Mar. 28, 2020
Four-hundred and twenty-nine total points is enough to get Biola its seventh-consecutive top-30 finish and sixth top-25 finish in seven years in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.
The Eagles' athletic department finished 24th in the NAIA standings for the 2014-15 school year and was one of just 28 institutions to eclipse the 400 point mark for the season.
The Directors' Cup is a program that ranks the best overall intercollegiate athletic departments in the country based off of their finishes at national championship events and final coaches' poll ratings. There were 186 total institutions eligible for ranking in the 2014-15 Directors' Cup race, with Oklahoma Baptist claiming its third-consecutive top finish with 854.5 total points.
Biola's top-25 finish was keyed by scoring points in volleyball (83), women's cross country (53), swim & dive (129), indoor track & field (70), softball (57) and outdoor track & field (37).
Five Golden State Athletic Conference teams placed inside the top-50 teams in the rankings, with Concordia leading the way with a No. 8 finish (645). Westmont placed 11th (601), Biola was 24th, Vanguard was 35th (364) and The Master's College made an appearance at No. 42 (335.5).
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.
The GSAC uses its own program, the GSAC All-Sports Award presented by Duke's Huntington Beach, to measure the success of the institutions in the conference which performed the best in conference-sponsored sports. Biola placed fifth of the nine teams in that race, with Westmont claiming its third title in a row.
This award is given to the institution with the highest average point total per conference sport sponsored. Schools are awarded nine points for winning the conference title, eight points for placing second and so on down the line. Schools are also given one point for each sport they sponsor in the conference. The total points are then divided by the number of sports to arrive at the scoring average.
The Warriors recorded 102 total points and sponsored 12 GSAC sports to with the title with an average of 8.50. Biola sponsors all 13 conference sports and accumulated a total of 85.5 points (6.58 avg). The Eagles finished behind Westmont, Concordia, Vanguard and The Master's College.
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