The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced that Grand Valley State University won the 2021-22 Learfield Directors Cup title with 1,013 points in the maximum number of 15 sports. .
The Lakers’ 14 Directors’ Cup crowns is a Division II record and GVSU has also finished in the top two in the final standings each of the last 19 times the trophy has been presented. West Texas A&M was second (862.25), Indianapolis third (844.5), Queens (NC) fourth (747.50), and Azusa Pacific fifth (719.0) in the final standings.
The Learfield Sporting Directors Cup Trophy, commonly referred to as the All Sports Trophy, is presented annually to the nation’s top sporting department. The scoring system is based on the top 15 national rankings for men’s and women’s sports, but must include men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball in the final point total.
“This is an achievement that truly reflects the quality of student-athletes, coaches and support staff we have at Grand Valley State,” Grand Valley athletic director Keri Becker said in a statement. “Not only have our student-athletes performed well in competition, but 69.8% of our student-athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better in the 2021-22 academic year. I am so proud of how our teams have competed throughout the year, while achieving a high standard in class.
Among other GLIAC members, Wayne State finished 22nd (481.50), Saginaw Valley State 23rd (480.0) and Ferris State 57th (313.00). GVSU, which has eclipsed the 1,000 point mark nine times, is the only school to reach the 1,000 point total.
Grand Valley State scored 315.0 points in the fall, followed by 333.0 points in the winter and 365.0 in the spring. GVSU scored points in 18 sports, dropping points scored (266) by soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s tennis. The Lakers recorded nine top fives and 10 top 10s, highlighted by national championships in women’s soccer, men’s cross country and men’s indoor track and field.
Additionally, GVSU finished second in Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track and Field and Outdoor Track and Field, third in Men’s Outdoor Track and Field and Women’s Basketball. Softball finished ninth and men’s swimming and diving 10th.
Grand Valley State also won the 2021-22 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Presidents’ Trophy for the 23rd straight year and a 28th best time in the GLIAC. The Presidents’ Trophy, commonly referred to as the All Sports Trophy, is awarded at the end of each competitive year to the conference member who has demonstrated overall excellence in all sports. The Presidents Trophy is designed to promote comprehensive sports programs within each member institution.