College places third for Director’s Cup

The College’s athletic teams took third place in the race for the 2002-2003 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Director’s Cup with 695.75 points.

The third place finish marks the fifth straight third place NACDA Director’s Cup finish for the Lions’ making them one of two Division III programs to have finished in the top four in every year of the Directors’ Cup.

Scoring 779 points, Emory University took second place.

The NACDA Directors’ Cup, which was first awarded in 1995-6, was started by NACDA. Before it was known as the Division III Sears Directors’ Cup.

The cup was developed in a combined effort from the NACDA and USA Today. The points are distributed according to each institutions’ season rankings of up to 18 sports. 100 points are awarded for each national champion.

The Directors’ Cup is awarded to the best overall athletic program for both men’s and women’s athletics.

The trophies are Waterford Crystals valued at $35,000 each.

The College has won a total of 65 NACDA Directors’ Cup trophies in the past eight years, 36 of which were for first place standings.

There were 424 eligble colleges and universities in Division III for the 2002-2003 year, 261 of which scored points in the race for the Cup.

Williams College took home the cup after tallying 1158.25 points for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Only the College and Williams College have finished in the top four slots in the program’s standings.