Debbie Yow is happy with N.C. States improvement in the Directors Cup standings, up to No. 37 this year in the final rankings released Wednesday an improvement of 52 spots in two years but not satisfied.
The Wolfpacks athletics director would like to see the school crack the top 25 in the rankings, which measure overall departmental success, and she wants to see one of N.C. States 23 NCAA teams win its first national championship since the mens basketball team did so in 1983.
Im happy because I enjoy the process of improving, Yow said Wednesday. Theres still a lot of work to be done. Weve had four team championships in 100 years, Id like for us to win a couple in the next five years.
N.C. State moved up 30 spots from the 2011 standings and 52 from the 2010 standings; that is the biggest two-year improvement by an ACC school since the Cup competition began in 1994.
Still, the Wolfpack ranks behind six ACC schools, including five public schools, which is a key point of comparison for Yow.
Four ACC schools finished in the top 25, with Florida State at No. 5, North Carolina No. 8, Virginia No. 15 and Duke No. 16. Maryland and Virginia Tech finished ahead of the Wolfpack at 27th and 35th, respectively.
North Carolina, which won the inaugural competition in 1994, was buoyed by a national title in mens soccer and finished in the top 10 for the 10th time in 11 years. Duke has placed among the top 20 schools in nine consecutive years. Stanford has a stranglehold on the top spot, winning the Cup 18 consecutive years.
The Wolfpacks overall improvement was tied to the success of the revenue sports. Florida (No. 2 overall) and Baylor (No. 25) were the only other Division I programs to have a team win its bowl game in football and reach the Sweet 16 in mens basketball and a Super Regional in baseball. Yow also pointed to the success of the gymnastics and womens golf teams.
Six N.C. State teams finished in the top 25 in their respective sports and 13 earned points.