Golden State Athletic Conference
|Golden State Athletic Conference
|Sports fielded||13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)|
|Region||Western United States
Region II of the NAIA
|Commissioner||Mike Daniels (2012-)|
The Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) is a college athletics conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The conference commissioner is Mike Daniels. Conference leadership is shared among the member institutions. All of the members of the GSAC are Christian colleges located in Southern California and Arizona. Conference teams have won 20 national championships.
The Golden State Athletic Conference was formed in the fall of 1986, with Azusa Pacific University, California Lutheran University, Fresno Pacific University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Vanguard University and Westmont College as the charter members. California Baptist University and Concordia University joined the GSAC in the fall of the following year (1987). Cal Lutheran left the GSAC after the spring of 1989. Biola University joined the GSAC in the fall of 1994. Hope International University and San Diego Christian College joined the GSAC in the fall of 1999. The Master's College, joined the GSAC in the fall of 2001.
In recent years, the conference has seen changes with members leaving the GSAC and the NAIA for the NCAA. In 2011 Cal Baptist left the GSAC to join the Pacific West Conference followed by the announcement that Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific and Point Loma Nazarene will join Cal Baptist in the PacWest in 2012.
For men, the GSAC offers baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track and field. For women, the GSAC offers basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
|Arizona Christian University||Phoenix, Arizona||Private/Christian||2012||429||Firestorm|
|Biola University||La Mirada, California||Private/Evangelical||1994||5,942||Eagles|
|Concordia University||Irvine, California||Private/Lutheran||1987||2,564||Eagles|
|Hope International University||Fullerton, California||Private/Christian||1999||987||Royals|
|The Master's College||Santa Clarita, California||Private/Christian||2001||1,348||Mustangs|
|San Diego Christian College||El Cajon, California||Private/Baptist (SBC)||1999||439||Hawks|
|Vanguard University||Costa Mesa, California||Private/Assemblies of God||1986||1,923||Lions|
|Westmont College||Santa Barbara, California||Private/Christian||1986||1,308||Warriors|
- Concordia–Irvine will leave the conference after the 2014-2015 year to join the Pacific West Conference.
|William Jessup University||Rocklin, California||Private/Christian||2014||1200||Warriors|
|Azusa Pacific University||Azusa, California||1986||2012||Cougars||PacWest||NCAA Division II|
|California Lutheran University||Thousand Oaks, California||1986||1989||Kingsmen (men's)
|SCIAC||NCAA Division III|
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||1987||2011||Lancers||PacWest||NCAA Division II|
|Fresno Pacific University||Fresno, California||1986||2012||Sunbirds||PacWest||NCAA Division II|
|Point Loma Nazarene University||San Diego, California||1986||2012||Sea Lions||PacWest||NCAA Division II|
- Staff (June 2, 2011). "PacWest conference expands to 14 schools". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- "William Jessup University to Become Ninth GSAC Member". Golden State Athletic Conference. Retrieved 30 March 2014.