TRINITY EARNS RECORD EIGHTH-STRAIGHT SCAC PRESIDENTS' TROPHY

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- After earning championships in four of the league's eight spring sports and second-place finishes in two more, the 2018-19 SCAC Presidents' Trophy will remain in San Antonio as Trinity University captured its conference-record eighth consecutive all-sports title.

Trinity broke its own record of consecutive all-sports trophies as the program had also won seven straight Presidents' Trophy titles from 1993-94 to 1999-00 prior to its current streak. The program now owns 19 all-sports titles - the most by one institution in the 57-year history of the award.

This spring, the Texas Tigers collected titles in men's and women's tennis, women's track and field and baseball, and also placed second in women's golf and men's track and field, to assure that the 300-pound railroad bell signifying conference supremacy stays in San Antonio for yet another year.

Trinity finished with 567.5 points to edge Southwestern University, who finished with 532.5 points. The 35-point margin of victory is the closest in the race for the league's all-sports trophy since DePauw University nipped Trinity by 10 points for the 2008-09 trophy.

For the 2018-19 season, Trinity won or shared five regular season team titles (men's and women's soccer, volleyball, women's basketball and baseball) and earned another six titles in individual sport championships (men's and women's cross country, women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis and women's track & field) to claim 11 of the league's 19 total titles.

The system used for distributing Presidents' Trophy points was tweaked this year to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and the University of St. Thomas, who joins the league in 2019-20. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, are now awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish. 

After trailing by 52.5 points heading into the spring sports season, Southwestern picked up a team title in women's golf and posted second-place finishes in men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, softball and men's and women's tennis to close the final margin to 35 points. The Pirates also captured men's swimming & diving and men's baskeball titles during the winter sports season.

Texas Lutheran University jumped from fourth to third in the final standings on the heels of three team championships this spring. After winning a share of the men's basketball title in the winter, the Bulldogs added championships in men's track & field, softball and baseball to close out the 2018-19 season. TLU, which accumulated 397.5 points in the Presidents' Trophy race, also posted second-place finishes in the spring sports of men's golf and women's track & field.

Colorado College finished in fourth place with 365 points. The Tigers swept both the men's and women's lacrosse titles to add to their volleyball championship from the fall.

The University of Dallas posted its best showing since the 2012-13 campaign with 242.5 points and a fifth-place finish in the final all-sports trophy standings. The Crusaders' season was punctuated by the program's first-ever SCAC title in any sport - a first-place showing at the men's golf championship. 

Rounding out the final Presidents' Trophy standings, Schreiner University finished sixth with 237.5 points, Austin College was seventh with 232.5 points, Centenary College finished eighth with 220 points and Johnson & Wales University (Denver), in its first season of conference competition, placed ninth with 160 points. 

2018-19 SCAC Presidents' Trophy - Final Standings


SCAC PRESIDENT'S TROPHY QUICK FACTS

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 this year (2018-19) to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and the University of St. Thomas, who joins the league in 2019-20. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, will now be awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish. 

As has been the case, points will continue to be awarded from the bottom up. 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
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1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
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