Point Park University Athletics Claims 2012-13 KIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup
May 15, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ETPictured with the KIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup (L to R): are Point Park University's Director of Athletics Dan Swalga, University President Dr. Paul Hennigan and Dean of Students & Dean of Student Affairs Keith Paylo.
PITTSBURGH -- In its first year as a KIAC member, the Point Park University athletic department has won the 2012-13 KIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup, the all-sports trophy that ranks each school in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in terms of overall strength of their athletic department. The final standings of the KIAC Commissioner's Cup were posted on the KIAC website on May 7, 2013.
Point Park won the KIAC Commissioner's Cup in its first year in the conference. The Commissioner's Cup standings are determined by a point total based on an average of a team's regular-season finish in the KIAC. Point Park's final score of 9.70 in the standings came in ahead of second-place Indiana Southeast (9.43), which had won the Commissioner's Cup the previous four years.
Point Park took home the KIAC Commissioner's Cup thanks to high finishes in the KIAC in many of its 11 varsity sports. The Pioneers finished in first place in four sports -- men's soccer, women's basketball, baseball and men's golf. Point Park took second place in four other sports -- volleyball, women's soccer, women's golf and softball. The Pioneers' three remaining sports include fourth place in both men's and women's cross country and fifth place in men's basketball.
"Winning the KIAC Commissioner's Cup is a testament to the hard work and dedication by our players, coaches, athletics staff, and the administration that provides the resources," said Point Park Director of Athletics Dan Swalga. "I am especially proud that all of our sports were successful and played an integral part in earning this award. The KIAC is a competitive league. We are humbled yet thrilled with this recognition."
Although regular-season finishes were taken into account for the Commissioner's Cup, each of Point Park's KIAC Regular Season champions in men's soccer, women's basketball, baseball and men's golf went on to win their respective KIAC Tournaments and earn a bid to the NAIA national tournament.
Besides those KIAC Tournament championships and NAIA national tournament berths, the Pioneers also made runs to the KIAC Tournament finals in volleyball and women's soccer and to a third-place finish in the KIAC Softball Tournament.
The 2012-13 KIAC Commissioner's Cup marks the first time that Point Park has won a conference, all-sports trophy. The Pioneers had been in the American Mideast Conference from 1998-2012 until the league disbanded after the 2011-12 school year. Before that, Point Park was in the Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference from 1994-98 and was NAIA independent from 1967-93.
Point Park was officially accepted into the 11-member KIAC in January 2012. The Pioneers began play in the KIAC in all sports as a full member in the Fall of 2012. The KIAC's 11 schools are located in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. The conference is expanding to 12 schools with the addition of Indiana Kokomo in 2013-14.
In the previous four years of the KIAC Commissioner's Cup, Indiana Southeast won the title each year. The Grenadiers, who claimed first place this year in men's basketball, women's tennis and softball, are the only ones besides Point Park to register a score higher than 9.00 in any year.
Point Park's score of 9.70 this year is the highest score by any school since Indiana Southeast scored 9.71 to win the 2009-10 KIAC Commissioner's Cup.
The KIAC Commissioner's Cup standings are calculated by taking an average of each team's regular-season finish in the KIAC. Points are assigned for each sport based on a scale of 10 to 1, with first place earning 10 points, second place nine points and so on. The total number of points earned by a school's athletic department is divided by the number of varsity sports the school offers, which in Point Park's case is 11. For sports that have all 11 KIAC teams as participants -- men's and women's basketball and volleyball -- a scale of 11 to 1 instead of 10 to 1 was used.
Asbury (Ky.) University is in third place this year at 8.79 followed by Indiana University East (8.33) in third. The complete KIAC Commissioner's Cup standings are below. Click the link to the KIAC Release above for a breakdown the standings for this year and year's past.
2012-13 KIAC COMMISSIONER'S CUP STANDINGS (Final -- May 7, 2013)
1. Point Park University -- 9.70
2. Indiana Southeast -- 9.43
3. Asbury (Ky.) -- 8.79
4. Indiana East -- 8.33
5. Brescia (Ky.) -- 7.93
6. Berea (Ky.) -- 7.57
7. Cincinnati Christian -- 7.17
8. St. Louis COP -- 6.44
9. Carlow -- 6.33
10. Midway (Ky.) -- 5.14
11. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) -- 4.67
Image courtesy of Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.