posted June 19, 2005

Hope Among Leaders in NACDA Directors' Cup

Hope College finished among the NCAA Division III leaders in the annual NACDA Directors' Cup standings for the 2004-05 school year.

Hope ranked 56th among 421 NCAA Division III colleges in the standings compiled by the National Association of Colleague Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The NACDA Directors' Cup standings are based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA championship events.  The national award program began 10 years ago.

Hope College has been ranked among the nation's top 50 NCAA Division III programs in eight of the ten years.  The best year was 23rd in 1997-98.  Hope's place in the standings other years were 1995-96, 26th; 1996-97, 46th; 1988-99, 47th; 1999-00, 47th; 2000-01, 38th; 2001-02, 70th; 2002-03, 31st; 2003-04, 39th.

Williams (Mass.) College topped this year's standings for the ninth time in 10 years.

During the 2004-05 school year Hope won the Commissioner's Cup of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) for the best cumulative results in men's and women's sports.  Hope qualified individuals or teams in six  NCAA national championships -- women's soccer, women's cross country, men's and women's swimming, and men's and women's track.