Penn State places 13th in Directors' Cup, earns ninth top 15 finish in 11 years

July 02, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Another very successful year for Penn State intercollegiate athletics has culminated in the Nittany and Lady Lions earning 13th place in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings, an all-sports competition among Division I institutions.

Penn State earned its ninth top 15 finish in the 11 years of the survey. The Lions have earned seven top 10 finishes, with four top five placings. There were 327 eligible colleges and universities in Division I this year.

The United State Sports Academy, USA Today and NACDA, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, sponsor the all-sports competition. Scoring is determined by NCAA Championships finishes in 20 sports -- 10 for men and 10 for women. Each NCAA champion receives 100 points, while second place is worth 90, third is worth 85 and so forth.

The Nittany Lions and Lady Lions earned 795.5 points in the survey. Stanford won its 10th consecutive Directors' Cup and with 1,337.25 points. Stanford was followed by Michigan (1,226.25), UCLA (1,178.75), Ohio State (1,026.5), Georgia (1,005.25), Florida (993.25), North Carolina (925), Washington (919.5), California (899.5), Texas (880.25), LSU (867.75), Arizona (799.5), Penn State (795.5), Tennessee (755.75) and Oklahoma (728.75) rounding out the top 15.

Penn State placed third in the 1998-99 Directors' Cup, its highest finish. The Lions were fifth in 2002-03, 1999-2000 and 1993-94, the program's inaugural year. The Lions also have finished eighth (1994-95), ninth (1995-96), 10th (2000-01), 15th (tie) in 1997-98, 20th (1996-97) and 24th (2001-02).

Featuring 29 varsity sports, 18 Nittany and Lady Lion programs were represented at their respective NCAA championships in 2003-04. Seven Penn State programs finished fifth or higher in NCAA competition this year: men's gymnastics (champions), fencing (second), men's volleyball (tied for third), women's soccer (tied for fifth), field hockey (tied for fifth), women's volleyball (tied for fifth) and women's basketball (tied for fifth).

"It has been another terrific year for our athletic teams and we're very pleased with our top 15 finish in the NACDA Directors' Cup," stated Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. "These results are a very positive reflection on our coaches and student-athletes on the great job they've done. We're delighted that with our broad-based program we were able have so much success, including 18 teams competing in their NCAA Championships and seven finishing fifth or higher. We also were thrilled to have the men's gymnastics program bring home its 11th national championship."

Four Penn State squads won Big Ten Championships in 2003-04: women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball and women's indoor track and field, which captured the school's first Big Ten track title.

Penn State was one of five Big Ten Conference schools to finish in the top 25 in the NACDA Directors' Cup, joining Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota (20th) and Illinois (25th). The Pacific-10 led all conferences with seven schools in the top 25.

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