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UC San Diego Concludes Successful Season as Director's Cup Runner-up

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of California San Diego athletics program has just one season remaining as a member of NCAA Division II. If the Tritons’ competitive successes in this penultimate season are any indication, they are well on their way to concluding their Division II era as one of the best athletics programs in the country.

UC San Diego equaled its most successful season of Division II competition with Wednesday's announcement that it finished as runner-up for the 2018-19 NCAA Division II Learfield IMG College Director’s Cup. The performance is the best for the Tritons in 12 years and marked the program’s third runner-up finish since the program joined NCAA Division II for the 2000-01 academic year.

Grand Valley State University claimed its 13th Division II Cup in the 24-year history of the award. GVSU compiled 1004.00 points over the course of the 2018-19 season, while UC San Diego registered 826.00. West Texas A&M finished third at 730.75 and Queens (NC) was fourth with 721.25.

“The UC San Diego athletics program takes great pride in competing for the Learfield IMG College Director’s Cup and I’m incredibly proud of our runner-up finish this season, said UC San Diego Athletics Director Earl Edwards. “We are extremely fortunate to have high achieving scholar-athletes, excellent coaches, and a first-class support system that allows us to annually compete to rank among the top athletics programs in the country.”

UC San Diego has a proud history of success in the Learfield IMG College Director’s Cup, dating back to the first competition in 1995-96. The Tritons finished among the top three in each of the first five years as a NCAA Division III institution and claimed the top prize in 1997-98.

In the 24 years of the award’s existence, UC San Diego has finished among the top five on 12 occasions. The Tritons previously finished in second place in the Division II competition in 2003-04 and 2006-07.

The Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at In addition, please visit and follow on Twitter at @ldirectorscup.

For the second-straight year, eight of UC San Diego's 23 teams captured conference regular season titles and/or tournament championships. Men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's soccer were both California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season and tournament champions, while baseball and softball won CCAA regular season titles. Baseball, softball, and women's soccer all went on to earn NCAA West Region titles as well. Men's water polo and women's water polo each won Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) crowns and men's rowing swept the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships.

The success continued as 18 UC San Diego teams participated in NCAA postseason play - baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's fencing, women's fencing, men's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's water polo, and women's water polo.

Thirteen teams competed at the NCAA National Championships - baseball, men's fencing, women's fencing, men's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's water polo, and women's water polo. Also, men's rowing participated in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship.

Last week, UC San Diego won the CCAA Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner's Cup, awarded annually to the institution with the most successful athletics program among the 13 conference schools. It marked the eighth time that the Tritons have won the cup since its inception for the 2005-06 academic year.

In 2020-21, the UC San Diego Department of Intercollegiate Athletics begins a four-year reclassification period to NCAA Division I status as a full member of the Big West Conference.

UC San Diego's Learfield IMG College Director's Cup Finishes
1995-96: 2nd NCAA Division III
1996-97: 3rd NCAA Division III
1997-98: 1st NCAA Division III
1998-99: 6th NCAA Division III
1999-00: 2nd NCAA Division III
2000-01: 4th NCAA Division II
2001-02: 3rd NCAA Division II
2002-03: 12th NCAA Division II
2003-04: 2nd NCAA Division II
2004-05: 6th NCAA Division II
2005-06: 6th NCAA Division II
2006-07: 2nd NCAA Division II
2007-08: 4th NCAA Division II
2008-09: 7th NCAA Division II
2009-10: 8th NCAA Division II
2010-11: 5th NCAA Division II
2011-12: 7th NCAA Division II
2012-13: 20th NCAA Division II
2013-14: 13th NCAA Division II
2014-15: 37th NCAA Division II
2015-16: 3rd NCAA Division II
2016-17: 4th NCAA Division II
2017-18: 10th NCAA Division II
2018-19: 2nd NCAA Division II

About Learfield IMG College
Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands, fans and universities through the representation of collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. As a fully integrated sports marketing and solutions platform, Learfield IMG College provides access to licensing and multimedia sponsorship management, including publishing, radio, digital and social media; fan engagement, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. The company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics, and since 2008, has served as title sponsor of the acclaimed Directors' Cup.

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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