The Emory University Department of Athletics finished eighth in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division III standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The eighth-place finish represents the 14th time in the past 15 years that Emory has recorded a top-10 showing -- 2000-01 (fourth), 2001-02 (fifth), 2002-03 (second), 2003-04 (second), 2004-05 (eighth), 2005-06 (fourth), 2006-07 (ninth), 2007-08 (seventh), 2008-09 (sixth),
2009-10 (18th) , 2010-11 (seventh), 2011-12 (sixth), 2012-13 (second) and 2013-14 (sixth). Emory registered a final total of 807 points, the fifth-highest mark for the department since the inception of the Cup in 1995-96.
Emory scored Directors’ Cup point in 13 sports in 2014-15 and captured a national championship in women’s swimming and diving while claiming runner-up berths in volleyball and women’s tennis. Other teams to come away with top-10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup included men’s swimming and diving (4th), men’s tennis (5th), baseball (5th), men’s basketball (9th) and softball (9th).
Emory athletics also claimed nine University Athletic Association championships during this past school year – volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s outdoor track and field, softball, and baseball.
Williams College (MA) finished in the No. 1 spot with 1,053 points, its 18th Directors’ Cup title in 20 years. Johns Hopkins was runner-up with 1,016.75 points. A total of 322 schools accumulated points in the final Division III standings.
The Directors’ Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Began in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to the Junior/Community Colleges. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.