Saint Leo University athletics recently placed fourth in the 2017–2018 Learfield Directors' Cup Division II, a program that honors institutions for achieving success in sports. This marks the third time in four years that Saint Leo placed in the Learfield Directors' Cup top 10. Saint Leo also placed as the top Sunshine State Conference institution.
On Thursday, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released the final standings, showing Saint Leo earned a total of 695.25 points. This marked the 17th Directors' Cup standings (Sears, NACDA, US Sports Academy, or Learfield) Saint Leo has ranked in, while it is the second highest finish in school history.
Saint Leo also finished as the top Sunshine State Conference institution and claimed a top five finish for two of the last three years. A total of eight Sunshine State Conference institutions were ranked among the top 100 in the latest Directors' Cup standings report.
"We have an incredible staff and student-athletes who strive for excellence," said Fran Reidy, vice president of athletics. "Our five-year run of great finishes is a remarkable feat when you consider where Saint Leo was just a short time ago. We are proud of our two top five finishes over the last three years as we strive to be one of the best all-around programs in Division II."
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA championships. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo Department of Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest news by following Saint Leo Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.