Virginia finished fourth in the final 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition for Division I schools. The final results were announced Friday by the National Association of Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The fourth-place finish is the second highest in program history and marks the eighth consecutive year the Cavaliers’ program has placed in the top 20.
Virginia is one of 14 schools to rank in the top 30 of the final Directors’ Cup standings in each year of the program’s existence.
Points in the Director’s Cup standings are awarded by a school’s finish in each sport in which it competes in NCAA postseason play. Each school may count its highest finishes in 10 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports.
“Our strong spring capped another successful year for UVa athletics as 21 of our teams participated in NCAA postseason play," Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage said. "I’d like to thank our student-athletes, coaches and staff for all of their hard work this season. The University administration and our fans also gave us an incredible amount of support and they share in our success. We look forward to working with everyone associated with Virginia athletics to position all of our sports programs to compete in postseason play and help the department reach it’s 10-year goals of winning 12 NCAA championships and 70 ACC titles.”
Highlights from the year included the baseball team’s runner-up finish at the College World Series and national semifinal appearances by the women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and men’s tennis programs. The rowing team finished fifth at the NCAA championships for the second consecutive season and the women’s tennis team made its first NCAA quarterfinal appearance. In addition, the men’s basketball program advanced to its first NCAA Sweet 16 since 1995.
UVa captured five Atlantic Coast Conference championships for the second straight year and its 63 conference titles since the spring of 2002 are the most of any ACC school during that time. In 2013-14, UVa won ACC championships in men’s basketball, rowing (14th in 15 years), women’s swimming and diving (seventh consecutive), men’s tennis (eighth consecutive and 10th in the last 11 years) and women’s tennis (first in program history).
Individually, sophomore Danielle Collins claimed the first NCAA singles championship in women’s tennis program history and women’s soccer midfielder Morgan Brian earned the Hermann Trophy as national player of the year.
Steve Swanson was named National Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year. Tony Bennett (men’s basketball), Augie Busch (women’s swimming and diving), Brian O’Connor (baseball) and Kevin Sauer (rowing) also earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2013-14.