Furman Ranks Among Nation's Leaders In Learfield Director's Cup Competition

Furman Paladins
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Following another strong fall athletics season that saw three of its teams qualify for NCAA competition, Furman ranks among the top NCAA Division I schools in the Learfield Director's Cup competition, according to updated standings released today.

The standings, which reflect completed NCAA competition in eight sports — men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, FBS and FCS football, and volleyball, — have Furman with 128 points, good for 42nd among all Division I programs and once again tops among Southern Conference schools.

The standings include 205 schools that have accumulated points via NCAA Tournament competition thus far.

Furman's women's cross country team racked up 51 points following an 2018 season that saw the Paladins claim their sixth-consecutive SoCon Championship, finish second at the Southeast Region Championship, and  23rd in the NCAA Tournament.

Furman's men's cross country team also won their sixth-straight league title and placed fourth at the Southeast Regional.

The Paladins' men's soccer team, meanwhile, captured the SoCon Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following a win over UNC Wilmington, netting 50 competition points as a result.

Another highlight from the fall was Furman's football team capturing the program's 14th SoCon championship after winning six of its final seven games.

Furman has paced all SoCon schools in Learfield Director's Cup competition the last two years, finishing 73rd overall for the 2018-19 school year — the best in program history and topping the previous high of 86th recorded during the 2001-02 school year. 

Given annually since 1994 to the school with the most successful, broad-based athletics program based on national finishes in both men's and women's sports,  the Learfield Directors' Cup was originally developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  In 1995 it was expanded to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to include junior/community colleges.

Hunter Reid, Sports Information