Golden State Athletic Conference

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Golden State Athletic Conference
(GSAC)
Golden State Athletic Conference logo
Established 1986
Association NAIA
Division Division I
Members 8
Sports fielded 13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
Region Western United States
Region II of the NAIA
Headquarters Azusa, California
Commissioner Mike Daniels (2012-)
Website gsacsports.org
Locations
Golden State Athletic Conference locations

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.

History[edit]

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.

Recent years[edit]

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.[1]

Sports sponsored[edit]

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.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Type Joined Enrollment Nickname
Arizona Christian University Phoenix, Arizona Private/Christian 2012 429 Firestorm
Biola University La Mirada, California Private/Evangelical 1994 5,942 Eagles
Concordia University[2] 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

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Type Joining Enrollment Nickname
William Jessup University Rocklin, California Private/Christian 2014[3] 1200 Warriors

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Joined Left Nickname Current Conference Classification
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California 1986 2012 Cougars PacWest NCAA Division II
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, California 1986 1989 Kingsmen (men's)
Regals (women'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

Membership timeline[edit]

William Jessup University Arizona Christian University The Master's College San Diego Christian College Hope International University Biola University Concordia University (California) California Baptist University Westmont College Vanguard University of Southern California Point Loma Nazarene University Fresno Pacific University California Lutheran University Azusa Pacific University

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