Keuka College Named NEAC Athletic Directors' Cup Winner

Keuka College Named NEAC Athletic Directors' Cup Winner

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Keuka College as the winner of the NEAC Athletic Directors’ Cup, which is determined annually by athletic success. This year’s recognition marks the first time the Wolves have won the Athletic Directors’ Cup since the change in format for the NEAC Presidents’ Cup that began in the 2014-15 academic year.

Prior to 2014-15, the NEAC Presidents’ Cup was awarded solely on athletic success with the Wolves sitting atop the rankings in 2008 and 2009. This year also marks the seventh time that Keuka College has boasted the most successful women’s programs.

Complete results for the 2018-19 NEAC Athletic Directors’ Cup 

The Athletic Directors’ Cup serves as one component of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup. The conference determines four individual cup winners in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and community service to encompass the NCAA Division III philosophy. Keuka College joins Lancaster Bible and Penn College as individual cup winners that have been honored throughout the week with the culminating announcement of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup recipient scheduled for tomorrow.

“It has been an amazing year for Keuka College athletics,” said Mark Petrie, Keuka College Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development. “It was great to see the time, effort, and dedication put forth by our student-athletes and coaches throughout the year. The successes they gained and championships won were a testament to their work.”

The Athletic Directors’ Cup for athletics success is determined by the overall winning percentage of each full-member institution from the past academic year. The rankings are calculated by the final regular season standings for each team sport and the championship finish for each individual sport within the NEAC.

Keuka College wrapped up 2018-19 as the most successful institution in female sports and ranked third in the men’s standings. The Wolves’ seven women’s programs earned 50.5 points out of a possible 61 points (82.8 percent) while the men’s teams earned 40.5 points out of a possible 61 (66.4 percent). With 14 NEAC-sponsored sports, Keuka College finished the year with 91 points of a possible 122 (74.6 percent) to come away with the cup. The Wolves won regular season crowns in field hockey, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball while also going on to earn the conference championship in field hockey.

“We are extremely excited to win the Athletic Directors’ Cup,” shared Dave Sweet, Keuka College Director of Athletics. “The hard work of our student-athletes and coaches both on and off the field made this possible. After leading the conference in scholar-athletes, I think this is a great achievement for our department and shows the depth of development of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.” 

“Keuka College has always been a strong competitor in the NEAC in terms of athletic success,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “We are excited to recognize the dedication and hard work exhibited by the Wolves’ staff and student-athletes to achieve this level of success. Not only did Keuka College do a tremendous job on the field this year, but they also served as a great host for many of our NEAC Championships.”

Morrisville State placed second in the Athletic Directors’ Cup rankings with 72.5 points out of a possible 106 (68.4 percent) after winning four regular season championships and conference titles in 2018-19. SUNY Poly finished third with 74.5 out of 110 (67.7 percent) while Lancaster Bible and Penn State Abington closed out the top five after earning 62.1 and 60.1 percent of their possible points, respectively.

The week-long NEAC Presidents’ Cup series will conclude tomorrow with the announcement of the overall Presidents’ Cup winner.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.