The North Coast Athletic Conference has been around for 30 years, and during that time, the NCAC has offered up a little jewel called the All-Sports Trophy. Each spring, the trophy is awarded to the conference school that racks up the best overall performances across all 23 sponsored varsity sports during the previous academic year. Given that gender equity, as well as achievement across all sports, not just a chosen few, were founding principles of the NCAC and remain core values three decades later, this particular trophy represents the league’s highest and most coveted honor. The name of the late Dennis M. Collins, the NCAC’s founding executive director, was added to the trophy in 2010 after his untimely death.
Throughout the conference’s 30 years, Denison has won the All-Sports Trophy a record 14 times. In addition, the Big Red have posted another 10 runner-up finishes in the annual all-sports race. Denison had a heck of a streak of back-to-back-to-back (and so on, for nine years) All-Sports championships from 1997 through 2006. With the Big Red winning bringing the trophy back to Granville in 2013, and now repeating in 2014, it looks like a new streak has begun. For those wondering where the toughest competition is coming from these days, conference newcomer DePauw University has been runner-up to Denison for the past two years, with Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan trading third- and fourth-place finishes over the same period. Kenyon College was consistent, placing fifth among the conference’s 10 member schools both years.
It all makes sense, really. The Big Red had a great year in women’s and men’s athletics, and DenisonBigRed.com has all the details as to why the trophy came home once again. Congrats to our Big Red athletes, coaches, and administrators. You are our champions.