Cal State Fullerton placed 66th in the nation to outpace the balance of the Big West Conference in the 2002-03 NACDA Directors' Cup final standings for the first time since the 1995-96 academic year.
With a typical late surge from baseball (third in the nation) and softball (25th), the Titans amassed 266 points based on team finishes in NCAA Div. I competition. The next Big West school was UC Santa Barbara in 81st place followed by Cal Poly at No. 97. The other Big West schools were Pacific at No. 134, Long Beach State at No. 141, Idaho at No. 182, Cal State Northridge at No. 185, UC Irvine at No. 217, and UC Riverside and Utah State tied at No. 233. A total of 268 schools placed.
Fullerton also got points from fencing, women's gymnastics, men's indoor track and field and wrestling. Men's outdoor track and field placed 70th but did not score any points.
Among the other schools to trail Fullerton were Baylor (No. 69), Fresno State (No. 70), Syracuse (No. 76) Northwestern (No. 78), San Diego State (No. 87), UNLV (No. 94), Iowa State (No. 107), Kansas (No. 108), San Jose State (No. 167) and LMU (No. 172).
The NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics ) Cup formerly was known as the Sears Cup and has been contested fror 10 years. Over that time span, Fullerton has averaged an 84th place finish with a best of 46th in 1993-94. Long Beach State is the only other Big West school to average in the top 100, coming in a 98th. Fullerton paced the confrence in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96.
Fullerton's third-place finish in baseball was the best by any Big West team in any sport this year. UC Santa Barbara finished in a tie for ninth in women's volleyball and Long Beach State tied for ninth in baseball.