RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Athletic Department is reaping the benefits of countless hours of dedication put forth by the student-athletes, coaches and staff with one of the best years in VCU Athletics history.
In the Rams’ first season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, VCU finished first among conference institutions in the 2012-13 Learfield Director’s Cup standings. The Black & Gold finished with 150 points, which ranked among the top-40 percent of all Division I institutions.
Among Divison I-AAA schools, VCU ranked ninth, its first appearance in the Top-10 since 2005-06 and only the sixth Top-10 finish in school history.
VCU’s men’s and women’s tennis programs captured A-10 Championships, while the men’s basketball team and men’s soccer team also earned NCAA Tournament berths. In addition, the Rams had two All-Americans in women’s track & field, Kiara Porter (honorable mention – 400m) and Jaleesa Williams (second team – discus).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.