Jan. 8, 2002
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Led by its national championship in women's soccer, the Santa Clara University athletic department completed the fall season ranked 17th nationally in the Division I Sears Director's Cup standings, it was announced today.
The Sears Director's Cup is presented by the nation's athletic directors and was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. It is administered by NACDA and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Santa Clara earned 100 points for its national title in women's soccer, 30 for its second-round appearance in the NCAA men's soccer championships and 20 for its appearance in the NCAA volleyball tournament.
The Broncos currently lead a similar competition among West Coast Conference schools. The Broncos have an 8.5 point lead over second-place Portland in the inaugural Commissioner's Cup standings, measuring the athletic success of WCC teams. Current standings can be found by clicking here.
The Sears Cup final fall standings include the sports of women's and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo. In addition to Santa Clara's women's soccer title, winning national championships were Brigham Young (women's cross country), Colorado (men's cross country), Michigan (field hockey), Miami (I-A football), Montana (I-AA football), North Carolina (men's soccer) and Stanford (women's volleyball, men's water polo).
Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 for men and 10 for women. Each national champion receives 100 points. Complete standings, including a breakdown by sport, and the scoring structure can be found by clicking here or on the official website for NACDA at www.nacda.com.