The PACWEST Founder’s Cup is awarded each year to the institution with the best improvement in aggregate points from the previous season.
Aggregate points are determined by the numbers of teams in a selected sport. For example there are eight teams playing in women’s basketball. The institution that finishes in first place during the regular season receives eight points. The second place team receives seven points and so on. The institution that finishes with the PACWEST gold medal receives six additional points, followed by four points for the silver medalists and two for the bronze.
The points for each of the four major sports, basketball, volleyball, soccer and golf are then combined to give an institution a total amount of points.
The institution that made the best improvement in 2015-2016 was the College of the Rockies Avalanche (COTR) who win the PACWEST’s Founder’s Cup.
The Avalanche, who field a volleyball program, saw great success this past year. The women’s and men’s volleyball teams tallied 11 PACWEST aggregate points and a total of 5.50 Founder’s points. Last season they recorded just four PACWEST aggregate points and a total of 2 Founder’s points. The improvement from last year to this is 3.50 points, better than any other PACWEST institution.
In PACWEST play the women Avalanche won their first ever Provincial gold medal, while the men finished fourth.