HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Armstrong State University athletic department was presented with its fourth consecutive PBC Commissioner's Cup following the 2014-15 season at the league's annual meetings in Hilton Head, S.C. Armstrong becomes the first program since North Florida in 1999-2004 to win four straight cups. The award is presented annually to the best overall athletic department in the conference, as determined by regular-season league standings.
Armstrong captured PBC regular-season championships in volleyball, men's and women's tennis and was tied atop the league standings in men's tennis. The Pirates also finished in the top three in women's soccer, softball and baseball. Armstrong accumulated 97 points out of a possible 131 due to them, a .7405 percentage.
"It was another outstanding year for our student-athletes and winning another Commissioner's Cup is a great reward for all of the hard work they put in throughout the season," Armstrong athletic director Lisa Sweany.
Armstrong also won the Most Improved honor of the LeeAnn Noble Make-A-Wish award, for tripling the amount of money raised for the charity through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The award is named for Noble, a women's golfer at the University of North Georgia and former wish recipient from Make-A-Wish. She appeared on the cover of NCAA Champion Magazine in the fall of 2013 and sadly passed away in March of 2014.
"Our SAAC made great strides this year in helping raise money and awareness to the NCAA Division II's charity of choice, Make-A-Wish," Sweany said. "I'm proud of the efforts of all of our student-athletes for stepping up to the plate and helping with this great cause."
Columbus State finished second in the Commissioner's Cup standings at .6634 after winning titles in men's cross country, women's soccer and women's basketball. North Georgia was third after winning both the baseball and softball regular-season championships while Georgia Regents came in fourth.
The PBC Commissioner's Cup is determined by calculating the number of points possible to each school, given the number of sports they participate in, divided by the number of points earned during the year. Points are determined by placement in the final regular-season standings in each of the PBC's 15 championship sports.
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(From Armstrong State reports)