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June 24, 2003
Gary Pine
AZUSA, Calif.. – For the eighth consecutive year Azusa Pacific has finished in the top 10 of the 2002-03 NACDA Director’s Cup (formerly known as the Sears Directors’ Cup) for the NAIA division.

The Cougars’ 14 intercollegiate sports tallied 643 points, their second-highest point total since the program’s inception in 1995-96. Lindenwood University (Mo.) captured its second straight Director’s Cup title with 746.5 points while Simon Fraser (B.C.) finished with 718. Other division champions for 2002-03 include Stanford (NCAA Division I), UC Davis (NCAA Division II) and Williams (NCAA Division III).

During the past year Azusa Pacific won NAIA national championships in men’s and women’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field, although the women’s outdoor crown could not count for scoring purposes since it duplicated the indoor effort. The Cougars also advanced the NAIA championship match in women’s soccer and men’s tennis. Last fall, Azusa Pacific recorded top 10 finishes in the NAIA championships of women’s cross country (fifth) and men’s cross country (ninth). Other Cougar sports that recorded points toward the Director’s Cup race include: women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, softball, baseball and women’s tennis. In all, 11 Cougar teams recorded points toward this year’s Director’s Cup.

Azusa Pacific, which continues to be one of the premier athletics programs in the nation, is 1 of only 2 NAIA schools to finish in the Top 10 of every Director’s Cup race (Simon Fraser is the other). Additionally, the Cougars have finished among the finished among the top 4 for the past 5 years in a row.

Developed as a join effort between USA Today and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Directors' Cup measures the annual success of athletics programs of NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA institutions.

Click here to view the complete final standings of the 2002-03 NACDA Director’s Cup for the NAIA division.

On the local level, Azusa Pacific won 7 Golden State Athletic Conference championships and is expected to garner its ninth consecutive All-GSAC Sports Trophy when those standings are tabulated later this summer.

Azusa Pacific Finishes in Director’s Cup

Year Finish Points
2003 Third 643
2002 Third 578
2001 Third 630
2000 Third 607
1999 Second 500
1998 Eighth 290
1997 Third 486
1996 Fifth 495.5