Hope College finished among the nation's top NCAA Division
III schools in the annual Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings
for the 2011-12 school year.
Hope ranked 43rd among the 318 NCAA Division III colleges in the
standings compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors
of Athletics (NACDA). NCAA Division III consisted of 442 institutions
The NACDA Directors' Cup standings are based on points earned by
teams/individuals that compete in NCAA championship events. Hope in
2011-12 qualified teams and individuals for 11 NCAA championships --
men's and women's cross country, men's soccer, men's golf, volleyball,
men's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving, women's tennis,
and men's and women's track & field.
Hope has been ranked among the nation's top 50 NCAA III programs in 14
of the program's 16 years. Hope's place in the standings year-by-year
were: 1995-96, 26th; 1996-97, 46th; 1997-98, 23rd; 1998-99, 47th;
1999-00, 47th; 2000-01, 38th; 2001-02, 70th; 2002-03, 31st; 2003-04
39th; 2004-05, 56th; 2005-06, 12th; 2006-07, 20th; 2007-08, 39th;
2008-09, 37th; 2009-10, 36th; 2010-11, 69th; 2011-12, 43rd.
Middlebury (Vt.) topped this year's standings ending the 13-year
reign on Williams, Mass.
During the 2011-12 school year Hope won the Commissioner's Cup of the
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) for having the
best cumulative results in men's and women's sports.
The NACDA rankings of other MIAA-member schools were: Calvin, 24th;
Kalamazoo, 128th; Adrian, 142nd; Trine, 161st; Alma, 196th; Olivet,
216th; Saint Mary's, 260th; and Albion, 272nd.