CLEVELAND - For the seventh year in a row Gallaudet University is ranked in the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings, presented by National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA), as the final 2016-17 Division III standings were recently released. The Bison earned 25 points to finish tied for 289th out of 325 schools that received points from making a NCAA tournament or championship appearance.
This past season the Bison women's volleyball team made the NCAA tournament field for a seventh straight year to earn 25 points. GU being ranked in the final standings for a seventh straight year is a school record. The highest GU has ever placed in the Directors' Cup standings is 155th in 1998-99 but that year only 231 schools were ranked and the Bison accumulated 30 points. The program record for points is 64, which was earned in 2006-07. The point structure has changed over the years due to the expansion of NCAA tournament brackets.
The Bison have made the final standings 13 times in the 22-year history of the NCAA Division III Directors' Cup standings. Williams (Mass.) College repeated as the Division III champion as the Ephs accumulated 1,35.25 points and has won 20 of the 22 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup titles. Washington (Mo.) University in St. Louis was second with 1,227 points followed by Tufts University (926.75), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (895) and Johns Hopkins University (864.50). Four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools finished ranked in the top eight spots.
Gallaudet was the fourth highest ranked team from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) as Morrisville State College led the way with 125 points in 153rd place. Penn St.-Berks placed 163rd with 114 points while SUNY Poly was 241st with 50 points. This was Gallaudet’s seventh season as a member of the NEAC. Gallaudet was tied at 289th place with 33 other schools. GU was tied for 130th place after the final fall standings back in late December.
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Division III points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports (nine men's, nine women's).
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.nacda.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-current-scoring.html.
About NCAA Division III
More than 180,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make up Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. The Division III experience offers participation in a competitive athletic environment that pushes student-athletes to excel on the field and build upon their potential by tackling new challenges across campus.
Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes. The division minimizes the conflicts between athletics and academics and helps student-athletes progress toward graduation through shorter practice and playing seasons and regional competition that reduces time away from academic studies. Participants are integrated on campus and treated like all other members of the student body, keeping them focused on being a student first.
About Learfield Sports
An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletics departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.The 2016-17 athletic season marks the company's ninth consecutive year to title the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. For more about its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
Gallaudet University in Directors’ Cup Standings
* NACDA's final results in 2004-05, 2005-06 only ranked the Top 100 programs