Pioneers Claim Eighth DI-AAA Directors' Cup in Nine Years

July 1, 2016

Directors' Cup Standings

DENVER - For the fourth-straight season and the eighth time in nine years, the University of Denver took home the Learfield Sports DI-AAA Directors' Cup, finishing ahead of all non-football schools in the 2015-16 Division I standings. The Pioneers' 52nd-place national finish (433 points) in the overall Division I standings is Denver's fourth-best finish in its history. Denver's men's tennis program shared the 2015-16 I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, tying for the most Directors' Cup points earned in men's tennis by a non-football school. 

"This trophy continues to be one of the major goals our athletic department strives for every year, and I'm very proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for accomplishing this crowning achievement once again," Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes said. "Our tremendous student-athletes continue to perform at an extremely high level both in the classroom and on their respective playing surfaces. The DU student-athletes, coaches and staff share this trophy and success with our loyal fans, generous donors and sponsors of DU Athletics."  



In the DI-AAA standings, the Pioneers finished 24 spots and 150.25 points ahead of UC Santa Barbara. The Pioneers finished 19 spots and 218 points behind Princeton to finish second in 2015-16 among non-FBS athletic departments. Denver has finished as the top non-FBS program three times in its history (2008, 2014 and 2015). 

Denver was 83rd in the Directors' Cup following the fall sports season, with men's soccer earning its first-ever NCAA Division I Second Round appearance (50 points) and volleyball booking its second-straight NCAA Tournament trip (25). 

The Pioneers jumped all the way to 47th following the winter sports season, earning 267.5 points across four sports, led by Denver Skiing's 23rd National Championship (100) and hockey's first trip to the Frozen Four since 2005 (83). DU's gymnastics program picked up 52.5 points led by its 18th-straight NCAA Regional appearance and redshirt-senior Nina McGee's (Cincinnati, Ohio) floor national title. Denver's women's swimming team tallied 32 points led by Bailey Andison's (Smith Falls, Ontario) All-America performances in the 200 yard and 400 yard IM. 

In the spring, Denver picked up 90.5 points, led by 25 each for NCAA First Round appearances from men's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis. The DU women's golf program also earned 15.5 points in the spring for its 15th-straight NCAA Regional appearance. 

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 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.

I-AAA Directors' Cup Champions

2016 - Denver (52 nationally)

2015 - Denver (49)

2014 - Denver (43)

2013 - Denver (55)

2012 - Pepperdine (Denver - 85)

2011 - Denver (54)

2010 - Denver (65)

2009Denver (54)

2008 - Denver (47) 

Denver's National Rankings Prior to 2008

2007 - 74

2006 - Not in top-100

2005 - 68

2004 - 59

2003 - 75

2002 - 75

2001 - 87

2000 - Not in top-100

1999 - 74 

About Learfield Sports

A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for 40 years, the company has titled the acclaimed Learfield Sports Directors' Cup for five consecutive years. Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations, and is deeply integrated in collegiate ticket sales. The company's multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Today, Learfield Sports' exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,000 radio stations. To learn more its history and collegiate portfolio, visit 


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