November 12, 2001
From the Director's Chair With Cheryl Levick
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
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
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
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
I hope you will continue to check this website often to follow the
Broncos in postseason play and support them in person whenever