California Pacific Conference

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California Pacific Conference
California Pacific Conference logo
Established 1996
Association NAIA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded 10 (men's: 4; women's: 6)
Region Pacific Coast
Region II of the NAIA
Headquarters Oakland, California
Commissioner Don Ott
California Pacific Conference locations

The California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) is a college athletics conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The conference commissioner is Don Ott. Conference leadership is shared among the member institutions. The conference president is Themy Adachi of Mills College. The conference vice president is Farnum Smith of William Jessup University. The secretary is Marv Christopher of California Maritime Academy. The conference was formed in 1996.

Conference members range from members of the University of California and California State University systems to religious and liberal arts colleges

History overview[edit]

Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Dominican, Mills College, and Notre Dame de Namur are former members of the conference that have left the NAIA and the conference for Division II and for Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

CSUMB and CSUEB left the Cal Pac to join the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in the 2004-05 and 2008-09 seasons, respectively.

Patten left the Cal Pac after eliminating its athletic program.

Notre Dame de Namur left the Cal Pac to join the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference in the 2006-07 season, followed by Dominican in the 2008-09 season.

Mills College moved to NCAA Division III as an Independent in the 2011-12 season.

In June 2011, Bethany announced it was ceasing operations effective immediately, decreasing the CalPac to seven active members.[1]

In 2012, Holy Names left the Cal Pac to join the Pacific West Conference; while Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Marymount California, and Soka University of America joined to increase the conference membership to nine schools.[2]

La Sierra joined in 2013 to bring the conference up to 10 members.[3] William Jessup left in 2014, leaving the conference with nine members. Membership will remain at nine schools in 2015 when Antelope Valley joins and Menlo leaves for the Golden State Athletic Conference.


Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
University of Antelope Valley Lancaster, California 2009 1,517 Pioneers 2015
Benedictine University at Mesa Mesa, Arizona 2013 340 Redhawks 2015
California Maritime Academy Vallejo, California 1929 700 Keelhaulers 1996
University of California, Merced Merced, California 2005 7,400 Golden Bobcats 2011
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, Arizona 1978 1,700 Eagles 2012
La Sierra University Riverside, California 1922 2,199 Golden Eagles 2013
Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes, California 1932 923 Mariners 2012
Pacific Union College Angwin, California 1882 1,400 Pioneers 1996
Providence Christian College Pasadena, California 2002 100 Sea Beggars 2015
Sierra Nevada College Incline Village, Nevada 1969 1,040 Eagles 2015
Simpson University Redding, California 1921 1,280 Red Hawks 1996
Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, California 2001 441 Lions 2012

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Bethany University Scotts Valley, California 1919 Bruins 1996 2011 Closed in 2011
California State University, East Bay Hayward, California 1957 Pioneers 1998 2008 California
California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside, California 1994 Otters 1996 2004 California
Dominican University San Rafael, California 1890 Penguins 1996 2008 Pacific West
Holy Names University Oakland, California 1868 Hawks 1996 2012 Pacific West
Menlo College Atherton, California 1927 Oaks 1996 2015 Golden State
Mills College Oakland, California 1852 Cyclones 1999 2011 Great South
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, California 1851 Argonauts 1998 2006 Pacific West
Patten University Oakland, California 1944 Lions 1996 2005 Dropped sports
William Jessup University Rocklin, California 1939 Warriors 2004 2014 Golden State
  • Mills College — women's institution, does not field men's sports.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
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