Great American Conference

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Great American Conference
(GAC)
Great American Conference logo
Established 2011
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 11
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. The universities will continue to play in the Sooner Athletic Conference during 2011-12 and join the conference in 2012.[4]

Membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas 1909 Public 11,379 Wonder Boys
&
Golden Suns
2011
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, Arkansas 1909 Public 3,400 Boll Weevils
&
Cotton Blossoms
2011
East Central University Ada, Oklahoma 1909 Public 5,727 Tigers 2011
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas 1924 Private 6,810 Bisons 2011
Henderson State University Arkadelphia, Arkansas 1890 Public 3,584 Reddies 2011
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma 1897 Public 1,889 Rangers 2012
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, Arkansas 1886 Private 1,448 Tigers 2011
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, Oklahoma 1909 Public 3,889 Savage Storm 2011
Southern Arkansas University Magnolia, Arkansas 1909 Public 3,404 Muleriders 2011
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 Private 2,110 Crimson Storm 2012
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, Oklahoma 1901 Public 4,850 Bulldogs 2011

Note: Provisional members in red. Provisional members are fully incorporated into regular season schedules, but can not participate in either GAC or NCAA postseason.

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.[5]

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
Arkansas Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Arkansas–Monticello Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
East Central Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Harding Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Henderson State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Northwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Ouachita Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southeastern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southern Arkansas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southern Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball
Arkansas Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Arkansas–Monticello Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
East Central Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Harding Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Henderson State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Northwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Ouachita Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southeastern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southern Arkansas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southern Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Southwestern Oklahoma State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

Other sports sponsored by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Wrestling Equestrian Swimming
& Diving
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Rodeo
Arkansas Tech
Arkansas–Monticello NIRA
East Central
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 NIRA
Southern Nazarene MIAA IND IND IHSA IND IND
Southwestern Oklahoma State NIRA

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

Conference 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 8 2 4 1 1
Arkansas–Monticello 1 1
East Central 6 2 3 1
Harding 11 2 5 1 3
Henderson State 4 2 1 1
Northwestern Oklahoma State
Ouachita Baptist 4 4
Southeastern Oklahoma State 1 1
Southern Arkansas 3 2 1
Southern Nazarene
Southwestern Oklahoma State 5 1 4

Men[edit]

Season Cross Country Football Basketball Baseball Golf Tennis
2011-12 East Central Ouachita Baptist Arkansas Tech Southern Arkansas Southwestern Oklahoma State Ouachita Baptist
2012-13 East Central Henderson State Ouachita Baptist Southern Arkansas Arkansas Tech Ouachita Baptist
2013-14 Harding Henderson State Harding

Women[edit]

Season Cross Country Soccer Volleyball Basketball Softball Golf Tennis
2011-12 Harding East Central Arkansas Tech Southwestern Oklahoma State Arkansas–Monticello Harding Arkansas Tech
2012-13 East Central Southwestern Oklahoma State Harding Arkansas Tech Southeastern Oklahoma State Harding East Central
2013-14 Harding Southwestern Oklahoma State Arkansas Tech Southwestern Oklahoma State

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 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
Ouachita Baptist A.U. Williams Field 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 SWOSU Event Center (Fall 2013) 4,000 Bulldog Field 300

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. ^ Staff (February 7, 2011). "Great American Conference Unveils Logo". MonticelloLive.Com. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 

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