Brenau's Allison Gunn high fives teammates while taing the field for a game against Georgia Gwinnett in the first round of the Georgia Gwinnett Bracket of the NAIA Softball Championship on Monday, May 16, 2016, in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Brenau’s Allison Gunn, a junior from Toccoa, Georgia, high fives her Golden Tigers teammates in a May 16 NAIA Softball Championship qualifier against Georgia Gwinnett College.

National Athletics Director Group Ranks Brenau Athletics Program Fourth Among Southern States Schools

June 24, 2016

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics listed Brenau University’s athletics program as one of the best in the Southern States Athletic Conference in its 2015-16 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup final rankings.

NACDA and USA Today rank institutions based on their teams’ final standings across a dozen sports. Brenau University, with 242 points overall, is the fourth-highest rated SSAC school on the list and is ranked No. 60 out of 190 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics programs.

“It demonstrates a commitment across the board for all of our sports,” said Brenau Athletics Director Mike Lochstampfor. “We’re not just very good at one or two sports. We have a consistent degree of performance in everything we compete in.”

Brenau earned 37.5 points for its No. 21 nationally ranked softball program, 70 points for its No. 5 tennis program, 49.5 points for its No. 24 track and field program and 85 points for its No. 3 ranked swimming program.

Brenau’s placement is even more noteworthy considering the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup rankings include the final point tallies across six men’s programs and six women’s programs.

With just four out of the 12 sports factored into the scorecards, Brenau still managed to outrank dozens of schools with coed athletics programs.

Another remarkable thing about Brenau’s athletics, Lochstampfor said, is that many of the university’s programs are still fairly young. The bulk of Brenau’s 10 current athletics programs, which includes both varsity and junior varsity teams, have been around for less than 15 years.

Whereas other universities have spent decades building their programs before success came knocking, some of Brenau’s programs have proven championship-worthy right out the gate. The four-year-old track and field team, for example, has won the SSAC women’s title every year it has been in existence.

“It takes a while to build a successful program. But in a short amount of time, we’ve not only been able to be competitive, we’ve been able to rise to the top,” Lochstampfor said.

The university’s athletics program will expand with two new sports, indoor track and field and lacrosse, over the next two years.

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