June 30, 2005
ATLANTA–The Georgia Tech athletic program placed 31st in the final Sports Academy Director’s Cup all-sports rankings, released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Tech compiled 526 points to equal its No. 31 ranking of 2003-04.
Every school ranked ahead of Georgia Tech but one fields more sports than the Yellow Jackets. In fact, 28 of the 30 schools ahead of Tech have at least three more sports.
Schools are awarded points for their NCAA finish in 10 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports. Georgia Tech sponsors 17 varsity sports; however schools cannot count both indoor and outdoor track, so the Yellow Jackets can earn points in a maximum of 15 sports.
Stanford won the Sports Academy Director’s Cup for the 11th consecutive year as the Cardinal earned points in the maximum 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports. Texas, UCLA, Michigan and Duke rounded out the Top Five.
Fourteen of Georgia Tech’s 17 sports advanced to postseason play in 2004-05: football, volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s indoor and outdoor track, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, golf, softball, baseball.
Eight Tech programs finished ranked among the nation’s Top 25, either in the final polls or NCAA standings: men’s basketball, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track, including Top 10 NCAA finishes by golf, baseball, volleyball and women’s tennis.
Other 2004-05 Highlights:
Georgia Tech is one of just eight schools in the nation that won a football bowl game and at least one game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament
Georgia Tech is the only school in the nation that won a football bowl game and at least one game in the NCAA men’s basketball and baseball tournaments
Tech’s golf and baseball teams were both ranked No. 1 in the nation during this year. Four teams (golf, baseball, men’s basketball, women’s tennis) reached the Top 5 during the year, while volleyball, softball, men’s swimming and women’s indoor and outdoor track were all ranked in the Top 25
Tech teams captured three ACC tournament titles (women’s tennis, softball, baseball) and four ACC regular-season championships (volleyball, women’s tennis, softball, baseball)
Junior Chaunte Howard won her third consecutive NCAA title in the high jump as well as her sixth straight ACC title. Earlier this year, Howard represented the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games
Football team set a school-record by earning its eighth consecutive bowl game
One Academic All-America (Roberto Castro, golf) and eight Academic All-District honorees (Kelly Anderson, women’s tennis; Steven Blackwood, baseball; Roberto Castro, golf; Jayme Gergen, volleyball; Jennifer Lentz, women’s track; Greg McCormick, men’s track; Chan Song, golf; Nicholas Thompson, golf)