According to Athletics and Recreation Director Chuck Gordon, the drive to succeed among Emory's student athletes comes from within. "Most of our students have been highly successful in everything they've ever done, and they come from successful athletic programs," he says. "They've obviously been very successful students, and they want to win. They're not investing the time they have to invest each week in their sport to lose. If you're going to invest hundreds of hours face down in the pool as a distance freestyler, you want to do well when you finally race, and you want to go to nationals and try to be an All-American. Just doing it for the sake of personal satisfaction for completing the event probably doesn't cut it with most of our kids. They want more than that.
"I don't think the University puts any pressure on a coach or a team to strive to reach a certain level, but I think the team does. No one has ever told a coach here they have to be the first one to bring back a national championship. I think it's internal. I think it comes from having a group of highly motivated, highly successful student athletes who will strive for those same goals. They want to be successful. They want to win."
What follows is a year-by-year list of Emory's UAA titles since the conference was formed a decade ago:
1987-88: men's and women's tennis
1988-89: men's basketball, women's cross country, women's tennis
1989-90: men's basketball, men's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's outdoor track
1990-91: men's and women's tennis, women's swimming
1991-92: men's and women's tennis, women's swimming
1992-93: golf, men's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's swimming, women's outdoor track
1993-94: baseball, men's and women's tennis, women's outdoor track
1994-95: baseball, golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track, women's soccer, women's swimming
1995-96: men's soccer (at press time)