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  • Penn State is among only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Top 25 in every final Directors' Cup ranking.
  • The Nittany Lions have earned three consecutive Top 10 Directors' Cup finishes for the first time since the initial three years of the program (1993-94 through 1995-96). 
  • Penn State was ranked No. 2 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup in the final winter rankings. The Nittany Lions have been in the Top 5 of the standings after the winter every year since 2005-06 and have been ranked either No. 2 or 3 in each of the last six Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final winter rankings. 
  • The Nittany Lions were No. 4 in the final fall Directors' Cup standings, earning their highest fall finish since being ranked No. 4 in 2009-10. Penn State earned its eighth consecutive Top 10 finish for the fall sports season and 18th overall Top 10 fall finish in the 22 years of the Directors' Cup.


  • The Nittany Lions earned one NCAA championship and three Big Ten titles in 2014-15. A total of 20 Penn State programs competed in their respective NCAA Championships and the football team won the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
  • A total of 30 Penn State teams participated in post-season competition in their respective programs.
  • Since March, 2007, Penn State has won 16 NCAA Championships, tied with USC for most in the nation over the past eight years. Florida is third with 15, Oregon and Stanford are next with 14.
  • Penn State has won 27 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, more than double every other Big Ten institution. The Nittany Lions have won 74 team national championships all-time, including four in the last two years, and 92 Big Ten crowns since 1992-93.
  • Women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose led the Nittany Lions to their seventh NCAA Championship and sixth title in the past eight years. The Nittany Lions defeated BYU in the title match to become the first program to win seven NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships (all since 1999). Junior Megan Courtney was selected the NCAA Most Outstanding Player. 
  • The women's soccer team won its 16th Big Ten Championship and third outright title in the last four years. Led by Coach Erica Walsh, the squad advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Championship, falling at No. 1 seed Texas A&M. 
  • The men's gymnastics team won the Big Ten Championship in Rec Hall, marking Penn State's third Big Ten title under Coach Randy Jepson. Matthew Felleman won Penn State's third all-around title, while Trevor Howard earned his second Big Ten individual title on the still rings.
  • Led by Coach Missy Doherty, the women's lacrosse team won the inaugural 2015 Big Ten Tournament with a 13-11 victory against No. 20 Ohio State. Penn State defender Abby Smucker was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. 
  • Penn State has won 19 Big Ten Championships since the Fall of 2012, the most of any Big Ten institution.
  • Nine teams finished in the Top 10 in their respective NCAA Championships, including four squads that recorded Top 4 finishes in women's volleyball (1st), men's and women's fencing (2nd), men's gymnastics (3rd) and men's volleyball (semifinals). Field hockey, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, men's outdoor track and field and wrestling also earned NCAA Top 10 finishes.


as of July 14, 2015


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