Hornets place in Director's Cup Top 100 for 12th straight year

June 4, 2014

With eight of 15 sports programs placing nationally in NCAA post season play, Emporia State University finished in the top 100 out of over 300 NCAA Division II schools in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings for the 12th straight year with 326.5 points. The Director’s Cup measures the overall strength of an athletic program based on NCAA postseason play.  The Hornets placed 54th this year and are the only MIAA school that has improved their placing while placing in the top 100 each of the last three years.

For 12 straight years Emporia State has had at least one team finish in the top ten nationally with women's basketball and baseball both making it to regional championship games to finish ninth in the Director's Cup system. The Hornet football team made their first trip to the NCAA Playoffs in ten years to earn a 17th place finish.  The softball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for an MIAA record 11th straight year, making it to the Central Region-I championship game to also finish 17th.  The men's outdoor track team finished 19th nationally while the indoor team was 34th in the nation.  Women's tennis made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and earned a 32nd place finish.  The women's outdoor track and field team placed 67th at the national championships to round out the Emporia State scoring this year. 

The Director's Cup only takes finishes in NCAA Championship play into consideration. On the season Hornet athletic teams went 200-90-3 overall with a 104-49-3 record in MIAA play.  Emporia State was the only school in NCAA Division II that had at least nine wins in football, women's soccer and men's tennis, 15 wins in women's tennis; 18 wins in volleyball, men's and women's basketball; and 40 wins in baseball and softball.

Emporia State was among ten MIAA schools in the top 100 out of 315 active NCAA Division II member institutions.

Learfield Sports Directors Cup Top Ten and MIAA Schools

School        Conference     Points

1. Grand Valley State (Mich.)    GLIAC    1030.00

2. West Texas A&M    LSC    708.00

3. Central Missouri     MIAA    653.75

4. Indianapolis    GLVC    649.75

5. Ashland    GLIAC    637.00

6. Chico State    CCAA    625.50

7. Augustana (SD)    NSIC    603.00

8. Adams State    RMAC    595.00

9. West Florida    GSC    586.50

10. LIU-Post    ECC    575.00

23. Lindenwood     MIAA    472.00

33. Neb.-Kearney     MIAA    425.25

37. Southwest Baptist     MIAA    398.75

54. Emporia State     MIAA    326.50

58. Lincoln     MIAA    313.25

64. Missouri Southern     MIAA    283.50

66. Pittsburg State     MIAA    282.00

69. Northwest Missouri     MIAA    265.00

70. Central Oklahoma     MIAA    263.75

106. Ft. Hays State     MIAA    192.00

157. Northeastern State     MIAA    120.50

228. Missouri Western     MIAA    25.00

228. Washburn     MIAA    25.00

 

Average Finish of Current MIAA schools since 2006

School     Ave. Finish    

1. Central Missouri     7.78    

2. *Nebraska-Kearney    28.00  

3. Emporia State     42.11    

4.^Lincoln     51.00    

5. *Central Oklahoma    54.78   

6. Northwest Missouri     61.89    

7. Pittsburg State     66.89    

8. Missouri Southern     71.44    

9. # Ft. Hays State     92.89    

10. Washburn     101.11    

11. Southwest Baptist     119.00    

12. *Northeastern State    131.11   

13. Missouri Western     182.22    

$ Lindenwood            23

#FHSU’s first year of MIAA competition was 2006-07

^LU rejoined MIAA in 2010-11

*UCO, NSU and UNK's first year of MIAA competition was 2012-13

$Lindenwood is in their first full year of NCAA Division II and had not been eligible for post season play in the NAIA or NCAA since 2010-11.

+Only Top 100 ranked in 2005-06

 

Emporia State Year by Year in the Director’s Cup

Year     Place     Points

2013-14    54th    326.50

2012-13    78th    244.00

2011-12    81st    221.50

2010-11     46th     335.00

2009-10     25th     437.25

2008-09     35th     379.50

2007-08     11th     568.50

2006-07     37th     367.75

2005-06     12th     413.50

2004-05     44th     291.00

2003-04     54th     251.25

2002-03     95th     153.25

2001-02     113th     110.00

2000-01     56th     187.50

1999-00     63rd     152.50

1998-99     31st     150.00

1997-98     34th     110.00

1996-97     72nd     134.50

1995-96     57th     170.00

 

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