HARRISONBURG, Va., July 15, 2011 - James Madison placed second among the state's Division I schools in a ranking of each athletic department's 2010-11 overall winning percentage while posting the school's best mark in 30 years according to the annual all-sports survey conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
JMU finished with a 228-125-3 overall record for a .645 winning percentage according to the survey, which includes only the university's 13 sports that accumulate a won-loss record. The .645 mark was the second best in the school's history as a Division I institution, trailing only the .686 percentage established in 1981-82. JMU posted the state's best ratio of its teams to post records over .500 with 12 of 13 attaining a winning record. No other state school had only one team with a record under .500.
Virginia topped the overall survey with a .660 percentage, boosted by its 56-12 baseball record and 34-1 men's tennis record. Liberty (.578), VCU (.574) and Virginia Tech (.567) rounded out the top five among the state's 14 Division I programs.
Additionally, the survey breaks down the rankings according to men's teams and women's teams with JMU easily posting the state's best women's mark at .650 (138-74-1). The men's teams placed second at .636 (90-51-2), trailing Virginia.
JMU's ranking was boosted by records of 42-19 (.689) for baseball, 21-12 (.636) for men's basketball, 26-8 (.765) for women's basketball, 15-4 (.789) for lacrosse, 15-7-1 (.674) for women's soccer, 10-5 (.667) for swimming and diving, and 22-8 (.733) for volleyball, which posted the sixth-best turnaround in the country based upon winning percentage.
Other records for JMU teams for the 2010-11 school year included 9-10 (.474) for field hockey, 6-5 (.545) for football, 9-7-2 (.556) for men's soccer, 29-23 (.558) for softball, 12-8 (.600) for men's tennis and 12-9 (.571) for women's tennis.
Baseball, cross country, lacrosse, women's basketball and women's soccer each won Colonial Athletic Association titles during the year. Five CAA titles matched the 2000-01 athletics year for the most in program history. JMU also won the most CAA titles of any league school for the 2010-11 year. Only twice in league history has a school won more than five titles in a year.
JMU also had the distinction of becoming the first school at the FCS level to have its football, men's basketball and women's basketball teams each appear in the Associated Press Top 25 polls during the same year. Football received votes on Sept. 12 following its win over Virginia Tech. Women's basketball received votes in the preseason poll and the Nov. 15 poll. Men's basketball received votes on Jan. 17 while tying its best 18-game record in program history at 15-3.
Stay tuned to JMUSports.com in the near future to further relive the great moments of one of the best all-around years in JMU athletics history.