Pacific West Conference

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This article is about the current NCAA Division II conference. For the former NCAA Division I women's sports conference that briefly used this name, see Western Collegiate Athletic Association. For other uses, see PacWest.
Pacific West Conference
(PacWest)
Pacific West Conference logo
Established 1992
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 13
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region Pacific States
Headquarters Newport Beach, California
Commissioner Bob Hogue (since 2007)
Website thepacwest.com
Locations
Pacific West Conference locations

The Pacific West Conference (also known as the PacWest) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Member institutions are located in California, Utah, and Hawaii.

The conference sponsors the following sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis for both men and women; and softball and volleyball for women only. The newest PacWest sports are men's tennis and women's golf, both added in 2012-13.[1]

History[edit]

The PacWest was formed in 1992 when the Great Northwest Conference (a men's conference) merged with the Continental Divide Conference (a women's conference containing some of the same members), in response to the departures of several members and new NCAA legislation requiring conferences to have at least six members.[2] In addition, some Hawaii-based colleges joined the new conference.

At one point the conference expanded to 16 members, but in 2001, member schools from Washington, Alaska, California, and Oregon left to form the new Great Northwest Athletic Conference.[2]

With the departure of the final two mainland members, Montana State University-Billings and Western New Mexico University, to join the Heartland Conference in 2005, the four Hawaii universities played one season as “independents” after receiving a waiver from the NCAA to keep the conference in name, while searching for new members, because in order to be eligible for conference membership in the NCAA, a conference must consist of a minimum of six member institutions who sponsor at least ten sports, with two team sports for each gender.

New PacWest Conference[edit]

To comply with conference membership regulations, Hawaii Pacific (HPU), Chaminade, BYU–Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i–Hilo added new sports to their programs. In July 2005, the Pacific West Conference voted to admit Notre Dame de Namur University as a provisional member, as it moved from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. Grand Canyon University, formerly an NCAA D-II Independent, also joined the conference, returning the Pacific West Conference to full conference status with six members. Dixie State College joined the conference for the 2007-08 season.1 In 2008, it was announced that Academy of Art University would join the conference in the 2009-2010 Season as the conference's 8th member. In 2009 it was announced that Dominican University of California would join the conference in the 2009-2010 season as the conference's 9th member.[3] That same year, the conference announced it would sponsor baseball as its 11th sport, with Hawaii Pacific University, University of Hawaii-Hilo, Dixie State College of Utah, and Grand Canyon University competing on a Division II level.[4]

Recent Expansion[edit]

The conference began expansion in 2010 when the PacWest invited California Baptist University, from the NAIA's premier Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) to join the conference beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.[5] On June 1, 2011, the conference announced the additions of Azusa Pacific University, Fresno Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University, all members of the GSAC,[1] which will begin Pacific West Conference play during the 2012-2013 season. Holy Names University was also added to the PacWest in 2011, but did not begin the NCAA Division II membership process from the NAIA until July 13, 2012.[6] As part of the transition process from NAIA to NCAA California Baptist is ineligible for NCAA post season play until 2013-14, while the 2011 additions are ineligible until 2014-15 and Holy Names until 2015-16.[1]

On November 27, 2012, Grand Canyon announced it would leave the PacWest after the 2012–13 school year to accept an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference.[7]

Membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Academy of Art University San Francisco, California 1929 16,000 Urban Knights           2009
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California 1899 8,539 Cougars           2012
Brigham Young University–Hawai'i Laie, Hawai'i 1955 2,400 Seasiders           1992
California Baptist University Riverside, California 1950 7,144 Lancers           2011
Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, Hawai'i 1955 2,836 Silverswords           1992
Dixie State University St. George, Utah 1911 5,944 Red Storm           2007
Dominican University of California San Rafael, California 1890 2,125 Penguins           2009
Fresno Pacific University Fresno, California 1944 3,700 Sunbirds           2012
Hawai'i Pacific University Honolulu, Hawai'i 1965 9,000 Sharks           1992
University of Hawai'i at Hilo Hilo, Hawai'i 1941 3,800 Vulcans           1992
Holy Names University Oakland, California 1868 1,331 Hawks           2012
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, California 1851 1,967 Argonauts           2005
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, California 1902 3,487 Sea Lions           2012
  • Brigham Young–Hawai'i — will phase out athletic teams by 2017.[8]
  • Provisional member in red.

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Concordia University–Irvine Irvine, California 1976 2,564 Eagles           2015
  • Provisional member in red.[9]

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, California 1957 8,836 Warriors           2014 tennis (W) California Collegiate
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, California 1960 8,769 Seawolves           2013 tennis (M);
tennis (W)
California Collegiate

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska 1954 Seawolves 1992 2001 Great Northwest
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska 1917 Nanooks 1992 2001 Great Northwest
Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington 1891 Wildcats 1998 2001 Great Northwest
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 Antelopes 2005 2013 Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Humboldt State University Arcata, California 1913 Lumberjacks 1998 2001 California Collegiate
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 1992 2005 Great Northwest
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho 1913 Crusaders 1999 2001 Great Northwest
Saint Martin's University Lacey, Washington 1895 Saints 1998 2001 Great Northwest
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington 1891 Falcons 1992 2001 Great Northwest
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia 1965 Clan 1998 1999 Great Northwest
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Mustangs 1998 2005 Rocky Mountain
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon 1856 Wolves 1998 2001 Great Northwest
Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington 1893 Vikings 1998 2001 Great Northwest

Membership timeline[edit]

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

National Championships[edit]

BYU-Hawaii

  • Men's Tennis (2002, 2003)
  • Women's Tennis (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
  • Women's Volleyball (1999, 2002)

Grand Canyon

  • Men's Soccer (1996)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field (2012)

Hawaii Pacific

  • Women's Volleyball (1998, 2000)
  • Softball (2010)

Sports[edit]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis 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
Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
PWC
Sports
Academy of Art Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Azusa Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Brigham Young-Hawai'i Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
California Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Chaminade Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Dixie State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Dominican Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Fresno Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY (Green tickY) Green tickY 5
Hawai'i Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Hawai'i-Hilo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Holy Names Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Notre Dame de Namur Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Point Loma Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Totals 9 13 11 10 13 6 4 66
Future Members
Concordia-Irvine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Affiliate Members
Sonoma State Green tickY 1
  • Fresno Pacific – Tennis (M) and Tennis (W) are suspended for one year and will return in 2015–16 academic year.[10]

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
PWC
Sports
Academy of Art Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Azusa Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Brigham Young-Hawai'i Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
California Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Chaminade Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Dixie State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Dominican Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fresno Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY (Green tickY) Green tickY Green tickY 5
Hawai'i Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Hawai'i-Hilo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Holy Names Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Notre Dame de Namur Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Point Loma Nazarene Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 13 13 8 13 11 11 5 13 87
Future Members
Concordia-Irvine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Affiliate Members
California State-Stanislaus Green tickY 1
Sonoma State Green tickY 1
  • Fresno Pacific – Tennis (M) and Tennis (W) are suspended for one year and will return in 2015–16 academic year.

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Football Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Volleyball Water
Polo
Wrestling Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Water
Polo
Rodeo
Academy of Art IND IND
Azusa Pacific GNAC IND PCSC IND GCC
California Baptist RMAC MPSF WWPA RMAC RMAC GCC
Dixie State GNAC NIRA
Dominican WILA
Fresno Pacific PCSC WWPA PCSC GCC
Holy Names IND
Notre Dame de Namur WILA
Future Members
Concordia-Irvine PCSC IND MPSF WWPA PCSC IND GCC
  • – D-I sport
  • PCSC – Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference

Conference facilities[edit]

Team Basketball Arena Capacity
Academy of Art Kezar Pavilion 4,000
Azusa Pacific Felix Events Center 3,500
BYU–Hawai'i Cannon Activities Center 4,500
California Baptist Van Dyne Gymnasium 1,200
Chaminade McCabe Gymnasium 2,800
Concordia-Irvine CU Arena 2,400
Dixie State Burns Arena 4,869
Dominican Conlan Center 1,285
Fresno Pacific Special Events Center 1,500
Hawai'i Pacific Blaisdell Center
St. Andrew's Priory
7,500
530
Hawai'i–Hilo Afook-Chinen Civic Center 3,800
Holy Names Tobin Gymnasium 300
Notre Dame de Namur Walter Gleasen Gym 800
Point Loma Nazarene Golden Gym 1,600

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Staff (June 2, 2011). "PacWest conference expands to 14 schools". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "About the GNAC". Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "PacWest adds Dominican University of California as 9th conference program". Pacific West Conference. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "PWC Adds Baseball". Pacific West Conference. 2008. 
  5. ^ Broughton, Bob (January 3, 2011). "Five Southern California schools headed for Division II". Courtesy Runner. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "HNU enters NCAA II member process". July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Grand Canyon University to Join WAC" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://thepacwest.com/general/News/BYUH_Announcement_032814
  9. ^ http://cuieagles.com/stats/Compliance/NCAA%20II%20Student-Athlete%20Handbook-xxx.pdf
  10. ^ http://fpuathletics.com/news/2014/5/23/MTEN_0523140542.aspx

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