Owens Community College athletics is currently ranked 15th in the nation in the overall standings of the scholarship division of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. It began in 1993-94 for Division I by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. It was expanded in 1995-96 to include NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to the junior/community colleges. The scholarship division consists of both NJCAA Division I and II members.
The Express jumped 17 spots from the fall sports standings on the strength of their fourth place finish at the NJCAA Division II men's basketball championships and their seventh place finish in the NJCAA D-II women's basketball championships.
Of the 401 scholarship-offering institutions. Owens (48 points) is the only program in the NJCAA Region XII ranked in the Top 20.
"Our national ranking is a true testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our outstanding coaches and student-athletes," said Owens Director of Athletics Rudy Yovich. "Our goals are simple. We want to win championships and graduate student-athletes. However, we could not promote Owens Community College on a national stage if it were not for the overall support of our administration."
Iowa Central Community College currently leads the Learfield Sports Director's Cup with 156 points. Final rankings will be released following the completion of the Spring Sports Championship Season.