CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 72nd out of more than 370 Division I schools in the Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup final standings. UNH’s 260.50 points are the most in program history, the best in America East and place the ‘Cats in the top five among FCS teams.

“The Learfield Sports NACDA Director’s Cup is a quantifiable means of measuring broad based athletics success and a very high priority annually for our department,” said UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano. “We are very proud of our accomplishment and especially since our programs continue to represent themselves with honor against much better resourced departments. When one takes into account that most of the 71 competitors ahead of UNH are from BCS affiliated conferences it makes our achievement even better. This is again a tribute to all the staff, coaches and student-athletes who work so hard on behalf of UNH and the State of New Hampshire.”

New Hampshire ranked behind only Villanova and three Ivy League schools (Princeton, Cornell and Harvard) in the FCS subdivision. In New England, the Wildcats finished fourth behind Boston College, Connecticut and Harvard. In addition, UNH stacks up well against schools it competes with, as well as others, in its geographical area. The Wildcats ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association and third in Hockey East.

"Without a doubt, the entire UNH athletic administration has done a remarkable job furthering the success of the Wildcats in all sports as evidenced by their performance in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup," said Learfield Communications' President and CEO Greg Brown.  "On behalf of Learfield Sports, congratulations to UNH on performing at an outstanding level as one of the elite athletic programs in the championship subdivision.  We certainly wish them all the best in the coming year." 

The Wildcats amassed 260.50 points, including the 200.50 points they tallied during the winter season. The ski team, which stands ninth overall, provided 63 points, while the men’s hockey team chipped in 60 points with its fifth-place finish; gymnastics placed 19th and added 52.5 points, while women’s hockey supplied 25 points by virtue of an eighth-place finish. In the fall, UNH earned 60 points for its sixth-place finish in football.

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 NCAA finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

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

FCS Subdivision Rankings
Rk. School Overall Finish Sports Sponsored

1. Princeton 32 36
2. Villanova 51 22
3. Cornell 52 34
4. Harvard 64 39
5. UNH 72 20

New England Rankings
Rk. School Overall Finish

1. UConn 62
2. Boston Col. 63
3. Harvard 64
4. UNH 72

America East Rankings
Rk. School Overall Finish
1. UNH 72

2. Vermont 101
3. Boston Univ. 118
4. Stony Brook 127
5. Binghamton 146
6. Maine 233
7. Hartford 236

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