Northern California Athletic Conference

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Northern California Athletic Conference
Northern California Athletic Conference logo
Established 1925
Dissolved 1998
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 12 (total)
Region West Coast
Former names Far Western Conference (1925–1982)

The Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC), a former NCAA Division II college athletic association that sponsored American football, was formed in 1925. It disbanded in 1998 after the majority of its member schools were forced to drop football.


The NCAC was founded as the Far Western Conference in 1925 by its charter member schools: Fresno State, Saint Mary’s, UC Davis, Nevada, San Jose State, and Pacific.[1]

Nevada's departure from the conference in 1940 left the conference with only four members; Chico State, Fresno State, College of the Pacific, and the California Aggies.[2] The conference looked to four nominees in Humboldt State, San Francisco State, Santa Barbara State, and California Poly of San Luis Obispo.[3]

Shortly after World War II, all of these charter members, with the exception of UC Davis, would leave for other conferences, to be replaced by San Francisco State, Sacramento State, Hayward State, Southern Oregon, Sonoma State and Chico State. During the 1990s, each of the universities associated with the California State system chose to disband their football teams in order to comply with Title IX, with the exception of Humboldt State, which added two women's sports to achieve compliance,and Sacramento State University.


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Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Fresno State Normal School Fresno, California 1911 Bulldogs 1925 1940 Mountain West

Membership timeline[edit]

Cal State East Bay Pioneers Sonoma State Seawolves Sacramento State Hornets San Francisco State Gators Southern Oregon Raiders Humboldt State Lumberjacks San Jose State Spartans San Francisco Dons Fresno State Bulldogs Pacific Tigers football Nevada Wolf Pack Nevada Wolf Pack Saint Mary's Gaels UC Davis Aggies Chico State Wildcats

Conference champions[edit]



Women's volleyball[edit]

Men's soccer[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Conference Championships: Northern California Athletic Conference". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nevada to Quit Far Western Loop". Eugene Register-Guard. Jan 7, 1940. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nevada Quits But List Grid Game With COP". Lodi News-Sentinel. Jan 8, 1940. Retrieved 5 May 2011.