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A&M-Commerce places program-best 22nd in NACDA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Texas A&M University-Commerce has finished in 22nd place in the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, as released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics on Thursday.

The 22nd place finish by the Lions is far and away the program’s best-ever finish, eclipsing the 64th place finish in 2016-17. Just five years ago, A&M-Commerce did not appear in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings.

“Congratulations to our Best in Class student-athletes, coaches, and our entire Lion Athletics community whose fingerprints are all over this accomplishment,” said Tim McMurray, Director of Athletics. “While we are certainly pleased with our historic year across some of sports programs and collectively as a department, we are by no means satisfied. Our program knows our best days are still ahead, and we embrace that mindset with conviction.”

A joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today developed the Learfield Directors’ Cup. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships. A maximum of 100 points per sport is issued for a school winning a national championship. The Lions recorded points in an astounding nine of the 14 offered at A&M-Commerce.

The Lions benefited from the 2017 NCAA Division II Football National Championship, while also recording points in volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s indoor track and field, men’s indoor track and field, men’s golf, softball, women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s outdoor track and field.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup includes all sports across the NCAA’s spectrum of sports offerings, with each school allowed to count a maximum of 15 sports. When comparing only the 14 offered by A&M-Commerce, the Lions rank sixth in the nation.

Pl School Total
1 California Baptist 905.00
2 Grand Valley State 834.75
3 West Texas A&M 772.50
4 Saint Leo 695.25
5 Florida Southern 673.25
6 Colorado School of Mines 671.25
7 Queens (N.C.) 668.50
8 Wingate 631.50
9 Indianapolis 598.75
10 UC San Diego 594.00
11 Minnesota State 588.00
12 Ashland 573.00
13 West Florida 570.00
14 West Chester 551.00
15 Adams State 538.50
16 Augustana 536.00
17 Findlay 513.00
18 Shippensburg 502.50
19 Central Missouri 499.50
20 Azusa Pacific 498.00
21 Carson-Newman 488.00
22 A&M-COMMERCE 480.75
23 Western State Colorado 464.25
24 LIU Post 458.50
25 Colorado Mesa 453.00