The Aurora University Athletic Department finished the 2022-2023 academic year with a superb showing in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division III standings. The Spartans finished 55th out of more than 420 Division III athletic programs around the United States, the second best finish in the standings all-time for AU athletics. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a comprehensive ranking of intercollegiate athletic departments based on their participation in NCAA Championship events. Once again, AU was the top Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference school in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division III standings.
The Spartans got off to a strong start to the year and were well represented by the fall sports of women’s volleyball, men’s soccer and football with 25 points each from volleyball and soccer and a year high of 70 from the AU football quarterfinal playoff run. In the winter, AU added points with men’s wrestling having the program’s first NCAA National qualifier and tournament appearance and scoring 26 points. In the spring, AU exploded to earn 185.5 points through the participation of the women’s golf, men’s golf, baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse in the field at NCAA Division III Championship events. Baseball made a run to the Super-Regional to earn 64 points to lead the way for the scoring programs in the 2022-2023 year.
“The strong showing in the Learfield Cup is a testament to the hard work and effort put forth by AU student-athletes, coaches and staff. Our plan to offer Spartan student-athletes an exemplary experience by winning conference championships and succeeding in post-season play is an integral goal of AU,” said Vice President for Athletics Jim Hamad. “As proud as we are of the athletic success, the community service and academic achievement of the nearly 700 AU student-athletes is what truly defined the success over the past year. We look forward to building upon this success into the future.”
The 2022-2023 season saw AU have 13 programs have teams or individuals compete at the NCAA Division III Championship level. AU had 10 teams (women’s golf, women’s volleyball, women’s lacrosse, women’s cross country, men’s golf, football, baseball, men’s soccer, men’s volleyball and men’s lacrosse) win conference…