For the 34th and final time, Appalachian State University athletics has won the Southern Conferences Commissioners Cup, which is awarded annually to the leagues top all-around mens sports program.
The Commissioners Cup is Appalachian States ninth-straight, 22nd in 23 years, 29th in 33 years and 34th in 42 total years in the SoCon. No other school has claimed the Commissioners Cup more than five times since it was first awarded in 1970.
Despite not winning any SoCon championships in 2013-14, Appalachian State placed fifth or higher in seven of 10 mens sports to earn the Commissioners Cup with 70 total points, four better than second-place Chattanooga and five more than third-place Furman.
The Mountaineers clinched the title in the final regular-season event of the year, when senior Tyler Zupcics (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted App State baseball to a 6-5 win over Furman on May 17. Had the Mountaineers lost that game, the shift in the SoCon baseball standings would have pulled Furman even with Appalachian atop final Commissioners Cup tally at 67.5 points apiece.
Were proud to win the Commissioners Cup for the 34th time, Appalachian State director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. It is a feat that has been the result of many factors over the past four decades, not the least of which has been the ability to fund all 10 sports that the SoCon offers on the mens side. Therefore, Id like to thank Appalachian State students, alumni and fans, both past and present especially those that support the Yosef Club for all that they have done to make us successful in this regard.
The 34th Commissioners Cup title brings Appalachian States 42-year run in the SoCon to a triumphant close. Appalachian officially joins the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014.
Winning the Commissioners Cup is a special achievement and one that shouldnt be discounted, Cobb said. As great as winning it is, though, it was a disappointing year overall from a competitive standpoint. We had a great meeting with all of our coaches earlier this month and we talked about the need for all of us to improve as we step up to the Sun Belt Conference. I am confident that the commitment needed to improve and succeed is here.
On the womens side, App State placed fifth in the race for the Germann Cup (SoCons top all-around womens sports program) with 60 points. Furman won the 2013-14 Germann Cup with 78.5 points.
Appalachian States 10 Germann Cups in 28 years since the awards inception in 1987 are the second-most in SoCon history, behind only Furmans 13.
Appalachian remains the only school to win the Commissioners and Germann Cups in the same academic year, a feat that it achieved nine times, including as recently as last year (2012-13).