Mailbag: Special Guest Cody Mills Talks Rankings

Cody Mills answers questions about ways to adjust USAU's ranking algorithm and allocation process.

Texas's Domenica Sutherland against Cal Poly SLO at Stanford Invite 2019.
In a probabilistic allocation system, Cal Poly SLO and the Southwest would get an extra bid, while Texas and the South Central would lose one. Photo: Rodney Chen –

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Welcome our in house algorithms expert, Cody Mills, who runs He also coaches the men’s team at Cal Poly SLO. Intro is over, from here on out, it’s all Cody.

Important disclaimer: contrary to popular belief (#fakenews), I am not an algorithms expert.1 I’m just a guy with a hobby. I would defer on virtually any mathematical argument to the extremely qualified individuals who serve on the working group.2

Q: How would you change the D-III algorithm so that it isn’t always so wacky?

A: My off-hand reaction to this question is to clarify that there is no separate D-III algorithm. Every result from the college division goes into the same data set that produces the rankings; D-III rankings use all the results involving D-I teams as well. It’s just that the D-I teams are filtered out of the final rankings.

  1. Editor: Oops. 

  2. of which I am not a member 

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  1. Cody Mills
    Cody Mills

    Cody Mills is a former captain and coach of the Stanford men's team; he currently coaches Cal Poly-SLO and San Francisco Revolver. Before retiring due to injury in 2014 he played club for Boost FC and in the MLU for the San Francisco Dogfish. He also runs

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