LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- After earning six of the eight spring sport championships contested over the final two weeks of the 2015-16 academic year, Trinity University cruised to its fifth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Trophy. It is the program's 16th all-sports title.

The Texas Tigers punctuated the 2015-16 sports season with victories in six of the league's eight spring championships, including women's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field and baseball. Trinity finished with 542.5 total points in the Presidents' Trophy race with a margin of victory of 187.5 points - the second-highest in the 54-year history of the award. 

Trinity won 12 of the 18 championships that the SCAC sponsors - the ninth time in league history that one institution has won 10 or more team titles during one academic year. Trinity owns eight of those nine performances as the Tigers won 10 team championships in 1998-99, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2014-15; 11 team championships in 2004-05; 12 team championships this season; 13 team championships in 2013-14 and a SCAC Presidents' Trophy record 15 in 2012-13. DePauw University, with 10 team championships in 2005-06, is the only program other than Trinity to accomplish the feat.

Trinity's earlier championships this season included men's cross country, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving and women's basketball.

Texas Lutheran University finished in second place in the all-sports race for the second-consecutive year. The Bulldogs won championships in football, men's basketball and softball and totaled 355 points.

Southwestern University was just 2.5 points behind (352.5 points) and finished in third place - also for the second consecutive year. The Pirates won two team championships in 2015-16 - volleyball and men's golf.

Colorado College finished fourth for the third consecutive year. The Tigers totaled 292.5 points and earned a team championship in women's cross country.

Rounding out the final team standings, Schriener University was fifth place with 220 points, Austin College was sixth with 182.5 points, Centenary College finished seventh with 170 points and the University of Dallas placed eighth with 160 points.

2015-16 SCAC Presidents' Trophy - Final Standings


The symbol of conference supremacy is the 300-pound railroad bell which was donated to the SCAC by the Norfolk and Western Railroad. This bell, the "Presidents' Trophy", is a rotating award and goes to the school with the best overall sports record for the year.

The bell has been a part of the conference since its inception in 1962. In fact, the first conference logo, when the league was known as the College Athletic Conference, has the image of the bell incorporated into it.

The Presidents' Trophy is displayed for one year on the campus of the school with the combined men's and women's athletics program that accumulates the highest points total in the all-sports race.

The system used for distributing Presidents' Trophy points was tweaked beginning with the 2010-11 academic year. Points will now be awarded from the bottom up, instead of the top down as had been the case. A last place finish in any particular sport is worth 5 points with points being awarded in five point increments for each place, up to first place.



SCAC Presidents' Trophy - Archived Year-by-Year Results
1962-63 1963-64 1964-65 1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71
1971-72 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80
1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89
1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98
1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15