NACDA Director's Cup

NACDA Director's Cup

The NACDA 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 Director's Cup are based on order of finish in various NCAA sponsored championships or in the case of Division I Football media base 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 NAIA schools as well, each division receiving its own award.

Stanford University has won the award for the best Division I collegiate athletics program for 14 straight years, winning 14 out of the 15 years it has been offered. Williams College has similarly dominated Division III, having won the award 11 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 five 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 and Lindenwood University of Missouri have vied for dominance at the NAIA level, winning five of the last six cups between them, 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 has been the United States Sports Academy.

Past winners and leaders for the current year

NCAA Division I

NAIA

External links

* [http://nacda.cstv.com/ National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics]
* [http://nacda.cstv.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-current-scoring.html NACDA Director's Cup current standings]
* [http://nacda.cstv.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-previous-scoring.html NACDA Director's Cup final results]
* [http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/img/06-08/0629big12.pdf Director's Cup Historical Standings of Big 12 members]


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