Coastal cracks top 100 of Learfield Cup for first time

After competing in six NCAA postseason championships during the 2012-13 season, Coastal Carolina placed 79th in the 20th annual Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings.

Coastal’s finish marks the first time CCU has placed among the nation’s top 100 since the award began in 1993-94.

Stanford won for the 19th time as points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

Coastal Carolina earned points based on its finish in men’s soccer (placing ninth and scoring 64 points), football (placing ninth and scoring 53 points), men’s golf (placing 22nd and scoring 52 points), men’s tennis (placing 33rd and scoring 25 points), women’s golf (placing 34th and scoring 38 points) and baseball (placing 49th and scoring 25 points).

In addition to Coastal recording its best finish in the history of the Director’s Cup, CCU was the top-placing Big South institution and ranked eighth-best among the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools. The top seven FCS schools included Princeton (35th), Harvard (57th), Cornell (59th), Yale (62nd), Georgetown (63rd), Dartmouth (70th) and Villanova (75th).

“Our vision as a department is to become the premier Division I FCS department of athletics in the country,” said Coastal Carolina Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. “We certainly had a tremendous year – academically, athletically and in the community – and have charged our coaches, student-athletes and staff to be successful in all three categories for the well-being of our student-athletes first and foremost as well as for the pride we can infuse throughout our students, alumni, donors and fans on the national stages.

“While our finish was great, we will not be satisfied. However, this is not to shortchange our accomplishments for this past year. It is impressive to know we finished near or ahead of high-profile ACC, Big East and Big 12 schools; we were 22 spots ahead of the top-finishing school from the Colonial Athletic Association; and we were 38 spots ahead of the top-finishing Southern Conference member.”

Coastal was a program-best 47th after the 2012 fall season as its men’s soccer and football program each finished ninth in the NCAA postseason. In fact, Coastal was the only school in the nation to have its men’s soccer and football teams reach the round of 16 in an NCAA Championship.

The Chanticleers did not earn any points during the winter. However, Erica Peake earned All-American honors with her ninth-place finish in the 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. (To score at the NCAA Championships an individual must finish within the top eight, thus giving the team points in the Learfield Directors’ Cup.)

Coastal then scored a department-best 223 points this past spring thanks in part to its men’s golf team advancing to its fourth NCAA Championship appearance and the men’s tennis team making its first ever NCAA postseason appearance.

Coastal’s previous best Directors’ Cup finish was placing 103rd in both 2003-04 and 2006-07. Most recently, Coastal’s best finish was 106th during the 2009-10 season.

Photo courtesy of BSC Athletics

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