Stanford athletic department reaches new heights

Cardinal accumulated record-setting score in winning 16th straight Cup

The Stanford Athletic Department may be accused of pouring it on in the race for the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup this year.

Led by national championships in women's tennis and men's volleyball, and a national runner-up in women's water polo, the Cardinal swamped the rest of the nation with 692 points for spring activity, over 100 points more than its closest competitor.

With only baseball remaining to score, Stanford has an overwhelming lead for its 16th consecutive trophy for the best overall athletic department.

Stanford finishes with a record-setting 1,508.50 points. Second-place Florida will finish with 1,310.75 points following the College World Series. Virginia will finish third with 1,189.25 points and UCLA winds up fourth with at least 1,089 points and as many as 1,134.

Texas A&M, Ohio State, Florida State, California and North Carolina will all finish with at least 1,000 points.

The Pac-10 Conference placed eight in the top 30, with Oregon State finishing No. 70 and Washington State finishing at No. 101. There were 280 schools that received points during the course of the school year from their participation in the postseason.

Several Stanford sports participated in other conferences, as was the case for men's volleyball, women's lacrosse and women's water polo, each affiliated with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Women's tennis, men's volleyball and women's water polo accounted for 290 of the 692 points the Cardinal was awarded during the spring.

In addition to the teams reaching the championship round, women's crew added 80 points for its fourth-place finish and men's golf added 72.75 points for its fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Women's golf received 54 points, men's tennis added 64, and men's track and field contributed 69.75.

Several other sports qualified for points, like women's lacrosse, softball and baseball, but Stanford, which scored a then-record 1,499 points in 2002, reached its maximum of 10 men's sports and 10 women's sports, all of which scored higher than those teams which reached the postseason and were eligible to receive points.

"Congratulations to Stanford's student-athletes for capturing their sixth consecutive Sears Directors' Cup," said Hall of Fame football quarterback and Stanford grad John Elway in 2000. "It is an honor to be part of the winning tradition of Stanford athletics that continues to raise the bar of excellence each year."

The 692 points Stanford recorded during the spring were more than all but 30 schools received for the entire year. Throw in the bonus 75 points and the number of schools drop to 21.

Florida had the next best spring with 587.75 points, which includes the 73.50 points the Gators will receive from baseball.

North Carolina won the first award, for the 1993-94 school season with 806.50 points. Stanford was second with 786.50 points.

"The Sears Directors' Cup is the ultimate overall achievement for a university's athletics program," said then Ted Leland at the ceremony of the 1998 NACDA Convention. "It represents the strength and determined effort of the Cardinal's individual student-athletes and teams."

Menlo College finished No. 123, despite not receiving any spring points, out of 195 NAIA schools that received votes. The Oaks accumulated 32.66 points for women's volleyball and 54 points for men's wrestling for a total of 96.66.


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Posted by RT
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I wonder why the article didn't mention the Stanford Women's Basketball program that was national runner-up?

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Posted by Chanh
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 25, 2010 at 12:14 am

It was probably only mentioning spring sports. We were 2nd place nationally in a couple of other sports too.

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