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The WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (WAC) is an American collegiate athletic conference formed on July 27, 1962 and affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I . The WAC covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions located in Arizona
Arizona
, California
California
, New Mexico
New Mexico
, Utah
Utah
, and Washington , along with the "non-western" states of Missouri
Missouri
and Illinois
Illinois
(traditionally associated with the Midwest ), as well as Texas
Texas
(traditionally associated with the Southwest ).

Due to most of the conference's football -playing members leaving the WAC for other affiliations, the conference discontinued football as a sponsored sport after the 2012–13 season and left the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A). The WAC thus became the first Division I conference to drop football since the Big West in 2000. The WAC then added men's soccer and became one of the NCAA's eleven Division I non-football conferences.

CONTENTS

* 1 Member schools

* 1.1 Current members * 1.2 Future member * 1.3 Affiliate members * 1.4 Former full members * 1.5 Former affiliate members * 1.6 Membership timeline

* 2 History

* 2.1 Formation * 2.2 Success and first expansion * 2.3 Second wave of expansion and turbulence * 2.4 WAC in the 2000s * 2.5 Membership changes and the elimination of football

* 3 Commissioners

* 4 Sports

* 4.1 Men\'s sponsored sports by school * 4.2 Women\'s sponsored sports by school

* 5 Football * 6 Men\'s basketball * 7 Women\'s basketball * 8 Baseball

* 9 Championships

* 9.1 Current champions * 9.2 National championships

* 10 Facilities * 11 Awards

* 12 Media

* 12.1 WAC Digital Network

* 13 References * 14 External links

MEMBER SCHOOLS

CURRENT MEMBERS

The following institutions are the full members of the WAC for the 2016–17 academic year.

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED TYPE ENROLLMENT ENDOWMENT NICKNAME COLORS JOINED

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD Bakersfield, California
California
1965 Public 8,720 $18,000,000 Roadrunners

2013

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY Chicago
Chicago
, Illinois
Illinois
1867 Public 3,578 $3,000,000 Cougars

2013

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona
1949 Private 17,600 N/A Antelopes

2013

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–KANSAS CITY Kansas City, Missouri
Missouri
1933 Public 16,160 $195,000,000 Kangaroos

2013

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY Las Cruces, New Mexico
New Mexico
1888 Public 18,497 $214,000,000 Aggies

2005

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY Seattle, Washington 1891 Private 7,755 $211,000,000 Redhawks

2012

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY Edinburg, Texas
Texas
1927 Public 29,045 $77,500,000 Vaqueros

2013

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY Orem, Utah
Utah
1941 Public 33,211 $48,000,000 Wolverines

2013

Notes

* With the elimination of football as a WAC-sponsored sport, New Mexico State's football program has joined the Sun Belt as an associate member. * In July 2015, UTPA merged with the University of Texas
Texas
at Brownsville to create the new University of Texas
Texas
Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The University of Texas
Texas
System stated in July 2014 that "the UTPA athletics program will be converted into the athletics program at UTRGV." On November 5, 2014, UTRGV's new nickname of Vaqueros was announced. * The founding date for UTRGV listed in this table reflects that of Edinburg College, the institution that eventually became UTPA. * Chicago
Chicago
State's continued membership is problematic. Considering the school's current strained financial situation and the needs of the athletic program, in April 2016, the University Budget Committee recommended that the Athletic Department "... study the benefits of being Division I or another division." * Championships title totals are through Spring 2016.

FUTURE MEMBER

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED TYPE ENROLLMENT Endowment (mil) NICKNAME COLORS JOINING

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Riverside , California
California
1950 Private 9,157 $41.0 Lancers

2018

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

The following 10 schools field programs in the WAC for sports not sponsored by their primary conferences.

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED TYPE ENROLLMENT NICKNAME PRIMARY CONFERENCE WAC SPORT(S) JOINED WAC Titles Former Full Member

United States Air Force Academy
United States Air Force Academy
(Air Force) Colorado Springs, Colorado 1955 Federal 4,413 Falcons Mountain West men's soccer, men's swimming 2013–14m.soc 2013–14m.sw 7 Y

California
California
State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) Sacramento, California
California
1947 Public 27,972 Hornets Big Sky baseball 2005–06 5 N

Houston Baptist University Houston
Houston
, Texas
Texas
1960 Private 2,567 Huskies Southland men's soccer 2013–14 0 N

University of Idaho Moscow
Moscow
, Idaho
Idaho
1889 Public 12,312 Vandals Big Sky women's swimming 2014–15 17 Y

University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio
San Antonio
, Texas
Texas
1881 Private 8,455 Cardinals Southland men's soccer 2014–15 0 N

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Paradise, Nevada 1957 Public 29,069 Rebels Mountain West men's soccer, men's swimming 2013–14m.soc 2013–14m.sw 6 Y

Northern Arizona
Arizona
University Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona
1899 Public 18,824 Lumberjacks Big Sky women's swimming 2004–05 2 N

University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 Public 10,097 Bears Big Sky baseball, women's swimming 2013–14bs. 2012–13w.sw 1 N

San Jose State University San Jose, California
California
1857 Public 30,448 Spartans Mountain West men's soccer 2013–14 18 Y

University of Wyoming
University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming 1886 Public 12,496 Cowboys Mountain West men's swimming 2013–14 24 Y

Notes

* Four schools became affiliate members in men's soccer in July 2013; the WAC announced on January 9, 2013 that it would reinstate the sport, which it had sponsored from 1996 to 1999. Because the conference dropped football, it was necessary to add a new men's team sport to maintain its Division I status. It chose men's soccer because three of the confirmed members for 2013–14 (CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, and Seattle) already sponsored the sport, and filled out its soccer ranks by attracting four schools from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation . Three of these schools have past WAC connections—former full members Air Force, UNLV and San Jose State. After the WAC announced it would add men's soccer, the conference gained an eighth soccer school for the 2013 season when UMKC, which already sponsored the sport, joined. In addition, Utah
Utah
Valley added the sport for 2014, UT-Pan American (now known as UT Rio Grande Valley) added it for 2015, and Chicago
Chicago
State is slated to add it for 2016. * Four schools (three of which are former WAC full members: Air Force, UNLV and Wyoming; and North Dakota) became affiliate members in men's swimming and diving in July 2013; the WAC announced on May 16, 2013 that it would reinstate the sport, which it had sponsored from 1962 to 2000. * Northern Colorado joined the WAC for baseball for the 2014 season (2013–14 academic year). * Sacramento State was formerly an associate member of the WAC in baseball from 1992–93 to 1995–96. * Championships title totals are through Fall 2014.

FORMER FULL MEMBERS

The WAC has 27 former full members.

INSTITUTION NICKNAME LOCATION FOUNDED TYPE ENROLLMENT JOINED LEFT WAC Titles Current Primary Conference

United States Air Force Academy
United States Air Force Academy
(Air Force) Falcons Colorado Springs, Colorado 1954 Federal 4,413 1980 1999 7 Mountain West

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Wildcats Tucson, Arizona
Arizona
1885 Public 39,236 1962 1978 18 Pac-12

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Sun Devils Tempe, Arizona
Arizona
1885 Public 59,794 1962 1978 29 Pac-12

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY Broncos Boise, Idaho
Idaho
1932 Public 22,678 2001 2011 33 Mountain West

Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars Provo, Utah
Utah
1875 Private 34,130 1962 1999 193 WCC Division I FBS Independent

California
California
State University, Fresno (Fresno State) Bulldogs Fresno, California
California
1911 Public 22,565 1992 2012 78 Mountain West

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY Rams Fort Collins, Colorado 1870 Public 28,417 1967 1999 15 Mountain West

Denver
Denver
!UNIVERSITY OF DENVER Pioneers Denver, Colorado 1864 Private 11,476 2012 2013 7 Summit

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MāNOA Rainbow Warriors & Rainbow Wahine Honolulu, Hawaii 1907 Public 20,435 1979 2012 62 Big West Mountain West (football only)

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO Vandals Moscow, Idaho
Idaho
1889 Public 12,312 2005 2014 17 Big Sky

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY Bulldogs (men's) Lady Techsters (women's) Ruston, Louisiana 1894 Public 11,581 2001 2013 30 C-USA

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels Paradise, Nevada 1957 Public 28,203 1996 1999 2 Mountain West

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nevada
1874 Public 18,227 2000 2012 22 Mountain West

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO Lobos Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico
1889 Public 35,211 1962 1999 46 Mountain West

RICE UNIVERSITY Owls Houston, Texas
Texas
1912 Private 6,082 1996 2005 29 C-USA

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY Aztecs San Diego, California
California
1897 Public 28,789 1978 1999 20 Mountain West

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY Spartans San Jose, California
California
1857 Public 30,448 1996 2013 18 Mountain West

Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs University Park, Texas
Texas
1911 Private 12,000 1996 2005 44 The American

Texas
Texas
Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs Fort Worth, Texas
Texas
1873 Private 9,725 1996 2001 18 Big 12

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON Mavericks Arlington, Texas
Texas
1895 Public 33,439 2012 2013 2 Sun Belt

University of Texas
Texas
at El Paso (UTEP) Miners El Paso, Texas
Texas
1914 Public 21,011 1967 2005 58 C-USA

University of Texas
Texas
at San Antonio
San Antonio
(UTSA) Roadrunners San Antonio, Texas
Texas
1969 Public 30,474 2012 2013 2 C-USA

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY Bobcats San Marcos, Texas
Texas
1899 Public 34,229 2012 2013 3 Sun Belt

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA Golden Hurricane Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
1894 Private 4,352 1996 2005 14 The American

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Utes Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah
1850 Public 32,388 1962 1999 68 Pac-12

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY Aggies Logan, Utah
Utah
1888 Public 28,796 2005 2013 32 Mountain West

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING Cowboys " class="sortkey">Sacramento State ! California
California
State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) Sacramento, California
California
1947 Public 27,972 Hornets Big Sky gymnastics 2005–06 2012–13

Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas
Texas
1898 Private 5,422 Patriots Heartland ( NCAA Division II ) baseball 2012–13 2012–13

Denver
Denver
! University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 Private 11,476 Pioneers Summit gymnastics 2011–12 2011–12

Drury University Springfield, Missouri
Missouri
1873 Private 5,474 Panthers Great Lakes (GLVC) ( NCAA Division II ) men's soccer 1999–2000 1999–2000

Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona
1949 Private, For-profit 17,650 Antelopes WAC baseball 1994–95 1997–98

Hawaii Hilo ! University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Hilo
(Hawaii–Hilo) Hilo, Hawaii 1901 Public 20,186 Vulcans Pacific West ( NCAA Division II ) baseball 1999–2000 2000–01

North Dakota ! University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 Public 15,250 Fighting Hawks Big Sky baseball, men's swimming, women's swimming 2013–14bs. 2013–14m.sm. 2011–12w.sm. 2015–16bs. 2016–17m.sm. 2016–17w.sm.

San Diego
San Diego
!University of San Diego
San Diego
San Diego, California
California
1949 Private 8,105 Toreros West Coast women's swimming 2004–05 2009–10

Southern Utah
Utah
University Cedar City, Utah
Utah
1897 Public 8,297 Thunderbirds Big Sky gymnastics 1990–91, 2005–06 1992–93, 2012–13

* ^ A B Neither the Big Sky Conference nor the MW sponsors women's gymnastics. Boise State and Southern Utah
Utah
house that sport in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference . * ^ Cal State Fullerton no longer sponsors women's gymnastics. * ^ The Big Sky Conference does not sponsor women's gymnastics. Sacramento State houses that sport in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation . * ^ The Dallas
Dallas
Baptist baseball team currently competes as a single-sport member of the Missouri
Missouri
Valley Conference . * ^ The Summit League does not sponsor women's gymnastics. Denver houses that sport in the Big 12 Conference . * ^ North Dakota no longer sponsors any of the sports it housed in the WAC. * ^ The WCC does not sponsor women's swimming and diving. San Diego houses that sport in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation .

MEMBERSHIP TIMELINE

Full members Full members (non-football) Other conference Other conference Associate Member

* Prior to the 1996–97 season, both Air Force and Hawaii had most to all of their women's sports competing in other conferences before joining the WAC full-time with their men's sports counterparts. At that time, Air Force was in the Colorado Athletic Conference , and Hawaii was in the Big West Conference
Big West Conference
.

HISTORY

FORMATION

Arizona
Arizona
Arizona
Arizona
State BYU New Mexico
New Mexico
Utah
Utah
Wyoming Locations of WAC founding schools

The WAC formed out of a series of talks between Brigham Young University athletic director Eddie Kimball and other university administrators from 1958 to 1961 to form a new athletic conference that would better fit the needs and situations of certain universities which were at the time members of the Border , Skyline , and Pacific Coast Conferences. Potential member universities who were represented at the meetings included BYU , Washington State , Oregon , Oregon State , Utah
Utah
, New Mexico
New Mexico
, Arizona
Arizona
, Arizona
Arizona
State , and Wyoming . While the three Washington and Oregon schools elected to stay in a revamped Pac-8 Conference that replaced the scandal-plagued PCC, the remaining six schools formed the WAC. The Border and Skyline conferences, having each lost three of their stronger members, dissolved at the end of the 1961–62 season. The charter members of the WAC were Arizona
Arizona
, Arizona
Arizona
State , BYU , New Mexico
New Mexico
, Utah
Utah
, and Wyoming . New Mexico
New Mexico
State and Utah
Utah
State applied for charter membership and were turned down; they would eventually become WAC members 43 years later.

SUCCESS AND FIRST EXPANSION

The conference proved to be an almost perfect fit for the six schools from both a competitive and financial standpoint. Arizona
Arizona
and Arizona State, in particular, experienced success in baseball with Arizona garnering the 1963 College World Series (CWS) runner-up trophy and ASU winning the CWS in 1965, 1967, and 1969. Colorado State and Texas-El Paso (UTEP), at that time just renamed from Texas
Texas
Western College, joined in 1967 to bring membership up to eight.

With massive growth in the state of Arizona, the balance of WAC play in the 1970s became increasingly skewed in favor of the Arizona schools, who won or tied for all but two WAC football titles from 1969 onward. In the summer of 1978, the two schools left the WAC for the Pac-8, which became the Pac-10, and were replaced in the WAC by San Diego State and, one year later, Hawaii . The WAC further expanded by adding Air Force in the summer of 1980. A college football national championship won by Brigham Young in 1984 added to the WAC's reputation as one of the best NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
conferences. This nine-team line-up of the WAC defined the conference for nearly 15 years.

SECOND WAVE OF EXPANSION AND TURBULENCE

Fresno State expanded its athletic program in the early 1990s and was granted membership in 1992 as the nationwide trend against major college programs independent of conferences accelerated. The WAC merged with the High Country Athletic Conference, a parallel organization to the WAC for women's athletics, in 1990 to unify both men's and women's athletics under one administrative structure. ⇙ Hawaii Fresno State San Diego
San Diego
State San Jose State UNLV Air Force Colorado State Wyoming BYU New Mexico Utah
Utah
UTEP Tulsa TCU SMU Rice Locations of WAC member schools during the four-pod system in effect from 1996 to 1999

In 1996, the WAC expanded again, adding six schools to its ranks for a total of sixteen. Rice , TCU , and SMU joined the league from the Southwest Conference , which had disbanded. Big West Conference members San Jose State and UNLV were also admitted, as well as Tulsa from the Missouri
Missouri
Valley Conference . Also, two WAC members for men's sports at the time, Air Force and Hawaiʻi, brought their women's sports into the WAC. With the expansion, the WAC was divided into two divisions, the Mountain and the Pacific.

To help in organizing schedules and travel for the farflung league, the members were divided into four quadrants of four teams each, as follows:

QUADRANT 1 QUADRANT 2 QUADRANT 3 QUADRANT 4

Hawaiʻi UNLV BYU Tulsa

Fresno State Air Force Utah TCU

San Diego
San Diego
State Colorado State New Mexico SMU

San Jose State Wyoming UTEP Rice

Quadrant one was always part of the Pacific Division, and quadrant four was always part of the Mountain Division. Quadrant two was part of the Pacific Division for 1996 and 1997 before switching to the Mountain Division in 1998, while the reverse was true for quadrant three. The scheduled fourth year of the alignment was abandoned after eight schools left to form the Mountain West Conference.

The division champions in football met from 1996 to 1998 in a championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium (also known as the Silver Bowl) in Henderson, Nevada .

Increasingly, most of the older, pre-1996 members—particularly Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming—felt chagrin at this new arrangement. Additional concerns centered around finances, as the expanded league stretched from Hawaiʻi to Oklahoma and now included four time zones in nine states. With such a far-flung league, travel costs became a concern. The presidents of Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming met in 1998 at Denver
Denver
International Airport and agreed to split off to form a new league. The breakaway group invited old-line WAC schools New Mexico
New Mexico
and San Diego
San Diego
State and newcomer UNLV to join them in the new Mountain West Conference
Mountain West Conference
, which began competition in 1999. (BYU and Utah
Utah
have since left for the West Coast Conference and Pac-12 Conference , respectively; BYU football is an FBS independent.)

A USA Today article summed up the reasons behind the split. "With Hawaii and the Texas
Texas
schools separated by about 3,900 miles and four time zones, travel costs were a tremendous burden for WAC teams. The costs, coupled with lagging revenue and a proposed realignment that would have separated rivals such as Colorado State and Air Force, created unrest among the eight defecting schools."

WAC IN THE 2000S

⇙ Hawaii Fresno State San Jose State Boise State Louisiana Tech Idaho
Idaho
New Mexico
New Mexico
State Utah
Utah
State Nevada Locations of WAC full members from 2005 through 2011

In 2000, the University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Reno
(Nevada) of the Big West joined as part of its plan to upgrade its athletic program.

TCU left for Conference USA in 2001 (it would later leave C-USA to become the ninth member of the Mountain West in 2005, and joined the Big 12 in 2012).

The Big West announced that it would drop football after the 2000 season, but four of its football-playing members (Boise State , Idaho , New Mexico
New Mexico
State , and Utah
Utah
State ) were unwilling to drop football. Boise State was invited to join the WAC and promptly departed the Big West, while New Mexico
New Mexico
State and Idaho
Idaho
joined the Sun Belt Conference (NMSU as a full member, Idaho
Idaho
as a "football only" member) and Utah State operated as an independent D-IA program. At the same time, Louisiana Tech (LA Tech) ended its independent D-IA status and also accepted an invitation to join the WAC with Boise State.

In 2005, Conference USA sought new members to replenish its ranks after losing members to the Big East , which had lost members to the ACC . Four WAC schools, former SWC schools Rice and SMU , as well as Tulsa and UTEP , joined Conference USA. In response, the WAC added Idaho, New Mexico
New Mexico
State, and Utah
Utah
State – all former Big West schools which left the conference in 2000 along with Boise State when that conference dropped football. The three new schools were all land grant universities , bringing the conference total to five (Nevada and Hawaiʻi).

MEMBERSHIP CHANGES AND THE ELIMINATION OF FOOTBALL

Main article: 2010–13 Western Athletic Conference realignment See also: 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment

The decade of the 2010s began with a series of conference realignment moves that would have trickle-down effects throughout Division I football, and profoundly change the membership of the WAC. Boise State decided to move to the Mountain West Conference
Mountain West Conference
(MW) for the 2011–12 season, and to replace departing BYU, the MW also recruited WAC members Fresno State and Nevada for 2012–13. WAC commissioner Karl Benson courted several schools to replace those leaving, including the University of Montana , which declined, as well as the University of Denver
Denver
, University of Texas
Texas
at San Antonio
San Antonio
(UTSA), and Texas
Texas
State University-San Marcos , which all accepted effective 2012–13.

But the resulting eastward shift of the conference's geographic center led Hawaiʻi to reduce travel expenses by becoming a football-only member of the MW and joining the California-based Big West Conference for all other sports. Further invitations were then issued by the WAC to Seattle University and the University of Texas at Arlington . These changes meant that the conference would have 10 members for 2012–13, seven of which sponsored football, and Benson announced that the WAC planned to add two additional football-playing members to begin competition in 2013. A further boost came when Boise State decided to join the Big East in football, and return to the WAC in most other sports, as of the 2013–14 academic year. So by the end of 2011, the WAC seemed to have weathered the latest round of conference changes, and once again reinvented itself for the future. Cal State Bakersfield Chicago
Chicago
State Grand Canyon UMKC New Mexico
New Mexico
State Seattle
Seattle
UTRGV Utah
Utah
Valley California
California
Baptist Locations of current they ultimately spent only the 2013 season as independents, rejoining their one-time football home of the Sun Belt as football-only members in 2014 .

In order to rebuild, as well as forestall further defections, the conference was forced to add two schools— Utah
Utah
Valley University and CSU Bakersfield —which were invited in October 2012 to join the WAC in 2013–14, but this did not prevent two more members from leaving. Denver
Denver
decided to take most of its athletic teams to The Summit League as of the 2013–14 season, shortly after Idaho
Idaho
opted to return all of its non-football sports to the Big Sky Conference in 2014–15. The conference responded over the next two months by adding Grand Canyon University , Chicago State University , and the University of Texas-Pan American . Then, in February 2013, the WAC announced the University of Missouri–Kansas City would join in the summer of 2013 as well. These changes would put the conference's membership at eight members by 2014 with only one, New Mexico
New Mexico
State, having been in the WAC just three years earlier. Due to losing the majority of its football-playing members, the WAC would stop sponsoring the sport after the 2012–13 season, thereby becoming a non-football conference.

While the WAC has had no changes in its core membership since the departure of Idaho, one member school has changed its identity. In 2013, the University of Texas
Texas
System announced that Texas–Pan American would merge with the University of Texas
Texas
at Brownsville ; the new institution, the University of Texas
Texas
Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), began operation for the 2015–16 school year. UTRGV inherited UTPA's athletic program and WAC membership.

In January 2017, the WAC announced that California
California
Baptist University would transition from NCAA Division II and join the conference in 2018.

COMMISSIONERS

YEARS COMMISSIONERS

1962–1968 Paul Brechler

1968–1971 Wiles Hallock

1971–1980 Stan Bates

1980–1994 Joseph Kearney

1994–2012 Karl Benson

2012–present Jeff Hurd

SPORTS

The Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
currently sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Nine schools are currently Associate members in four sports.

TEAMS IN WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COMPETITION SPORT MEN\'S WOMEN\'S

Baseball 9 -

Basketball 8 8

Cross Country 7 8

Golf
Golf
7 8

Soccer 11 8

Softball - 6

Swimming UTRGV will add it for 2015, and Chicago
Chicago
State is also to add it. * In softball, the WAC has six softball members; however, because softball-sponsoring Grand Canyon is reclassifying from Division II to Division I, it is not eligible for the conference tournament.

MEN\'S SPONSORED SPORTS BY SCHOOL

SCHOOL BASEBALL BASKETBALL Cross Country GOLF SOCCER Swimming & Diving
Diving
TENNIS Track & Field (Indoor) Track ">N N Y Y N Y Y 6

CHICAGO STATE Y Y Y Y

N Y Y Y 7

GRAND CANYON Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

UMKC N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 7

NEW MEXICO STATE Y Y Y Y N N Y N N 5

SEATTLE Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

UTRGV Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8

UTAH VALLEY Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y 7

TOTALS 7+2 8 7 7 6+5 3+3 6 7 7 58+10

FUTURE MEMBER

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y 7

* ^ CSUB discontinued men's golf in June, 2017. * ^ Chicago
Chicago
State was expected to add men's soccer by 2014. The school budgeted the sport for the 2016–17 school year. However, the ongoing State of Illinois
Illinois
budgetary crisis and the school's own critical financial problems have set this back once more. With the school's current financial situation and the needs of the athletic program, in April 2016, the University Budget Committee recommended that the Athletic Department "... study the benefits of being Division I or another division." * ^ Affiliates Northern Colorado and Sacramento State. * ^ Affiliates Air Force, Houston
Houston
Baptist, Incarnate Word, San Jose State, and UNLV. * ^ Affiliates Air Force, UNLV, and Wyoming.

MEN\'S VARSITY SPORTS NOT SPONSORED BY THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WHICH ARE PLAYED BY WAC SCHOOLS

SCHOOL FOOTBALL VOLLEYBALL WATER POLO WRESTLING

Cal State Bakersfield No No No Pac-12

Grand Canyon No MPSF No No

New Mexico
New Mexico
State Sun Belt (FBS independent in 2018) No No No

Utah
Utah
Valley No No No Big 12

California
California
Baptist No No WWPA No

* ^ California
California
Baptist sponsored men's volleyball when it was announced as an incoming member, playing that sport in the MPSF, but dropped the sport after the 2017 season.

WOMEN\'S SPONSORED SPORTS BY SCHOOL

SCHOOL BASKETBALL Cross Country GOLF SOCCER SOFTBALL Swimming & Diving
Diving
TENNIS Track & Field (Indoor) Track ">N Y Y Y 9

CHICAGO STATE Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y 8

GRAND CANYON Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

UMKC Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

NEW MEXICO STATE Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

SEATTLE Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

UTRGV Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y 8

UTAH VALLEY Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y 8

TOTALS 8 8 8 8 6 4+2 6 8 8 8 72+2

FUTURE MEMBER

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y 8

* ^ Affiliates Northern Arizona
Arizona
and Northern Colorado.

WOMEN\'S VARSITY SPORTS NOT SPONSORED BY THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WHICH ARE PLAYED BY WAC SCHOOLS

SCHOOL BEACH VOLLEYBALL EQUESTRIAN ROWING WATER POLO

Cal State Bakersfield Independent No No No

Grand Canyon Independent No No No

New Mexico
New Mexico
State No Independent No No

Seattle No No WIRA No

California
California
Baptist No No No GCC

* ^ CSUB discontinued women's water polo in June, 2017, redistributing its funding to other sports. * ^ At the time California
California
Baptist announced the demise of its men's volleyball program, it also announced that it would replace that sport with beach volleyball. No date for the start of play has been set.

FOOTBALL

Main article: Western Athletic Conference football

The WAC sponsored football from its founding in 1962 through the 2012 season. However, the defection of all but two football-playing schools to other conferences caused the conference to drop sponsorship after fifty-one years.

MEN\'S BASKETBALL

TEAM First Season All-Time Record All-Time Win % NCAA Tournament Appearances NCAA Tournament Record ARENA HEAD COACH

NEW MEXICO STATE 1905 1329–1018–2 .566 18 10–20 Pan American Center Marvin Menzies

SEATTLE 1946 978–874 .528 11 10–13 KeyArena Cameron Dollar

UTAH VALLEY 2004 109–62 .637 0 0–0 UCCU Center Dick Hunsaker

WAC TOURNAMENT Main article: WAC Men\'s Basketball Tournament

RIVALRIES

Men's basketball rivalries involving WAC teams include:

TEAMS MEETINGS RECORD SERIES LEADER CURRENT STREAK

New Mexico
New Mexico
State New Mexico
New Mexico
208 95–113 New Mexico New Mexico
New Mexico
Won 1

New Mexico
New Mexico
State UTEP 200 102–98 New Mexico
New Mexico
State UTEP Won 1

AWARDS Main article: Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Men\'s Basketball Player of the Year

WOMEN\'S BASKETBALL

TEAM First Season All-Time Record All-Time Win % NCAA Tournament Appearances NCAA Tournament Record ARENA HEAD COACH

NEW MEXICO STATE 1973 437–406 .518 4 0–4 Pan American Center Mark Trakh

SEATTLE 1978 – . 0 0–0 Connolly Center Joan Bonvicini

WAC TOURNAMENT Main article: WAC Women\'s Basketball Tournament

RIVALRIES

Women's basketball rivalries involving WAC teams include:

TEAMS MEETINGS RECORD SERIES LEADER CURRENT STREAK

BASEBALL

The WAC has claimed seven NCAA baseball national championships. The most recent WAC national champion is the 2008 Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team .

WAC TOURNAMENT Main article: Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Tournament

CHAMPIONSHIPS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

Source:

* For the sports in which the WAC recognizes both a regular-season and a postseason champion:

* (RS) indicates regular-season champion. * (P) indicates postseason champion.

* For other sports, only a postseason champion is recognized.

SEASON SPORT MEN\'S CHAMPION WOMEN\'S CHAMPION

FALL 2016 Cross country UMKC Utah
Utah
Valley

Soccer Utah
Utah
Valley (RS) UNLV (P) Seattle
Seattle
(RS & P)

Volleyball — New Mexico
New Mexico
State (RS) UTRGV (P)

WINTER 2016–17 Indoor Track & Field Grand Canyon Grand Canyon

Swimming & Diving Air Force Northern Arizona

Basketball CSU Bakersfield (RS) New Mexico
New Mexico
State (P) New Mexico
New Mexico
State (RS & P)

SPRING 2017 Golf Seattle New Mexico
New Mexico
State

Tennis New Mexico
New Mexico
State (RS) UMKC (P) Grand Canyon (RS) UMKC (P)

Softball — —

Outdoor Track & Field — —

Baseball — —

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The following teams have won NCAA national championships while being a member of the WAC:

* Arizona
Arizona
– baseball (1976 ) * Arizona
Arizona
State – baseball (1965 , 1967 , 1969 , 1977 ) * BYU – men\'s track margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;">Non-softball school

Chicago
Chicago
State University Baseball Stadium 7003100000000000000♠1,000

GRAND CANYON GCU Soccer Field 2,800 seats 6,000 cap. GCU Arena 7003700000000000000♠7,000 Stapleton-Pierson Stadium 7002300000000000000♠300 Brazell Stadium 7003150000000000000♠1,500

UMKC Durwood Soccer Stadium 7002850000000000000♠850 Municipal Auditorium 7003998700000000000♠9,987 Missouri
Missouri
3 margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;">Non-baseball school

NEW MEXICO STATE Aggie Soccer Field 7003125300000000000♠1,253 Pan American Center 7004124820000000000♠12,482 NMSU Softball Complex 7003105000000000000♠1,050 Presley Askew Field 7003100000000000000♠1,000

SEATTLE Championship Field 7002650000000000000♠650 KeyArena 7004170720000000000♠17,072 Logan Field at Seattle University Park 7002250000000000000♠250 Bannerwood Park 7002700000000000000♠700

UTRGV UTRGV Soccer and Track margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;">Non-softball school

UTRGV Baseball Stadium 7003400000000000000♠4,000

UTAH VALLEY Clyde Field 7003100000000000000♠1,000 UCCU Center 7003850000000000000♠8,500 Wolverine Field 7002500000000000000♠500 Brent Brown Ballpark 7003500000000000000♠5,000

* Note: KeyArena is configured for 8,901 capacity for Seattle
Seattle
games. Seattle
Seattle
U also plays multiple home games at the Connolly Center (capacity 999) during the season as well.

SCHOOL SOCCER STADIUM CAPACITY BASEBALL PARK CAPACITY

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

AIR FORCE USAFA Soccer Stadium 7003100000000000000♠1,000 Soccer-only member

HOUSTON BAPTIST Sorrels Field 7002500000000000000♠500 Soccer-only member

INCARNATE WORD Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium 7003600000000000000♠6,000 Soccer-only member

UNLV Peter Johann Memorial Field 7003250000000000000♠2,500 Soccer-only member

NORTHERN COLORADO Baseball-only member Jackson Field 7003150000000000000♠1,500

SACRAMENTO STATE Baseball-only member John Smith Field * 7003120000000000000♠1,200

SAN JOSE STATE Spartan Soccer Field 7002500000000000000♠500 Soccer-only member

AWARDS

COMMISSIONER\'S CUP

The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships.

JOE KEARNEY AWARD

Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Dr. Joseph Kearney , the awards are given annually to the top male and female WAC athlete. The various WAC member institutions Athletics Directors select the male award winner, while the WAC member instituitions Senior Women's Administrators choose the female honoree.

STAN BATES AWARD

The award is named in honor of former WAC Commissioner Stan Bates and honors the WAC's top male and female scholar-athletes, recognizing the recipients’ athletic and academic accomplishments. In addition, the awards carry a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship.

MEDIA

WAC DIGITAL NETWORK

In 2014–15, the WAC initiated a new digital network to give fans high quality streaming internet access to many of its regular season games and postseason championships including volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, basketball, softball and baseball.

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Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference

CURRENT MEMBERS

* CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners * Chicago
Chicago
State Cougars * Grand Canyon Antelopes * New Mexico
New Mexico
State Aggies * Seattle
Seattle
Redhawks * UMKC Kangaroos * Utah
Utah
Valley Wolverines * UTRGV Vaqueros

FUTURE MEMBER

* California
California
Baptist Lancers (joining in 2018)

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

* Air Force Falcons (men's soccer, men's swimming & diving) * Houston
Houston
Baptist Huskies (men's soccer) * Incarnate Word Cardinals (men's soccer) * Northern Arizona
Arizona
Lumberjacks (women's swimming & diving) * Northern Colorado Bears (baseball, women's swimming & diving) * Sacramento State Hornets (baseball) * San Jose State Spartans (men's soccer) * UNLV Rebels
UNLV Rebels
(men\'s soccer , men's swimming & diving) * Wyoming Cowboys (men's swimming color:white;">

* v * t * e

NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
non-football conferences

* America East Conference
America East Conference
* Atlantic Sun Conference * Atlantic 10 Conference * Big East Conference * Big West Conference
Big West Conference
* Coastal Collegiate Sports Association * Horizon League * Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference * Missouri
Missouri
Valley Conference * Mountain Pacific Sports Federation * Summit League * West Coast Conference * Western Athletic Conference * Independents

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