NCAA/NAIA National Championships: Database & Miscellaneous Facts
Posted by Andrew McKillop on June 20, 2011
As promised I have released an online database which contains a record for every official NCAA/NAIA team national champion. You can check out the database here. After this year’s Division I College World Series, I will update/correct the database of champions after every season (fall, winter, spring).
As I wrap up the launch of this project, I thought it would be fun to look over some trivial facts about national champions.
Just an important reminder that only NCAA/NAIA officially sponsored championship sports were included in the study. To see a detailed list of sports included click here. Vacated championship weren’t counted.
Seeing as schools from the state of California have won the most national championships, it’s fairly predictable that the two largest California metro areas (L.A. and San Francisco) would also lead the nation in national championships. Check out the list below.
|1||Los Angeles (CA)||360||313||47|
|2||San Francisco (CA)||142||139||3|
|3||Oklahoma City (OK)||83||33||50|
|5||New York (NY)||73||70||3|
|7||St. Louis (MO)||65||47||18|
|10t||Mount Vernon (OH)||57||57|
|12t||Ann Arbor (MI)||51||38||13|
|12t||Baton Rouge (LA)||51||45||6|
|21t||San Diego (CA)||42||34||8|
|24t||La Crosse (WI)||41||34||7|
|24t||State College (PA)||41||41|
Using 2009 population estimates retrieved from Wikipedia, it shows that Indianapolis is the largest metro area without a national championship. In the last two years Butler not only came close to bringing home their schools first national championship (runner-up in NCAA Men’s Basketball), but also their city’s.
Public schools have won 58% of all national championships. Check out the breakdown below.
|Type||Championships||NCAA I||NCAA II||NCAA III||NAIA I||NAIA II|
I thought it would be fun to create a figure that divides school enrollment by championships won. I used Fall 2009 semester enrollment figures provided by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Kenyon (OH) leads the list with a championship per every 28.6 students.
|Rk||School||Enrollment||Students Per Champion|
|2||St. Augustine’s (NC)||1529||49.3|
|3||Adams St (CO)||3121||61.2|
|4||Abilene Christian (TX)||4813||74.0|
|9||Central St (OH)||2436||90.2|
|11||North Central (IL)||2798||107.6|
|15||Lubbock Christian (TX)||1906||136.1|
The largest school in the NCAA/NAIA to never have won a national championship is Ashford (IA). Ashford (IA) had an official enrollment of 46,835 students for the Fall 2009 semester. Mainly due to it’s for-profit online degree programs.
Principia (IL) is the smallest school to have ever won a national championships. Principia’s Fall 2009 enrollment was 527. They won the 1983 NCAA Division III women’s title.
There are four schools which no longer exist that have won national championships.
|George Williams (WI)||Men’s Volleyball||1974, 77, 78||NAIA||I|
|Southern Benedictine (AL)||Men’s Golf||1971||NAIA||I|
|Tarkio (MO)||Men’s Basketball||1940||NAIA||I|
It’s important to keep in mind that championships sponsored by the NCAA and NAIA make up only a part of the “national championships” won every year. Check out this Wikipedia article for a listing of other intercollegiate national champions. The NJCAA sponsors national championships for junior colleges. Be sure to check out their record book section for more on the topic.
Reference: Sources used to compile list of NCAA/NAIA national champions.