September 2004 -


UW Athletics Ranks Among Top 10 in Nation

For the second time in the 11-year history of the Directors' Cup, the Washington athletic department placed in the top 10, totaling 919.5 points to finish eighth. The cup is given to the best overall college athletic program in the nation by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, United States Sports Academy and USA Today.

Stanford was first, as it has been in 10 out of 11 seasons. "We finished eighth among more than 300 schools. That's a fantastic accomplishment," says Interim Athletic Director Dick Thompson, '68.

Other Pac-10 school finishes were UCLA third, California ninth, Arizona 12th, Arizona State 17th, USC 21st, Oregon 60th, Oregon State 74th and WSU 108th.

"Despite the distractions that happened around the program this year, our coaches and student-athletes remained focused and it shows in the results. When I started six months ago, I said I hoped by the completion of my tenure the focus would be back on coaches and athletes and their contests. I think the efforts and accomplishments of our teams and individual competitors have helped to do that," Thompson says.

Washington had seven teams produce top-10 finishes in national championship competition during the year. Of the 23 Husky athletic programs, 22 advanced to postseason play or were represented by individual competitors, including 20 that took part in NCAA championships. Washington had 29 student-athletes earn All-America honors, 65 selected for All-Pac-10 teams, seven receive Academic All-America accolades and 99 chosen for Pac-10 All-Academic squads.

Of the 327 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division I, a total of 278 (85 percent) scored points in the Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available at

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