CLEVELAND, Ohio – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) recently announced that the University of New Hampshire is ranked 41st overall out of 351 Division I schools in the Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup after the first winter standings. The Wildcats are also first among schools in the America East Conference.
In total, UNH has recorded 190 points thus far in the competition after recording all 57 winter points from the ski team’s 11th place finish at the NCAA Skiing Championships held at the University of Utah. Junior Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) earned All-America Second Team in the slalom while sophomore Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) achieved All-America Second Team honors in slalom and giant slalom.
“The most recent Learfield Cup standings is a fabulous reflection of all the hard work and dedication that each of our staff, coaches and student-athletes have put in this year,” said UNH athletic director Marty Scarano. “Combined with the multiple America East Championships, it has been a great year to date.”
In the fall, New Hampshire recorded points in three of a possible eight fall sports with NCAA tournament appearances in field hockey, football and volleyball. The Wildcats earned 83 points by virtue of third place in FCS football as well as 25 points in both field hockey (ninth place) and volleyball (33rd place).
New Hampshire ranks fourth among Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools and second among the Colonial Athletic Association behind Villanova (37th – 206.70 points). The Wildcats rank third in Hockey East behind Notre Dame (8th – 409.50) and Providence (32nd – 226 points).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
The second Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 10, followed by the third April 17. The final winter standings are unveiled April 24.
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