Babson Athletics Makes History with Release of Winter Directors’ Cup Standings

Babson Athletics Makes History with Release of Winter Directors’ Cup Standings

NACDA Directors' Cup Winter Standings

After an incredibly successful winter that featured men's basketball winning the national championship, the Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation has quickly climbed the ladder among the nation's top NCAA Division III institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The Beavers rose to a school-best tie for 33rd in the final winter standings among 450-plus Division III colleges and universities.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The Division III program began in 1995-96 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA TODAY, and it has since grown into a highly recognized mark of distinction among collegiate institutions.

Not only does Babson find itself in the highest position, but the Green and White has already amassed the most points in school history with 272. Tied with Hope (Mich.) College, the Beavers notched 164 points during the winter after recording 108 in the fall. Babson is 26 points away from the top 30 institutions in the country and is currently second behind MIT in the 11-school New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Men's and women's basketball contributed to Babson's point total, with the men becoming the institution's first program since 1984 to win a national championship. Competing in their fourth straight NCAA Tournament and second NCAA Final Four in three seasons, the Beavers secured the program's first national title with a school-best 31 victories.

On the women's side, the Green and White advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history and first since 2011. Babson captured its seventh NEWMAC Tournament crown in the last nine years before playing three straight NCAA Tournament road games.