MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has named Morrisville State College the recipient of the conference's elite Presidents' Cup for the 2015-16 athletic year, highlighting the institution's commitment to athletics, academics, community service and sportsmanship.
Recently featured in the NCAA Championship Magazine for its distinction, the NEAC established a new approach to awarding its Presidents' Cup in 2014, in an effort to reflect the core values of the NCAA Division III.
"I can't imagine a better way to validate the great work happening all across the Morrisville State campus, than being named the recipient of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents' Cup," stated Athletic Director Greg Carroll.
"It's a tribute to the athletic department staff; our faculty who work hand in hand with our athletes to help them balance their lives; our fans who support our expectations for appropriate, spirited behavior; and most of all our student-athletes who make it all happen on the fields, in the community, and across campus."
"What a great honor for our student-athletes and everyone at Morrisville State College who supports them," said MSC President David Rogers. "This is exactly the recognition that makes us proud of what we do: preparing young people to succeed not just in practices, meets, matches and games, but in classrooms, communities and life."
Morrisville State was the top selection by its peers for the Senior Woman Administrators' Cup, which awards the top institution on its success of their community service efforts in the amount of donations raised, total number of participants and total number of volunteer efforts.
In all, student-athletes, coaches and department staff members logged more than 2,100 hours among 731 total volunteers across its community outreach efforts, also raising greater than $9,800 for charitable organizations.
Morrisville State also claimed runner-up honors in the Athletic Directors' Cup for athletic success, topping the men's standings with a .918 winning percentage across the athletic year. The Mustangs claimed regular season titles in three different sports, including men's soccer and men's lacrosse who also went on to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Men's basketball also took home a regular season title, finishing as the North Division champions.
Morrisville State finished a department best third in the women's standings in the conference, with a .648 winning percentage. Women's cross country earned runner-up honors following their second place finish at the conference championships, women's basketball finished second in the North Division regular season standings, along with women's lacrosse who claimed the second overall finish come season end.
The Mustangs were selected third overall in the Direct Reports' Cup, which measures the level of sportsmanship exhibited throughout the year, voted on by conference coaches at the conclusion of their season.
Morrisville State finished 11th overall in the Faculty Athletic Representatives' Cup, with 49 student-athletes earning scholar-athlete honors, and NEAC student-athletes posting a combined 2.823 grade point average.
"To end a year with high marks in all four categories that comprise the Presidents' Cup is no small task, as every institution in the conference strives for that kind of excellence," Carroll stated. "This is a terrific motivator to do even better going into a new year."
"A huge thank you to all our coaches and athletic department staff," Carroll continued, "we've got a great team in place."
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.