Gulf Coast Conference

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Not to be confused with Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
Gulf Coast Conference
Established 1949
Dissolved 1957
Association NCAA
Division None (1949–1956)
College Division (1956–1957)
Members 3–5
Region South Central United States
Headquarters Denton, Texas
Commissioner D. L. Ligon
Gulf Coast Conference locations

The Gulf Coast Conference (GCC) was a short-lived NCAA college athletic conference composed of universities in the U.S. state of Texas from 1949 until 1957. The charter members of the conference were University of Houston, Midwestern University (now Midwestern State University), North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), and Trinity University.[1] The Gulf Coast Conference spawned from then members of the Lone Star Conference, and its president was D.L. Ligon.[2] In 1956, when the NCAA created divisions, all members of the conference at the time were classified as part of the NCAA's College Division, which was later subdivided into Division II and Division III in 1973. Charter member Houston had already left for the Missouri Valley Conference by the end of 1950, and was classified as a University Division school, which later became known as Division I.


Membership timeline[edit]

Hardin-Simmons University Abilene Christian University Trinity University (Texas) University of North Texas Midwestern State University University of Houston

Current conference affiliations[edit]

Conference championships[edit]


Year Conference champion Conference record
1950 Houston 4–0


Year Conference champion(s) Conference record
1949 Midwestern State 3–0
1950 Midwestern State
North Texas
1951 North Texas 2–0
1952 North Texas 2–0
1953 Trinity 2–0
1954 Trinity 2–0
1955 Abilene Christian
North Texas
1956 North Texas 2–0–1

Men's basketball[edit]

Year Conference champion(s) Conference record
1949–50 Houston 6–0
1950–51 North Texas 3–1
1951–52 North Texas 4–2
1952–53 North Texas 7–1
1953–54 North Texas 7–1
1954–55 Midwestern State 8–0
1955–56 Midwestern State 4–0
1956–57 Abilene Christian
Midwestern State


  1. ^ Burton, Charles (1949-08-30). "The Inside Story". The Dallas Morning News. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "1949-50: Indians begin the Midwestern University era". Midwestern State Mustangs athletics. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2009-09-18.