Lancaster Bible Claims Second Consecutive NEAC Presidents' Cup

Administrators from Lancaster Bible College accept the NEAC Presidents' Cup trophy. From left to right: Director of Athletic Communications Zach Freeman, Senior Vice President of Student Experience Josh Beers, President Dr. Peter W. Teague, Director of Athletics Pete Beers, and Senior Woman Administrator & Athletics Coordinator Sarah Wilcox.
Administrators from Lancaster Bible College accept the NEAC Presidents' Cup trophy. From left to right: Director of Athletic Communications Zach Freeman, Senior Vice President of Student Experience Josh Beers, President Dr. Peter W. Teague, Director of Athletics Pete Beers, and Senior Woman Administrator & Athletics Coordinator Sarah Wilcox.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Lancaster Bible as the winner of the 2017-18 NEAC Presidents’ Cup, marking the second-straight year the Chargers have been recognized as the top program in the league.

This is the fourth year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service. 

Each category of the Presidents’ Cup produces individual cup winners with Lancaster Bible, Keuka College, Morrisville State College and Penn State Berks earning recognition throughout the week.  Each of the NEAC’s 14 full-member institutions are given a ranking based on their results from each category. The total rankings from all four categories are added together with the lowest overall score determining the NEAC Presidents’ Cup honoree. This model is the first of its kind across all NCAA Division III conferences.

Complete results for the 2017-18 NEAC Presidents’ Cup 

“Congratulations to Lancaster Bible on receiving the NEAC Presidents’ Cup, our highest overall award, for a second-straight year,” said Dr. David Rogers, Morrisville State College President and Chair of the NEAC Presidents’ Council. “The Presidents’ Cup reflects the commitment of all conference members to the Division III experience, encompassing all facets of personal growth and success for our student-athletes. Lancaster Bible continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the values espoused by the NEAC and Division III. We are proud to recognize their achievement with this coveted award.”

Lancaster Bible was recognized earlier in the week as the recipient of the NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup, which honors academic success, with a student-athlete average GPA of 3.208 and 49.7 percent of its student-athletes receiving NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors. In the NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ cup that recognizes outstanding community service, the Chargers finished fourth after raising $7,200 and completing 1,064 hours of service with 269 participants. Lancaster Bible placed second in the NEAC Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup, which highlights good sportsmanship, and fourth in the NEAC Athletics Directors’ Cup as a result of athletic success last year.

“Not only do we have student-athletes who are excelling in the classroom, but on the field and court, and in the community,” shared Pete Beers, Lancaster Bible Director of Athletics. “We are performing well in those areas and by keeping sportsmanship, academic success, and a focus on the community, we hope this will lead our student-athletes to becoming productive and positive citizens in their own community when they graduate from Lancaster Bible.” 

As the only NEAC institution to finish in the top five in each category, the Chargers received 11 total points and the top spot in the NEAC Presidents’ Cup ranking.

“Getting better at everything we do each year is something we strive for here at Lancaster Bible and this honor shows that we are making productive strides,” Beers added. “I’m most excited that we can still do better in each of the four areas of the Presidents’ Cup, and Lord-willing, we will continue to make progress and get better as coaches, staff and student-athletes.”

Keuka College finished second in the NEAC Presidents’ Cup rankings with 17 total points behind a first-place finish in the NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup and a top-five listing in three of the four categories. Morrisville State College placed third with 19.5 total points and Penn College came in fourth with 20 total points. Penn State Berks completed the top five in the overall cup with 21 total points.

“I am truly proud that the NEAC is able to honor four important elements of what it means to be a Division III student-athlete in academic success, athletic success, community service, and sportsmanship through the Presidents’ Cup award,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “It is awesome that we were able to honor four different NEAC institutions that have excelled in each area before recognizing our overall champion. Congratulations to Lancaster Bible for two consecutive wins in the NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup and the overall Presidents’ Cup. We thank them for leading the way for all NEAC members to emulate and follow!”

Since the NEAC’s change in format for awarding the Presidents’ Cup in 2014-15, Lancaster Bible becomes the first institution to win the overall award on multiple occasions. Penn State Abington won the first revamped Presidents’ Cup in 2014-15, followed by Morrisville State College in 2015-16.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.