Stanford Athletics

In 1989, Alan Cate received a Master of Arts in History from Stanford University. Well-known for its academic prowess, Stanford University also boasts the most accomplished athletic program in the country. For the last 16 years, the Stanford Cardinal has won the NACDA Director’s Cup for Division I, awarded to the most successful collegiate athletic program in the country. Since its founding in 1891, Stanford has captured 113 national championships, which ranks them second behind UCLA. Stanford also holds 39 titles in women’s sports, the most of any university in the country. Stanford women’s tennis has experienced a large measure of success in recent years, winning six national titles over the past 10 years. Stanford women’s cross-country has won four national titles since 2003, including a three-peat between 2005 and 2007. More recently, Stanford gymnastics won a national championship in 2009 and men’s volleyball captured the title in 2010. The football program, the most visible of all sports at Stanford, has undergone mixed results in recent years. After earning a trip to the Rose Bowl under coach Tyrone Willingham in 2001, the Cardinal would not have another winning season until 2009. Under coaches Buddy Teevens and Walt Harris, the Cardinal posted a combined 16-40 record, including a 1-11 season in 2006 that resulted in the firing of Harris. In 2007, University of San Diego head coach Jim Harbaugh joined the Cardinal and sparked a dramatic turnaround. After a 4-8 campaign in 1007 that included wins over top-ranked USC and rival Cal, Harbaugh steadily began to revitalize the program. In 2009, running back Toby Gerhart led the Cardinal to an 8-5 season and a trip to the Sun Bowl to face perennial powerhouse Oklahoma. In 2010, under the guidance of top NFL quarterback prospect Andrew Luck, the Cardinal boasted a 7-1 record heading into a pivotal game against the Arizona Wildcats in early November.