Varsity successes earn sixth Directors’ Cup for DU

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June 24, 2014

Pioneers take top spot among DI-AAA and FCS schools in 2013-14

The University of Denver claimed the Learfield Sports DI-AAA Directors Cup for the sixth time in seven years, finishing ahead of all non-football schools in the 2013-14 standings.

Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes was notified of the official results after the completion of the 2014 college baseball season. The 43rd-place national finish is the program's top finish, breaking the previous record of 47th set in 2008. Thirteen of the 16 (Skiing combined as one sport for the Directors' Cup) programs earned NCAA Postseason berths in 2013-14.

"We are so fortunate to have student-athletes, coaches and staff who embrace the value of broad-based athletic success and strive to finish among the nation's best," said Vice Chancellor Bradley-Doppes.

"Our goal every year is to field competitive teams in the 17 sport programs we offer at the University of Denver, but this year was exceptional when considering the number of conference championships won by our teams. However, while consistently winning the Directors' Cup for our category says a lot about our athletic skill, the knowledge that our young men and women push each other to be equally as talented in the classroom is a true measure of our success."

In the DI-AAA standings, the Pioneers finished 26 spots and 208.25 points ahead of Providence. The Pioneers also finished 8.25 points ahead of Princeton to become the highest-ranked non-FBS athletic department in the nation. 2013-14 marks the second time Denver has finished as the top non-FBS program (2008).

Denver was in 113th after the fall season, earning 50 points after both the men's and women's soccer programs made trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers jumped 65 spots to 48th through the winter season, led by the 100 points earned from the Denver ski program's 22nd NCAA title. DU also got winter points from the gymnastics program (59.25), women's swimming (40), hockey (25) and men's swimming (25). Men's lacrosse's third trip to Championship Weekend in the last four years highlighted the spring for the Pioneers, earning the department 83 points.

The Pioneers' women's lacrosse team picked up 53 points, with their second-consecutive appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. DU's men's and women's tennis programs also made trips to the NCAA Tournament, earning 25 points apiece. Finally, the women's golf (18) and men's golf (16) programs capped off the Pioneers' scoring with trips to their respective NCAA Regionals.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at DirectorsCup.org I-AAA Directors' Cup Champions 2014 

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