Another academic year is in the books, and Virginia Tech finished 46th
nationally in the final Directors’ Cup standings. The Directors’ Cup is awarded
each year to the school with the best overall athletics program in the country.
Stanford won the award for the 15th straight year.
Here is how the Hokies stack up against the rest of the ACC.
ACC in the Directors’ Cup
Nine of the ACC’s 12 teams finished in the Top 50 nationally in the Directors’
Cup. Always a strong conference across all sports, two ACC schools finished in
the Top 10 and four finished in the Top 20. Virginia’s finish of eighth
nationally tied for the highest finish in school history.
The Hokies dropped off a bit this year when compared to last year’s
Standings for Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech couldn’t quite keep up with the success they enjoyed during the
2007-08 season. 2007-08 was a banner year for Tech athletics. The men’s soccer
team reached the College Cup, the softball team went to the College World
Series, the football team won the ACC, and the Hokies also earned points in
sports such as golf, men’s and women’s track & field, and men’s tennis.
The 2008-09 season wasn’t as successful. The football team still won the ACC,
but the men’s soccer team went winless in the ACC, and the softball team
finished 28-28 after the loss of Angela Tincher.
After a few years of rapid growth in Tech’s athletics programs, the last few
years have seen the Hokies hit a wall. They have finished between 45th and 48th
in three of the last four years, with their peak coming during the 2007-08
season thanks to Angela Tincher and a men’s soccer team that made the College
Since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season, Tech’s average ranking in the
Directors’ Cup has been 46.8, with a high ranking of 37th and a low ranking of
58th. In Tech’s 11 years in the Big East, their average finish in the standings
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