UNH Atop America East, Finishes 76th in Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup Standings

DURHAM, N.H. – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 76th out of more than 280 Division I universities in the Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup final standings. UNH’s 242.50 points puts them above any other America East school and ranks the Wildcats sixth among FCS teams.

“We are justifiably proud of our placing in the NACDA Learfield Directors’ Cup,” Athletic Director Marty Scarano said. “One of our stated annual goals is to finish among the first 100 Division I institutions and now we have finished two consecutive years among the top 80, this during a period when we are challenged to keep pace financially.”

New Hampshire finished behind only Villanova, Georgetown, and three Ivy League schools (Princeton, Pennsylvania and Cornell) in the FCS subdivision, while also ranking third in the New England region behind Connecticut and Boston College. Additionally, UNH has shown that it stacks up well against schools it frequently competes with in its geographical area. The Wildcats’ 76th-place finish is second in the Colonial Athletic Association (Villanova) and in Hockey East (Boston College).

“I think this is a true measure of the commitment, professionalism and passion our staff and coaches have for UNH,” Scarano said. “I’m continually amazed at how our student-athletes respond to what’s asked of them time and again both athletically and academically, they are a special bunch.  In many ways our placing of 76th is every bit as important to us as the various championships and NCAA post season play.”

Of UNH’s 242.50 collective points, 172.50 points came during the winter, which was the biggest contributing season. The ski team, which placed eighth, contributed 66 points, while men’s hockey provided 60 points for finishing fifth overall. Women’s gymnastics also added 46.5 points by virtue of a 25th-place finish. In the fall, the Wildcats earned an additional 70 points from the football team’s advancement to the FCS quarterfinals.

The Learfield Sports NACDA Director’s 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 NCAA finish in 10 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports.

Wildcat Sports Properties, UNH Athletics’ multimedia rights holder, is a property of Learfield Sports.

 

FCS Rankings

1. Princeton - 38

2. Villanova - 50

3. Georgetown - 55

4. Pennsylvania - 68

5. Cornell - 70

6. UNH - 76

 

America East Rankings

1. UNH - 76

2. Boston University - 82

3. Stony Brook - 116

4. Albany - 123

5. Binghamton - 164

 

New England Rankings

1. Connecticut - 44

2. Boston College - 64

3. UNH - 76

4. Dartmouth - 77

5. Boston University – 82

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