ANAHEIM, Calif. – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced that the Williams College Ephs have won their 12th consecutive NACDA/Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and 14th out of the 15 awarded in NCAA Division III history. Williams accumulated a grand total of 1,292.25 points, the most ever in the history of the award. Amherst was second in the final standings followed by Middlebury in fourth and Tufts in sixth.
The Ephs' won their fifth consecutive NCAA women's rowing title and third-straight women's tennis title during the 2009-10 season. They also had top-four performances at NCAA championships from four other teams, as the men's cross country and men's basketball squads finished second and men's soccer and women's swimming and diving both placed third. Eight other Williams teams posted performances in the top 10 at NCAA events.
"I'm pleased to accept this on behalf of several constituents at Williams, especially our student-athletes who are incredibly passionate and dedicated, and are a blast to teach," stated Harry Sheehy, athletics director at Williams, upon accepting the award. "The classrooms that we call courts and fields are filled with passionate kids who want to be there everyday and it is a joy to teach them."
Williams claimed 12 NESCAC titles this year, second only in the 10-year history of conference tournament play to the 13 the Ephs won in 2002-03.
Amherst finished behind Williams in second with 905.75 points, the highest finish ever for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst won its second consecutive NCAA women's ice hockey crown - the institution's first back-to-back NCAA champion - and finished in the top 10 in eight other sports, highlighted by a runner-up showing in men's tennis and a third-place finish in women's basketball and women's tennis.
Middlebury (751.00) earned its seventh consecutive top-five finish this year, as the Panthers won their 30th national title in the past 15 years with the men's tennis team's second NCAA championship. Other strong performances came from the women's cross country team, which finished fourth, and a men's basketball team that won a program-record 25 games and hosted an NCAA regional for the first time ever.
Tufts tied its highest finish in the history of the Directors' cup with a sixth-place showing, as the Jumbos last placed sixth in 2005-06. Tufts won its first NCAA title in any sport this season when the men's lacrosse team downed Salisbury 9-6 for the 2010 championship. The Jumbos finished with a program-record 20 wins (20-1). The field hockey team followed up its runner-up performance from 2008 with a semifinal appearance in the 2009 NCAA tournament. Both teams also earned their first-ever NESCAC titles this season.
Points in the national Directors' Cup competition are awarded based on an institution's finish at NCAA postseason championship team events. A maximum of 18 sports (nine men and nine women) may be counted in compiling institution's total points.
2010 Directors' Cup Final Standings
1. Williams (1292.25)
2. Amherst (905.75)
3. Washington (Mo.) (858.50)
4. Middlebury (751.00)
5. Illinois Wesleyan (704.25)
6. Tufts (699.00)
7. Wis.-La Crosse (678.75)
8. TCNJ (677.75)
9. Salisbury (673.25)
10. St. Thomas (Minn.) (670.25)
51. Trinity (300.00)
79. Bates (226.10)
80. Bowdoin (224.00)
91. Wesleyan (202.50)
95. Colby (199.50)
140. Hamilton (137.50)
143. Connecticut College (134.00)