Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

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Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
(RMAC)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference logo
Established 1909
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 15
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
Region Mountain States
Former names Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference (1909–1910)
Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (1910–1967)
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado
Website wwww.rmacsports.org
Locations
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference locations

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with some members in Nebraska and New Mexico. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level.

History[edit]

Founded in 1909, the RMAC is the fifth oldest college athletic conference in the United States (oldest in Division II), surpassed only by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Big Ten Conference, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and the Missouri Valley Conference. For its first thirty years, the RMAC was considered a major conference equivalent to today's Division I, before 7 larger members left and formed the Mountain States Conference (also called the Skyline Conference).[1]

The Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RMFAC) on May 7, 1910. Continued until 1967 when the name of the conference changed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The RMAC merged with the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1996.[1]

Membership evolution[1][edit]

  • 1909: The Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference was formed on March 6 with four charter members: University of Colorado, Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), Colorado College and Colorado School of Mines.
  • 1910: The league changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RFMAC). The University of Denver and University of Utah join the league, but Colorado College drops out after a fallout with Colorado School of Mines. Membership is at five schools.
  • 1914: Colorado College rejoins the RFMAC. Utah State University also joins the league to bring membership up to seven.
  • 1917: Montana State University joins the conference.
  • 1918: Brigham Young University joins the league as the ninth member.
  • 1921: The University of Wyoming joins the conference.
  • 1924: Western State College and the University of Northern Colorado join the league, giving the RFMAC 12 members.
  • 1937: Colorado, Colorado State, Brigham Young, Utah, Utah State, Wyoming and Denver leave the conference to form the Skyline Conference. The five remaining members of the RFMAC were Colorado College, Colorado Mines, Montana State, Northern Colorado and Western State.
  • 1948: Idaho State University joins as the sixth member.
  • 1956: Adams State College joins the conference as the seventh member.
  • 1958: Idaho State leaves the conference.
  • 1959: Montana State leaves the conference, membership is back down to five.
  • 1967: The RFMAC changes its name to the current Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Eleven schools join the conference in 1967. They were: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Fort Lewis College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Pittsburg State University, the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo), Southern Utah State University, Regis University, Washburn University, Western New Mexico University and Westminster College of Utah. Colorado College is not included in this new league. The new league divided into two divisions: Mountains and Plains.
  • 1968: New Mexico Highlands University joins the RMAC.
  • 1969: New Mexico Highlands leaves the RMAC due to financial aid restrictions.
  • 1972: For economic reasons, the two divisions were split into two separate conferences. The Mountain Division kept the RMAC name while the Plains Division became known as the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The two allied conferences worked under the name of the Mountain and Plains Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MPIAA). RMAC membership stood at eight with Adams State, Colorado Mines, Fort Lewis, Regis, Southern Utah State, Western New Mexico, Western State and Westminster. Northern Colorado ended up leaving the association to become an independent.
  • 1974: New Mexico Highlands rejoins the RMAC as the ninth member.
  • 1975: Mesa State College becomes the 10th member of the RMAC.
  • 1976: The MPIAA was dissolved for economic reasons and the two conferences went their separate ways. Colorado State University-Pueblo switched conferences and joined the RMAC as its 11th member.
  • 1978: The RMAC beings sponsoring women's championships.
  • 1979: Westminster drops athletics and as a result leaves the RMAC, leaving the league with 10 members.
  • 1983: Regis leaves the RMAC to become an independent, leaving the league with nine teams.
  • 1986: Southern Utah State left the league, dropping membership to eight.
  • 1988: New Mexico Highlands withdraws from the conference to shrink the membership to seven schools.
  • 1989: Chadron State College, Fort Hays State University, Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney) and Wayne State College announce intentions to join.
  • 1990: Wayne State College and Kearney State College withdraw their interest in joining the league. Western New Mexico and Colorado State University-Pueblo announce that they are leaving the RMAC. Fort Lewis announces their intention to leave, however they stay on as an associate member of the conference. New Mexico Highlands rejoins the RMAC.
  • 1992: The RMAC becomes affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level.
  • 1994: Fort Lewis once again became a full member of the RMAC. Nebraska-Kearney also was voted into membership.
  • 1996: Colorado Christian University and Metropolitan State College join the RMAC. Regis and Colorado State University-Pueblo rejoin the league. All four are full members. Also, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Denver join the RMAC as affiliate and associate members, respectively. The RMAC, now comprising fourteen schools, splits into two seven-team divisions.
  • 1997: Denver leaves to move up to Division I. Colorado-Colorado Springs becomes a full member. San Francisco State joins the RMAC as an associate member in wrestling only.
  • 2006: Fort Hays State leaves the RMAC for the MIAA (FHSU does remain in the RMAC as an associate member in wrestling). Western New Mexico rejoins the conference, keeping membership at 14 schools.
  • 2007: Grand Canyon University joins the RMAC as an associate member only in wrestling. Montana State University-Billings joins the RMAC as an associate member for women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
  • 2008: Texas-Permian Basin and the University of the Incarnate Word join the RMAC as associate members for swimming only.
  • 2009: Northern State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead join the RMAC as associate members in swimming.
  • 2012: Nebraska-Kearney will leave the RMAC to join the MIAA. Black Hills State University moves up from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and will join the RMAC to keep the number of full members at 14.
  • 2014: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will join the RMAC.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Adams State University Alamosa, Colorado 1925 3,701 Grizzlies           1956
Black Hills State University Spearfish, South Dakota 1883 4,722 Yellow Jackets           2012
Chadron State College Chadron, Nebraska 1911 3,000 Eagles           1989
Colorado Christian University Lakewood, Colorado 1914 5,100 Cougars           1996
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colorado 1925 9,482 Mavericks           1975
Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado 1873 5,468 Orediggers           1909
Colorado State University–Pueblo Pueblo, Colorado 1933 6,805 ThunderWolves           1967;
1976;
1996
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colorado 1965 10,300 Mountain Lions           1997
Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado 1911 4,000 Skyhawks           1967;
1994
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1965 24,000 Roadrunners           1996
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, New Mexico 1893 3,500 Cowboys
&
Cowgirls
          1968;
1974;
1990
Regis University Denver, Colorado 1877 9,722 Rangers           1967;
1996
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 2,640 Hardrockers           2014
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 3,820 Mustangs           1967;
2006
Western State Colorado University Gunnison, Colorado 1901 2,400 Mountaineers           1924
  • Colorado–Colorado Springs — was an affiliate member in 1996–97.
  • Colorado State–Pueblo — left the RMAC in 1972, re-joined in 1976 to leave again in 1990, and re-joined again in 1996.
  • Fort Lewis College — left the RMAC in 1990 becoming an affiliate member, and re-joined in 1994.
  • New Mexico Highlands — left the RMAC in 1969, re-joined in 1974 to leave again in 1988, and re-joined again in 1990.
  • Regis — left the RMAC in 1983, and re-joined in 1996.
  • Western New Mexico — left the RMAC in 1990, and re-joined in the 2006.
  • South Dakota Mines — basketball (M / W), soccer (M), and volleyball will move to the RMAC in 2015; and football will will move to the RMAC in 2016.[3]

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Westminster College Salt Lake City, Utah 1875 3,108 Griffins           1967;
2015
  • Westminster College — left the RMAC in 1979.[4]
  • Provisional member in red.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
California Baptist University Riverside, California 1950 7,144 Lancers           2013 swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W);
wrestling
Pacific West
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 11,421 Lions           2013
(lacrosse);
2014
(swimming)
lacrosse (W);
swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Mid-America
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 5,441 Yellowjackets           2007 tennis (M);
tennis (W)
Great Northwest
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 3,000 Hawks           2013 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
San Francisco State University San Francisco, California 1899 28,290 Gators           1997 wrestling California Collegiate

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1875 Cougars 1918 1938 West Coast
(NCAA D-I)
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado 1876 Buffaloes 1909 1938 Pac-12
(NCAA D-I)
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 Tigers 1909,
1914
1910,
1967
Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III)
Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado 1870 Rams 1909 1938 Mountain West
(NCAA D-I)
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 Pioneers 1910 1938 The Summit
(NCAA D-I)
Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas 1863 Hornets 1967 1972 Mid-America
Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas 1902 Tigers 1967,
1989
1972,
2006
Mid-America
Idaho State University Pocatello, Idaho 1901 Bengals 1948 1958 Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
Montana State University Bozeman, Montana 1893 Bobcats 1917 1959 Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, Nebraska 1905 Lopers 1989,
1994
1990,
2012
Mid-America
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908 Mavericks 1967 1972 The Summit
(NCAA D-I)
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 Bears 1924 1967 Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas 1903 Gorillas 1967 1972 Mid-America
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah 1897 Thunderbirds 1967 1986 Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 1850 Utah Utes 1910 1938 Pac-12
(NCAA D-I)
Utah State University Logan, Utah 1888 Aggies 1914 1938 Mountain West
(NCAA D-I)
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 1865 Ichabods 1967 1972 Mid-America
University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming 1886 Cowboys 1921 1938 Mountain West
(NCAA D-I)
  • Denver — was an affiliate member in 1996–97.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 Antelopes 2007
(wrestling);
2008
(swimming)
2013 swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W);
wrestling
Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 Cardinals 2008 2013 swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Southland
(NCAA D-I)
Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead, Minnesota 1887 Dragons 2009 2012 swimming & diving (W) Northern Sun
Northern State University Aberdeen, South Dakota 1901 Wolves 2009 2012 swimming & diving (W) Northern Sun
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 Falcons 2008 2013 swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Heartland

Membership timeline[edit]

There have been 44 different schools associated with the RMAC either through full or associate membership. Of those schools only the Colorado School of Mines has been with the conference every year since it was founded in 1909.

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

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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
Lacrosse Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
RMAC
Sports
Adams State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Black Hills State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Chadron State College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Colorado Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Colorado Mesa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Colorado Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Colorado State-Pueblo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Colorado-Colorado Springs Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Fort Lewis College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Metropolitan State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
New Mexico Highlands Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Regis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
South Dakota Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Western New Mexico Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Western State Colorado Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 8 14 15 10 10 9 3 5 10 10 7 101
Future Members
Westminster College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Affiliate Members
California Baptist Green tickY Green tickY 2
Lindenwood Green tickY 1
Montana State-Billings Green tickY 1
San Francisco State Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
RMAC
Sports
Adams State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Black Hills State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Chadron State College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Colorado Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Colorado Mesa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Colorado Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Colorado State-Pueblo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Colorado-Colorado Springs Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Fort Lewis College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Metropolitan State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
New Mexico Highlands Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Regis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
South Dakota Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Western New Mexico Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Western State Colorado Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 14 15 11 5 11 13 5 5 11 11 14 115
Future Members
Westminster College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Affiliate Members
California Baptist Green tickY 1
Lindenwood Green tickY Green tickY 2
Montana State-Billings Green tickY 1
Rockhurst Green tickY 1

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Basketball Football Lacrosse Soccer Basketball Equestrian Volleyball Rodeo Skiing
Adams State WILA NIRA
Black Hills State NIRA
Chadron State College NIRA
Colorado Mesa WILA NIRA
Colorado Mines IHSA
Colorado State-Pueblo WILA
New Mexico Highlands NIRA
South Dakota Mines IND GNAC GNAC IND IND
  • – D-I sport
  • South Dakota Mines – Basketball (M), Basketball (W), Soccer (M), and Volleyball join the RMAC in 2015; Football joins the RMAC in 2016.

Football champions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]