@UTTylerPatriots leads ASC in Learfield Standings for sixth straight year

Thursday, May 31, 2018


TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots are the top American Southwest Conference athletic program for the sixth straight year in the NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings and come in at 46th of 323 nationally after another stunning year of success throughout the 17 sports.

UT Tyler accumulated 373.80 points in the Learfield standings, led by the baseball team which secured 100 points by winning the NCAA DIII National Championship on Tuesday in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Patriots went 40-18 in the winningest season in program history and also hoisted the national championship trophy for the first time. UT Tyler would gain 85 points in the standings from the men’s golf program which finished third at the NCAA Golf Championships and 78 from the softball team which advanced to the NCAA DIII Championships for the fourth straight season and finished fifth. Spring sports contributed 348.80 of the total points, with NCAA postseason appearances in men’s and women’s tennis and individuals in track & field adding to the incredible point accumulation. In the fall, the men’s soccer team advanced to the regional tournament along with men’s cross country for 25 points.

“It was an amazing Spring season for UT Tyler sports teams,” said UT Tyler Athletics Director Dr. Howard Patterson. “Every sport participated at the conference level or higher and we won a National Championship in Baseball, a 3rd place finish in men’s golf and a 5th place finish in softball and there were nine UT Tyler student-athletes names to their respective All-America Teams.  All in all, a GREAT spring and year.”

UMHB was second in the standings from the ASC with 219 points which put them 92nd, while UT Dallas was 146th with 125 points and Hardin-Simmons was 167th with 108 points.

The Ephs of Williams have won its 21st Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, out of the 23 total that have been awarded since 1995-96. Williams will be honored at the 2018 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 30. MIT finished second overall, its highest finish in Cup history, recording 1001.50 total points and scored in 17 total sports with its highest finish coming in women’s cross country (4th). The Engineers recorded nine top-10 finishes in 2017-18.  



UT Tyler Patriots Director's Cup Final Rankings (by year):

2017-18: 46th (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2016-17: 38th (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2015-16: 23rd (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2014-15: 16th (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2013-14: 36th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2012-13: 35th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2011-12: 62nd (2nd in American Southwest Conference)
2010-11: 58th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2009-10: 54th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2008-09: 33rd (1st in American Southwest Conference)
*2007-08: 116th (3rd in American Southwest Conference)

*First season eligible for standings