With a pair of NCAA team championships this year and only baseball remaining, Stanford University has captured the NCAA Division I Sports Academy Directors' Cup for the 11th consecutive time.
The award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country.
"We are extremely pleased that the student-athletes who competed for Stanford this past season were able to continue our tradition in the Directors' Cup," said Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland. "We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our teams across the board."
The 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup winners were announced at NACDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were awarded with their Sports Academy Directors' Cups. Although the Division I race will not officially conclude until the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series, Stanford has already clinched the Directors' Cup.
The Cardinal currently has a total of 1,209.25 points, surpassing runnerup UCLA by 135.25 points. Stanford won its 11th straight Directors' Cup with national championships in women's volleyball and women's tennis and runnerup finishes in men's and women's water polo plus and men's swimming.
Another nine Stanford teams placed in the top 10 at NCAA Championships, including: women's cross country (fifth), women's basketball (fifth), women's swimming (fifth), women's outdoor track and field (fifth), men's cross country (sixth), men's gymnastics (seventh), men's outdoor track and field (seventh), women's indoor track (eighth) and softball (ninth). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10
women's and 10 men's sports and averaged 60 points per sport.
Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.
While Stanford won the Sports Academy Directors' Cup for NCAA Division I competition, the 2004-05 winners in the other categories are: Division II - Grand Valley State University (Mich.); Division III - Williams College (Mass.); and NAIA - Azusa Pacific University.
Final standings will be published on June 29, following the conclusion of the College World Series.