BYU President Kevin J Worthen, Athletic Director Tom Holmoe and Senior Associate Athletic Director Liz Darger accepted the school’s sixth-consecutive West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup on June 7, awarded to the WCC institution enjoying the most success during conference play.
The Cougars have taken home the cup six out of their seven years in the WCC, surpassing the University of San Diego for the most overall and consecutive Commissioner Cup victories.
The Toreros won five straight cups from 2008–12. Pepperdine University ranks third on the all-time list with three, while Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University also own cup triumphs.
Over the past two seasons, the Cougars set records for winning point margins in the cup competition, but the 2017–18 race was much closer.
After an impressive spring surge, BYU registered 94 points to edge out Loyola Marymount’s 89. Gonzaga finished third overall with 83 points.
The awards were handed out as part of the ninth-annual West Coast Conference Honors Dinner, held June 6 at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.
The West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league’s top performing school in conference play and is based on a point system, reflecting the finish of each team in conference play. The institution with the highest total points after combining the men’s and women’s points is honored with the Commissioner’s Cup.
This season BYU captured outright championships in men’s cross country and women’s golf and softball. They also shared the volleyball title and earned the runner-up spot in women’s cross country.
The Cougars also earned top-three finishes in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s tennis and men’s golf.
BYU won the women’s all-sports trophy race for the sixth-straight year with a tally of 58.5 points after collecting three titles. Loyola Marymount was second in a close race with 56.5 points, finishing strong with runner-up showings in softball and rowing. Gonzaga was third with 50 points.
The University of San Francisco snapped BYU’s winning streak in the men’s all-sports trophy race, topping BYU’s 35.5 points with 37.5 of their own.
Overall, the Cougars compiled 94.0 Commissioner’s Cup points at the conclusion of the academic year, which includes menʼs and womenʼs cross country, menʼs and womenʼs soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, softball, women’s rowing and baseball.