NC State Athletics concluded a historic 2017-18 athletic/academic year, placing 15th in the nation in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings and reaching its organizational goal of Top 25 status for the first time in program history. The Wolfpack finished fourth overall among Atlantic Coast Conference institutions with 894.75 total points.
Over the last four academic years (2014-15 to 2017-18), NC State's average finish in the national standings is 26th. The 2017-18 finish of 15th is the best in NC State's history.
NC State began the 2017-18 season with a terrific start, as all six programs qualified for their respective postseasons to land the Wolfpack seventh in the final fall national rankings.
On April 5, NC State achieved its highest position ever in the standings, moving up to fourth in the nation.
Just a few weeks later, NC State ranked fifth in the Directors' Cup standings, which was the department's best position ever through the conclusion of the final winter sports.
On the year, NC State finished in the Top 11 of Directors' Cup rankings in 11 of the 13 rankings issued, showing remarkable consistency from the beginning of the year to the end. A total of 20 of 23 sports reached their respective postseasons, the highest mark in school history.
Additionally, Henes was named the NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country Coach of the Year, Popolizio was a Dan Gable co-NCAA Coach of the Year (WIN Magazine), and Gymnastics head coach Kim Landrus was named the NACGC Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
Directors' Cup Points
Nineteen NC State programs scored points in the Directors' Cup this year. Men's Swimming and Diving (80 points), Wrestling (77.5), Women's Cross Country (70.5), and Women's Basketball (64) were the top four point scorers for NC State.
Gymnastics (59.25), Men's Cross Country (57), Women's Swimming and Diving (56), and football (51) were the next highest point accumulators.
Women's Soccer, Volleyball, and Baseball all scored 50 points for the Pack, while Men's Golf accumulated 49.
Men's Indoor Track and Field scored 35.5 points for NC State, while Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball, and Women's Tennis each earned 25.
Men's Tennis scored 25 points, while Women's Golf (23) and Women's Indoor Track and Field (22) also contributed to the historic Directors' Cup finish.