Great Northwest Athletic Conference

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Great Northwest Athletic Conference
(GNAC)
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)
Website gnacsports.com
Locations
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 members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska 1917 9,380 Nanooks           2001
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska 1954 16,242 Seawolves           2001
Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington 1891 10,145 Wildcats           2001
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 4,600 Yellowjackets           2007
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho 1913 1,630 Crusaders           2001
Saint Martin's University Lacey, Washington 1895 1,628 Saints           2001
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington 1891 3,773 Falcons           2001
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia 1965 35,604 Clan           2010
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon 1856 6,233 Wolves           2001
Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington 1893 13,070 Vikings           2001

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Concordia University–Portland Portland, Oregon 1905 3,500 Cavaliers           2015
  • Provisional member in red.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California 1899 9,258 Cougars           2012 football Pacific West
Dixie State University St. George, Utah 1911 8,570 Red Storm           2008 football Pacific West
Humboldt State University Arcata, California 1913 7,773 Lumberjacks           2006 football California Collegiate
University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota 1959 2,758 Marauders           2012 soccer (M) Northern Sun
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 1,576 Hardrockers           2013
(soccer);
2014
(football)
football;
soccer (M)
Rocky Mountain

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Seattle University Seattle, Washington 1891 Redhawks 2001 2008 Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1883 Cougars 2012 2013 soccer (M) Northern Sun

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Notes
  • The GNAC did not sponsor football in the 2006-07 and 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]

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 Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
GNAC
Sports
Alaska Green tickY Green tickY 2
Alaska-Anchorage Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Central Washington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Montana State-Billings Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Northwest Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Saint Martin's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Seattle Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Simon Fraser Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Western Oregon Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Western Washington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 5 10 10 3 5 6 9 9 57
Future Members
Concordia-Portland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Affiliate Members
Azusa Pacific Green tickY 1
Dixie State Green tickY 1
Humboldt State Green tickY 1
Mary Green tickY 1
South Dakota Mines Green tickY Green tickY 2

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GNAC
Sports
Alaska Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 3
Alaska-Anchorage Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Central Washington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Montana State-Billings Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Northwest Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Saint Martin's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Seattle Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Simon Fraser Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Western Oregon Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Western Washington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 10 10 5 8 7 9 9 10 68
Future Members
Concordia-Portland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Ice
Hockey
Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Wrestling Equestrian Gymnastics Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Rifle Rodeo Skiing
Alaska WCHA PCSC PRC CCSA
Alaska-Anchorage WCHA MPSF RMISA
Central Washington IHSA NIRA
Montana State-Billings RMAC RMAC
Seattle Pacific MPSF NCRC
Simon Fraser PCSC IND PCSC
Western Washington IHSA NCRC
  • — D-I sport
  • PCSC — Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference

Football champions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]