UVA Finishes 11th in LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Final Rankings for Second Consecutive Year: Jerry Ratcliffe


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The NCAA championships in women’s swimming and diving and men’s tennis propelled Virginia to its second consecutive 11th-place finish in the 2021-22 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Finals, announced Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Virginia placed in the top 25 for the 15th time in a row and is one of only 10 schools to place in the top 30 in the final Directors’ Cup rankings in the program’s 29-year history (not awarded in 2020 due to the pandemic).

Directors’ Cup standings points are awarded by a school’s NCAA postseason finish in 19 sports, four of which must be men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball.

“It has been a remarkable year and it is humbling for me to be able to observe the resilience, work ethic and courage of our coaches and student-athletes,” said Virginia athletic director Carla Williams. “All of our staff should be very proud to know that we cannot accomplish anything without their commitment and dedicated work. Two more tag team titles this year, bringing the total to 31 all-time NCAA tag team championships, is absolutely phenomenal. We also celebrated eight individual national championships this year and are very grateful to have the opportunity to represent the University and our fans on the national stage.

In addition to the pair of NCAA championships, men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, and rowing (ninth) and men’s swimming and diving (10th) added the top 10. Men’s athletics placed 14th in the NCAA championships and women’s golf placed 15th. Women’s soccer and field hockey each advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Eight wrestlers qualified for the NCAA championships, tied for second most in program history, and baseball, women’s lacrosse, women’s track and field and men’s golf and men’s and women’s cross country have made appearances at NCAA tournaments.

UVA won four Atlantic Coast Conference championships during the year, and its 90 conference titles since the spring of 2002 are the most of any ACC school during that time. In 2021-22, the UVA won the ACC championships in women’s swimming and diving (18th championship in program history and 13th title since 2008), men’s tennis (14th championship in program history), men’s lacrosse (19th overall) and rowing (12th consecutive and 21 of 22 overall).

The Cavaliers have also won ACC regular season titles in women’s soccer and men’s tennis.

Individually, Kate Douglass won the Honda Sport Award for Swimming and Diving and was named Swimmer of the Year by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America. Douglass won three individual NCAA championships (50 freestyle, 100 flyweight, 200 breaststroke) and was part of four NCAA relay championships (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay).

Alex Walsh has won three NCAA Individual Championships (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Butterfly) and competed in three NCAA Championship Relays (200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay). Gretchen Walsh has won an individual NCAA championship (100 freestyle) and has been part of four NCAA championship stints (200 freestyle, 400 medley, 200 medley, 400 freestyle). Claudio Romero won the NCAA record title. Beth Lillie has become the first Cavalier to finish twice in the top 10 at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Iñaki Montes de la Torre was named ACC Male Tennis Player of the Year, while Emma Navarro was named ACC Female Tennis Player of the Year.

Todd DeSorbo (women’s swimming), Andres Pedroso (men’s tennis), Kevin Sauer (rowing) and Lars Tiffany (men’s lacrosse) earned ACC Coach of the Year honors. DeSorbo was named the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America’s Female Coach of the Year. Pedroso was named National Coach of the Year by the ITA.

Texas finished first in the NCAA Division I Directors’ Cup standings for the second year in a row. The Longhorns had 1,449.50 points, while Stanford was second with 1,352.25 points.

UVA was one of six ACC programs to finish in the top 25 of the Directors Cup rankings. Other ACC schools in the top 25 of the Directors Cup standings were North Carolina (6th, 1,087.25), Notre Dame (8th, 1021), Florida State (14th, 910) , NC State (17th, 870) and Duke (21st, 849.50).

There are five LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup awards, one to honor the institution with the best overall athletics program in each of NCAA Divisions I and I-AAA, II and III, and NAIA.

Other highlights from Virginia’s 2021-22 athletics year include:

  • Tony Elliott took over as head football coach of the Fralin Family of Virginia in December after working the previous 11 seasons at Clemson
  • Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton was named head coach of the Cavaliers’ women’s basketball program, serving as Missouri State’s head coach for the past three seasons.
  • Men’s basketball (21-14) advanced to the NIT quarterfinals and won 21 or more games for the 10th time under head coach Tony Bennett
  • In December, the UVA announced a graduation success rate (GSR) of 95%, matching its highest level in 15 years since the NCAA released the report.
  • Four Cavalier programs – women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and women’s track and field – posted perfect multi-year rates of 1,000. A total of 18 (out of 23) teams had a perfect APR for the 2020-21 academic year
  • Jake Gelof (first team), Owayne Owens (first team) and Natasha Subhash (second team) were named 2021-22 Division I Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
  • UVA had 127 student-athletes who received ACC Academic Honors
  • Kate Douglass (women’s swimming) and Nicola Lawless (rowing) have been named ACC Athlete Scholar of the Year
  • Matt Moore has been selected as the 2022 Senior CLASS award winner in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior or graduate student-athlete in Men’s Lacrosse Division I
  • Courtlynne Caskin (women’s lacrosse), Rebecca Jarrett (women’s soccer) and Owayne Owens (men’s athletics) have won the 2022 Weaver-James-Corrigan Graduate Scholarships
  • Female lacrosse student-athlete Alex Burtnett received the T. Rodney Crowely Jr. Memorial Scholarship which recognizes a student who demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, character and integrity
  • UVA dedicated the Virginia Tennis Facility show court at Boar’s Head Resort in the name of former head athletics coach Gordon Burris
  • Virginia opened its new Football Performance Center on June 2.

Ranking the top 25 points from the 2021-22 LEARFIELD College Directors’ Cup Finals
1.Texas — 1449.50
2. Stanford—1352.25
3. Michigan—1245.25
4. Ohio State — 1184.50
5. Florida — 1180.75
6. North Carolina — 1087.25
7. Arkansas—1050.75
8. Notre Dame — 1021.00
9. Kentucky—979.75
10. Oklahoma—968.50
11. Virginia — 942.50
12. USC—933.75
13.Tennessee—921.00
14. State of Florida — 910.00
15. UCLA—906.50
16. LSU—883.75
17. NC State — 870.00
18. Princeton—868.25
19. Georgia — 865.00
20. Olé Miss — 852.00
21. Duke — 849.50
22. Alabama—841.25
23. Oklahoma State — 802.75
24. Wisconsin—795.00
25. Texas A&M—794.75

ACC schools in 2021-22 Directors’ Cup final standings
6. North Carolina — 1087.25
8. Notre Dame — 1021.00
11. Virginia — 942.50
14. State of Florida — 910.00
17. NC State — 870.00
21. Duke — 849.50
33. Virginia Tech—688.25
34. Louisville—663.50
45. Wake Forest — 530.00
50.Miami—516.00
65. Clemson—357.50
68. Georgia Tech—352.25
72. Syracuse — 304.00
73. Pittsburgh—298.00
109. Boston College — 165.00

Schools ranked in top 30 of 28 Directors’ Cup rankings (1994-2019, 2021-2022)
Florida
Georgia
Michigan
North Carolina
ohio state
Stanford
Texas
UCLA
USC
Virginia

Virginia’s final position in each of the Directors’ Cup rankings
2022 11th
2021 11th
2020 N/A
2019 8th
2018 21st
2017 19th
2016 8th
2015 6th
2014 4th
2013 20th
2012 15th
2011 7th
2010 3rd
2009 8th
2008 17th
2007 13th
2006 26th
2005 13th
2004 30th
2003 19th
2002 27th
2001 30th
2000 13th
1999 8th
1998 13th
1997 22nd
1996 21st
1995 19th (tie)
1994 19th

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