Florida Seventh In National All-Sports Competition

A national title by the women's tennis team and 10 other top-10 team finishes led the University of Florida to a seventh-place finish in the 2002-03 NACDA Directors' Cup national all-sports competition, which is coordinated by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The finish marks Florida's 20th consecutive position among the nation's top-10 programs. Florida and UCLA are the only schools to finish in the top 10 in national all-sports rankings every year since 1983-84.

The NACDA Directors' Cup, presented annually by the nation's athletics directors, recognizes the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. Points awarded for an institution's finish in up to 20 sports determine the all-sports champion. This year, only a program's top finish from the indoor or outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships was computed in a program's final total. In 2001-02, the scoring structure awarded points for both indoor and outdoor track & field. Fielding 18 athletic teams that can score in the NACDA Directors' Cup, Florida finished seventh with 935.75 points. Stanford claimed the title with 1,330.5 points and will add to its total as the Cardinal baseball team advanced to the College World Series.

A total of 11 Gator athletic teams finished in the top-10 of NCAA competition in 2002-03 – the second-highest total of top-10 finishes in school history. Florida's top-10 teams in 2002-03 NCAA competition include: Women's Tennis (1st); Women's Indoor Track & Field (T2nd), Volleyball (T3rd), Women's Outdoor Track & Field (4th), Men's Golf (T4th), Women's Swimming & Diving (5th), Men's Tennis (T5th), Men's Swimming & Diving (6th), Men's Outdoor Track & Field (6th), Gymnastics (7th), and Women's Golf (8th).

"A national championship by our women's tennis team and 10 other top-10 finishes – that's a very good year for the Gators," Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said. "The NACDA Directors' Cup finish is indicative of the desire and work of our coaches and student-athletes as they strive for success. Their efforts, along with the efforts of a very dedicated staff, help move us toward our goal of establishing Florida as the nation's elite athletic program."

Two Gators won NCAA Individual Championships and 66 UF student-athletes earned 127 All-America honors. Candice Scott captured the women's NCAA Outdoor hammer throw crown and Erin Gilreath claimed the women's NCAA Indoor weight throw title.

Florida won five Southeastern Conference titles in 2002-03 to raise its total to 51 since the 1993-94 academic year, the most by any conference school during the 10-year time span. The Gators won SEC titles in volleyball, women's track and field, both men's and women's tennis and in men's golf.

For an unprecedented seventh time, the University of Florida completed a sweep of all three Southeastern Conference All-Sports titles, capturing the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group SEC All-Sports title as well as finishing first in this year's men's and women's all-sports competition. Prior to 1992, no school in SEC history had ever won both the men's and women's all-sports titles in the same academic year. Florida became the first to win all three in 1992 and has repeated the feat in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Two other SEC programs finished among the NACDA Directors' Cup top-20. Auburn finished in the No. 12 position (822.75 points) and Georgia took the No.15 spot (784 points).

Florida was also successful away from the athletic arena in 2002-03, earning a league record 193 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades. Five UF student-athletes also earned spots on Verizon Academic All-America teams in 2002-03, giving the Gators 50 Academic All-Americans since 1992. Matt Bonner was named the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball for the second consecutive year.

In addition, in an era when the NCAA estimates 70 percent of Division I schools are losing money on intercollegiate athletics, the Gator athletic program continued to have an impact in regard to University academic programs. Since 1990, the University Athletic Association has contributed more than $27.7 million to the University to fund academic endeavors.

Florida's athletic program also serves as a focal point for the surrounding community and beyond, as more than 943,719 fans attended 158 home events in Gainesville in 2002-03. Four UF athletic teams ranked in the nation's top 10 for attendance.

University of Florida student-athletes have donated many hours to the Gainesville and surrounding communities. The "Goodwill Gators" program was recognized by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports and received the 1998 Outreach and Service Award.

2002-03 NACDA DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS

Rank

School

Total

1

Stanford

1330.5~

2

Ohio State

1074.75

3

Michigan

1034.25

4

Texas

1011~

5

Penn State

993

6

UCLA

943.25

7

Florida

935.75

8

North Carolina

933.5

9

California

884.75

10

Arizona State

860.75

11

Minnesota

845

12

Auburn

822.75

13

Notre Dame

822.5

Southern California

822.5

15

Georgia

784

16

Arizona

760

17

Washington

732

18

Virginia

690

19

Oklahoma

643.25

20

Duke

643

~ - baseball points will be added. SU and UT will each receive at least 73 points for the sport of baseball as both programs will finish among the nation's top eight teams at the College World Series.

 

UF Finishes in Annual National All-Sports Rankings

Academic Year

UF Finish

1983-84

5th

1984-85

4th

1985-86

8th

1986-87

4th

1987-88

5th

1988-89

9th

1989-90

5th

1990-91

5th

1991-92

5th

1992-93

4th

1993-94

4th

1994-95

5th

1995-96

3rd

1996-97

5th

1997-98

T2nd

1998-99

4th

1999-00

7th

2000-01

7th

2001-02

3rd

2002-03

7th


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