FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU Softball, Baseball, Women’s Basketball, and Volleyball programs, finished the 2008-09 season in the top 100 of the NCAA Division I RPI rankings. The rankings take into account several factors, including strength of schedule, success on the road, success against teams ranked higher in the RPI, and conference finish.
FGCU softball had the highest RPI of any of FGCU’s programs as they finished 26th in the adjusted RPI rankings out of 284 Division I teams.
“I'm ecstatic,” said head softball coach Dave Deiros. “I am very proud of our players, coaching staff, athletics program, and of Florida Gulf Coast University. We have come a long way in a very, very short time. I feel we're off to a great two-year start at Division I, and this accomplishment speaks volumes about how well our players can compete with and be measured alongside the nation's elite softball programs.”
FGCU concluded the year at 47-9 overall, including a 15-5 A-Sun record. The Eagles finished ahead of such nationally prominent programs as Texas (Big 12), Baylor (Big 12), Iowa (Big Ten), Auburn (SEC), and Oklahoma State (Big 12).
FGCU Baseball finished 43rd in the adjusted RPI rankings out of 302 Division I teams.
FGCU baseball finished the year with a 36-18 overall record and won their second consecutive A-Sun Regular Season Championship, after finishing 23-7 in conference.
FGCU Women’s Basketball finished 64th in the rankings out of 340 Division I teams.
The Eagles finished the year with a 26-5 overall record and won their first A-Sun Regular Season Championship, after finishing 17-3 in conference. FGCU’s 17 conference wins were an A-Sun record.
The FGCU Volleyball team finished 84th out of 329 Division I teams in the adjusted RPI rankings.
Coach Nichols and the Eagles finished the year with a 20-8 overall record and won their second consecutive A-Sun Regular Season Championship, after finishing 18-2 in conference play.
“I am extremely pleased to have our program in the top 100 RPI rankings and we all look forward to continuing our pursuit for national recognition," said Nichols. "That being said, what I am most proud of are the back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference championships we have worked so hard for and earned.”
“We will continue to put together a competitive schedule allowing the Eagles to play the best teams across the country and prepare our program for greater success in the NCAA Tournament," he said. "The RPI factorization is a combination of winning and the quality of opponents on your schedule, so I will do my job and continue to up the level of competition and the Eagles will do their job in continuing our winning tradition.”