Great Plains Athletic Conference
|Great Plains Athletic Conference|
|Sports fielded||19 (men's: 10; women's: 9)|
|Region||Central United States|
|Former names||Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1969–1992)
Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (1992–2000)
|Headquarters||Sioux City, Iowa|
|Commissioner||Corey Westra (since 2003)|
The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The conference was originally founded in 1969 as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, later becoming the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (1992) before being renamed the Great Plains Athletic Conference (2000).
The Great Plains Athletic Conference was founded in 1969 as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The six charter members were Concordia University, Dana College, Doane College, Hastings College, Midland Lutheran College, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. With the addition of Northwestern College in 1992, the NIAC was renamed the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference. The NIAC was transformed into the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2000 with the addition of Dakota Wesleyan University, Dordt College, Mount Marty College, and University of Sioux Falls. Later, Briar Cliff University and Morningside College joined the GPAC in 2002 and 2003 respectively. All former members of the NIAC remain affiliated with the GPAC except for Dana College, which closed in 2010. Corey Westra in Sioux City, Iowa, is the commissioner of the league.
|Dana College||Blair, Nebraska||1884||Private||546||1969||2010||Vikings||university closed in 2010|
|University of Sioux Falls||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||1883||Private||1,674||2000||2011||Cougars||NSIC
(NCAA Division II)
The GPAC sponsors intercollegiate competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men’s and women's cross country, men's football, men's and women's golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women's softball, men’s and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball. As of the 2006–07 season, wrestling became an official conference sport.