Armstrong Captures Peach Belt Commissioner's Cup

A record-setting athletic season has resulted in Armstrong Atlantic State University's first 2011-12 Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup, presented at the league's annual meetings in Hilton Head, S.C. on Tuesday, May 29. The award is presented annually to the best overall athletic department in the league, as determined by regular-season standings. Armstrong is a founding member of the Peach Belt.

Armstrong set a league record this season by winning seven regular-season championships. The Pirates began the year with the women's soccer crown, followed by a co-championship in volleyball. Armstrong flexed its true muscle in the spring, winning league titles in baseball, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf.

The Pirates also captured four Peach Belt Conference postseason championships, winning tournament titles in women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and baseball. Success in the NCAA postseason also allowed Armstrong to collect the most points in school history in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings.

Prior to this season, Armstrong had finished second in the Commissioner's Cup standings for four straight years, from 2005-06 through 2008-09.

“Achieving the Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup is a true testament to the caliber of student-athletes and coaches that we have at Armstrong,” Armstrong athletic director Lisa Sweany said. “It is incredibly rewarding to see their hard work and effort pay off in what has been an outstanding athletic season, both on and off the field. I am very proud of all that we have been able to accomplish this year.”

The PBC Commissioner's Cup is determined by calculating the number of points possible to each school, given the number of sports they participate in, divided by the number of points earned during the year. Points are determined by placement in the final regular-season standings of each of the Conference's 13 championship sports. Armstrong received 88.5 points out of a possible 118 for a .750 percentile, while second-place Columbus State received 86.5 points out of a possible 120 for a .721 percentile.

View the complete 2011-12 PBC Commissioner's Cup standings.

Take another bow, Pirates!