Beginning in 2002-2003 an incentive was added for winning the athletic contests between Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Rivals on the fields of competitition and allies on the waters of the world, the Academies began to battle of the prestige of winning the Superintendents' Trophy.
One point is awarded for each sport competition between the schools. At the conclusion of the academic year the institution with the most points is presented the Superintendents' Trophy.
The trophy is bestowed by either the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the Coast Guard Academy, or the Secretary of Transportation, who oversees the Merchant Marine Academy, and creates a friendly rivalry in Washington, D.C. between the two secretaries.
A smaller replica of the trophy graces the desk of the winning secretary until the conclusion of the competition the following year.
2016-17 RESULTS (COAST GUARD LEADS, 9.5-3.5)
MERCHANT MARINE: Football, Men's Cross Country, Men's Basketball
COAST GUARD: Volleyball, Fall Sailing, Women's Cross Country, Men's Swimming & Diving, Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Indoor Track & Field, Wrestling, Women's Basketball
TIES: Men's Soccer
ALL-TIME WINNERS (Coast Guard leads 10-2 with 2 ties)
2002-03 COAST GUARD
2003-04 COAST GUARD
2004-05 COAST GUARD
2005-06 COAST GUARD
2006-07 COAST GUARD
2007-08 COAST GUARD
2009-10 MERCHANT MARINE
2010-11 COAST GUARD
2011-12 COAST GUARD WON 9-4
2012-13 TIED 5.5-5.5
2013-14 MERCHANT MARINE WON 6-5
2014-15 COAST GUARD WON 15-3
2015-16 COAST GUARD WON 13-7