BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College has finished 45th in the nation and second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, it was announced today.
BSC finished 45th out of over 450 Division III schools, and second in the SCAC behind Trinity, which was 34th in the nation. The Panthers finished 10 spots ahead of Centre College at 55th.
Birmingham-Southern played its first year of post-season eligibility at the DIII level this past year, with every single team posting a winning record. The Panthers had three teams win SCAC championships and make NCAA appearances (men's lacrosse, baseball, and softball). Sophomore sprinter Tiarra Goode also won two national championships in the 60-meter indoor hurdles and the 100-meter outdoor hurdles. The men's basketball team also had a banner year, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
"This is a remarkable achievement by a very talented group of coaches, support staff, and student-athletes at Birmingham-Southern, especially in light of the fact that this was our first year of eligibility as a Division III member institution," Athletics Director Joe Dean, Jr., said. "The Directors' Cup finish is a reflection of the gifted, motivated student-athletes that are attracted to a high-quality academic institution that has a rich tradition of excellence on the playing fields and courts."
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Begun in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA.
Full standings can be viewed by clicking here (PDF). Scroll down to the SCAC to view Birmingham-Southern's points totals.