Stanford Claims 2009-10 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
July 1, 2010
CLEVELAND – The Cardinal of Stanford took home its 16th straight Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, tallying 1508.50 points. The Directors’ Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA. The 2009-10 winners were announced and awarded their Directors’ Cups at NACDA’s 45th Annual Convention in Anaheim, California. The winning institutions were Stanford in Division I, Grand Valley State (Mich.) in Division II, Williams (Mass.) in Division III and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in the NAIA.
Stanford tallied points in 28 total sports, but could only count the maximum 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports. Stanford boasted an impressive 17 top-10 finishes this season - taking home the men’s volleyball and women’s tennis titles. The points from the sports of women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, football, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball did not count toward the overall total.
Florida finished second overall with 1310.25 points, scoring in eight men’s sports and the maximum 10 women’s sports. The Gators had 14 top-10 finishes, most notably capturing the women’s swimming title and men’s indoor track and field championship.
Scoring in 20 of a possible 20 sports, in third place is Virginia with 1253.25 points. The Cavaliers claimed the men’s soccer and women’s rowing titles and finished in the top-10 for 10 sports.
Scoring 1124.00 points for a fourth place finish is UCLA. The Bruins scored in eight men’s sports and 12 women’s sports, but only the maximum of 10 women’s sports were counted. Points scored in women’s indoor track and field and rowing were removed from the final total. UCLA captured the women’s gymnastics and softball titles and had 10 top-10 finishes.
Rounding out the top five is Florida State with 1087.50 points. The Seminoles scored in the maximum 10 women’s sports and tallied points in nine men’s sports, including 10 top-10 finishes. This is the first time in school history that Florida State has finished in the top five.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s Web site at www.directorscup.org.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
About Learfield Sports: Learfield Sports completes its second year in sponsorship of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. For nearly four decades, the company has been a preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace. It currently manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences, associations and venues. These ever-expanding relationships feature various strategic sponsorship platforms including radio and television programming, stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality and at-event impact. Learfield Sports is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which made its initial foray into the world of sports marketing in 1975 as the radio rights holder for the University of Missouri, a client still today. To learn more, visit learfieldsports.com.