Best American College For Athletes

One of the most looked forward to times in high school and college is when a major baseball, football, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer or any other sport is coming up. College sports have seized the attention of many, from the students, alumni, teachers, you name it.

However, in America today there have been particular schools with a reputation of producing some of the most sought after athletes of our time. They have kept impressive records over the years and are considered crème de la crème of the American colleges when it comes to sport. These include but are not limited to:

 

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

 

For the past 19 years, this Ivy League school has won the NACDA Directors cup award for Division 1 sports making it the best overall American college in the sports category. The good thing about Stanford is its diversity in that it is good in almost every varsity sport. For a consistent 37 years the college has brought home at least one national championship breaking the record in that category.

Its department of athletics offers 36 varsity sports, 16 for men and 20 for women and about 8000 students take part in the sports annually in a given semester. The university has about 100 coaches and nearly 300 athletic scholarships.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan football players hit the banner on their way out of the tunnel before the football game against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011. Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com

 

This college also ranks in the top ten best American universities for its wide range of sports categories from baseball, basketball, ice hockey and football in which it has won national championships in each of those four major sports. Referred to as the Michigan Wolverines, it comprises of 27 varsity sports both in the men and women’s category. They have been known to participate in the NCCA’s Division 1, the Big Ten Conference, Collegiate Water Polo Association, and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Lacrosse League. Michigan has been in the top five of the NACDA Directors Cup for an impressive 11 out of 18 years and in the top ten standings in sixteen of the Directors Cup seasons.

 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

 

In the 2009-2010 season, the Florida based college excelled notably in the men’s track and field and the women’s swimming category. Better known as the Gators, they are a major threat when it comes to specific sports especially football, basketball(men), soccer, tennis, golf(women) and volleyball to mention just a few. Its renowned director Jeremy N. Foley is responsible for the better part of this university’s success during his tenure its athletic program ranked among the nation’s top 10 for 30 years in a row and top five 16 times in the last 23 years.

 

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 19: Etienne Sabino #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drags down Silas Redd # 25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second quarter on November 19, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

 

The school is reputable In the men’s swimming, golf, track gymnastics and diving and has in the past won in the three major men’s sports; baseball, basketball and football. It has in the past been awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award and the Academic All-Conference Team award. The school has also bagged a good number of NCAA Awards and scholarships and the National Organizations Awards.

 

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

 

This Texas based university has picked the most titles in men’s and women’s categories than any other school in the Big 12 Conference. The league began operating in 1996. Texas has brought home four national championships and ranks second in NCAA all-time victories.

 

Other colleges worth mentioning

i. University of Southern California

ii. University of North Carolina

iii. University of Virginia

iv. University of California Los Angeles

v. Florida State University

vi. University of Georgia