NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
At the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year the CSUN Matadors finished 126th in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced at the end of June. The ranking represents a jump of 95 places over the department’s finish in 2013, when the Matadors checked in at 221st.
CSUN finished tied for third among schools in the Big West Conference with Cal Poly. UC Irvine finished 100th to lead the Big West, followed by Long Beach State at 102nd.
“Our improvement in the Learfield Cup Standings represents a sense of urgency for success and the growth of our student-athletes and coaches,” said Dr. Brandon E. Martin, CSUN’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “It is an exciting time to be a Matador and our goal is to continue our momentum in the upcoming year.”
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is awarded to the college or university that receives the most points throughout the academic year. Points are awarded based on each school’s postseason finish and an athletic department can record points in up to 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports. In 2013-14, 297 Division I institutions received points during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.
The Matadors raced out to a fast start, earning 50 points in both men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Both teams were a victory away from reaching the Sweet 16 of their respective NCAA Tournaments and were awarded points based on their 17th place finishes.
During the winter, CSUN women’s basketball captured its first Big West Conference championship and made its second appearance in the Big Dance. The team finished in 33rd place in the tournament, netting 25 points in the standings along the way.
“This is one step toward our goal of being a Top 100 program nationally,” continued Martin. “I am fully confident that our student-athletes, coaches and staff are fully committed to making this goal a reality.”