Ashland University Finishes Second In Final All-Sports Standings

Ashland University Finishes Second In Final All-Sports Standings

6/4/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s athletic program finished the 2014-15 sports year in a big way on Thursday (June 4), placing second in the final Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. It is AU’s highest finish in the Directors’ Cup, which began in 1995-96.

Ashland has finished in the Top 10 of the Directors’ Cup standings in each of the last eight academic years, in the Top 5 each of the last four years and in the Top 3 in three of the last four years.

Ashland also finishes the academic year as the top-rated Division II private institution in the Directors’ Cup.

“I’m incredibly proud of our coaches, staff and student-athletes,” said Al King, Ashland director of athletics. “Not just for this record-setting year, but for the level of consistency they’ve maintained over the last eight years in making this a highly successful broad-based program that annually ranks among the best in the nation. Their commitment to excellence is astounding.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be associated with a group like this.”

Following the winter season, AU’s athletic program, which ended the academic season with 720 Directors’ Cup points in 11 sports, was sixth in the country thanks to earning the most winter-season points in Division II (337.5). Ashland’s 652.5 points between the winter and spring seasons also were the most in the country, and were more than all but two other schools (Grand Valley State, 965.5) and Central Missouri (713) had for the entire academic season.

Ashland earned spring-season points in five sports – men’s outdoor track and field (third-place national finish, 85), women’s outdoor track and field (seventh, 72), women’s golf (ninth, 69), baseball (regional finalist, 64) and softball (regional appearance, 25).

In 2014-15, Ashland saw two teams go to the Division II Midwest Regional finals – women’s basketball and baseball. Twelve of AU’s 19 sports teams competed in the Division II postseason. The 2014-15 academic year also featured the entire Ashland athletic program earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.11, and the program’s spring semester cumulative GPA was 3.10. Fourteen Eagle sports programs boasted an academic-year GPA of 3.0 or higher, and eight teams were 3.35 or higher.

After Grand Valley State, Ashland and Central Missouri, Lewis was fourth (647.75) and Minnesota State-Mankato finished fifth (617.5).

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference each had two members finish in the Directors’ Cup Top 10, and six GLIAC programs finished in the Top 50 – GVSU, Ashland, Findlay (No. 28), Wayne State (No. 33), Hillsdale (No. 39) and Tiffin (No. 45).

This is the first time in the 20 years of the Directors’ Cup that two teams from the same conference finished 1-2 in the final standings.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s.

 

ACADEMIC YEAR

FINISH

 

ACADEMIC YEAR

FINISH

1995-96

11th

 

2005-06

45th

1996-97

16th

 

2006-07

13th

1997-98

T-22nd

 

2007-08

9th

1998-99

10th

 

2008-09

6th

1999-00

13th

 

2009-10

7th

2000-01

16th

 

2010-11

9th

2001-02

13th

 

2011-12

3rd

2002-03

19th

 

2012-13

3rd

2003-04

33rd

 

2013-14

5th

2004-05

30th

 

2014-15

2nd

 

 

 

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###