UNH Ranks 53rd in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 53rd out of more than 370 Division I schools in the Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season. It is the highest position the Wildcats have held to date this season.

The Wildcats have amassed 242.50 points, including the 172.50 points they tallied during the winter season. The ski team, which stands eighth overall, provided 66 points, while the men’s hockey team chipped in 60 points with its fifth-place finish; gymnastics placed 25th and added 46.5 points.

UNH stacks up well against schools it competes with, as well as others in its geographical area. The Wildcats are the top team in America East, rank second in the Colonial Athletic Association as well as Hockey East and third overall in the New England area behind only Boston College and Connecticut.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ 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 finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

The first Division I spring standings will be released Thursday, June 3, 2011.

About Learfield Sports: The 2010-11 athletics season marks its third year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly 40 years, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. The company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, having broadcast over 50,000 games and coaches’ shows since it began working with flagship property Mizzou in 1975. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships feature strategic sponsorship platforms that include stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality, radio and television programming as well as game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports, which is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., visit learfieldsports.com.

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