Lancaster Bible Wins Fourth NEAC Athletics Direct Reports' Cup

Pictured left to right: Josh Beers, Senior Vice President for Student Experience and Zach Freeman, Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Athletic Communications
Pictured left to right: Josh Beers, Senior Vice President for Student Experience and Zach Freeman, Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Athletic Communications

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Lancaster Bible as the recipient of the NEAC Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup, which annually ranks good sportsmanship among conference institutions. This marks the fourth time in the five years of the current NEAC Presidents’ Cup format that the Chargers have won the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup with Lancaster Bible also earning the top ranking from 2015-2017.

The Athletics Direct Reports’ 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. Cup winners will be announced each day this week with the culminating announcement of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup recipient scheduled for Friday.

Complete results for the 2018-19 NEAC Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup 

“It’s a great accomplishment to win this award, and it represents that we, along with other schools in the NEAC, are putting the right values of sports in front of our student-athletes,” said Josh Beers, Lancaster Bible College Senior Vice President for Student Experience. “I think this is a revealer of our character and mission here at Lancaster Bible, and I’m proud that our conference recognizes all the aspects that go into being a successful NCAA Division III student-athlete.”

The Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup ranks institutions based on the overall results of sportsmanship ballots conducted throughout the year. In each sport, coaches ranked all teams that competed in their sport or division excluding their own based on the sportsmanship exhibited during the season. The sportsmanship rankings provide coaches an opportunity to rank their peers based on the values of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. The total number of points earned across all sports was divided by the total possible points that an institution was capable of earning to reach the institution’s average score. The highest average score represents the top team in the sportsmanship rankings.

Lancaster Bible earned its fourth overall Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup by receiving a top ranking in eight of the 14 sports sponsored at the institution. The Chargers earned a total of 809 points out of a possible 1,149 in sportsmanship voting and led all NEAC institutions with a 0.7041average score.

“One of the pillars of our athletic department is respect, and being recognized by our peers for sportsmanship is a strong indicator that our teams are doing a good job of respecting the game, the officials, and our opponents,” shared Pete Beers, Lancaster Bible Director of Athletics. “There is still room for improvement, but I am proud of the effort by our coaches and players this past year.”

“With its second award of the week, Lancaster Bible continues to be a leader in the NEAC with the level of sportsmanship that they exhibit year after year,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “As a core principle of the NEAC and Division III, Lancaster Bible has embraced the importance of fair play and serves as a role model to all NEAC institutions on what good sportsmanship looks like. We are proud of the Chargers for leading the way!”

Penn College finished second in the Athletics’ Direct Report cup with a total of 631 points out of a possible 1,034 and a final average score of 0.6103, marking the Wildcats’ highest finish in the sportsmanship rankings. Wells College placed third with 691 points out of 1,142 and a final average of 0.6051. Morrisville State and SUNY Cobleskill rounded out the top five schools with final averages of 0.6019 and 0.5920, respectively.

“The NEAC continues to seek ways to promote and acknowledge good sportsmanship each year,” added Murray. “The Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup continues to provide our conference with a way to celebrate this important piece of Division III competition and reinforces our expectation that our student-athletes will represent their institutions and the NEAC in a positive manner.”

The week-long NEAC Presidents’ Cup series will continue Thursday with the announcement of the Athletic Directors’ Cup.

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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.