Penn State off to strong start in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings

January 04, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Athletics is off to another strong start in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, as the Nittany Lions seek a ninth consecutive top 10 fall finish.

In the latest fall Directors’ Cup standings, Penn State is ranked No. 7. The Nittany Lions have finished in the top 10 in the final fall standings in 18 of the first 22 years of the Directors’ Cup. The final fall standings will be announced later this month.

Penn State was No. 8 in the final 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, earning its third consecutive top 10 finish and 11th overall. The Nittany Lions are among only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the top 25 in all 22 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final standings.

The Penn State women’s soccer team earned its first NCAA championship to lead the way for the Nittany Lions this past fall. Directed by Erica Walsh, the national Coach of the Year, Penn State defeated Duke, 1-0, to capture the NCAA Women’s College Cup. Senior Raquel Rodriguez, who scored the only goal in the NCAA title match, was selected the Honda Sport Award recipient for women’s soccer and the NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year.

The Penn State women’s volleyball team advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals for the 13th consecutive year to earn Directors’ Cup points. The Big Ten champion women’s cross-country squad and men’s cross-country team also tallied points last fall.

Stanford leads the Directors’ Cup with 394.5 points and is followed by Syracuse (347.5), Virginia (295), North Carolina (282), UCLA (275.5), Michigan (252.5), Penn State (248.5), Minnesota (244), Washington (236) and BYU (229.5).

The Big Ten, Atlantic Coast and Pac-12 conferences all claimed three of the top 10 spots in the latest fall standings.

Penn State student-athletes have an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 88 percent and have earned 191 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selections, the fourth-highest total among Division I programs. The Nittany Lions have won 75 team national championships and 95 Big Ten Conference crowns all-time, and Penn State’s 28 NCAA championships since 1992-93 are the most of any Big Ten institution.

Last Updated January 15, 2016