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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Bolstered by NCAA postseason appearances by six squads in the 2011-12 academic year, the University of Alabama in Huntsville recorded its highest finish ever in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup as the Chargers placed 70th out of the 244 Division II institutions in the rankings.
"Athletics is a production-based business, and the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings quantify production," said UAH Director of Athletics Dr. E. J. Brophy. "We are extremely proud of our student-athletes and look forward to climbing higher and higher up the ladder."
Points are awarded based on each school's finish in up to 14 sports – seven women's and seven men's. UAH compiled 246 points on the year.
That point total put the Chargers second in the Gulf South Conference with Delta State taking top honors by placing 52nd. West Florida followed UAH in 75th with Valdosta State finishing 99th and North Alabama ranking 114th. West Alabama (147th), Christian Brothers (155th) and West Georgia (226th) rounded out the GSC contingent.
UAH was strengthened by a pair of NCAA South Region champions as both men's cross country and men's basketball moved on to national finishes of 23rd and fifth, respectively, after both captured regional titles. Baseball finished the year 18th with women's indoor track and field placing 26th. Softball and women's basketball both placed 33rd.
The final ranking of 70th exemplifies the continued growth of UAH athletics as the program ranked 140th in 2009-10 before jumping to 87th in the 2010-11 year.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of
Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.