NCAA/NAIA National Championships: Most National Championships by School
Posted by Andrew McKillop on June 15, 2011
A few years ago Sports Illustrated released an end of the year issue, in which they examined sports on a geographic level. They mapped championships, athletes, events, etc. The most intriguing map to me in was the one where they mapped NCAA championship schools. We hear a lot about college football and basketball, but there are dozens of other sports that the NCAA/NAIA sponsors.
Meaning every year there is a handful of national champions that go unnoticed. The map in the mentioned SI issue helped shed a little light on those champions. For example the state of Alaska won a few national championships thanks to the rifle team at Alaska-Fairbanks.
I decided to take SI’s idea, and expand on it. For example in the SI article they only mapped NCAA Division I national champions. I decided to record every national champion, in every championship sport sponsored by the NCAA and NAIA (including some discontinued sports). The end result is a database with over 4,000 records of national championship teams.
This week I will start processing all of that data, and come up with some lists, charts, and graphs to explain what I found out about national champions. At the end of my analysis this week, I’ll release the database online.
Click here to see a detailed list of which sports/championships were included in the database. Vacated championships weren’t included in the database.
Most Team National Championships by School
The UCLA Bruins have won more national championship than any other school, with 108 titles. Stanford follows with 99 national championships, and Southern California has 98 national championships. Those three schools account for a little fewer than 7% of all the national championships ever won.
Check out the list below chronicling the top 50:
|4||Abilene Christian (TX)||65||58||7|
|6||Simon Fraser (BC)||55||55|
|7||Adams St (CO)||51||25||26|
|11t||UW La Crosse (WI)||41||34||7|
|11t||UW Oshkosh (WI)||41||32||9|
|15||The College of NJ||39||37||2|
|17t||Azusa Pacific (CA)||36||36|
|21||Cal St Northridge||32||32|
|22t||St. Augustine’s (NC)||31||31|
|25t||Cal St Bakersfield||29||29|
|29t||Central St (OH)||27||2||25|
|32t||North Central (IL)||26||22||4|
|34t||UC San Diego (CA)||25||24||1|
|40t||Notre Dame (IN)||23||23|
|49t||UC Irvine (CA)||20||20|
Eastern Michigan (1970) and Stanford (1992) have won the most national championships in one year, winning six titles in one calendar year. Although it’s important to note that in 1970 Eastern Michigan won both the NCAA and NAIA titles in Men’s Cross Country.
Eastern Michigan’s 1970 titles: NAIA: Baseball, Cross Country (M), Indoor Track & Field (M), Outdoor Track & Field (M), Swimming & Diving (M), NCAA: Men’s Cross Country (M)
Stanford’s titles: 1992 titles: NCAA: Basketball (W), Gymnastics (M), Swimming & Diving (M) & (W), Tennis (M), Volleyball (W)
Kenyon (OH) won national titles in 31 consecutive years (1980-2010) (all in Men’s Swimming & Diving), it’s was the longest streak of its kind. Stanford follows, winning 28 national titles in consecutive years (1980-2007).
UCLA and Southern California have won national championships in 12 different sports (not counting the difference between men’s and women’s sports). Michigan and Stanford have won national championships in 11 different sports:
UCLA: Basketball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, and Water Polo.
Southern California: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, and Water Polo.
Southern California has won the most “Men’s” national championships with 84, while Stanford has won the most “Women’s” national championships with 40.
Men’s National Championships
|5||Abilene Christian (TX)||42|
|7||UW La Crosse (WI)||38|
|9t||Adams St (CO)||31|
Women’s National Championships
|3||Simon Fraser (BC)||32|
|4||The College of NJ||31|
|8||Abilene Christian (TX)||23|
|9t||UW Oshkosh (WI)||22|
Listed below are NCAA Division I (basketball & football) schools that have never won a national championship on any level (NCAA Div I, II, III & NAIA Div I, II).
|NCAA Div I Schools w/o National Championships|
|Albany (NY)||Mississippi St|
|Alcorn St (MS)||Missouri-Kansas City|
|American (DC)||Monmouth (NJ)|
|Arkansas St||Morehead St (KY)|
|Austin Peay St (TN)||Nevada|
|Ball St (IN)||New Mexico St|
|Belmont (TN)||Niagara (NY)|
|Bethune-Cookman (FL)||Nicholls St (LA)|
|Binghamton (NY)||North Carolina A&T|
|Bradley (IL)||Northeastern (MA)|
|Bryant (RI)||Northern Arizona|
|C Connecticut St||Oral Roberts (OK)|
|Canisius (NY)||Presbyterian (NC)|
|Central Florida||Quinnipiac (CT)|
|Charleston Southern (SC)||Radford (VA)|
|Charlotte (NC)||Rider (NJ)|
|Chicago St (IL)||Robert Morris (PA)|
|Cleveland St (OH)||Saint Joseph’s (PA)|
|Coastal Carolina (SC)||Samford (AL)|
|Colgate (NY)||Savannah St (GA)|
|Colorado St||Seton Hall (NJ)|
|Creighton (NE)||Siena (NY)|
|Delaware St||South Alabama|
|DePaul (IL)||South Carolina St|
|Drexel (PA)||Southern Mississippi|
|Duquesne (PA)||Southern Utah|
|East Tennessee State (TN)||St. Bonaventure (NY)|
|Fairfield (CT)||St. Francis (NY)|
|Florida Atlantic||St. Francis (PA)|
|Florida Gulf Coast||St. Peter’s (NJ)|
|Fordham (NY)||Stetson (FL)|
|George Washington (DC)||Stony Brook (NY)|
|Georgia St||Texas A&M-CC|
|Hartford (CT)||The Citadel (SC)|
|High Point (NC)||Toledo (OH)|
|Hofstra (NY)||UA Pine Bluff (AR)|
|Houston Baptist (TX)||UAB (AL)|
|Iona (NY)||UNC Wilmington|
|IPFW (IN)||UT Arlington (TX)|
|IUPUI (IN)||UT Martin|
|Jacksonville (FL)||UT San Antonio (TX)|
|Kansas St||Utah St|
|Kent St (OH)||Utah Valley|
|Lafayette (PA)||UW Milwaukee (WI)|
|Liberty (VA)||Valparaiso (IN)|
|Long Island (NY)||VCU (VA)|
|Longwood (TN)||Virginia Tech|
|Loyola Marymount (CA)||VMI (VA)|
|Marist (NY)||Weber St (UT)|
|Memphis (TN)||Western Carolina (NC)|
|Mercer (GA)||Winthrop (SC)|
|Miami (OH)||Xavier (OH)|