Thursday, July 21, 2011

UT Tyler Athletics Among Nation's Best Again

PLANO, Texas -- For the third-straight year, The University of Texas at Tyler athletic department has finished as one of the nation’s top NCAA Division III programs according to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics/Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.

The Patriots were the top finishing program in the American Southwest Conference, completing the 2010-2011 season in 58th place with 278.5 total points in the final national standings.

For nearly two decades, the Directors' Cup has been widely recognized as the mark of distinction among the nation's collegiate athletic departments through a point system that awards a respective institution based on its national finish in an NCAA or NAIA championship. USA Today and NACDA co-founded the prestigious award in 1993, and it continues to be the only award sanctioned by collegiate athletic directors and that recognizes superior performance across all men's and women's sports.

UT Tyler made NCAA championship appearances in men’s soccer, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, baseball, softball and women’s golf during the 2010-2011 season.

“The Directors' Cup is the prominent benchmark for intercollegiate athletics programs and we are very proud of the commitment and effort that our student-athletes, coaches and staff have put forth in making UT Tyler a nationally-competitive and nationally-recognized athletics department,” said Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler vice president for intercollegiate athletics and auxiliary services.

UT Tyler finished 54th for the 2009-2010 season and 33rd in the 2008-2009 standings – also the top ASC institution in the standings for those two years.

Williams College of Massachusetts finished atop the final Division III standings this year after recording 1,147 total points. Williams most recently won national championships in both women’s rowing and women’s tennis, while also placing fourth in men’s tennis, fifth in women’s outdoor track & field and 75th in men’s outdoor track & field.

-Written by UT Tyler's Athletics

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