AZUSA, Calif. –- Two-time defending champion Azusa Pacific continues its hold on first place in the final winter 2006-07 NAIA U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings.
The Cougars have scored 655.25 points through the fall and winter seasons, tallying points in 9 different sports. Interestingly, Golden State Athletic Conference rival Concordia is currently second with 526 points. Cedarville (Ohio) is third with 508.
In NAIA championship events stages last fall, Azusa Pacific was second in both men’s and women’s soccer (only the second time in NAIA history that one school played for both men’s and women’s soccer titles), third in men’s cross country, nine in women’s cross country and 11th in women’s volleyball.
Azusa Pacific continued its strong showing in the winter by winning the NAIA championship in men’s indoor track & field, the school’s 26th national championship, third most in NAIA history. Men’s basketball finished tied for fifth, women’s indoor track & field was ninth, and women’s basketball was tied for 17th.
The Directors’ Cup is a national program administrated by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s. Each school is awarded points for the postseason advancement in a pre-determined number of sports. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in its respective division following the spring sports. The eventual champion receives a crystal trophy.
Azusa Pacific, which has always finished in the top ten of the NAIA Director’s Cup since the program’s inauguration in 1995-96, captured its first-ever Directors’ Cup championship in 2005 with an NAIA record 881 points. Last year, the Cougars became only the third school ever to secure back-to-back NAIA Directors’ Cup titles when they tallied an NAIA leading 836 points.
Click here for complete 2006-07 scoring through the winter seasons for all divisions, including the NAIA.