UNO earns highest finish in 2022-23 Southland Commissioner’s Cup
FRISCO, Texas – University of New Orleans Athletics placed fourth in the 2022-23 Southland Commissioner’s Cup and second in the Men’s All-Sports Standings the league announced this week. The fourth and second place rankings mark the highest finish in both categories for the Privateers since joining the league back in 2012.
The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded annually to the university compiling the highest combined total of men’s and women’s all-sports points. Points are earned based on final regular season standings.
“The Southland Commissioner’s Cup is a key metric to determine the health of the overall department,” said Tim Duncan, vice president of Athletics & Recreation.
“When I arrived, New Orleans Athletics was 13th out of 13, so moving up to fourth place is a sign of the Department moving in the right direction. I’d like to thank Dr. Nicklow because his vision and support have allowed us to grow. I’d also like to thank the coaches who have responded to the challenge of competing at a higher level, our student-athletes who have chosen to attend here, and the Privateer Nation who have purchased tickets, donated to the Privateer Scholarship Fund, and/or have supported one of the sport specific funds to help our teams.”
With a total of 93 points combined women’s and men’s all-sport points, New Orleans finished fourth behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (104), Lamar (106.5), and winner UIW (117).
“Although this year we are the best overall Southland program in Louisiana, we remain committed to overcoming the financial gap the Texas schools have over us to bring the Commissioner’s Cup to New Orleans,” said Duncan.
“We need more support and are committed to increasing the number of season ticket holders, corporate partners and donors to the Privateer Scholarship Fund so every program can experience winning at a high level.”
New Orleans finished second in the Men’s All-Sports Standings following men’s cross country having a standout showing at the SLC Championships, placing third. In the spring, the men’s tennis team won its first regular season title and went on to finish second at the SLC Championships. Men’s golf also finished second at the SLC Golf Championship with a round score (872) that tied for the third best tally ever at a conference championship by the Privateers.
New Orleans placed eighth in the Women’s All-Sports standings as the only institution in the league without soccer, golf, and softball. The fall was highlighted by women’s cross country earning its first ever SLC championship title in school history. Both beach volleyball and women’s track and field had their highest finishes in program history at third place in the SLC Beach Championships and the SLC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The previous highest finish for New Orleans in the SLC Commissioner’s Cup was fifth place (2021-22).
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