Pacific West Conference
|Pacific West Conference
|Sports fielded||15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)|
|Headquarters||Newport Beach, California|
|Commissioner||Bob Hogue (since 2007)|
The Pacific West Conference (also known as the PacWest) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Member institutions are located in California, Utah, and Hawaii.
The conference sponsors the following sports: baseball/softball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field for both men and women; and volleyball for women only. The newest PacWest sports are men's tennis and women's golf, both added in 2012-13.
- 1 History
- 2 Membership
- 3 National championships
- 4 Sports
- 5 Conference facilities
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The PacWest was formed in 1992 when the Great Northwest Conference (a men's conference) merged with the Continental Divide Conference (a women's conference containing some of the same members), in response to the departures of several members and new NCAA legislation requiring conferences to have at least six members. In addition, some Hawaii-based colleges joined the new conference.
With the departure of the final two mainland members, Montana State University-Billings and Western New Mexico University, to join the Heartland Conference in 2005, the four Hawaii universities played one season as “independents” after receiving a waiver from the NCAA to keep the conference in name, while searching for new members, because in order to be eligible for conference membership in the NCAA, a conference must consist of a minimum of six member institutions who sponsor at least ten sports, with two team sports for each gender.
New PacWest Conference
To comply with conference membership regulations, Hawaii Pacific (HPU), Chaminade, BYU–Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i–Hilo added new sports to their programs. In July 2005, the Pacific West Conference voted to admit Notre Dame de Namur University as a provisional member, as it moved from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. Grand Canyon University, formerly an NCAA D-II Independent, also joined the conference, returning the Pacific West Conference to full conference status with six members. Dixie State College joined the conference for the 2007-08 season.1 In 2008, it was announced that Academy of Art University would join the conference in the 2009-2010 Season as the conference's 8th member. In 2009 it was announced that Dominican University of California would join the conference in the 2009-2010 season as the conference's 9th member. That same year, the conference announced it would sponsor baseball as its 11th sport, with Hawaii Pacific University, University of Hawaii-Hilo, Dixie State College of Utah, and Grand Canyon University competing on a Division II level.
The conference began expansion in 2010 when the PacWest invited California Baptist University, from the NAIA's premier Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) to join the conference beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. On June 1, 2011, the conference announced the additions of Azusa Pacific University, Fresno Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University, all members of the GSAC, which will begin Pacific West Conference play during the 2012-2013 season. Holy Names University was also added to the PacWest in 2011, but did not begin the NCAA Division II membership process from the NAIA until July 13, 2012. As part of the transition process from NAIA to NCAA Holy Names remains ineligible for NCAA postseason play through 2015-16.
- Reclassifying member in yellow.
- Brigham Young–Hawai'i — will discontinue athletics in 2017.
|Biola University||La Mirada, California||1908||5,942||Eagles||unknown|
- Biola — submitting membership application in 2016.
|California State University, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, California||1947||21,051||Golden Eagles||2014||tennis (W)||California Collegiate|
|California State University, Stanislaus||Turlock, California||1957||8,836||Warriors||2014||tennis (W)||California Collegiate|
|Sonoma State University||Rohnert Park, California||1960||8,769||Seawolves||2013||tennis (M);
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
- Men's Tennis (2002, 2003)
- Women's Tennis (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
- Women's Volleyball (1999, 2002)
- Men's Soccer (1996)
- Men's Indoor Track & Field (2012)
- Women's Volleyball (1998, 2000)
- Softball (2010)
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Academy of Art||6|
|Notre Dame de Namur||4|
|Point Loma Nazarene||4|
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Academy of Art||8|
|Notre Dame de Namur||6|
|Point Loma Nazarene||7|
|California State-Los Angeles||1|
Other sponsored sports by school
|Academy of Art||IND||IND|
|Notre Dame de Namur||IND|
- ‡ — D-I sport
- PCSC — Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference
- Dixie State (RMAC)/(PCSC) — Football joins the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2016; Swimming & Diving (W) begins play in 2016.
|Academy of Art||Kezar Pavilion||4,000|
|Azusa Pacific||Felix Events Center||3,500|
|BYU–Hawai'i||Cannon Activities Center||4,500|
|California Baptist||Van Dyne Gymnasium||1,200|
|Dixie State||Burns Arena||4,869|
|Fresno Pacific||Fresno Pacific University Special Events Center||1,500|
|Hawai'i Pacific||Blaisdell Center
St. Andrew's Priory
|Hawai'i–Hilo||Afook-Chinen Civic Center||3,800|
|Holy Names||Tobin Gymnasium||300|
|Notre Dame de Namur||Walter Gleasen Gym||800|
|Point Loma Nazarene||Golden Gym||1,600|
- Staff (June 2, 2011). "PacWest conference expands to 14 schools". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- "About the GNAC". Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- "PacWest adds Dominican University of California as 9th conference program". Pacific West Conference. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- "PWC Adds Baseball". Pacific West Conference. 2008.
- Broughton, Bob (January 3, 2011). "Five Southern California schools headed for Division II". Courtesy Runner. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- "HNU enters NCAA II member process". July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "Grand Canyon University to Join WAC" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- "BYU–Hawai'i to transition out of intercollegiate athletics in three years". Brigham Young University—Hawai'i. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- "Biola Applies to Join NCAA". Biola University. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Dixie State football to join Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference". Dixie State Athletics. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- "Dixie State announces addition of women's swim team". Dixie State Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2015.