NC State Achieves Best Directors' Cup Finish

RALEIGH – The NC State athletic department achieved its highest finish ever in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup this season, placing 27th nationally in the final standings released on Thursday. The Wolfpack also earned its best ever Federal Graduation Rate of 71 percent.

A total of 14 Wolfpack teams registered points in the Director’s Cup for 2014-15. Nine teams finished in the Top 25 in their respective final rankings.

The Directors’ Cup has been the ‘gold standard’ for recognizing broad-based competitive excellence in collegiate athletics since its inception in 1993-94. Schools earn their ranking exclusively through advancement in NCAA postseason championships.

This wraps up a year of combined excellence that saw NC State student-athletes also post the highest Federal Graduation Rate in school history at 71% and the second-highest Graduation Success Rate in school history at 81%. Fourteen of 23 programs recorded perfect 1,000 single-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).

“The combined academic and athletic success of our programs in 2014-15 is something the NC State community appreciates,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “We applaud the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staffs on a truly special year and the progress we’re making in all of our key goal areas.”

NC State’s Recent Rankings in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

2014-15: 27th

2013-14: 41st

2012-13: 34th

2011-12: 37th

2010-11: 67th

2009-10: 89th

Fifteen teams scored points for NC State in the Directors’ Cup standings this season. Men’s swimming and diving led the way with 70.5 points thanks to its eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Men’s basketball (64), softball (64), women’s cross country (58.5), and wrestling (58.5) were close behind.

NC State Teams Scoring Points in the Directors’ Cup

70.5 – Men’s Swimming and Diving

64 – Men’s Basketball

64 – Softball

58.5 – Women’s Cross Country

58.5 – Wrestling

57 – Women’s Swimming and Diving

52 – Women’s Golf

50 – Baseball

46.5 – Women’s Gymnastics

45 – Football

40 – Men’s Golf

39.5 – Women’s Indoor Track and Field

27 – Men’s Cross Country

27 – Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

25 – Men’s Tennis


During the 2014-15 season, NC State recorded one individual NCAA Champion (wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski), two team conference titles (Men’s Swimming and Diving, Rifle) and saw an impressive nine teams record top-25 finishes in the final rankings of their respective sports.


NC State Teams with Top-25 Finishes

8 – Men’s Swimming and Diving

16 – Women’s Cross Country

16 – Wrestling

16 – Rifle

17 – Women’s Swimming and Diving

19 – Softball

22 – Women’s Golf

24 – Men’s Basketball

25 – Gymnastics

Success in the Directors’ Cup has been no stranger to the Wolfpack since Yow took over as Director of Athletics in June 2010, as significant and steady improvements have been made. NC State jumped from 89th to 27th between 2009-10 and 2014-15.

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