The UCLA men's tennis team (above) earned a trip to the White House after capturing the 2005 NCAA Title. Both UCLA water polo teams were also honored in Washington for winning NCAA Titles.
(June 27, 2011)
When it comes to athletic success, UCLA ranks second to none, as evidenced by its 107 NCAA team championships. Over the past four decades, no school can match UCLA's combination of NCAA team and individual championships, football bowl games, men's basketball NCAA Tournament appearances and Olympic participation. In April of 2005, Sports Illustrated On Campus stated that "UCLA has the most complete athletic program in the country."
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup recognizes the school with the best overall sports performance each year and awards points based on finishes in NCAA competition. UCLA has finished in the Top Six in 16 of the 18 years of the Directors' Cup, placing second in 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2000-2001, 1999-2000 and 1995-96, third in 2004-05, 2003-04, 1996-97, 1994-95 and 1993-94, fourth in 2009-10 and 1997-98, fifth in 1998-99 and 2001-2002, sixth in 2002-2003, 11th in 2010-11 and 16th in 2008-09. Only five schools - UCLA, Stanford, Florida, North Carolina and Texas - have ranked in the Top 20 in all 18 years of the survey.
This past year in NCAA competition, UCLA won its 107th NCAA title in women's golf, placed second in women's gymnastics, third in women's water polo and women's tennis (tied), fifth (tied) in men's golf and men's soccer, ninth (tied) in men's tennis and women's soccer, 17th (tied) in men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and women's volleyball and 20th in women's swimming. UCLA also won the Pac-10 baseball title.
Individually, freshman Patrick Cantlay won the Nicklaus Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer and junior pitcher Trevor Bauer was named college baseball's national player of the year by several organizations. Pitcher Gerrit Cole was the No. 1 selection in June's major league baseball draft, making UCLA the first school in history to produce the No. 1 pick in the drafts of the NFL, NBA, MLS and MLB. Bauer was the No. 3 selection, making UCLA the first school to have two players selected that high since 1978.
UCLA also produced two NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients - Alaizah Koorji (women's rowing) and Andrea Remynse (women's tennis). Overall, UCLA student-athletes earned over 900 spots on the Director's Honor Roll by earning a grade-point average of at least 3.0 during the last three quarters. In addition, over 165 Bruin student-athletes earned their degrees during the 2010-11 school year or will earn them this Summer or Fall.
UCLA student-athletes earned 63 All-America honors, including 16 first-team selections. They also earned 94 All-Conference selections (47 first-team) and 97 Conference All-Academic selections (25 first-team).
In 2009-10, UCLA won its 11th NCAA Championship in softball and its sixth in women's gymnastics. The Bruins finished second in baseball and men's water polo, tied for third in women's soccer (seventh straight College Cup), fifth in women's water polo, tied for fifth in men's soccer and men's tennis, sixth in women's golf, tied for ninth in women's tennis, 12th in women's rowing, 16th in men's golf, tied for 17th in women's basketball and women's volleyball and 19th in women's swimming. UCLA also won three conference titles and two league post-season tournaments and the football team won the EagleBank Bowl.
In 2008-09, UCLA won its fifth consecutive NCAA women's water polo championship. The Bruins finished second in women's golf, tied for third in women's soccer (sixth straight College Cup) and men's tennis, placed seventh in women's gymnastics and ninth (tied) in softball, women's volleyball and women's tennis, 16th (tied) in women's outdoor track and field and 17th (tied) in men's basketball. UCLA also won six conference titles.
UCLA has won more NCAA team championships than any school in the nation -- 107 (71 men's and 36 women's), including 21 in the last nine years, more than any other school in the country. Those 107 titles have been won in 17 different programs. In the 30 years that the NCAA has awarded both men's and women's championships, UCLA has won 67 NCAA team titles (31 men's and 36 women's). Overall, UCLA has won a nation-leading total of 128 collegiate championships -- 107 NCAA crowns and 21 other titles.
UCLA has won at least one NCAA team title (men's or women's) in 29 of the last 31 years. In addition, the school has won at least one collegiate title (NCAA or AIAW) in 45 of the last 48 years, missing only in 1979-80, 1993-94 and 2001-02. Over the last 40 years, UCLA has won at least two collegiate titles 30 times.
UCLA has placed amongst the top five schools in 15 of the 18 years of the Directors' Cup. In 1992-93, UCLA earned the award as the nation's top combined program, according to the annual USA Today All-Sports Survey. Prior to 1993-94, USA Today conducted separate surveys for men's and women's programs. In the 23-year history of the All-Sports Survey for men's programs (formerly conducted by the Knoxville Journal), UCLA finished first 11 times (no other school had more than six titles), second seven times, third once and fourth once and was in the top 10 each year. The Bruins won five of the last eight men's surveys and placed fifth in 1993. In the women's survey (formerly sponsored by the Santa Monica Evening Outlook), UCLA won 10 titles in 18 years, including four straight (1988-1991), and finished second in 1992 and 1993.
In the last 42 years, the Bruin men have won 57 NCAA championships, seven more than second-place Stanford and 25 more than third-place USC. Eight times they have won at least three titles in a single year. UCLA is the only school to win four men's titles in a single year more than once, accomplishing the feat in 1969-70 (basketball, tennis, volleyball, and water polo), 1970-71 (basketball, tennis, volleyball, and outdoor track) and 1971-72 (basketball, volleyball, outdoor track, and water polo).
In 1981-82, the first year in which the NCAA hosted women's championships, UCLA became the first school in history to win five NCAA titles (men's swimming, men's tennis, men's volleyball, softball, and women's track) in a single year.