June 11, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The University of San Diego has captured the 2011-12 West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup, awarded to the WCC institution garnering the most success during conference play. San Diego is the first West Coast Conference school to win the Commissioner's Cup five times - let alone five straight years.
"What a remarkable run by the University of San Diego, in a field that was more competitive than ever," said West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "In a conference that values broad-based athletic success, this award recognizes USD's over-arching excellence in a highly competitive field of nine nationally-competitive, like-minded member institutions. I would like to congratulate President Mary Lyons, Executive Director of Athletics Ky Snyder, and all of the University of San Diego coaches, student-athletes, and staff on a job well-done."
The University of San Diego also captured the Women's All-Sports Trophy for the fourth time in the last five years, while Saint Mary's College won the Men's All-Sports Trophy for the first time in school history. The awards were handed out as part of the third annual WCC Honors Dinner, held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho last week.
"To think that we have managed to capture this Cup for the fifth year in a row is unprecedented in our conference, but I think it says so much about the entire conference that we manage to put a lot of emphasis on all of our men's and women's sports," said Dr. Mary E. Lyons, President of the University of San Diego. "That is what I think is so special about the West Coast Conference. Lucky for us, we have incredible coaches and wonderful student-athletes that have pulled this off again."
The WCC Commissioner's Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play and is based on a point system, reflecting the finish of each team in conference play. The institution with the highest point total after combining the men's and women's point totals is honored with the Commissioner's Cup.
In 2011-12, the Toreros captured WCC titles in women's tennis and rowing, while sharing the WCC title in women's soccer. USD's 44 women's points clinched the Women's All-Sports Trophy, topping second place Pepperdine University by a mere 1.5 points.
Propelled by team championships in men's soccer, men's basketball, and men's golf, Saint Mary's College won the Men's All-Sports Trophy for the first time ever. The Gaels accumulated 35 points to best second place San Diego University by 2.5 points.
Overall, San Diego finished atop the Commissioner's Cup standings with 76.5 points, besting second place Brigham Young University (69 points) and third place Pepperdine University (67.5 points). Saint Mary's finished fourth with 65.0 points, followed by the University of San Francisco (61.5 points), Loyola Marymount University (58.0 points), and Gonzaga University (54.5 points). Santa Clara University (54.0 points) and the University of Portland (47.0 points) round out the 2011-12 standings.
2011-12 West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup Final Standings
1.San Diego 76.5
4.Saint Mary's 65.0
5.San Francisco 61.5
6.Loyola Marymount 58.0
8.Santa Clara 54.0
1.Saint Mary's 35.0
2.San Diego 32.5
4t.Loyola Marymount 31.0
4t.San Francisco 31.0
7.Santa Clara 26.0
1.San Diego 44.0
4.San Francisco 30.5
5.Saint Mary's 30.0
6.Santa Clara 28.0
7.Loyola Marymount 27.0
9. Portland 22.5