Great Plains Athletic Conference

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Great Plains Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference logo
Established 1969
Association NAIA
Members 11
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)
Great Plains Athletic Conference locations

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.[1] 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.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname
Briar Cliff University Sioux City, Iowa 1930 Private/Catholic (Franciscan) 1,150 2002 Chargers
Concordia University, Nebraska Seward, Nebraska 1894 Private/Lutheran (Missouri Synod) 2,200 1969 Bulldogs
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, South Dakota 1885 Private/Methodist 780 2000 Tigers
Doane College Crete, Nebraska 1872 Private/United Church of Christ 1,000 1969 Tigers
Dordt College Sioux Center, Iowa 1955 Private/Christian Reformed 1,400 2000 Defenders
Hastings College Hastings, Nebraska 1882 Private/Presbyterian 1,150 1969 Broncos
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska 1883 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 946 1969 Warriors
Morningside College Sioux City, Iowa 1894 Private/Methodist 1,272 2003 Mustangs
Mount Marty College1 Yankton, South Dakota 1936 Private/Catholic (Benedictine) 1,100 2000 Lancers
Nebraska Wesleyan University2 Lincoln, Nebraska 1887 Private/Methodist 1,600 1969 Prairie Wolves
Northwestern College Orange City, Iowa 1882 Private/Reformed 1,200 1992 Red Raiders

1 – Does not sponsor football
2 – Also an NCAA Division III member school in certain sports

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Current Conference
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)

Membership timeline[edit]

Morningside College Briar Cliff University University of Sioux Falls Mount Marty College Dordt College Dakota Wesleyan University Northwestern College (Iowa) Nebraska Wesleyan University Midland University Hastings College Doane College Dana College Concordia University (Nebraska)


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.


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