Stanford claims Directors' Cup
Cardinal Athletics win honor for 18th consecutive season
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford Athletics has claimed its 18th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, an award that is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the top intercollegiate athletic program in the nation.
Stanford finished with 1,448.25 points, outdistancing Florida by 133.75 points for its 18th consecutive title. Ohio State (3rd) UCLA (4th) and Florida State (5th) round out the top five.
After claiming national championships in women's soccer, women's water polo and women's lightweight I eight, Stanford has won at least one NCAA team title for 36 consecutive years, an ongoing record. Stanford has now won 103 NCAA team titles, the second-highest total among all NCAA institutions.
Seventeen of Stanford's 35 intercollegiate programs finished their respective seasons ranked in the top-10 nationally, while seven teams were ranked first in the nation at some point during the year.
In addition, six Stanford student-athletes -- Mark Appel (baseball), Nicole Gibbs (women's tennis), Andrew Luck (football), Kiley Neushul (women's water polo), Teresa Noyola (women's soccer) and Lindsay Taylor (women's soccer) -- earned national players of the year in their respective sports. Gibbs and Mallory Burdette were named ITA Doubles Team of the Year.
Four Stanford coaches -- Al Acosta (women's lightweight rowing), Paul Ratcliffe (women's soccer), David Shaw (football) and John Tanner (women's water polo) -- earned national coach of the year honors.
Stanford's student-athletes also continue to display an unwavering commitment to academic excellence, as nine earned first team academic All-America status as recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In addition, five student-athletes garnered NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
All 35 programs exceeded the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) standards while seven Cardinal teams earned perfect scores of 1,000.