posted June 23, 2010

Hope Among Leaders in 2009-10 NACDA Director's Cup Standings

Hope College finished among the nation's top NCAA Division III schools in the annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2009-10 school year.

Hope ranked 36th among the 310 NCAA Division III colleges in the standings compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

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 13 of the 15 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; 2009-10, 36th

Williams (Mass.) College topped this year's standings for the 14th time in the 15-year history of the program.

During the 2009-10 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 field, men's golf and volleyball.

The rankings of other MIAA-member schools in the rankings were: Calvin, 14th; Kalamazoo, 135th; Olivet, 161st; Trine, 168th; Alma, 191st; Albion, 197th and Adrian, 234th.