July 25, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- With UAB's fall sports teams reporting to campus to begin preseason practice in the next two weeks, the Blazers are hopeful that 2014-15 will be as successful as the recently-completed 2013-14 year.
UAB was the third-highest ranked Conference USA athletics program in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I Final Standings.
The Blazers, on the strength of NCAA performances by their men's golf, women's track and field, as well as softball, finished in a tie for 105th (164.00 points) nationally. UAB was third only to Tulsa (94th, 197.00) and Rice (104th, 164.50) among C-USA schools. There were 292 schools that scored and were listed in the final standings.
The UAB men's golf team finished 21st at the NCAA Championships while the women's track and field team was 22nd at the NCAAs in Eugene, Ore. The outdoor finish for the track team followed a 35th place effort at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. In addition, the Blazers' softball team earned its fifth consecutive invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
"Many of our teams had outstanding seasons and we are extremely proud of the accomplishments that our student-athletes and coaches achieved (in 2013-14)," said UAB Director of Athletics Brian Mackin.
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.