NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – With a surge in the spring sport season, Cleary University will take the USCAA Director’s Cup home to Michigan. The win marks the school’s first Director’s Cup championship in the USCAA.
The Cougars took part in five USCAA National Championship events during the year, including winning a Women’s Cross Country National Championship, a second-place finish at the Softball Small College World Series, and third place finishes at the Golf National Championships, Men’s Cross Country National Championships, and Baseball Small College World Series. Cleary finished with 545.5 points.
Berea College finished in a close second place with 522.5 points. They had National Championship runner-up finishes in Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Basketball. Third place went to Florida College, who finished the year with 511 points.
Cleary University started the year off with a strong third place finish in the Men’s Golf National Championships. They continued their winning ways by winning the Women’s Cross Country National Championship, and the men followed with a third-place finish of their own in the Men’s Cross Country National Championships. After not qualifying for the Basketball National Championships, Cleary came on strong in the spring – securing second place in the Softball National Championships and third place in the Baseball National Championships.
Berea College placed second in both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships, which accounted for the bulk of the Mountaineers points in 2016-17. The Mountaineers also finished runner-up in the Women’s Division I Basketball National Championships, losing to Concordia College Alabama 70-59. Berea also posted a fourth-place finish in the USCAA Golf National Championship and tied for third place in the Men’s Division I Basketball National Championships.
Florida College participated in seven USCAA National Championship events. The Falcons won a Women’s Volleyball National Championship and finished tied for third place in men’s soccer.
Director’s Cup points are awarded for the number of sport offerings and are also based on results from USCAA National Championship events. The final top-20 Director’s Cup standings can be found below.