UMES IS RANKED FOR FIRST TIME EVER IN U.S. SPORTS ACADEMY DIRECTORS' CUP
The UMES Women's Bowling Team helped the school to their first ever Director's Cup ranking.
The UMES Women's Bowling Team helped the school to their first ever Director's Cup ranking.

May 4, 2007

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) received their first ever ranking in the latest 2006-2007 U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup. The Hawks currently stand 116th with 90 points, points they received for their second place finish in the 2007 NCAA Women's Bowling Championships.

The program, sponsored by the United State's Sports Academy and administered by the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics (NACDA) is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Began 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.

The winner, who receives a crystal trophy is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division's U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. For Division I school there are ten men and ten women's sports selected.

UMES is tied for 116th in the nation with Brown and sits above such perennial powers as Villanova, Rice, Gonzaga, Memphis, Kansas State and many more major conference powers. These are the final standings for the winter sports.

The Hawks are the highest ranked program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Hampton is 144th; Delaware State and Florida A & M are tied for 201st.