"Our overarching goal for NC State Athletics is to become a perennial Top 25 intercollegiate athletics program," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow. "Congratulations to our coaches and student athletes for their improved performance in the Director's Cup. Stronger competitive outcomes and academic achievement remain the cornerstones of our strategic plan."
Over the last two years, NC State has seen rapid improvement in the performance of its 23 varsity teams. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, a total of 30 teams have scored points in the Director's Cup standings, the most ever in back-to-back years. With its 34th place finish this year and 37th last year, the Pack recorded its highest finishes in back-to-back years since 1994-95 and 1995-96 (32nd and 34th).
NC State Athletics highlights for 2012-13 include the following:
• NC State was 1 of only 3 schools nationally to play in a bowl game, have its men's basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament, and its baseball team advance to the College World Series.
• NC State finished fifth among the 12 ACC schools, and 30th among public universities.
• All eight of NC State's spring sports advanced to the NCAA Championships.
• Softball, Gymnastics, and Rifle each won their respective conference championship.
• Baseball returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1968.
• Men's Basketball's 48 combined wins over the last two seasons are the most in back-to-back campaigns since 1981-82 and 1982-83 (48 wins).
• Mark Gottfried is the first coach in NC State's storied basketball history, and only the third in the 60-year history of the ACC, to take his first two teams to the "Big Dance."
• Men's Swimming & Diving NCAA Championship 15th place finish was best among all ACC programs and its best since 1979. Second-year head coach Braden Holloway was named the ACC Coach of the Year.
• Volleyball was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987.
• Under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik, the softball team captured the ACC tournament title behind ACC Pitcher of the Year Emily Weiman.
• Men's Indoor Track & Field posted its highest finish ever in the Director's Cup standings at 25th place, due in part to a national second place finish in the mile by Ryan Hill at the NCAA Championships.
• Gymnastics has now scored points in 19 of the 20 Director's Cup final standings.
For the final standings, click here.