posted June 19, 2009

Hope Among Leaders in NACDA Director's Cup Standings

Hope College finished among the nation's top NCAA Division III schools in the annual NACDA Directors' Cup standings for the 2008-09 school year.

Hope ranked 37th among 310 NCAA Division III colleges in the standings compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.

The NACDA Directors' Cup standings are based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA championship events.

Hope College has been ranked among the nation's top 50 NCAA Division III programs in 12 of the 14 years. Hope's place in the standings year-by-year were 1995-96, 26th; 1996-97, 46th; 1997-98, 23rd; 1998-99, 47th; 1999-00, 47th; 2000-01, 38th; 2001-02, 70th; 2002-03, 31st; 2003-04, 39th; 2004-05, 56th; 2005-06, 12th; 2006-07, 20th; 2007-08, 39th; 2008-09, 37th.

Williams (Mass.) College topped this year's standings for the 13th time in the 14-year history of the program.

During the 2008-09 school year Hope won the Commissioner's Cup standings of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) for the best cumulative results in men's and women's sports. Hope qualified individuals or teams in 10 NCAA championships -- men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's track and women's tennis, and volleyball.