Point Park University claims 2014-15 KIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup
June 1, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET
The KIAC Commissioner's Cup with (L to R): Point Park University Director of Athletics Dan Swalga, President Dr. Paul Hennigan and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Keith Paylo. Photo by Kevin Taylor.
PITTSBURGH -- The KIAC Cup is coming back to Pittsburgh!
Point Park University athletics has claimed the 2014-15 KIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup as the top overall athletic department in the conference this year. The Pioneers had 10 of their 13 teams place either first or second in the KIAC standings and had three teams claim first place -- men's soccer, baseball and men's golf.
It is the second time in three years the Pioneers claimed the award. Point Park also won the KIAC Cup in 2012-13, its first year in the conference. Last year, Point Park finished second in the KIAC Cup standings, coming up just behind 2013-14 winner IU Southeast.
"It's great to have the cup back," said Dan Swalga, Point Park's Director of Athletics. "It's a testament to the good work of our student-athletes and coaches that Point Park claimed the KIAC Cup in 2014-15. Congratulations to everyone involved who made this possible."
The KIAC cup is awarded annually to the conference member that has the best combined performance across all sports for the year. The KIAC Cup is based on the order of finish in the regular season standings for each sport. Points are awarded based on the standings. The points for each school are totated and divided by the number of sports each school offers.
Led by first-place finishes in men's soccer, baseball and men's golf, Point Park had 10 of its 13 teams place either first or second in the KIAC standings. Placing second in the standings were women's cross country, women's soccer, volleyball, women's basketball, softball, men's track and field and women's track and field. Women's golf was fourth, men's cross country fifth and men's basketball sixth.
For the sports of men's and women's basketball, the KIAC was aligned in North and South Divisions. Point Park's basketball teams both placed second in the KIAC North. For the purpose of the KIAC Cup standings, the division were eliminated. Point Park women's basketball had the second-best KIAC record regardless of division. Point Park men's basketball was sixth in the KIAC regardless of division and made a run to the KIAC Tournament championship game.
In the sports of cross country, golf and track and field, the results of the KIAC meet/tournament determined the KIAC Cup standings.
Point Park edged out Rio Grande for the KIAC Cup this year. Point Park had a final average of 9.54 points per sport, which was slightly better than Rio Grande's 9.45 points per sport. Rio Grande is a new member of the KIAC this year and was first place in the KIAC in five sports.
For 2014-15 KIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup standings, click here.