Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

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Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation logo
Established 1992
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 37
Sports fielded 10 (men's: 5; women's: 5)
Region Western United States, Southwestern United States, Southern United States, Northwestern United States
Headquarters Woodland, California
Commissioner Al Beaird (since 1997)
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation locations

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) is a college athletic conference whose member teams are located in the western United States. The conference participates at the NCAA Division I level.


The MPSF was founded in 1992 and specifically created to provide an outlet for competition in non-revenue-producing Olympic sports. The MPSF conducts championships in men's volleyball; women's lacrosse; and indoor track, gymnastics, and water polo for both men and women. In 2010 the MPSF added women's swimming and diving to its list of sports, and added that sport for men in the 2011–12 season. The 2012–13 school year was the last for MPSF competition in men's soccer.

The conference's membership varies by sport; 37 schools are MPSF members in at least one of its sponsored sports. Schools are not required to participate in the MPSF competition for each sponsored sport if their primary conference affiliation sponsors a competition in that sport (e.g. Pac-12 soccer and women's gymnastics).

All MPSF members have a primary conference affiliation. All Pac-12 members house at least one sport in the MPSF, as do all but one of the nine members of the Big West Conference (UC Riverside). The West Coast Conference is represented by six schools (BYU, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, San Diego), and the Mountain West Conference has four full members represented (Air Force, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State). The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is represented by Alaska–Anchorage and Seattle Pacific. Five conferences are represented by one school each—the Big 12 Conference (Oklahoma), the California Collegiate Athletic Association (UC San Diego), the Pacific West Conference (California Baptist), and the Western Athletic Conference (Cal State Bakersfield).



Current members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Home
United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado Falcons Mountain West NCAA D-I
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska Seawolves Great Northwest NCAA D-II
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona Wildcats Pac-12 NCAA D-I
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Sun Devils Pac-12 NCAA D-I
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah Cougars West Coast NCAA D-I
California Baptist University Riverside, California Lancers Pacific West NCAA D-II
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California Mustangs Big West NCAA D-I
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, California Roadrunners Western Athletic NCAA D-I
California State University, Fresno Fresno, California Bulldogs Mountain West NCAA D-I
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, California Titans Big West NCAA D-I
California State University, Long Beach Long Beach, California 49ers Big West NCAA D-I
California State University, Northridge Northridge, California Matadors Big West NCAA D-I
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, California Hornets Big Sky NCAA D-I
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California Golden Bears Pac-12 NCAA D-I
University of California, Davis Davis, California Aggies Big West NCAA D-I
University of California, Irvine Irvine, California Anteaters Big West NCAA D-I
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Bruins Pac-12 NCAA D-I
University of California, San Diego San Diego, California Tritons California Collegiate NCAA D-II
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California Gauchos Big West NCAA D-I
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado Buffaloes Pac-12 NCAA D-I
University of Hawai'i at Manoa Honolulu, Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors & Rainbow Wahine Big West NCAA D-I
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma Sooners Big 12 NCAA D-I
University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon Ducks Pac-12 NCAA D-I
Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon Beavers Pac-12 NCAA D-I
University of the Pacific Stockton, California Tigers West Coast NCAA D-I
Pepperdine University Malibu, California Waves West Coast NCAA D-I
University of Portland Portland, Oregon Pilots West Coast NCAA D-I
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, California Gaels West Coast NCAA D-I
University of San Diego San Diego, California Toreros West Coast NCAA D-I
San Diego State University San Diego, California Aztecs Mountain West NCAA D-I
San Jose State University San Jose, California Spartans Mountain West NCAA D-I
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington Falcons Great Northwest NCAA D-II
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Trojans Pac-12 NCAA D-I
Stanford University Stanford, California Cardinal Pac-12 NCAA D-I
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Utes Pac-12 NCAA D-I
University of Washington Seattle, Washington Huskies Pac-12 NCAA D-I
Washington State University Pullman, Washington Cougars Pac-12 NCAA D-I
  • UC San Diego — Volleyball (M) joins the Big West in July 2017.

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Home
Concordia University–Irvine Irvine, California Eagles Pacific West NCAA D-II
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona Antelopes Western Athletic NCAA D-I
  • Concordia–Irvine, Grand Canyon — Volleyball (M) joins in July 2017.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Home
University of Denver Denver, Colorado Pioneers The Summit NCAA D-I
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California Lions West Coast NCAA D-I
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Paradise, Nevada Rebels Mountain West NCAA D-I
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota Fighting Hawks Big Sky NCAA D-I
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado Bears Big Sky NCAA D-I
Seattle University Seattle, Washington Redhawks Western Athletic NCAA D-I
University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming Cowboys & Cowgirls Mountain West NCAA D-I


The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation sponsors championship competition in five men's and five women's NCAA sanctioned sports[2] The MPSF dropped men's soccer after the 2012 season. The moves of Denver (all sports) and New Mexico (soccer only) to other conferences left the MPSF with six soccer members, but all six would soon leave due to moves by the Western Athletic Conference. MPSF soccer member Seattle was already in the WAC, and another MPSF soccer school, CSU Bakersfield, was already committed to join the WAC in 2013. Because the WAC dropped football after the 2012 season due to a near-complete membership turnover, it needed to add another men's sport to maintain its Division I status. To that end, it invited the four remaining MPSF soccer schools to join them; all accepted, and the WAC began sponsoring men's soccer in 2013–14.[3]

In October 2015, when Arizona State announced that it would elevate its club team in women's lacrosse to full varsity status starting in the 2017–18 school year (2018 season), which will give the Pac-12 six women's lacrosse schools. This number is required by league bylaws for official sponsorship of a sport, and is also the number of teams required for a conference to be an automatic NCAA tournament qualifier. This led the Pac-12 to announce that all of its women's lacrosse teams would leave the MPSF for the new Pac-12 lacrosse league for the 2018 season. The five remaining MPSF lacrosse schools will retain that league's automatic NCAA tournament bid for the 2018 and 2019 seasons while the MPSF seeks to add new members in that sport.[4]

On May 31, 2016 the Big West Conference announced that it will begin sponsoring men's volleyball championship in the 2017–18 school year (2018 season). The championship will be contested by five full members Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Hawai'i, and associate member UC San Diego. The Big West members will leave the MPSF in men's volleyball only, while UC San Diego will leave the federation entirely since this is their only sport in the MPSF.[5]

MPSF Teams
Sport Men's Women's
Gymnastics 4 6
Lacrosse - 9
Swimming & Diving 5 7
Track & Field Indoor 14 19
Volleyball 12 -
Water polo 4 7

Sponsorship by sport[edit]


Conference champions[edit]


NCAA titles[edit]

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation has won 83 NCAA titles in seven sports. UCLA has won 23 national titles. Stanford has won 15 titles. USC has won 12 titles. Oregon has won ten titles. Oklahoma has won six titles. California has won five titles. UC Irvine has won four titles. Arizona State and Brigham Young have won three titles. Pepperdine has won two titles. The MPSF has won every men's and women's water polo NCAA title since the inception of the conference.


  1. ^ Members - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Mpsports.Org. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  2. ^ Mountain Pacific Sports Federation - Athletics. Mpsports.Org. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  3. ^ "WAC Adds Men's Soccer" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. January 9, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pac-12 Adds Women's Lacrosse for 2018 Season". Lacrosse Magazine. October 23, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Big West Conference Makes Men's Volleyball 18th Sponsored Sport". Big West Conference. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 

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