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Virginia Finishes Seventh in Final Directors? Cup Standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Virginia finished seventh in the final 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup competition for Division I schools. The final results were announced Friday by the National Association of Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The finish is the second best for the Cavaliers in the 18-year history of the Directors' Cup program and marks the fourth time the school has posted a top-10 finish. Virginia's best finish was third last year. UVa was eighth in both 1999 and 2009.

It marks the 18th consecutive year, since the program's inception, the Cavaliers have recorded a top-30 finish. UVa is one of 15 schools to rank in the top 30 of the final Directors' Cup standings in each year of the program's existence.

"The manner in which our programs have represented the University of Virginia this year is truly impressive," UVa Athletics Director Craig Littlepage said. "Earning another top-10 finish in this year's Directors' Cup demonstrates a true team effort, including the work of dedicated coaches, student-athletes and athletics department staff, support from the University administration and faculty, and the generosity of our donors. Winning conference and national championships are among our department goals and our third consecutive top-10 finish in the Directors' Cup standings reflects our continuing effort regarding our 10-year goals."

Teams or individuals in 21 of Virginia's 25 intercollegiate athletics programs advanced to postseason competition in 2010-11. UVa won two team national championships and two individual national titles. Virginia won the NCAA title in men's lacrosse and a fourth consecutive ITA National Team Indoor Championship in men's tennis.

A year after capturing the NCAA 800 meter crown indoors, sophomore Robby Andrews won the 800 meter outdoor title this spring at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Matt McLean won the 500 meter freestyle at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships to become the fourth Cavalier swimmer to win a NCAA title.

The Cavaliers also won five Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 2010-11, which tied with Maryland as the most by any league school this year. UVa won ACC titles in baseball, women's rowing, men's and women's swimming and diving and men's tennis. Virginia has won 47 ACC championships in the last nine years, the most of any school in the conference during that period.

There were 10 Cavalier student-athletes who earned some form of ACC player of the year honors in their respective sport. That list includes: McKenzie Adams (volleyball freshman of the year), Alex Domijan (men's tennis freshman of the year), Sinead Farrelly (women's soccer offensive player of the year), Danny Hultzen (baseball pitcher of the year), Ben Kohles (men's golfer of the year), Anthony Kostelac (indoor and outdoor track and field freshman of the year), Matt McLean (men's swimmer of the year), Ariana Moorer (women's basketball sixth player of the year), Lauren Perdue (women's swimmer of the year) and Steele Stanwick (men's lacrosse player of the year).

Additional highlights of Virginia's 2010-11 athletics year included:

  • Four coaches were named ACC coach of the year (rowing - Kevin Sauer; men's and women's swimming and diving - Mark Bernardino; men's tennis - Brian Boland; baseball - Brian O'Connor).
  • Assistant women's golf coach Brian Bailie was the National Golf Coaches Association's assistant coach of the year.
  • Steele Stanwick became the third Cavalier men's lacrosse player to win the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player
  • Men's golfer Ben Kohles repeated as the ACC Golfer of the Year.
  • Emil Heineking won his second consecutive ACC men's cross country individual title.
  • Baseball pitcher Danny Hultzen became the first player in ACC history to win the Pitcher of the Year Award in back-to-back seasons. A first-team All-American and a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, he was the second pick in the Major League Baseball draft
  • The women's cross country team won the NCAA Southeast Regional title.
  • The Cavalier women's golf team's fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships was its best postseason performance.
  • Baseball pitcher Tyler Wilson won the Lowes Senior CLASS Award as the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I baseball
  • The men's tennis team's Michael Shabaz was the ITA National Senior Player of the Year, Alex Domijan was the ITA National Rookie of the Year and Sanam Singh received the ITA Sportsmanship Award
  • The Virginia baseball team was the No. 1 national seed for the NCAA baseball championships and made its second College World Series appearance
  • Wrestler Chris Henrich became the program's first three-time All-American
  • Paige Selenski was a Honda Award semifinalist for field hockey
  • The men's tennis team won its fifth consecutive ACC title and placed second at the NCAA Championships, its best finish ever
  • The Cavalier men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their fourth straight ACC titles
  • Men's swimming finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, its best finish ever
  • Women's tennis advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAAs for the first time
  • Junior Lindsey Hardenbergh became the first women's tennis player to earn All-America honors
  • Former Cavalier women's soccer players Becky Sauerbrunn and Lori Lindsey were named to the U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team

Stanford finished first in the NCAA Division I Directors' Cup standings for the 17th consecutive year with 1550.25 points and Ohio State was second with 1277.05 points.

UVa was one of four ACC programs to finish in the top-10 of the Directors' Cup standings. Other ACC schools in the top 10 of the Directors' cup standings were Duke (5th, 1171.50), North Carolina (6th, 1160.75) and Florida State (9th, 1079.00).

There are four Learfield Sports Directors' Cup awards, one to honor the institution with the best overall athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III, and the NAIA. The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today.

2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Final Top 30 Point Standings

 1.   Stanford                    1550.25

 2.   Ohio State                 1277.05

 3.   California                   1219.50

 4.   Florida                       1212.25

 5.   Duke                         1171.50

 6.   North Carolina            1160.75

 7.   Virginia                      1092.00

 8.   Texas A&M                  1090.50

 9.   Florida State               1079.00

10.   Oklahoma                  1064.75

11.   UCLA                         1020.25

12.   Texas                           996.75

13.   Penn State                    996.05

14.   Southern California        990.25

15.   Michigan                       954.75

16.   Arizona                         906.00

17.   Maryland                       858.00

18.   Notre Dame                   833.00

19.   LSU                               831.05

20.   Georgia                          829.00

21.   Washington                     779.30

22.   Tennessee                       763.50

23.   Illinois                             731.50

24.   Arkansas                          726.75

25.   Alabama                           726.25

26.   Wisconsin                         706.25

27.   Arizona State                    692.50

28.   Indiana                             687.75

29.   Minnesota                         657.25

30.   Oregon                             640.75

ACC Schools in Final 2010-11 Directors' Cup Standings

 5.   Duke                    1171.50

 6.   North Carolina       1160.75

 7.   Virginia                 1092.00

 9.   Florida State          1079.00

17.   Maryland                858.00

45.   Virginia Tech           500.50

47.   Clemson                 485.50

51.   Miami (Fla.)            416.50

59.   Georgia Tech           350.75

64.   Boston College        322.00

67.   NC State                 312.00

74.   Wake Forest            261.50

Schools Ranked in the Top-30 of All 18 Directors' Cup Point Standings (1994-2011)

Arizona

Arizona State

California

Florida

Georgia

Michigan

North Carolina

Ohio State

Penn State

Southern California

Stanford

Tennessee

Texas

UCLA

Virginia

Virginia's Final Position in Each of the Directors' Cup Rankings

2011     7th

2010     3rd

2009     8th

2008     17th

2007     13th

2006     26th

2005     13th

2004     30th

2003     19th

2002     27th

2001     30th

2000     13th

1999     8th

1998     13th

1997     22nd

1996     21st

1995     19th (tie)

1994     19th

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