Great American Conference

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Great American Conference
(GAC)
Great American Conference logo
Established 2011
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 11 (12 in 2015)
Sports fielded 13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
Region South Central
Headquarters Russellville, Arkansas
Commissioner Will Prewitt (since 2010)
Website greatamericanconference.com
Locations
Great American Conference locations

The Great American Conference is a collegiate athletic conference of eleven schools, with headquarters located in Russellville, Arkansas. It is affiliated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Athletic competition began play during the 2011–12 school year.[1][2] Member schools are located in Arkansas and Oklahoma in the South Central United States.

History[edit]

The conference's charter members previously competed in the Lone Star Conference (East Central University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University) and the Gulf South Conference (Arkansas Tech University, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Harding University, Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist University and Southern Arkansas University) before forming the GAC in 2010. The new conference is intended to reduce travel costs for its member universities.[3]

On May 11, 2011, the conference invited Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene University to the conference for the 2012–13 academic year. Those universities continued to compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference during the 2011–12 season before joining the conference.[4]

As of July 11, 2014, the NCAA Division II Membership Committee recommended the membership application for Oklahoma Baptist University to set up the move from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and will join the conference in the 2015–16 season.[5]

Membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas 1909 12,003 Wonder Boys
&
Golden Suns
          2011
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, Arkansas 1909 3,400 Boll Weevils
&
Cotton Blossoms
          2011
East Central University Ada, Oklahoma 1909 5,727 Tigers           2011
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas 1924 6,075 Bisons           2011
Henderson State University Arkadelphia, Arkansas 1890 3,634 Reddies           2011
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma 1897 1,889 Rangers           2012
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, Arkansas 1886 1,501 Tigers           2011
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, Oklahoma 1909 3,889 Savage Storm           2011
Southern Arkansas University Magnolia, Arkansas 1909 3,545 Muleriders
&
Lady Muleriders
          2011
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 2,110 Crimson Storm           2012
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, Oklahoma 1901 4,850 Bulldogs           2011
  • Provisional member in red.

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1910 2,097 Bison           2015
  • Provisional member in red.

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports[edit]

The GAC sponsors championships in six men's and seven women's sports.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Tennis Total
GAC
Sports
Arkansas Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Arkansas–Monticello Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
East Central Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Harding Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Henderson State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Northwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Ouachita Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southeastern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southern Arkansas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southern Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Totals 11 11 6 11 11 4 54
Future Members
Oklahoma Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Total
GAC
Sports
Arkansas Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Arkansas–Monticello Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
East Central Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Harding Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Henderson State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Northwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Ouachita Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Southeastern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southern Arkansas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southern Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Southwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 11 11 10 6 11 7 11 67
Future Members
Oklahoma Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Equestrian Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Rodeo
Arkansas–Monticello NIRA
Harding MIAA LSC LSC LSC LSC
Henderson State NSISC NSISC
Northwestern Oklahoma State NIRA
Ouachita Baptist IND NSISC IND NSISC
Southeastern Oklahoma State NIRA
Southern Arkansas IND IND NIRA
Southern Nazarene MIAA IND IND IHSA IND IND
Southwestern Oklahoma State NIRA
Future Members
Oklahoma Baptist IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND
  • NSISC — New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference

All-Sports Trophy[edit]

Locations of Great American Conference member institutions

The All-Sports Trophy is presented to the athletic department with the highest point total at the end of the athletic year. Points are recorded in all sponsored sports with six or more participants. The regular season standings will determine the points for the sports of baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, football, softball, women's tennis, and volleyball. The conference championship will determine the points for the sports of women's cross country, men's golf, and women's golf.

Season School
2011–12 Arkansas Tech
2012–13 Arkansas Tech
2013–14 Arkansas Tech

Conference Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

Total conference championships[edit]

Total conference postseason championships and football regular season championships won by each school.

Team Individual
School Total Men Women Men Women
Arkansas Tech 10 2 5 1 2
Arkansas–Monticello 1 1
East Central 8 3 3 2
Harding 13 2 7 1 3
Henderson State 6 3 1 1 1
Northwestern Oklahoma State
Oklahoma Baptist
Ouachita Baptist 7 6 1
Southeastern Oklahoma State 1 1
Southern Arkansas 6 3 1 1 1
Southern Nazarene 1 1
Southwestern Oklahoma State 5 1 4

Facilities[edit]

School Football
stadium
Capacity Basketball
arena
Capacity Baseball
stadium
Capacity
Arkansas Tech Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field 6,500 Tucker Coliseum 3,500 Tech Field 600
Arkansas–Monticello Willis Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium 4,500 Steelman Fieldhouse 1,500 Weevils Field 600
East Central Norris Field 5,000 Kerr Activities Center 4,000 East Central Field 250
Harding First Security Stadium 6,500 Rhodes Field House 3,000 Jerry Moore Field 311
Henderson State Carpenter-Haygood Stadium at Ruggles Field 9,600 Duke Wells Center 3,000 Clyde Berry Field 1,000
Northwestern Oklahoma State Ranger Field 6,000 Percefull Fieldhouse 2,100 Myers Stadium 500
Oklahoma Baptist Hurt Field 2,900 Mabee Arena 2,400 Bison Field at Ford Park 400
Ouachita Baptist Cliff Harris Stadium 5,225 Bill Vining Arena 2,500 Rab Rodgers Field 500
Southeastern Oklahoma State Paul Laird Field 9,000 Bloomer Sullivan Arena 3,600 The Ballpark in Durant 420
Southern Arkansas Wilkins Stadium 6,000 W.T. Watson Athletic Center 2,600 Steve Goodheart Field 1,000
Southern Nazarene SNU Stadium 2,500 Sawyer Center 5,000 Cypert Athletic Complex 300
Southwestern Oklahoma State Milam Stadium - Fast Lane Field 8,600 Pioneer Cellular Event Center 4,000 Bulldog Field 300

Championships and Postseason[edit]

Cross Country[edit]

GAC Champions
Men Women
Year School Individual School Individual
2011 East Central Ezekiel Kissorio (ECU) Harding Gladys Kimtai (HU)
2012 East Central Mickey Hammer (SAU) East Central Ewa Zaborowska (HU)
2013 Harding Andrew Evans (HU) Harding Ewa Zaborowska (HU)
2014 East Central Juan Pacheco (ECU) Harding Carli Langley (SAU)

Football[edit]

GAC Champions
Year School
2011 Ouachita Baptist
2012 Henderson State
2013 Henderson State
2014 Ouachita Baptist
GAC All-Time Standings
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 12 21 .364 0
Arkansas–Monticello 9 25 .265 0
East Central 21 15 .583 0
Harding 27 7 .794 0
Henderson State 30 3 .909 2 2013
Northwestern Oklahoma State 5 15 .250 0
Oklahoma Baptist 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 27 8 .771 2 2014
Southeastern Oklahoma State 11 25 .306 0
Southern Arkansas 20 15 .571 0
Southern Nazarene 0 20 .000 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 14 22 .389 0
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2012 Harding Northwest Missouri State L 0–35
Henderson State Missouri Western State L 21–45
2013 Henderson State St. Cloud State L 35–40
2014 Harding Pittsburg State L 42–59
Ouachita Baptist Minnesota–Duluth L 45–48 (OT)
Bowl Games
Year Game School Opponent Score
2012 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Southern Arkansas McMurry L 35–36
2013 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Ouachita Baptist Tarleton State Cancelled
Live United Texarkana Bowl Harding Texas A&M–Commerce W 44–3
2014 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl East Central Texas A&M–Commerce L 21–72
Live United Texarkana Bowl Southeastern Oklahoma State Central Missouri L 21–48

Women's Soccer[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2011 East Central East Central
2012 Southwestern Oklahoma State Southwestern Oklahoma State
2013 Southwestern Oklahoma State Southwestern Oklahoma State
2014 Southern Nazarene Ouachita Baptist
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L T Pct Titles Last
Title
W L T Pct Titles Last
Title
East Central 17 15 3 .529 1 2011 1 2 2 .400 1 2011
Harding 16 18 2 .472 0 1 4 0 .200 0
Northwestern Oklahoma State 2 24 4 .133 0 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma Baptist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 18 16 2 .528 0 4 2 1 .643 1 2014
Southern Nazarene 18 11 1 .617 1 2014 0 1 1 .250 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 22 9 4 .686 2 2013 4 1 0 .800 2 2013
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2012 Southwestern Oklahoma State Minot State W 3–0
Central Missouri L 0–3

Volleyball[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2011 Arkansas Tech Arkansas Tech
2012 Harding Harding
2013 Harding Arkansas Tech
2014 Arkansas Tech Arkansas Tech
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 49 9 .845 2 2014 11 1 .917 3 2014
Arkansas–Monticello 15 43 .259 0 0 4 .000 0
East Central 24 34 .414 0 2 3 .400 0
Harding 51 7 .879 2 2013 8 3 .727 1 2012
Henderson State 2 56 .034 0 0 0 0
Northwestern Oklahoma State 10 32 .238 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma Baptist 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 31 27 .534 0 1 4 .200 0
Southeastern Oklahoma State 30 28 .517 0 1 4 .200 0
Southern Arkansas 32 26 .552 0 2 4 .333 0
Southern Nazarene 31 11 .738 0 2 1 .667 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 28 30 .483 0 1 4 .200 0
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2011 Arkansas Tech Washburn L 0–3
2013 Arkansas Tech Minnesota–Duluth L 0–3
2014 Arkansas Tech Minnesota–Duluth L 0–3

Men's Basketball[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2012 Arkansas Tech Arkansas Tech
2013 Harding Ouachita Baptist
2014 Arkansas Tech Harding
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 41 15 .732 2 2014 6 2 .750 1 2012
Arkansas–Monticello 33 23 .589 0 1 3 .250 0
East Central 19 37 .339 0 0 1 .000 0
Harding 30 26 .536 1 2013 4 2 .667 1 2014
Henderson State 28 28 .500 0 2 3 .400 0
Northwestern Oklahoma State 22 18 .550 0 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 24 32 .429 0 4 1 .800 1 2013
Southeastern Oklahoma State 25 31 .446 0 0 3 .000 0
Southern Arkansas 19 37 .339 0 1 3 .250 0
Southern Nazarene 21 19 .525 0 0 0 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 30 26 .536 0 3 3 .500 0
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2012 Arkansas Tech West Texas A&M W 79–68
Tarleton State W 64–63
Midwestern State L 61–77
2013 Arkansas Tech Minnesota State–Mankato L 65–81
Harding Central Missouri W 75–71
Minnesota State–Mankato L 65–86
2014 Arkansas Tech Central Missouri L 44–56
Harding Minnesota State–Mankato L 56–97

Women's Basketball[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2012 Arkansas Tech Southwestern Oklahoma State
2013 Arkansas Tech Arkansas Tech
2014 Harding Southwestern Oklahoma State
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 42 14 .750 2 2013 4 2 .667 1 2013
Arkansas–Monticello 14 42 .250 0 0 2 .000 0
East Central 32 24 .571 0 2 3 .400 0
Harding 42 14 .750 1 2014 5 3 .625 0
Henderson State 23 33 .411 0 0 3 .000 0
Northwestern Oklahoma State 12 28 .300 0 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 29 27 .518 0 1 3 .250 0
Southeastern Oklahoma State 24 32 .429 0 1 3 .250 0
Southern Arkansas 10 46 .179 0 0 1 .000 0
Southern Nazarene 23 17 .575 0 0 0 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 41 15 .732 0 8 1 .889 2 2014
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2013 Arkansas Tech Minnesota State–Mankato L 58–72
Southwestern Oklahoma State Central Missouri W 73–71
Augustana College L 64–68
2014 Harding Concordia–St. Paul L 57–68
Southwestern Oklahoma State Emporia State L 65–97

Baseball[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2012 Southern Arkansas Southern Arkansas
2013 Southern Arkansas Southern Arkansas
2014 Arkansas Tech Southern Arkansas
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 56 28 .667 1 2014 3 6 .333 0
Arkansas–Monticello 46 37 .554 0 6 4 .600 0
East Central 29 54 .349 0 0 0 0
Harding 39 45 .464 0 4 4 .500 0
Henderson State 39 45 .464 0 1 4 .200 0
Northwestern Oklahoma State 18 42 .300 0 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 42 42 .500 0 5 4 .556 0
Southeastern Oklahoma State 45 39 .536 0 2 2 .500 0
Southern Arkansas 58 26 .690 2 2013 12 3 .800 3 2014
Southern Nazarene 14 46 .233 0 0 0 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 51 33 .607 0 0 6 .000 0
NCAA Tournament Results

Golf[edit]

GAC Champions
Men Women
Year School Individual School Individual
2012 Southwestern Oklahoma State Matt Jennings (HSU) Harding Rebecka Surtevall (ATU)
2013 Arkansas Tech Brian Belz (ATU) Harding Kendall Earp (HSU)
2014 Henderson State Michael Hearne (SNU) Henderson State Rebecka Surtevall (ATU)

Softball[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2012 Arkansas–Monticello Arkansas–Monticello
2013 Southeastern Oklahoma State Southeastern Oklahoma State
2014 Southeastern Oklahoma State Southern Arkansas
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 46 54 .460 0 1 6 .143 0
Arkansas–Monticello 51 40 .560 1 2012 7 4 .636 1 2012
East Central 60 36 .625 0 4 6 .400 0
Harding 22 18 .550 0 1 2 .333 0
Henderson State 49 51 .490 0 7 6 .538 0
Northwestern Oklahoma State 39 27 .591 0 0 0 0
Ouachita Baptist 31 67 .316 0 2 6 .250 0
Southeastern Oklahoma State 75 20 .789 2 2014 11 4 .733 1 2013
Southern Arkansas 52 50 .510 0 8 5 .615 1 2014
Southern Nazarene 23 49 .319 0 0 0 0
Southwestern Oklahoma State 33 69 .324 0 2 4 .333 0
NCAA Tournament Results

Men's Tennis[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2012 Ouachita Baptist Ouachita Baptist
2013 Ouachita Baptist Ouachita Baptist
2014 Southeastern Oklahoma State Ouachita Baptist
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
East Central 4 5 .444 0 3 3 .500 0
Harding 1 8 .111 0 0 3 .000 0
Ouachita Baptist 7 2 .778 2 2013 6 0 1.000 3 2014
Southeastern Oklahoma State 6 3 .667 1 2014 0 3 .000 0
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2012 Ouachita Baptist St. Edward's W 5–3
Bluefield State College W 5–0
West Florida L 1–6
2013 Ouachita Baptist Southwest Baptist L 2–5

Women's Tennis[edit]

GAC Champions
Year Regular Season Tournament
2012 Arkansas Tech Arkansas Tech
2013 Arkansas Tech East Central
2014 Harding Harding
GAC All-Time Standings
Conference Tournament
School W L Pct Titles Last
Title
W L Pct Titles Last
Title
Arkansas Tech 16 2 .889 2 2013 4 2 .667 1 2012
East Central 11 7 .611 0 5 2 .714 1 2013
Harding 14 4 .778 1 2014 4 2 .667 1 2014
Henderson State 2 16 .111 0 0 3 .000 0
Ouachita Baptist 3 15 .167 0 0 3 .000 0
Southeastern Oklahoma State 8 9 .471 0 3 3 .500 0
Southern Arkansas 0 6 .000 0 0 1 .000 0
Southern Nazarene 8 3 .727 0 0 0 0
NCAA Tournament Results
Year School Opponent Score
2014 Arkansas Tech Harding W 5–4
Southwest Baptist L 1–5
Harding Arkansas Tech L 4–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pickle, David (March 9, 2011). "GAC becomes 23rd DII conference". NCAA. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Staff (March 9, 2011). "Great American Conference approved". Associated Press. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Staff (November 24, 2010). "Nine schools forming Div. II conference". Associated Press. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NWOSU, SNU accept invites to GAC". Enid News and Eagle. May 11, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "NCAA admits Oklahoma Baptist into membership process". Tulsa World. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 

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