Azusa Pacific University affirmed its place among the elites of NAIA intercollegiate competition, finishing second in the 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup. This annual awards program recognizes collegiate institutions for the best overall athletics program within their division in an academic year.
On the strength of three NAIA national championships and two runner-up finishes in other NAIA championship events, APU tallied 700 points in the Directors’ Cup to finish second behind Simon Fraser University of British Columbia, which captured its sixth Directors’ Cup title with an NAIA record 842.25 points.
This marked the ninth straight year that APU has finished in the top 10 of the Directors’ Cup, joining Simon Fraser as the only NAIA schools ever to tally top 10 placements every year since the program’s inception in 1996. Azusa Pacific has recorded six straight top five showings now, and the 2003-04 finish matches the 1998-99 effort as the best ever by APU.
“I’m extremely pleased for our student-athletes and coaches,” said APU Director of Athletics Bill Odell. “Our unique group of coaches and athletes strive to be excellent in all of their endeavors and honor God with their abilities. It’s quite satisfying to place so high in the Directors’ Cup. In addition, it is important that we be balanced in our success. We need to be strong in both team and individual sports, in both men’s and women’s sports, and in sports throughout all seasons of competition. The disbursement of our points confirms that we are accomplishing our goals.”