Dakota Athletic Conference
|Dakota Athletic Conference
|Sports fielded||15 (men's: 8; women's: 7)|
Region III of the NAIA
|Headquarters||Dickinson, North Dakota|
The Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) was a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. As the name implies, member teams were located in the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. The conference folded in 2012.
The Dakota Athletic Conference was formed from a merger between the North Dakota College Athletic Conference and the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. Ten schools were a part of the conference in its history, consisting of the following:
- Formerly from the NDCAC: Jamestown College, Mayville State University, Valley City State University, Dickinson State University, Minot State University and the University of Mary
- Formerly from the SDIC: Si Tanka University-Huron, Black Hills State University, Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
The DAC was one of the only NAIA conferences to have a television contract; America One owned the broadcast rights to the conference, although most of the games were only carried through the network's subscription service, B2 Networks.
- Si Tanka-Huron closed in 2005.
- Mary left the DAC to join the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2006.
- Dakota State announced they were leaving the DAC on July 1, 2011 to become an NAIA Independent.
- Additionally, member schools Black Hills State, Minot State and South Dakota Tech also left the conference while in the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II.
- This left the conference with four schools for 2011-12, after which Dickinson State left for the Frontier Conference and Jamestown, Mayville State and Valley City State became NAIA independent schools.
Member schools fielded men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, track and field and golf. Men's-only sports were baseball, football and wrestling, while soccer, softball and volleyball were only offered for women.
- "DSU Athletics announces move to independent status". Dakota State University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-01-01.