INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - With the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic season, the Wilmington University Athletic Department finished 104th in all of NCAA Division II as the final 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings has been announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Much like teams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference that accumulate points through regular season and CACC Tournament success, athletic departments earn points towards the Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup by their success in the NCAA Tournament in each sport.
The Wildcats top the CACC with a 104th place ranking among all NCAA Division II institutions, garnering 205 points throughout the year. The Wildcats earned 50 points toward the Director's Cup in the fall with men's soccer reaching the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament before baseball (50), golf (55), softball (25), and women's tennis (25) all picked up points in the spring to finish with 205 points. A total number of 268 athletic departments earned points towards the 2018-19 Director's Cup, with 300 total NCAA Division II colleges and universities.
It is the second best ranking by the Wildcats since they joined the NCAA ranks for the 2004-05 season. The department finished 100th overall in 2013-14, earning 208 total points.
Twelve of the 14 CACC institutions earned points towards the Directors' Cup, with Concordia finishing second in the league. The Clippers earned 114.50 points throughout the spring season to finish 163rd overall. Jefferson was the third CACC program on the list in 179th place with 98 points.
Grand Valley State won the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Director's Cup with an astounding 1004.00 points, finishing ahead of UC San Diego's 826.00 points. West Texas A&M rounded out the top three with 730.75 points on the year.
The East Coast Conference's LIU Post was the highest institution in the East Region, finishing 37th overall with 388 points. Adelphi was the highest program from the Northeast 10, coming in 45th place overall with 345.50 points.