The USA South Athletic Conference presented its 2018 Overall and Women's Presidents Cups to Piedmont College on Tuesday, October 2. USA South Commissioner Tom Hart was on-hand to present the award to Piedmont President Dr. James Mellichamp, Director of Athletics Jim Peeples and Board of Trustees member Mack Guest.
The USA South Athletic Conference Overall Presidents Cup symbolizes the league's top athletic program each year. The Presidents Cup is awarded by a points system where the first place team in each sport will be awarded the number of points that corresponds to the number of schools that sponsor teams in that sport. The second place team receives one point less than the first place team and so on, down to one point for the last place team that competes. Additionally, for all sports with the exception of football which has no post-season play, bonus points are up for grabs. The team winning the USA South Tournament Championship receives two bonus points for that sport while the runner-up receives one bonus point. In the sports of golf and cross country, the athlete placing first earns two bonus points for his/her institution while the runner-up earns one bonus point. If athletes from the same institution place first and second, that institution earns the two bonus points for the first place finish only.
Piedmont laid claim to its second consecutive and second all-time Overall Presidents Cup and its third straight Women's Presidents Cup, the fourth in program history. These two cups raise the Lions' total to six USA South Presidents Cups in the program's history. Piedmont captured women's soccer and women's tennis USA South regular season championships while earning top-three performances in baseball, men's basketball, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's lacrosse, softball and volleyball. Additionally, the Lions earned bonus points thanks to postseason performances in the sports of women's basketball and women's lacrosse.