Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
|Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
|Sports fielded||10 (men's: 4; women's: 6)|
|Region||Southeastern United States
Region XIII of the NAIA
The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) is a college athletic conference currently made up entirely of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and affiliated with the NAIA's Division I. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, USA.
The GCAC was established in 1981, with the following charter institutions: Belhaven College, Dillard University, Louisiana College, Spring Hill College, Tougaloo College, William Carey University and Xavier University of Louisiana. The first sports were men and women's basketball and men's tennis, with other sports soon following.
The University of Mobile was admitted in October, 1985, Southern University at New Orleans was granted admission in May, 1986, Loyola University was admitted in April, 1995, and Louisiana State University in Shreveport became a member in April, 2000. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced Dillard and Xavier (La.) to cancel all athletic competition for 2005-06 and Loyola and Southern-New Orleans were able only to compete partially. All schools returned to competition in 2006-07, although in most cases with a reduced number of sports.
Louisiana College left the GCAC to join the American Southwest Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III in 2000. Belhaven also left in 2000, only to re-join in 2002; while Talladega College, who joined in 1999, left in 2002. In 2010, Belhaven, Loyola-New Orleans, Spring Hill, Mobile and William Carey left the GCAC to join the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). In 2010 LSU-Shreveport left the conference to join the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Edward Waters College and Fisk University joined to replace the departed schools in 2010. Philander Smith College also joined the GCAC in 2011. In January 2011, it was announced Talladega College will re-join the conference starting in the 2011-12 academic year. Talladega was a previous member of the GCAC from 1999-2002.
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* - Talladega left the GCAC after the 2001-02 season and re-joined back in the 2011-12 season.
|Institution||Location||Men’s Nickname||Women’s Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Left||Current Conference||Classification|
|Belhaven College||Jackson, Mississippi||Blazers||1883||Private/(Presbyterian Church USA)||1,500||1981
|SSAC||NAIA Division I|
|Louisiana College||Pineville, Louisiana||Wildcats||Lady Wildcats||1906||Private/(Louisiana Baptist Convention)||1,000||1981||2000||American Southwest||NCAA Division III|
|Louisiana State University in Shreveport||Shreveport, Louisiana||Pilots||Lady Pilots||1967||Public||4,200||2000||2010||RRAC||NAIA Division I|
|Loyola University New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||Wolfpack||1904||Private/(Catholic)||2,600||1995||2010||SSAC||NAIA Division I|
|Spring Hill College||Mobile, Alabama||Badgers||Lady Badgers||1830||Private/(Catholic)||1,300||1981||2010||SSAC||NAIA Division I|
|University of Mobile||Mobile, Alabama||Rams||Lady Rams||1961||Private/(Alabama Baptist State Convention)||1,500||1985||2010||SSAC||NAIA Division I|
|William Carey University||Hattiesburg, Mississippi||Crusaders||Lady Crusaders||1906||Private/(Mississippi Baptist Convention)||4,418||1981||2010||SSAC||NAIA Division I|
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- GCAC Directory 1981-82, pg.2
- SSAC To Expand And Restructure Conference In 2010-11, Southern States Athletic Conference, 2009-09-29.
- "Talladega College join the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference". Talladega College. January 9, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011.