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 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.
It was another tremendously successful year for Springfield College Athletics, which was highlighted by a pair of national titles. The men’s volleyball team captured its third-straight NCAA Championship, while senior Kellie Pennington was victorious in the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The women's soccer, women's volleyball, men’s basketball, women's basketball, men's volleyball, and men's lacrosse teams all competed in the NCAA’s, as did individuals from the men's swimming and diving, men's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving, women's track and field, and wrestling teams.
The Pride recorded 426.50 points throughout the year, 153 of which came in the spring season. The Pride totaled 75 points in the fall and tacked on 198.50 points during the winter.
Williams once again claimed the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup title and earned the title of top-ranked Division III athletic program for the 17th time. Wisconsin Whitewater took second, followed by Johns Hopkins, Washington-St. Louis, Amherst, Emory, Tufts, MIT, St. Thomas, and Middlebury rounded out the top 10.
Including Springfield, eight schools from New England were ranked in the top 30 in the country, with Bowdoin also placing 20th and Endicott 28th.