NACDA Directors' Cup

NACDA Directors' Cup

The NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities with the most success in collegiate athletics. Points for the NACDA Directors' Cup are based on order of finish in various National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sponsored championships or, in the case of Division I Football, media-based polls. The award originated in 1993, and was presented to NCAA Division I schools only. In 1995 it was extended to Division II, Division III, and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools as well, each division receiving its own award.

The University of North Carolina won the award for best Division I collegiate athletics program in its inaugural year. Since then, Stanford University has won it seventeen straight years, winning seventeen out of the eighteen years it has been offered. Williams College has similarly dominated Division III, having won the award thirteen times.

In Division II, UC Davis won six of the first eight awards, but its athletic program moved to Division I in 2003 and Grand Valley State won the award the following six years. The NAIA division was similarly dominated by Simon Fraser University of British Columbia in its early years, but in 2002, SFU transferred several of its sports programs to Canada's college athletics federation, Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Since then, Azusa Pacific University of California has assumed the mantle at the NAIA level, winning seven consecutive championships, though Simon Fraser remains competitive despite not fielding a full complement of NAIA teams.

The physical award is a Waterford crystal trophy. Prior to 2003, the sponsor of the NACDA Directors' Cup was retail merchandiser Sears, and the award was known as the Sears Cup. Beginning in the 2003–2004 season, the sponsor was the United States Sports Academy. In 2007–2008, Learfield Sports assumed the sponsorship of the Directors' Cup.


Past winners and leaders for the current year

  • Results for years and schools shown in italics represent current standings and are not yet final.

NCAA Division I

Year First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth Ninth Tenth
1993–1994 North Carolina Stanford UCLA Florida Penn State Arizona Texas USC Michigan Arizona State
1994–1995 Stanford North Carolina UCLA Arizona Florida USC Michigan Penn State Nebraska Texas
1995–1996 Stanford UCLA Florida Texas Michigan North Carolina Arizona Nebraska Penn State USC
1996–1997 Stanford North Carolina UCLA Nebraska Florida Arizona Texas Ohio State USC LSU
1997–1998 Stanford (tie) Florida, North Carolina UCLA Michigan Arizona Georgia Washington Nebraska LSU
1998–1999 Stanford Georgia Penn State Florida UCLA Michigan Duke Virginia (tie) Arizona, USC
1999–2000 Stanford UCLA Michigan Penn State North Carolina Nebraska Florida Arizona Texas LSU
2000–2001 Stanford UCLA Georgia Michigan Arizona Ohio State Florida USC Arizona State Penn State
2001–2002 Stanford Texas Florida North Carolina UCLA Michigan Minnesota Georgia Arizona State LSU
2002–2003 Stanford Texas Ohio State Michigan Penn State UCLA Florida North Carolina California Arizona State
2003–2004 Stanford Michigan UCLA Ohio State Georgia Florida North Carolina Washington California Texas
2004–2005 Stanford Texas UCLA Michigan Duke Florida Georgia Tennessee North Carolina USC
2005–2006 Stanford UCLA Texas North Carolina Florida Notre Dame California Duke Georgia USC
2006–2007 Stanford UCLA North Carolina Michigan USC Florida Tennessee Texas California Arizona State
2007–2008 Stanford UCLA Michigan Arizona State Texas Florida California LSU Penn State Georgia
2008–2009 Stanford North Carolina Florida USC Michigan Texas California Virginia LSU Ohio State
2009–2010 Stanford Florida Virginia UCLA Florida State Texas A&M North Carolina Ohio State California Duke
2010–2011[1] Stanford Ohio State California Florida Duke North Carolina Virginia Texas A&M Florida State Oklahoma

NCAA Division II

Year First Second Third Fourth Fifth
1995–1996 UC Davis Abilene Christian North Dakota State South Dakota State Cal State Bakersfield
1996–1997 UC Davis Abilene Christian Cal State Bakersfield Central Oklahoma Indianapolis
1997–1998 Cal State Bakersfield UC Davis Abilene Christian Barry Florida Southern
1998–1999 Adams State (tie) UC Davis; Abilene Christian (tie) Florida Southern; North Dakota State
1999–2000 UC Davis North Dakota State North Dakota Florida Southern Western State
2000–2001 UC Davis North Dakota Cal State Bakersfield UCSD Western State
2001–2002 UC Davis Grand Valley State (MI) UCSD Truman State Western State
2002–2003 UC Davis Grand Valley State (MI) North Florida Cal State Bakersfield South Dakota State
2003–2004 Grand Valley State (MI) UCSD Truman State North Dakota Chico State
2004–2005 Grand Valley State (MI) Nebraska-Omaha Chico State North Dakota Cal State Bakersfield
2005–2006 Grand Valley State (MI) Abilene Christian Nebraska-Omaha Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cal State Bakersfield
2006–2007 Grand Valley State (MI) UCSD Abilene Christian Minnesota State Mankato North Dakota
2007–2008 Grand Valley State (MI) Abilene Christian Minnesota State Mankato UCSD Tampa
2008–2009 Grand Valley State (MI) Minnesota State Mankato Central Missouri Abilene Christian Indianapolis
2009–2010 Grand Valley State (MI) California (PA) Central Missouri Minnesota State Mankato St. Cloud State
2010–2011 Grand Valley State (MI) Shippensburg (PA) Central Missouri Tampa Chico State

NCAA Division III

Year First Second Third Fourth Fifth
1995–1996 Williams UCSD Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of New Jersey Rowan
1996–1997 Williams College of New Jersey UCSD Emory Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1997–1998 UCSD (tie) College of New Jersey; SUNY Cortland (tie) Williams; Middlebury
1998–1999 Williams Middlebury College of New Jersey Amherst Rowan
1999–2000 Williams UCSD College of New Jersey St. Thomas (MN) Middlebury
2000–2001 Williams Middlebury College of New Jersey Emory Ithaca
2001–2002 Williams Ithaca College of New Jersey Middlebury Emory
2002–2003 Williams Emory College of New Jersey Trinity (TX) Washington University (MO)
2003–2004 Williams Emory Middlebury College of New Jersey Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2004–2005 Williams Middlebury Washington University (MO Trinity (TX) Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2005–2006 Williams College of New Jersey Middlebury Emory SUNY Cortland
2006–2007 Williams Middlebury SUNY Cortland Amherst Washington University (MO)
2007–2008 Williams Washington University (MO) College of New Jersey Amherst Middlebury
2008–2009 Williams Middlebury Amherst Washington University (MO) Cortland State
2009–2010 Williams Amherst Washington University (MO) Middlebury Illinois Wesleyan
2010–2011 Williams Middlebury Washington University (MO) Amherst Calvin


Year First Second Third Fourth Fifth
1995–1996 Pacific Lutheran Simon Fraser Mobile Berry Azusa Pacific
1996–1997 Simon Fraser Pacific Lutheran Azusa Pacific Mobile Willamette
1997–1998 Simon Fraser Mobile Findlay Oklahoma City Puget Sound
1998–1999 Simon Fraser Azusa Pacific Life (tie) Oklahoma City; Lindenwood
1999–2000 Simon Fraser Lindenwood Azusa Pacific Mary Oklahoma City
2000–2001 Simon Fraser Oklahoma City Azusa Pacific Lindenwood Cumberland
2001–2002 Lindenwood Oklahoma City Simon Fraser Azusa Pacific Malone
2002–2003 Lindenwood Simon Fraser Azusa Pacific Mary Oklahoma City
2003–2004 Simon Fraser Azusa Pacific Lindenwood Oklahoma City (tie) Mary; Dickinson State
2004–2005 Azusa Pacific Lindenwood Simon Fraser Point Loma Nazarene Mary
2005–2006 Azusa Pacific Lindenwood Lindsey Wilson Oklahoma Baptist Simon Fraser
2006–2007 Azusa Pacific Lindenwood Concordia (CA) Cedarville Oklahoma Baptist
2007–2008 Azusa Pacific Simon Fraser Embry-Riddle Fresno Pacific Concordia (CA)
2008–2009 Azusa Pacific Concordia (CA) Lindenwood Fresno Pacific California Baptist
2009–2010 Azusa Pacific Simon Fraser Fresno Pacific Concordia (CA) Lindenwood
2010–2011 Azusa Pacific Embry-Riddle Shorter (GA) Fresno Pacific Lindenwood

See also

  • List of Division 1 schools with the most NCAA national championships


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