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GVSU Captures 2018-19 Division II Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup

CLEVELAND (June 12, 2019) – After a one year hiatus at the top of the standings, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) takes home the NCAA Division II Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup with 1004.00 points. This is the Lakers 13th Cup in the 24-year history of Division II.

Overall in Division II, you must count the following four sports – men’s basketball, baseball, women’s basketball and volleyball – along with the next highest 11 (max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender.

DII 2018-19 FINAL
The Lakers scored in 13 of 15 possible sports, led by a pair of national championships (men’s and women’s cross country), two runner-up finishes (women’s soccer and indoor track and field), two third-place showings (softball and women’s outdoor track and field) and two fourth-place stops (men’s indoor and outdoor track and field) and fifth in men’s swimming. UC San Diego finishes second for the third time in the Division II rankings, scoring in 14 out of 15 championships for 826.00 points. The Tritons tallied eight top-10 finishes, including a two top-three finishes, women’s soccer and men’s water polo. For the second year in a row, West Texas A&M finished third with 730.50 points and tallied six sports in the top-10. Queens (NC) finished the year with 721.25 points to finish fourth overall, its highest finish in the overall standings, recording a pair of national championships, men’s and women’s swimming. Rounding out the top-five is Indianapolis with 707.00 points.  The Greyhounds placed in the top-10 in seven national championships to date.

Below is a listing of the top-five institutions and their spring national championship finishes. Omitted spring scores in bold below:

RankOverall PointsInstitutionWomen’sMen’s
11004.00GVSU3rd-softball, 3rd-track & field,
9th tennis, 14th-golf

4th-track & field, 11th-golf, 33rd-tennis
2826.00UC San Diego5th-water polo, 7th-softball,
17th-tennis, 53rd-track & field

5th-baseball, 14th-golf, 52nd-track & field
3730.75West Texas A&M4th-track & field, 10th-golf,

41st-baseball, 10th-track & field

4721.25Queens (NC)3rd-lacrosse, 33rd-tennis,
39th-track & field
9th-lacrosse, 14th-track & field, 33rd-tennis,

5707.00Indianapolis3rd-golf, 3rd-tennis, 9th-lacrosse,
9th-softball, 53rd-track & field
3rd-lacrosse, 9th-tennis, 29th-golf,
43rd-track & field

Women’s: Golf – Florida Tech, Lacrosse – Adelphi, Outdoor Track & Field – Lincoln (Mo.), Softball – Augustana,Tennis – Barry
Men’s: Baseball – Tampa, Golf – Lynn, Lacrosse – Merrimack, Outdoor Track & Field – Ashland, Tennis – Barry

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) leads all Division II conferences with three institutions – Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Mesa and Adams State in the top 10.

The 2019-20 Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup will begin in the fall.

Please note the name change to the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup following the merger between Learfield and IMG College.

The Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the winter season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at In addition, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.

About Learfield IMG College: Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands, fans and universities through the representation of collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. As a fully integrated sports marketing and solutions platform, Learfield IMG College provides access to licensing and multimedia sponsorship management, including publishing, radio, digital and social media; fan engagement, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. The company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics, and since 2008, has served as title sponsor of the acclaimed Directors’ Cup.

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