Dakota Athletic Conference

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Dakota Athletic Conference
(DAC)
Dakota Athletic Conference logo
Established 2000
Dissolved 2012
Association NAIA
Members 4 (final)
10 (all-time)
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 8; women's: 7)
Region The Dakotas
Region III of the NAIA
Headquarters Dickinson, North Dakota
Website dakotaac.org
Locations
Dakota Athletic Conference locations

The Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) was a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. As the name implies, member teams were located in the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. The conference folded in 2012.

History[edit]

The Dakota Athletic Conference was formed from a merger between the North Dakota College Athletic Conference and the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. Ten schools were a part of the conference in its history, consisting of the following:

The DAC was one of the only NAIA conferences to have a television contract; America One owned the broadcast rights to the conference, although most of the games were only carried through the network's subscription service, B2 Networks.

Timeline[edit]

Additionally, member schools Black Hills State, Minot State and South Dakota Tech also left the conference while in the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II.

Past members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Conference
Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets Spearfish, South Dakota 1881 Public 4,739 2000-01 2010-11 RMAC
(NCAA Division II)
Dakota State University Trojans Madison, South Dakota 1881 Public 2,282 2000-01 2010-11 North Star
Dickinson State University Blue Hawks Dickinson, North Dakota 1916 Public 2,572 2000-01 2011-12 Frontier
Jamestown College Jimmies Jamestown, North Dakota 1883 Private 900 2000-01 2011-12 North Star
Mayville State University Comets Mayville, North Dakota 1889 Public 780 2000-01 2011-12 North Star
Minot State University Beavers Minot, North Dakota 1913 Public 3,851 2000-01 2010-11 NSIC
(NCAA Division II)
Si Tanka University at Huron Screaming Eagles Huron, South Dakota 1883 Private n/a 2000-01 2004-05 school closed in 2005
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 Public 2,345 2000-01 2010-11 NCAA D-II Independent
University of Mary Marauders Bismarck, North Dakota 1959 Private 2,758 2000-01 2005-06 NSIC
(NCAA Division II)
Valley City State University Vikings Valley City, North Dakota 1890 Public 1,220 2000-01 2011-12 North Star

Membership timeline[edit]

North Star Athletic Association NAIA independent schools Valley City State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference University of Mary Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference NCAA Division II independent schools South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Huron University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference NCAA Division II independent schools Minot State University North Star Athletic Association NAIA independent schools Mayville State University North Star Athletic Association NAIA independent schools Jamestown College North Star Athletic Association Frontier Conference Dickinson State University North Star Athletic Association NAIA independent schools Dakota State University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference NCAA Division II independent schools Black Hills State University

Sports[edit]

Member schools fielded men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, track and field and golf. Men's-only sports were baseball, football and wrestling, while soccer, softball and volleyball were only offered for women.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DSU Athletics announces move to independent status". Dakota State University. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 

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