NSU Athletics Finishes 8th in LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The final standings for the 2023-24 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup were announced on Tuesday afternoon. Nova Southeastern University Athletics, following a year in which two programs won NCAA Division II National Championships (Women’s Swimming and Women’s Tennis) and had 12 programs advance to their respective NCAA Tournaments, earned a second consecutive top-10 finish placing eighth overall.

“To finish in the top-10 of the prestigious LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup two years in a row is a true testament to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and our senior administration,” said Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement, Michael Mominey. “I couldn’t be more proud to lead this preeminent and nationally recognized athletic department. We truly deliver on our mission by providing a holistic championship experience for our student-athletes. It simply doesn’t get any better than that.”

The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup counts points based on the final standings after each sport’s respective seasons are finished. Overall, 15 total teams will be used in the scoring, four of which must be men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and volleyball.
Nova Southeastern Athletics totaled 705.5 points during the 2023-24 athletic year – 114 points in the fall, 324.5 points in the winter and 267 points in the spring.

During the fall, the Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Soccer totaled 64 points while the NSU Volleyball program added 50 to the departmental total. NSU moved into the top-10 of the standings after a dominant winter sports season, in which the women’s swimming team won their second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship (100 points), the men’s basketball program finished as national finalists (90 points), Sharks women’s basketball, the Sunshine State Conference regular season champions, advanced to the NCAA South Region tournament (64 points), and the men’s swimming program earned an eight place finish at the NCAA National Championship meet (70.5 points). In the spring, NSU accumulated 267 points, which included the first NCAA National Championship by the Women’s Tennis program (100 points), in addition to points from women’s golf (66), men’s golf (51) and softball (50).

Nova Southeastern University student-athletes also continued the tradition of excellence in the classroom, reaching 28 consecutive semesters with a departmental grade point average above 3.00.

About LEARFIELD
LEARFIELD is a media, data, and technology services leader in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions. LEARFIELD services include licensing and collegiate sports properties’ multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics and insights; ticketing software; and ticket sales, premium seating, and fundraising services; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for NACDA’s acclaimed LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, recognizing athletic departments across all divisions.
 

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NSU Wins 2023-24 SSC Men’s Mayors’ Cup

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University Athletics has been announced as the 2023-24 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Mayors’ Cup recipient, marking the first time in departmental history that NSU has won the award. The Sharks amassed 46 points across six spots to earn the 2023-24 Mayors’ Cup.  

Since its inception in the 1986-87 academic year, the SSC’s all-sports trophy has symbolized excellence and sportsmanship. The trophy earned its name from the Mayors of member school communities who initially sponsored the award, a tradition that continues today.  

After the fall and winter points were tallied, the Sharks sat in second place, with 28 points from four sports. Seventeen of those fall/winter points came from a third consecutive basketball regular-season title (fourth overall) and a runner-up finish at the swimming championship. NSU also earned 11 points for fifth-place finishes in soccer and cross country. 

Nova Southeastern netted 18 points in the spring, with only two of the four league sports calculated in the Mayors’ Cup. The Sharks tallied the first nine points following a runner-up performance at the SSC golf championship. Then, NSU baseball closed out the regular season in third place, earning the athletic department another nine spot. Nova Southeastern men finished Top-3 in four of six sports on the way to a one-point SSC Men’s Mayors’ Cup victory. 

2023-24 Mayors’ Cup Men’s Division 

1. Nova Southeastern – 46 
2. Florida Southern – 45 
3. Rollins – 42 
4. Tampa – 40 
5. Barry – 38.5 
6. Lynn – 38 
7. Saint Leo – 34.5 
8. Embry-Riddle – 34 
9. Palm Beach Atlantic – 32.5 
10. Florida Tech – 27 
11. Eckerd – 11.5 

Mayors’ Cup Scoring 

Scoring for the SSC Mayors’ Cup is based on the regular-season finish for sports with conference standings and championship finish for cross country, golf, rowing, and swimming. For sports where all schools compete, scoring begins with 11 points awarded for finishing first to one point for eleventh. In sports where fewer than 11 teams compete, first-place points will be awarded based on the number of competing teams. Scoring will take into account ties in the SSC standings. Ties broken with a head-to-head tiebreaker will see Mayors’ Cup points distributed accordingly. Points will be split when head-to-head results cannot break a tie. 

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Mominey Honored with NACDA Athletics Director of the Year Award

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has named Michael Mominey, the Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement at Nova Southeastern University (FL), as the recipient of the NACDA Athletics Director of the Year Award.

“NACDA is honored to continue the tradition of the Athletics Director of the Year Award and recognize a new class of individuals for 2023-24,” said Pat Manak, NACDA Chief Executive Officer. “As an Association it is part of our mission to develop tomorrow’s leaders led by today’s decision makers, which is why it is so fitting that 21 of the 28 recipients of the ADOY award this year are first-time winners. We are proud to play a small role in growing the pipeline of athletics directors making an impact throughout the industry.”

The Athletics Director of the Year award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses, and their surrounding communities. Mominey is one of four NCAA Division II Athletic Directors to be recognized with this national honor.

“I am honored and truly humbled by this recognition. Not only because NACDA is a peer driven organization but also because the man that started it all, Mr. Mike Cleary, was one of my first mentors as an aspiring young professional in the business,” stated Mominey. “I am very fortunate and blessed to serve a great institution and most importantly, I have the tremendous opportunity to work with the outstanding people in the NSU Athletic Department. They are the real key to our success and to the culture that we have built. I want to thank everyone on the staff for their contributions and the unwavering support of my own family – I share this with all of them. This recognition is a true reflection of their support, vision, hard work and effort by which this is possible.”

Since his appointment as the Director of Athletics at Nova Southeastern University in January 2002, Mominey has been instrumental in the growth of the NSU athletics department and establishing it as one of the most successful and elite programs in NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference. Throughout his tenure and under Mominey the NSU Athletic program has won an extraordinary 12 NCAA National Championships and 49 Sunshine State Conference titles, in just 22 years of being a member of the NCAA.  

Mominey led the department to gaining that NCAA membership in June of 2002, and followed with membership into the Sunshine State Conference in June 2004. Under his direction, the university has added seven intercollegiate athletic teams – men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s track, men’s cross country, women’s tennis, and women’s rowing.

The 2022-23 athletics year brought unprecedented levels of success to the Sharks Athletics Department. Nova Southeastern won three NCAA Division II National Championships – women’s swimming, men’s basketball, and men’s golf – two programs finished as Division II NCAA National Runner ups – women’s golf and women’s tennis –, Women’s Softball reached the College World Series and also won Sunshine State Conference championships in both women’s swimming and men’s basketball. In addition to the team championships, 13 student-athletes, across women’s swimming, men’s swimming, and women’s golf, earned individual national titles. Overall, 11 athletic programs at NSU advanced to their respective NCAA Championships. The success in competition pushed NSU Athletics to a seventh-place finish in the LEARFIELD Directors Cup standings, the highest finish in departmental history.

Nova Southeastern University athletics also experienced success in the classroom, as the athletic department recorded a 3.46 grade point average, the highest departmental GPA in program history. During the 2022-23 academic year, 183 student-athletes were recognized as scholar athletes, 39 recorded a 4.00 GPA, and 81% of student-athletes registered grade point averages higher than 3.00, marking 26 consecutive semesters of a departmental GPA of higher than 3.00.
Mominey also oversaw and led recent capital projects that include major facility upgrades to the NSU Soccer Stadium and the ground-breaking of a new state-of-the-art Softball facility.

Mominey serves as a member of the Corporate Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.

Mominey is an active member of the Orange Bowl Committee (elected November 2004) and has served in various roles including the Vice Chair of the Athletics Host Committee. He has also serves on the NACDA D2ADA Board and is an honorary board member of the Special Olympics of Broward County
Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 59th annual NACDA & Affiliates Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., at the beginning of the Association-Wide Featured Session on Tuesday, June 11th, starting at 4 p.m.

Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents, and conference commissioners, as well as other respected intercollegiate athletics administrators. Special Divisional Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. Additional history surrounding the ADOY award, including a list of past winners, can be found here.

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NSU Athletics Sets New Standard with Seventh-Place finish in LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The final standings for the 2022-23 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup were released on Tuesday afternoon. Following a historic athletics year which featured NCAA Division II National Championships in Women’s Swimming, Men’s Basketball and Men’s Golf, the Nova Southeastern Athletics Department placed seventh overall, marking the highest finish in the department’s history.  

“To be nationally recognized as a top-10 athletic program for this prestigious award is something our entire university and our athletic department can celebrate and take tremendous pride in,” stated Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement, Michael Mominey. “In this historic year for NSU Athletics, we certainly have established ourselves as a preeminent athletic program, founded on a mission to provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes.”

Overall, 15 sports are counted in the final standings for the LEARFIELD Directors Cup, four of which must be women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball. The next 11 highest scoring programs are added to the results.  

Nova Southeastern accumulated 717.50 points – recording 75 in the fall, 289.50 in the winter and 353 in the spring. The seventh-place finish by NSU topped all 11 Sunshine State Conference athletic programs.  

In the fall, women’s soccer totaled 50 points and volleyball added 25. The Sharks jumped to 13th place following the winter sports, after men’s basketball and women’s swimming both earned 100 points by winning their respective NCAA Division II National Championships, women’s basketball contributed 25 points and men’s swimming earned 64.5 points. In the spring, NSU Men’s Golf won the third NCAA Division II National title of the 2022-23 athletic year for the Sharks, earning 100 points, while both Women’s Golf and Women’s Tennis recorded 90 points by finishing as national finalists, Softball recorded 73 points by qualifying for the NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series for the first-time in program history.  

The Sharks also excelled in the classroom, as the department posted a 3.46 grade point average, the highest in NSU Athletics history and marked 26 consecutive semesters of a departmental GPA above 3.00. Mominey added, “Our coaches, staff, and administration continue to lead with passion, energy and a mindset that provides opportunities for our student-athletes to be successful in the classroom, in the community and on the fields of play.”

About LEARFIELD 

 LEARFIELD is a media, data, and technology services leader in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions. LEARFIELD services include licensing and collegiate sports properties’ multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics and insights; ticketing software; and ticket sales, premium seating, and fundraising services; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for NACDA’s acclaimed LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, recognizing athletic departments across all divisions. 

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Jordan Fee Steps Down to Join Gannon University as Head Coach

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jordan Fee, the Associate Head Coach of the Nova Southeastern Men’s Basketball program, will step down from his role and take the Head Coach position at Gannon University (PA.). Fee has been on the coaching staff at NSU since the 2015 season and served under Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Crutchfield since 2017.  

“Jordan has been the foundation of NSU Basketball since I came aboard six years ago,” stated Crutchfield. “I consider Jordan to be the top assistant coach, in college basketball, at any level. He has not only been a great coach, but also a great friend to me in my tenure here at Nova Southeastern. I wish him the greatest success, until we meet up in the National Championship game.” 

Fee has been instrumental in the success for the Sharks over the last five seasons, helping guide the program to three Sunshine State Conference regular season titles (2018-19, 2021-22, 2022-23), two SSC Tournament Championships (2021-22, 2022-23), three NCAA South Region Titles (2018-19, 2021-22, 2022-23) and became the sixth-team in NCAA Division II history to finish as undefeated national champions in 2022-23, as the Sharks went 36-0 during the campaign.  

“I’m so incredibly thankful and grateful for the last eight years at NSU, we set out to change a program and culture, and we accomplished that goal. To the Administration at Nova Southeastern, Coach Crutchfield, Coach Tuell and Coach Kiffin, thank you for taking a chance on me and allowing me to be a Shark,” said Fee. “It has been an honor to work alongside such great coaches, staff and student-athletes throughout my time at NSU. To our alumni, support staff, colleagues, faculty, families, Sharkettes, and all of Shark Nation, thank you for everything; I will miss you all!” 

During his tenure, Fee established himself as one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in NCAA Division II, coaching several All-Conference student-athletes, seven All-Americans, and two Players of the Year. Since the 2015-16 season, Fee and the Sharks have accumulated a record of 153-57.  

Fee will take over the Gannon Golden Knights Men’s Basketball team beginning in the 2023-24 season.  

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NSU Athletics Announces the Hiring of John Sung

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Nova Southeastern Athletics is proud to welcome John Sung as the Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, announces Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement, Michael Mominey. Sung joins the Sharks athletic department after two years at Carthage (WI.), where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs.

Sung will oversee external operations at Nova Southeastern, which includes Athletic Communications, in addition to Marketing and Promotions.

“I am excited to welcome John Sung to the Shark Family,” stated Mominey. “John will be an integral part of our senior leadership team and he will be working on a day-to-day basis with a team of very talented individuals within our department.”

Sung brings 20 years of intercollegiate experience to the Nova Southeastern Athletics Department and oversaw several projects while at Carthage. During his time at Carthage, Sung was instrumental in the creation of the Nutrition, Exercise Science and Treatment (NEST) Recovery Room, increased annual giving by 135%, improved the student section at Tarble Arena, and contributed to fundraising campaigns for all 28 athletic programs. In addition to his role as the Assistant Athletic Director, Sung also led the Carthage Women’s Lacrosse team.

“It is truly an honor to join the Nova Southeastern Athletics family. I am grateful to Michael Mominey, Danielle Daniel, Rachel Fineberg, and the entire search committee to be a part of such an elite athletics department,” said Sung. “I’m impressed by the outstanding coaches, staff, and student-athletes, who are consistently competing for conference and national championships.”

Sung has worked within athletic departments at all levels of the NCAA, having served as the Head Women’s Lacrosse coach at Adrian (MI.) (2007-11), Winthrop (SC.) (2011-16), and Virginia Tech (2016-21). Sung is the winningest women’s lacrosse coach at Virginia Tech, going 45-39 for the Hokies and also assisted in raising over $500,000 for operational funding.

Sung continued, “I’m thrilled to be at the ground level of launching our newest sports, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, and with our strong academic profile, paired with elite athletic facilities, I know I can continue to add to Nova Southeastern’s rich athletic history.”

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Six Weeks, Six Stops, and Six Limited-Edition NSU Giveaways – Hungry for More Scavenger Hunt 2023

The Nova Southeastern Athletic Department is proud to announce the Hungry for More Scavenger Hunt starting on February 6, 2023. This exciting activity is open to all NSU faculty, staff, and students.

NSU is thrilled to offer an engaging way to bring the community together. Participants are invited to stop by select local sponsors as they are featured for one week at a time from February 6, 2023 – March 13, 2023, to pick up limited-edition Sharks gear and special promotions and discounts from select sponsors.

Week #1 – Playa Bowls (2471 S. University Dr. Davie, Fla. 33324)
February 6, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • 50% off any item for NSU students
  • NSU Beach Towel

Week #2 – Off the Wall Social (9130 W. State Rd. 84, Davie, Fla. 33324)
February 13, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Timecard allows them to play in the Arcade area in Social/Game Zone all video games except for price games.
  • NSU Blanket

Week #3 – Jersey Mike’s Subs (5840 S. University Dr. Unit 104, Davie, Fla. 33328)
February 20, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • NSU Bucket Hat 

Week #4 – Courtyard By Marriott (7780 SW. Sixth St. Plantation, Fla. 33324)
February 27, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • NSU Socks 

Week #5 – Kovac Automotive (2770 Davie Rd. Davie, Fla. 33324)
March 6, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • NSU Visors 

Week #6 – Lime Fresh Mexican Grill (801 S. University Dr., Davie, Fla. 33324)
March 13, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Free Taco card with one lucky winner of a LIME $10 Gift Card
  • NSU Water Bottle 

NSU Athletics encourages scavenger hunt participants to follow along to learn more about the amazing giveaways! Each week limited-edition NSU gear will be announced weekly via Instagram for the following Monday’s location and giveaway.

Upon arrival at each business, NSU Students must connect with the attending NSU Athletics staff member and let them know they are there to participate in the Hungry for More Scavenger Hunt by showing their NSU Shark card or event pass.

Please keep in mind that the limited-edition gear is only available on a first-come-first-serve basis and there is a limit of one item per participant each week.

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Nova Southeastern Athletics Hosts 37th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic Presented by DELL

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Hosted at Grande Oaks Golf Club, the 37th Annual Nova Southeastern University Scholarship Golf Classic, Presented by DELL took place on Monday, April 4. The proceeds from the Scholarship Golf Classic directly impact NSU student-athletes by way of scholarships and academic support.
 
To view a full photo gallery of the 37th Annual NSU Scholarship Golf Classic, Presented by DELL, CLICK HERE

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“I am humbled and honored by the generosity of our sponsors and supporters of NSU Athletics,” said Director of Athletics/Associate Vice President for Advancement Michael Mominey. “The Golf Classic has been a long-standing tradition for the university and certainly is our signature event celebrating and supporting our student-athletes. An event such as this is an affirmation of what truly defines our One Shark Family.”
 
The support and success of the Scholarship Golf Classic is essential to the sustainable success of NSU’s NCAA Division II athletic program. Nova Southeastern currently sponsors 16 teams, as well as the Sharkettes spirit squad. The Sharks have captured eight NCAA Team National Championships, 27 Individual NCAA National Championships, and 41 Sunshine State Conference Championships.

NSU student-athletes live out the core values and mission of the university by realizing their potential on and off the field. In addition to athletic accomplishments, they are driven to perform at the highest level in academics. As a result, NSU Athletics has achieved a collective departmental GPA of 3.0 or higher for the past 19 consecutive years, and for the past five years has achieved a 3.20 GPA or higher including a department-wide GPA of 3.44 this past fall.  
 
Nova Southeastern would like to thank its “Title Sponsor” – DELL, its “Mako Sponsors” – C. Davis Electric and Truist, its “Event Sponsors” – MS Cable & Wire Installations, Grycon and Encompass, as well as a multitude of corporate sponsors including OAI Visual Branding, JWR Construction Services, Gallo Herbert Architects, Kovac Automotive, Eddie DiMiglio Collisoin Experts, Kibler Construction, the Lafferty Family, IST Management, Chartwells, Barnes & Noble, BSN Sports, Pantropic Power, CSPi Technology Solutions, Juniper, Rubrik, Hill York, DEX Imaging, City Electric, Juneau Construction Company, Fortinet, NSU University Advancement, Foreman Cook Group at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Moss & Associates, Lighting Dynamics, South Dade Lighting, TK Elevator and the McDonald Family Foundation.

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COVID UPDATE

In order to add an extra layer of protection against community spread of the COVID Omnicron virus, and with an abundance of caution, Nova Southeastern will be requiring face masks in all NSU indoor and outdoor facilities, regardless of vaccination status. 

For more information, visit this link

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Support the Sharks this Giving Tuesday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fourty-one years ago, then-Nova Southeastern President Abraham S. Fischler, and the Board of Trustees, set out to establish a sports program. Today, after what began as a single men’s basketball team, has grown in a 16-sport, NCAA Division II powerhouse.

Since the inception of the athletic programs, Nova Southeastern has won eight NCAA National Championships, 38 Sunshine State Conference Championships, one Peach Belt Conference title, and 30 Florida Sun Conference Championships. NSU Athletics has also seen over 200 student-athletes earn All-American honors.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of philanthropy. Today marks the annual celebration of #GivingTuesday, and you have your opportunity to contribute to the next generation of Sharks success at Nova Southeastern University.

On this day of giving, make a gift to help us continue our mission to be one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. We would like to invite you to become a part of our team by joining the Shark Club, a program that was recently redesigned to focus on offering experienced-based benefits.

Your donation to the Shark Club directly impacts the lives and collegiate experiences of more than 300 student-athletes participating on 16-varsity teams, in addition to the Sharkettes Dance Team. The ability of our programs to continue, and build upon their successes, relies on contributions from alumni and friends like you. Your support is our strength, and together we can continue the tradition of NSU Shark Athletics excellence.

To make your donation and support Nova Southeastern student-athletes, click here and see below for more information on the benefits on the Shark Club. Thank you for your contribution and Go Sharks!

Shark Club Benefits

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