Broncos Athletics

From the Director's Chair With Cheryl Levick

November, 2001

Beginning this season, the West Coast Conference has adopted an award that will reward the athletic programs within the league that have the top overall performances in conference play.

The inaugural "Commissioner's Cup" is an all sports award that utilizes a point system reflecting the finish of each team in conference standings to determine the top overall athletic program in the WCC. At the end of the year the league will present men and women's all-sports awards as well as the overall Commissioner's Cup to the top performing athletic program.

The points will be awarded based on regular-season or conference championship finishes in the league's 13 sponsored sports, with eight points for the champion, seven for second-place and so on.

With an incredibly successful fall season in which we have won two league titles and have a strong chance for a third, we are in great shape to make a run for the inaugural Commissioner's Cup in addition to both the men and women's all-sports awards.

Current standings for the Commissioner's Cup and each of the all-sports awards can be located by clicking here.

Here is a quick recap of our successful fall season thus far:

  • Our women's cross country team surpassed everyone's wildest expectations and won its first-ever West Coast Conference team championship. Tom Service was named the Broncos' head coach last summer and led the team from a fourth-place finish last year to th is season's championship. He was honored by his peers as the WCC's Coach of the Year after placing two runners in the top 10 and all five in the top 13 overall.

  • The women's soccer team rolled to another league title and is preparing for a run for the College Cup. Jerry Smith and his team have been ranked in the top-five nationally for nearly the entire season and are picked among the favorites to win the national title. Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner are finalists for the national player of the year award and are easily two of the top players in the nation.

  • The men's cross country team finished second in the WCC for a record 11th time despite redshirting its top runner from a year ago. Head Coach John Maloney was honored as the league's Coach of the Year for the second-straight season after placing all five runners among the top 16 overall finishers.

  • Steve Hanson's men's water polo team finished the season by winning its final three games, including a thrilling 8-7 victory over 20th-ranked UC Davis. The Broncos also dropped a narrow decision to 15th-ranked Pacific in double-overtime late in the season and showed tremendous promise for the future of the program.

  • Mitch Murray's men's soccer team has suffered through a number of heartbreaking losses and has played most of the season shorthanded due to injuries. Yet, the Broncos are within one win of earning the WCC's regular-season title and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

    I hope you will continue to check this website often to follow the Broncos in postseason play and support them in person whenever possible.

    Go Broncos!