Great Northwest Athletic Conference

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Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference logo
Established 2001
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 10
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
Region Northwestern United States, British Columbia
Headquarters Portland, Oregon
Commissioner David Haglund (since 2011)
Great Northwest Athletic Conference locations

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which has historically operated in the northwestern United States, but also currently includes four schools in areas not usually considered part of that region—two in Alaska (neither of which is located in Southeast Alaska, an area often considered part of the Northwest), one in eastern Montana (almost never considered part of the region), and one in the Canadian province of British Columbia (an area included with the Northwest U.S. in the larger Pacific Northwest region).

It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level, and is the only NCAA conference in any division with a Canadian university as a member.

The conference was formed in 2001 when its original ten members split from the Pacific West Conference.

Member schools[edit]

Current full members[edit]

The league currently has 10 full members:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Football
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska Seawolves 1954 Public 16,242 2001 No
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska Nanooks 1917 Public 9,380 2001 No
Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington Wildcats 1891 Public 10,145 2001 Yes
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana Yellowjackets 1927 Public 4,600 2007 No
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho Crusaders 1913 Private 1,630 2001 No
Saint Martin's University Lacey, Washington Saints 1895 Private 1,628 2001 No
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington Falcons 1891 Private 3,773 2001 No
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia Clan 1965 Public 35,604 2010 Yes
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon Wolves 1856 Public 6,233 2001 Yes
Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington Vikings 1893 Public 13,070 2001 No

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joins Football
Concordia University–Portland Portland, Oregon Cavaliers 1905 Private 3,500 2015 No

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference GNAC Sport
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California Cougars 1899 Private 9,258 2012 PacWest football
Dixie State University St. George, Utah Red Storm 1911 Public 6,443 2008 PacWest football
Humboldt State University Arcata, California Lumberjacks 1913 Public 7,773 2006 CCAA football
University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota Marauders 1959 Private 2,758 2012 NSIC men's soccer
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota Hardrockers 1885 Public 1,576 2012 NCAA D-II Independent football (2014);
men's soccer
  • South Dakota Mines will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2014, but will not move GNAC sports until after affiliation agreements end. The last season for men's soccer will be 2014 and for football will be 2015. [1]

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Humboldt State University Arcata, California Lumberjacks 1913 Public 7,773 2001-02 2005-06 CCAA
Seattle University Seattle, Washington Redhawks 1891 Private 7,755 2001-02 2007-08 WAC

Former Associate Members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Primary Conference GNAC Sport
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota Cougars 1883 Private 1408 2012 2013 NSIC Men's Soccer

Membership timeline[edit]

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

  • The GNAC didn't sponsor football between the 2006-07 and the 2007-08 seasons. Therefore, Central Washington and Western Washington competed in North Central Conference (NCC); while Dixie State, Humboldt State and Western Oregon were Independents.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports[edit]

  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field

Women's sports[edit]

  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field

Football champions[edit]

Year Champion Conf. Record Year Champion Conf. Record
2001 Western Washington 3-0 2008 Central Washington 8-0
2002 Central Washington 3-0 2009 Central Washington 6-0
2003 Western Washington 3-0 2010 Central Washington 7-1
2004 Central Washington 5-1 2011 Humboldt State 7-1
2005 Central Washington 6-0 2012 Central Washington 7-3
2006 Not Sponsored N/A 2013 Azusa Pacific 9-1
2007 Not Sponsored N/A 2014 TBD TBD


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