(May 29, 2013) For the second year in a row, Armstrong's athletic department has captured the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Commissioner’s Cup. The award is presented annually to the best overall athletic department in the league as determined by regular season standings.
After setting a league record in 2011-12 by capturing a record seven regular season PBC championships, the Pirates did not miss a beat in defending its Commissioner’s Cup crown in 2012-13. Armstrong notched five regular season titles, taking the women’s soccer and volleyball titles in the fall, while also notching titles in men's and women's tennis and softball in the spring. The Pirates tacked on second-place finishes in baseball and women's golf as well as a third-place finish in men's golf to finish ahead of Columbus State for the crown.
Armstrong also won four PBC postseason championships, winning in men's and women's tennis as well as volleyball and women’s soccer in 2012-13. The Pirates sent a school-record eight teams to the NCAA Championships this season, leading to a second straight year in setting a new high in points in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings.
“Winning back-to-back PBC Commissioner’s Cups is a tremendous accomplishment for Pirate Athletics,” Armstrong Athletic Director Lisa Sweany said. “The Peach Belt Conference is the premier NCAA DII conference in the country, and we are tested day-in and day-out in every sport. Winning the Commissioner’s Cup again this year is a testament to the hard working student-athletes and coaches that we are fortunate to have at Armstrong, and it is incredibly exciting to see that hard work pay off.”
In addition to the Commissioner's Cup, Armstrong also received the university's third Peach Belt Conference Presidents' Academic Award. This award recognizes excellence in academics concerning all of an institution's student-athletes.
“I am very proud of what our student-athletes have accomplished this year, on and off the playing field,” added Sweany. “It is a great day to be a Pirate!”