June 13, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) awarded Stanford University the 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup, emblematic of the nation's best overall collegiate athletic program. The Cardinal captured the Division I Sears Cup for the unprecedented sixth consecutive time, and has won the award on all but one occasion since it was established in 1993-94.
"Each year Stanford's student-athletes and the athletics department strive to win the Sears Directors' Cup, the measuring stick for college athletics," said Stanford Athletics Director Ted Leland. "Through the Sears Directors' Cup program, Stanford's student-athletes, coaches and support staff are rewarded for their dedication to excellence in all sports."
The Cardinal clinched the Sears Directors' Cup with a total of 1269.5 points (to date), surpassing runner-up UCLA by 166 points. Stanford's sixth straight Sears Directors' Cup win was fueled by its two national championships during the 1999-2000 season in men's tennis and men's outdoor track and field, and by its runner-up finishes in women's tennis, women's golf, women's volleyball and men's water polo. The 1269.5 points does not include the efforts of the Cardinal baseball team, which is guaranteed at least a top four finish at this week's College World Series.
Other Stanford teams placing in the top 10 in NCAA competition were women's cross country (3rd), women's swimming and diving (3rd), men's cross country (4th), fencing (4th), men's swimming and diving (4th) and women's soccer (9th). Other sports scoring for Stanford, which has won at least one team title each of the last 24 years and 52 NCAA team titles in the last 15 years alone, included women's outdoor track and field (11th), women's gymnastics (13th), women's basketball (17th), men's basketball (17th), football (24th), men's golf (31st) and wrestling (55th). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports. Additionally, because the Sears Cup scoring counts only NCAA sponsored events, the standings do not recognize Stanford's performances in synchronized swimming (2nd), women's water polo (3rd) and coed sailing (11th).
In all, 14 Stanford varsity sports, including baseball, finished among the top five nationally in the 1999-2000 school year, as well as 17 among the top 10 and 23 among the top 25.
Final Sears Directors' Cup Division I Standings
1. Stanford 1269.5*
2. UCLA 1103.5
3. Michigan 965
4. North Carolina 908.5
5. Penn State 859.5
6. Nebraska 856
7. Florida 842
8. Arizona 837.5
9. Texas 741*
10. Arizona State 733
* Does not include points that will be awarded for baseball programs advancing to the College World Series.