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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Defending national champion Augustana captured the top billing in the 2020 NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll, announced by the Association on Wednesday. The Vikings collected 15 of 16 first-place votes and 399 points.

In 2019, Augustana matched a school record with 61 wins and posted a 10-2 mark during its NCAA postseason run. The Vikings knocked off No. 2 Winona State in Regionals and No. 1 Central Oklahoma in Super Regionals, both on the road. Bouncing back from a defeat in game of the Championship Series, Augustana rallied for a pair of 6-4 wins over Texas A&M-Kingsville to come out on top of Division II. 

The national runner-up Javelinas (52-10) earned one-first place vote and 385 points to earn the No. 2 spot. The 2020 Lone Star Conference favorites made their first National Championships appearance and recorded the best campaign in program history in terms of wins, winning percentage and national finish. TAMUK opened NCAA postseason play with nine straight victories, including game one of the Championship Series. 

The Vikings and Javelinas are part of a stacked field at the season-opening Arkansas Tech Winter Invitational, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Scrap Yard Sports in Conroe, Texas. Along with the No. 1 and 2 teams in the country, No. 7 Central Oklahoma, t-No. 10 Texas A&M University-Commerce, No. 14 Southern Arkansas, t-No. 21 Tarleton and the 23rd-ranked hosts take part in this three-day tournament.

National Championship participants Grand Valley State, West Florida, Young Harris and UC San Diego make up the No. 3 through 6 spots. The Lakers (51-10) reached the national semifinals in the programs’ fourth NCAA Championships appearance. Grand Valley State won both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. 

The Argonauts (54-11) had a tremendous 2019 campaign posting the most victories since 2005 and claimed the Gulf South Conference’s regular season and tournament titles. The Mountain Lions (44-20) were a first-time NCAA Championship participant in 2019, knocking off the Southeast’s top seed North Georgia in Regionals and Lincoln Memorial in Super Regionals. No. 6 UC San Diego earned the West Region’s No. 2 seed and the Championships’ No. 6 seed. The Tritons (37-17) won the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s regular season and swept through Regionals and Super Regionals (at No. 1 Concordia Irvine).

Central Oklahoma comes in at No. 7 and the other national championship participant West Chester starts in eighth. The Bronchos (48-8) captured both the Great American Conference’s regular season and tournament titles and were the No. 1 seed in the Central Region. The Rams (40-22) made a late-season push in 2019, winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular season and the East Region as the No. 4 seed.

Florida Tech earned the ninth spot, while Texas A&M University-Commerce and Concordia Irvine shared No. 10. The Panthers (42-12) and Eagles (47-8) reached the Super Regionals, while the Lions (40-14) fell in the South Central regional final. 

The Lone Star Conference led the way with four programs – No. 2 TAMUK, t-No. 10 A&M-Commerce, No. 15 Cameron and No. 21 Tarleton State - in the top 25, while the Gulf South – No. 4 West Florida, t-No.18 UAH and No. 24 Valdosta State - earned three nods. 

The 2020 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records are from the conclusion of the 2019 season.

2020 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – January 22 (Preseason)

Rank

School

Totals

2019 Record

2019
Final Ranking

1

Augustana (15)

399

61-11

1

2

Texas A&M-Kingsville (1)

385

52-10

2

3

Grand Valley State

347

51-10

3

4

West Florida

337

54-11

5

5

Young Harris

322

44-20

4

6

UC San Diego

310

37-17

7

7

Central Oklahoma

304

48-8

9

8

West Chester

279

40-22

6

9

Florida Tech

255

42-12

10

t10

Texas A&M-Commerce

251

40-14

16

t10

Concordia Irvine

251

47-8

12

12

Indianapolis

204

49-17

14

13

Lincoln Memorial

191

38-15

13

14

Southern Arkansas

167

46-13

24

15

Cameron

162

37-18

11

16

North Georgia

139

45-13

18

17

Saint Anselm

136

41-10

17

t18

UAH

125

39-17

RV

t18

Winona State

125

53-9

15

20

Chico State

119

31-17

21

t21

Southern Indiana

77

35-21

25

t21

Tarleton State

77

40-15

22

23

Arkansas Tech

68

47-15

20

24

Valdosta State

58

36-18

 

25

Saint Leo

32

31-18

 

 

Receiving Votes: Southern New Hampshire (25), West Liberty (13), Oklahoma Christian (13), Mississippi College (9), Dixie State (8), Western Oregon (6), St. Cloud State (3), Anderson (2), UMSL (1).

The 2020 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions. Records reflect the 2019 season.

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