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Oklahoma Baptist Claims the Cup

June 19, 2013

(Pictured above, from left: Terry Howes, chair of the NACDA Directors' Cup Committee and associate athletics director at West Virginia University; Robert Davenport, athletics director at Oklahoma Baptist University; and Greg Brown president and CEO of Learfield Sports.)

Oklahoma Baptist has claimed its first NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 964.00 total points. The Bison scored in 14 sports and claimed four national titles - men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s indoor track and field. The Bison also finished second in men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and fourth in men’s cross country. The Bison had two scores omitted due to the maximum six allowed for both women’s and men’s sports – men’s soccer and men’s tennis.

Oklahoma Baptist was honored at the 2013 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup luncheon, sponsored by the United States Olympic Committee.

“This is a very exciting time for Oklahoma Baptist athletics,” said Robert Davenport, OBU director of athletics. “This award speaks to the work, effort and character of our coaches, student-athletes and the university. This is a great source of pride for OBU and a day we'll long remember.”

It is OBU’s first Directors’ Cup title. The school finished fourth last season and that was the highest the Shawnee school had finished until this year.

Lindsey Wilson finished in second place with 797.00 total points. The Blue Raiders scored in 14 sports, claiming the national title in women’s soccer, third in men’s soccer, men’s basketball and women’s tennis and fifth in wrestling and men’s tennis. The Blue Raiders had two scores omitted due to the maximum six allowed for women’s and men’s sports – women’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field.

Concordia (Calif.) ended in third place with 781.00 total points. The Eagles scored in 14 sports, capturing a national title in women’s volleyball and softball, finished second in men’s swimming and fifth in men’s soccer and women’s swimming. The Eagles two scores omitted due to the maximum six allowed for women’s and men’s sports – baseball and women’s outdoor track and field.

Embry Riddle (Fla.) finished in fourth place with 742.50 total points. The Eagles scored in 13 sports, claiming a national title in men’s tennis, third in baseball and women’ golf and fifth in women’s tennis. The Eagles had one score omitted due to the maximum six allowed for women’s and men’s sports – women’s cross country.

Rounding out the top five for 2012-13 is Olivet Nazarene (IL) with 704.50 total points. The Tigers placed second in women’s soccer, third in women’s cross country and men’s swimming and fourth in women’s swimming. The Tigers had three scores omitted due to the maximum six allowed for women’s and men’s sports – women’s basketball, women’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field.

The final two NAIA spring championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: softball – Concordia (Calif.); baseball – Faulkner (Ala.).

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 12 sports -- six women’s and six men’s.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.