IUPUI Takes Early Lead in Commissioner's Cup Race After Fall Season

IUPUI Takes Early Lead in Commissioner's Cup Race After Fall Season

Fall Commissioner's Cup Release

ELMHURST, Ill. - IUPUI leads the way in The Summit League Commissioner’s Cup standings following the fall season of the 2014-15 academic year with 29 points. The Jaguars are also first in the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports Award Standings and Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Award Standings.

Behind the Jaguars’ 29 total points, three teams are tied for second with 22 points in North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State. Denver is in fifth place with 20.5 points followed by Oral Roberts in sixth with 18 points. Omaha (15.5 points), Western Illinois (14 points) and Fort Wayne (12 points) round out the standings.

IUPUI sits atop the Commissioner’s Cup standings after capturing the men’s cross country and volleyball regular season titles and finishing second in women’s soccer. North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State all tied for second place in the standings.

The Bison placed second in the women’s cross country race and fourth in the women’s soccer standings. Meanwhile, the Coyotes were first in women’s cross country and third in both men’s cross country and volleyball. The Jackrabbits earned a league title in women’s soccer, while placing second in men’s cross country and third on the women’s side.

The Commissioner’s Cup is given annually to the member institution that collects the most combined points in relationship to placement in league-sponsored sports between its men’s and women’s athletic programs, while the All-Sports Awards are given to the institutions that accumulate the most points in men’s sports and women’s sports. The men’s award is named for former Valparaiso Director of Athletics Dr. William Steinbrecher, who guided the Crusaders from 1979-2004, while the women’s award is named for former Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Helen Smiley, who headed WIU’s athletic program from 1994-2001.

Standings for the 2014-15 Commissioner’s Cup and the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports and Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Awards can be found below. The breakdown of each institution’s points and finishes within each sport can be found on the attached PDF above.

Commissioner's Cup
Place School Points
1. IUPUI 29.0
2. North Dakota State 22.0
  South Dakota 22.0
  South Dakota State 22.0
5. Denver
6. Oral Roberts
7. Omaha
8. Western Illinois 14.0
9. Fort Wayne 12.0
Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award
Place School Points
1. IUPUI 8.0
2. Oral Roberts
3. South Dakota State
4. Western Illinois 5.5
5. South Dakota
6. Denver 4.5
8. Fort Wayne 4.0
  North Dakota State  
Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award
Place School Points
2. North Dakota State 18.0
3. South Dakota 17.0
4. Denver
  South Dakota State
6. Omaha
7. Oral Roberts
8. Western Illinois 8.5
9. Fort Wayne 8.0


In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League’s Front Row app, and watch the weekly “Inside The Summit League” show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.