UK finishes 10th in final Directors’ Cup standings


Logo of the Learfield Directors’ Cup provided by NACDA’s website.

Chris Leach

After a year filled with success for the UK Athletic Department, UK finished 10th in the final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

The 10th place finish was a school record which was last set in the 2013-14 season, when the Cats finished 11th in the standings.

Athletic departments acquire points based upon how they perform in NCAA Championship competition. The better a school performs in NCAA postseason competition, the more points the school earns to its Directors’ Cup tally.

UK had 21 of 22 varsity sports compete in NCAA Championship play to earn Directors’ Cup points. The women’s outdoor track and field team and rifle team earned the most points for UK, scoring 80 points each with their fourth place finishes.

UK’s men’s basketball, women’s indoor track and field, softball and baseball teams all earned significant points toward their final Directors’ Cup tally by finishing in the top 10 of their sport.

“I want to congratulate our students, coaches and staff on this unprecedented top-10 finish in the Directors’ Cup, which is an important gauge of our competitive success,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart told UK Athletics. “I am so thankful for their dedication and the way they continually make the Commonwealth proud. This is an important step toward our goals, but we are not going to rest in our work to establish UK Athletics as one of the truly elite departments in America.”

UK also set a school record in highest SEC Directors’ Cup finish by placing second only behind Florida. The previous best finish was third, also in 2013-14.

Stanford finished first in the Directors’ Cup standings by scoring 1,563 points, 538 more than UK and 219.25 more than second-place Ohio State.

Click here to view the final Directors’ Cup standings.