), women's swimming (5th), men's tennis (5th), men's cross country (6th), fencing (men's) (7th), women's lacrosse (9th), and softball (9th). The Cardinal recorded points nine men's sports and the maximum of 10 women's sports. However, Stanford does not receive points for women's soccer, lacrosse or rowing as the Cardinal have already scored in the Directors' Cup maximum of 10 women's sports. Stanford averaged 60 points per sport.
Currently in second place is UCLA with 1,046.38 points, with national titles in women water polo and men's volleyball and runner-up finishes in women's soccer and men's basketball and outdoor track and field. Rounding out the current top five are the University of Texas, in third with 941 points, University of Florida, in fourth with 913 points and the University of Notre Dame, in fifth with 880.5 points.
Grand Valley State won the last two Directors' Cups and had been the runner-up the previous two years. This year, the Lakers accumulated 974.75 points, a dominating 382.25 points ahead of the runner-up, Abilene Christian University.
Grand Valley State won three national championships, in football and women's volleyball and basketball, to claim the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup. Grand Valley also recorded seven additional top 10 finishes in women's cross country (2nd), women's golf (4th), women's outdoor track and field (4th), men's cross country (4th), women's soccer (5th), baseball (9th) and indoor track and field (10th). The Lakers also placed 13th in women's swimming, 15th in men's swimming, 17th in women's tennis, 27th in men's golf, 32nd in men's tennis, 33rd in softball and 33rd in men's basketball. Grand Valley State scored points in the maximum of seven women and seven men's sports. However, the Lakers do not receive points for softball or women and men's swimming as Grand Valley State had already scored in the Directors' Cup maximum of seven women and seven men's sports. The Lakers averaged 69 points per sport.
Reaching runner-up status for the first time is Abilene Christian University, who recorded 592.5 points. The Wildcats won the national title in men's outdoor track and field and placed second in women's indoor track and field. Rounding out the top five in the standings were the University of Nebraska Omaha, third with 591 points; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, fourth with 569.25 points; and California State University Bakersfield, in fifth with 518 points.
Williams College 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 Jersey.
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.
Completing 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. Rounding 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.
Azusa Pacific repeated as U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup champions with 836 points, 82 points ahead of runner-up Lindenwood University (Mo.).
The Cougars were runners-up in men's soccer and tennis and women's outdoor track and field. Additionally, Azusa Pacific posted seven other top 10 finishes: women's tennis (3rd), men's outdoor track and field (3rd), women's soccer (5th), men's cross country (5th), men's Division I basketball (5th), women's volleyball (9th), women's Division I basketball (5th) and football (9th). The Cougars also placed 18th in women's cross country. Azusa Pacific scored in the maximum of six women's and six men's sports and averaged 70 points per sport.
Completing the year in second place was two-time champion Lindenwood University with 754 points. They won the national title in men's indoor track and field and placed second in men's swimming and wrestling. Rounding out the top five were Lindsey Wilson University (Ky.), in third place with 614 points; Oklahoma Baptist University, fourth with 612.5 points; and Simon Fraser University (B.C.), fifth with 611 points.