June 19, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Athletics has claimed its unprecedented 15th straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup today, an award that is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today to the top intercollegiate athletic program in the nation.
Stanford's Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby was presented with the Directors' Cup trophy this afternoon at a luncheon in conjunction with the 44th annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Stanford finished with a total of 1,455 points after placing in 23 postseason championships and earning points in a maximum of 10 women's sports and 10 men's sports. Stanford boasted an impressive 10 top-five finishes this season, taking home the men's gymnastics and women's rowing championships, placing second in women's volleyball and men's water polo, and third in men's cross country, men's swimming, women's soccer, women's basketball, and women's water polo. In addition, Stanford was fourth in women's swimming, seventh in men's track and field, eighth in women's cross country and women's gymnastics, ninth in fencing, women's softball, women's tennis and men's tennis, 11th in men's track and field, 12th in women's track and field, 20th in men's golf, 40th in women's golf, 43rd in women's track and field and 51st in men's wrestling.
Stanford has won at least one national championship for 33 consecutive years, an ongoing NCAA record.
"The Directors' Cup trophy is an award we take great pride in," said Bowlsby. "It's the ultimate team award and is a testament to the hard work and extraordinary talents of our student-athletes and coaches."
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and the USA Today in 1993-94 in an effort to honor universities that strive for success in all of their sports programs. The program was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points based on an institutions' finish in 20 sports -- 10 each for men and women.