Around Myers Hollow
Student-athletes make best showing yet in national standings
For decades known as a small college football and basketball powerhouse,
Wittenberg University ended the 2002-03 academic year ranked No. 20 among
424 NCAA Division III schools in the National Association of Collegiate
Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors’ Cup standings.
Wittenberg exhibited the best all-around performance among NCAA Division
III schools in either the North Coast Athletic Conference or the state
of Ohio. After finishing a close second in the 2002-03 NCAC All-Sports
standings for a second straight year, Wittenberg outdistanced its conference
rivals in the national standings by scoring points in four men’s
sports and five women’s sports.
The finish puts Wittenberg in the same company as other academically distinguished
colleges, such as Williams College, Middlebury College, Amherst College
and Johns Hopkins University that finished in the top 20.
Wittenberg also showed well against larger NCAA Division III institutions,
such as Emory University, Tufts University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,
all top-30 finishers with enrollments at least three times that of Wittenberg.
The Directors’ Cup, presented annually since 1996 by the NACDA,
is based on schools’ finishes at their respective national championships,
and women’s teams were instrumental in Wittenberg’s top-20
finish. Tiger teams finished the fall season with 179 points thanks to
national finishes in football (tied for ninth), volleyball (tied for fifth)
and field hockey (tied for ninth). In the winter sports season, Wittenberg
ran its point total to 338.5 thanks to national finishes in women’s
basketball (tied for 33rd), men’s swimming and diving (tied for
21st), women’s swimming and diving (tied for 40th), and men’s
indoor track and field (tied for 23rd). The point total improved again
during the spring season thanks to national finishes in softball (tied
for 25th) and men’s outdoor track and field (tied for ninth).
Each year, the Directors’ Cup program awards Waterford Crystal trophies
to the winning athletics programs in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and
the NAIA, and presents a total of $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships
to students in all four collegiate categories.
Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the program is
the only national awards and academic scholarship program to recognize
all NCAA and NAIA championship sports for both women’s and men’s
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