Big West Conference

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Big West Conference
BWC
Big West Conference logo 2021.svg
EstablishedJuly 1, 1969;52 years ago (1969-07-01)
Association NCAA
Division Division I
SubdivisionNon–football
Members11
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
Region West Coast
Former namesPacific Coast Athletic Association (1969–1988)
Headquarters Irvine, California
CommissionerDan Butterly (since July 1, 2020)
Website www.bigwest.org
Locations
Big West-USA-states.png

The Big West Conference (BWC) is an American collegiate athletic conference whose member institutions participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The conference was originally formed on July 1, 1969 as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA), and in 1988 was renamed the Big West Conference. The conference stopped sponsoring college football after the 2000 season.

Contents

Among the conference's 11 member institutions, 10 are located in California (with 9 located in Southern California alone) and one is located in Hawaii. All of the schools are public universities, with the California schools evenly split between the California State University and the University of California systems. In addition, one affiliate member plays two sports in the BWC not sponsored by its home conference.

History

Locations of Big West Conference full member institutions. BigWestLocations.png
Locations of Big West Conference full member institutions.

Pacific Coast Athletic Association

The Big West Conference was formed in June 1968 as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association. [1] The five original charter members were Fresno State, San Jose State, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, and Long Beach State. [1] Two other schools, Cal State Los Angeles and the University of the Pacific, were also considered but they declined at that time to pursue membership. [2] The newly formed conference had a number of meetings to set up its governance, which was confirmed in October 1968 on the campus of UC Santa Barbara. [3] Before the league started play, Cal State Los Angeles joined as a full member and the University of the Pacific joined for football only, becoming a full member itself two years later. [4] [5] The conference itself lists July 1, 1969, as its founding date, with the seven institutions beginning conference play that fall. [6] [7]

Evolution

Since its inception as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, the conference has seen many changes. Utah State was the first institution outside of California to join the conference in 1978. This opened the floodgates for many other schools to affiliate with the PCAA; notable schools include UNLV, Nevada, Louisiana Tech, Boise State, and football-only members, such as Southwestern Louisiana and Arkansas State.

In 1983, the PCAA became the first western conference to introduce women's athletic programs, allowing its female student-athletes to compete at the same level as their male counterparts. This proved vital for Hawaiʻi as their only participation in the conference was for their women's sports.

However, many universities left to join conferences that were perceived as more well-known, such as the Western Athletic Conference or the Mountain West Conference, while others did not see the benefit of travel since historically many of the teams have been California-based.

From the departures of Idaho and Utah State in 2005 until the arrival of Hawaii in 2012, all members were based in California, reducing the cost and travel time between the universities. When Hawaii joined, it agreed to help defray a portion of travel costs to that state for the league's California members.

There have been no fewer than 25 full and associate members in the conference's history, while only two of the original seven charter members remain (Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara, with only Long Beach State's membership being continuous).

The change to the Big West

Effective July 1, 1988, the Pacific Coast Athletic Association changed its name to the Big West Conference. [7] With such schools as Utah State, UNLV, Nevada, New Mexico State, and Hawaii now in the fold, the name change was more representative of its member institutions. [7] In addition, the conference had signed a contract with ESPN to have its men's basketball games telecast as the third game of a triple header known as Big Monday - the other conferences being featured were the Big East and the Big Ten so the name Big West fit the theme. [8]

The logo of the Big West from 2000 to 2021 Big West Conference logo.svg
The logo of the Big West from 2000 to 2021

Member schools

Current members

Full members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColors
California Polytechnic State University
(Cal Poly SLO)
San Luis Obispo, California 19011996 [lower-alpha 1] Public
(CSU system)
21,306 Mustangs               
California State University, Bakersfield
(CSUB)
Bakersfield, California 19652020 [10] [lower-alpha 2] Public
(CSU system)
8,720 Roadrunners          
California State University, Fullerton
(Cal State Fullerton)
Fullerton, California 19571974 Public
(CSU system)
40,235 Titans               
California State University, Northridge
(CSUN)
Northridge, California 19582001 Public
(CSU system)
39,916 Matadors               
University of Hawaii at Manoa
(Hawaiʻi)
Honolulu, Hawaii 19072012 Public
(U of H system)
17,612 Rainbow Warriors
& Rainbow Wahine [lower-alpha 3]
                   
California State University, Long Beach
(Long Beach State)
Long Beach, California 19491969 Public
(CSU system)
37,776 Beach [lower-alpha 4]          
University of California, Davis
(UC Davis)
Davis, California 19082007 Public
(UC system)
36,441 Aggies          
University of California, Irvine
(UC Irvine)
Irvine, California 19651977 Public
(UC system)
33,467 Anteaters          
University of California, Riverside
(UC Riverside)
Riverside, California 19542001 Public
(UC system)
22,921 Highlanders          
University of California, San Diego
(UC San Diego) [lower-alpha 5]
San Diego, California 19602020 [lower-alpha 6] Public
(UC system)
33,735 Tritons          
University of California, Santa Barbara
(UC Santa Barbara)
Santa Barbara, California 19051969,
1976 [lower-alpha 7]
Public
(UC system)
24,346 Gauchos          
Notes
  1. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was an affiliate member in women's volleyball from 1984-85 to 1989-90.
  2. Before becoming a full member, CSU Bakersfield had been a Big West affiliate in beach volleyball since 2015.
  3. The Hawaii beach volleyball team is officially Rainbow Wahine, but more commonly uses the nickname SandBows.
  4. Long Beach State fully rebranded its athletic program as Beach effective in 2020–21, after transitioning from its former nickname of 49ers over several years. The baseball team continues to use the nickname Dirtbags, which it had adopted in the 49ers era.
  5. UC San Diego began a transition from Division II to Division I upon fully joining the Big West and is not eligible to compete for the league’s NCAA automatic qualification in single-site championship sports that have Division II national championships until July 1, 2024. (Men's volleyball and women's water polo are not subject to this restriction, as neither sport has a Division II championship.) [10]
  6. UC San Diego first joined the Big West as a men's volleyball affiliate in 2017. It added women's water polo to its BWC membership in 2019.
  7. UC Santa Barbara joined the conference when it was founded in 1969, left to become an independent after the 1973–74 school year, then rejoined for the 1976-77 school year.

Affiliate members

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentPrimary
conference
Big West
sport(s)
California State University, Sacramento
(Sacramento State)
Hornets Sacramento, California 19472012 [lower-alpha 1] Public
(CSU system)
30,670 Big Sky men's soccer;
beach volleyball
Notes
  1. Sacramento State men's soccer joined the Big West Conference in the 2012 season (2012–13 school year) and beach volleyball followed for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year). [11] [12]

Former members

Many of the former members of the Big West are now members of the Western Athletic Conference or the Mountain West Conference. Of the nine schools that were in the WAC before its early-2010s realignment, only Hawaii had not spent some time in the Big West as a football participant – it was a Big West member only in women's sports. Of the former members, Cal State Los Angeles is the only team that reverted to Division II level.

School names and nicknames reflect those used by the institutions when they were Big West members. One school has changed its name (Southwestern Louisiana, now branded athletically as Louisiana and also known as Louisiana–Lafayette) and one its nickname (Arkansas State, from Indians to Red Wolves).

Former full members

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentCurrent Primary Conference
Boise State University Broncos Boise, Idaho 193219962001Public22,678Mountain West Conference
California State University, Fresno
(Fresno State)
Bulldogs Fresno, California 191119691992Public22,565Mountain West Conference
California State University, Los Angeles
(Cal State L.A.)
Golden Eagles Los Angeles, California 194719691974Public20,619CCAA (Division II)
University of Idaho Vandals Moscow, Idaho 188919962005Public11,180Big Sky Conference
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(UNLV)
Rebels Paradise, Nevada 195719821996Public28,203Mountain West Conference
University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada 187419922000Public18,227Mountain West Conference
New Mexico State University Aggies Las Cruces, New Mexico 188819832000Public18,497Western Athletic Conference
University of North Texas Mean Green Denton, Texas 189019962000Public35,778Conference USA
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego, California 18971969 (men's sports);
1984 (women's sports)
1978 (men's sports);
1990 (women's sports)
Public28,789Mountain West Conference
San Jose State University Spartans San Jose, California 185719691996Public32,697Mountain West Conference
Utah State University Aggies Logan, Utah 188819782005Public28,796Mountain West Conference
University of the Pacific Tigers Stockton, California 18511969 (football-only);
1971 (all sports)
2013Private6,296West Coast Conference

Former affiliate members

InstitutionNicknameLocation
(California)
FoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentPrimary
Conference
Big West
Sport(s)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
(Cal Poly Pomona)
Broncos Pomona 193819841990Public22,501 CCAA
(NCAA Division II)
softball
California State University, Sacramento
(Sacramento State)
Hornets Sacramento 194719962002Public24,388 Big Sky baseball
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego 189720122013Public33,790 Mountain West women's water polo

Former football-only members

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentPrimary
Conference
at the time
of joining
Big West
football
Current
Conference
Arkansas State University [13] Indians [lower-alpha 1] Jonesboro, Arkansas 19091993,
1999
1996,
2001
Public13,438 Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs Ruston, Louisiana 189419931996Public11,581 Sun Belt C-USA
Northern Illinois University Huskies DeKalb, Illinois 189519931996Public25,313 Mid-Continent [lower-alpha 2] MAC
University of Southwestern Louisiana [lower-alpha 3] Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 189819931996Public19,188 Sun Belt
Notes
  1. Currently known as the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
  2. Currently known as the Summit League.
  3. Currently known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and branded for sports purposes as "Louisiana".

Membership timeline

University of California, San DiegoCalifornia State University, BakersfieldUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of California, RiversideCalifornia State University, NorthridgeCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversityCalifornia State University, SacramentoUniversity of IdahoBoise State UniversityUniversity of North TexasArkansas State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteNorthern Illinois UniversityLouisiana Tech UniversityUniversity of Nevada, RenoUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaNew Mexico State UniversityUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasUtah State UniversityUniversity of California, IrvineCalifornia State University, FullertonCalifornia State University, Long BeachUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of the Pacific (United States)San Jose State UniversityCalifornia State University, FresnoSan Diego State UniversityCalifornia State University, Los AngelesBig West Conference

Full membersFull members (non-football)Assoc. members (football only)Assoc. member (list sports)

Notes

Sports

The Big West Conference currently sponsors 18 NCAA sports, with men's volleyball the newest addition for the 2017–18 school year. [6] [14]

In baseball, Cal State Fullerton has won four College World Series titles with national championships in 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004. [15] In addition, Long Beach State and UC Irvine have made multiple appearances in the College World Series. Fullerton also has a national championship in softball, winning in 1984. Long Beach State has won three NCAA women's volleyball titles, as a part of Big West Conference women's volleyball, with national championships in 1989, 1993, and 1998. Misty May-Treanor led the 49ers (now known as Beach) to a 36–0 record en route to the program's most recent title. UC Santa Barbara was the NCAA men's soccer runner-up in 2004, losing the national championship match to Indiana on penalty kicks. The Gauchos returned to the College Cup in 2006 and won the national championship.

Former Big West members UNLV and Pacific won national championships while part of the conference. The UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team won the 1990 NCAA tournament championship after routing Duke 103-73 in the national title game. UNLV was undefeated during the 1991 NCAA men's basketball season before falling to Duke in the final four. The Runnin' Rebels during this era are widely considered one of the best college basketball teams of all time. The Pacific Tigers women's volleyball team won back-to-back national championships in 1985 and 1986.

The Big West did not sponsor men's volleyball or men's water polo, but it was the primary conference affiliation of several schools that compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for these sports, respectively. In NCAA men's volleyball, UC Irvine has established itself as one of the nation's most elite programs, winning four national championships in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013. Long Beach State also won men's national volleyball titles in 1991, 2018 and 2019. In NCAA men's water polo, UC Irvine won three national championships in 1970, 1982, and 1989. UC Santa Barbara also won a men's water polo title in 1979.

On May 31, 2016, the Big West announced the conference would sponsor men's volleyball as its 18th sport, with five Big West schools leaving the MPSF to establish the new men's volleyball league. Men's volleyball is the third of four sports in which the MPSF has recently seen a mass exodus of teams to join an existing conference in a newly sponsored sport, with men's soccer, men's water polo, and women's lacrosse as the others. The men's volleyball membership includes core Big West members Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Hawaii, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara. UC San Diego joined as an affiliate to bring the league to the NCAA minimum requirement of 6 teams to receive an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.

Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell explained that adding UC San Diego was not an indicator UC San Diego would be added to the Big West Conference as a full member. UC San Diego had recently passed a bill to move all their sports to Division I and is looking for an invite from the Big West Conference. UC San Diego has long competed at the Division I level in men's volleyball; the NCAA conducts a single national championship open to all Division I and II members, and scholarship limits in the sport are the same in both divisions. The Big West regular season for men's volleyball will be double round-robin, each team playing the others once at home and once on the road. The Big West Tournament will have all six teams participate in single-elimination rounds with the top two teams receiving semifinal byes. [16]

The Big West is the first Division I all-sports conference (defined as a league that sponsors men's and women's basketball) ever to sponsor men's volleyball, and the second NCAA all-sports conference overall to sponsor men's volleyball as a scholarship sport (the first was the Division II Conference Carolinas).

On November 26, 2017 the Big West announced that it would add UC San Diego along with Cal State Bakersfield as its 10th and 11th members starting on July 1, 2020. Cal State Bakersfield, which was already a full Division I member competing in the Western Athletic Conference, became a full member effective July 1, 2020. UC San Diego, which had failed to move up from Division II in failed bids to the Big West in 2011 and April 2017, has begun the four-year transition process to Division I and will become a full member effective July 1, 2024. UC San Diego's men's volleyball joined the Big West in 2017, in advance of that sport's 2018 season, and women's water polo joined in 2019. Because the NCAA does not sponsor a Division II championship in either men's volleyball or women's water polo, UCSD was eligible for conference championships in both sports upon joining the Big West, and will remain eligible for such during the D-I transition. [17]

UC San Diego and Cal State Bakersfield officially joined the conference on July 1, 2020 and Dan Butterly became the new commissioner following the retirement of Dennis Farrell.

Big West Conference teams
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
11
Basketball
11
11
Beach volleyball
7
Cross Country
9
11
Golf
10
9
Soccer
10
11
Softball
10
Tennis
7
10
Track and Field (Outdoor)
10
11
Volleyball
6
11
Water polo
7

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasket­ballCross
Country
GolfSoccerTennisTrack & Field
(Outdoor)
Volley­ballTotal
Sports
Cal Poly
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
7
Cal State Bakersfield
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
4
Cal State Fullerton
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
6
Cal State Northridge
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
7
Hawaiʻi
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
5
Long Beach State
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
Red x.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
6
UC Davis
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
7
UC Irvine
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
8
UC Riverside
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Red x.svg
7
UC San Diego
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
8
UC Santa Barbara
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
8
Totals
11
11
9
10
9 + 1 [lower-alpha 1]
7
10
6
72 + 1
  1. Affiliate member Sacramento State.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big West Conference which are played by Big West schools
School Fencing [lower-alpha 1] Football Rowing [lower-alpha 2] Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(Indoor)
Water Polo Wrestling
Cal PolyNo Big Sky No MPSF IndependentNo Pac-12
Cal State BakersfieldNoNoNoTBATBANo Pac-12
Cal State NorthridgeNoNoNoNo MPSF NoNo
Hawai'iNo Mountain West No MPSF NoNoNo
Long Beach StateNoNoNoNo MPSF GCC No
UC DavisNo Big Sky NoNoNo WWPA No
UC IrvineNoNoNoNoNo GCC No
UC RiversideNoNoNoNoIndependentNoNo
UC San Diego IFCSC NoIndependent MPSF No WWPA No
UC Santa BarbaraNoNoNo MPSF Independent GCC No
  1. NCAA fencing is a coeducational sport, with schools fielding separate men's and women's squads and all bouts involving members of the same sex. The only Big West member that sponsors the sport, UC San Diego, fields both squads.
  2. The only category of rowing sponsored by the NCAA is women's heavyweight rowing. Men's rowing and women's lightweight rowing are organized by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasket­ballBeach VolleyballCross
Country
GolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack & Field
(Outdoor)
Volley­ballWater poloTotal
Sports
Cal PolyGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg9
Cal State BakersfieldGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg8
Cal State FullertonGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg8
Cal State NorthridgeGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
HawaiʻiGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Long Beach StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
UC DavisGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
UC IrvineGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
UC RiversideGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg8
UC San DiegoGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
UC Santa BarbaraGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Totals116 + 1 [lower-alpha 1] 1191110101111797 + 1
  1. Affiliate member Sacramento State.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big West Conference which are played by Big West schools
School Fencing [lower-alpha 1] Field Hockey Gymnastics Lacrosse Rowing Sailing Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(Indoor)
Cal PolyNoNoNoNoNoNo MPSF Independent
Cal State BakersfieldNoNoNoNoNoNoTBA MPSF
Cal State FullertonNoNoNoNoNoNoNo MPSF
Cal State NorthridgeNoNoNoNoNoNoNo MPSF
Hawai'iNoNoNoNoNo PCCSC MPSF MPSF
Long Beach StateNoNoNoNoNoNoNo MPSF
UC DavisNo America East MPSF MPSF NoNo MPSF Independent
UC IrvineNoNoNoNoNoNoNo MPSF
UC San Diego IFCSC NoNoNo CAA No MPSF No
UC Santa BarbaraNoNoNoNoNoNo MPSF Independent
  1. NCAA fencing is a coeducational sport, with schools fielding separate men's and women's squads and all bouts involving members of the same sex. The only Big West member that sponsors the sport, UC San Diego, fields both squads.

Former sports

Football

An asterisk denotes the participant in the bowls that invited the Big West champion:
Pasadena (1969–70), California (1981–91), Las Vegas (1992–96), and Humanitarian (1997–2000) [18]

The Big West Conference discontinued football following the 2000 season. [19]

Facilities

SchoolBasketball ArenaCapacityBaseball StadiumCapacitySoccer StadiumCapacity
Cal Poly Mott Athletics Center 3,032 Robin Baggett Stadium 3,138 Alex G. Spanos Stadium 11,075
Cal State Bakersfield Icardo Center 3,800 Hardt Field 900CSUB Main Soccer Field2,500
Cal State Fullerton Titan Gym 4,000 Goodwin Field 3,500 Titan Stadium 10,000
Cal State Northridge Matadome 2,400 Matador Field 1,000 Matador Soccer Field 1,550
Hawaiʻi Stan Sheriff Center 10,300 Les Murakami Stadium 4,312 Waipio Soccer Stadium 4,500
Long Beach State Walter Pyramid 5,000 [20] Blair Field 3,238 George Allen Field 1,000
Sacramento State Men's Soccer Member Only Hornet Field 1,500
UC Davis The Pavilion at ARC 7,600 Dobbins Baseball Complex 3,500 Aggie Field 1,000
UC Irvine Bren Events Center 4,984 Cicerone Field 2,900 Anteater Stadium 2,500
UC Riverside Student Recreation Center 3,168 Riverside Sports Complex 2,500 UCR Soccer Stadium 900
UC San Diego RIMAC Arena 4,200 Triton Ballpark 1,200 Triton Soccer Stadium 1,750
UC Santa Barbara The Thunderdome 5,600 Caesar Uyesaka Stadium 1,000 Harder Stadium 17,000

Commissioner's Cup

Started during the Big West Conference's 1998–99 season, the Commissioner's Cup is awarded yearly to the most outstanding program over the course of the season in the conference's sponsored sports. [21] The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are the most successful team to date having won 9 total trophies. [22]

YearInstitutionChampion­ships
competed
Total pointsAverageTitle #
1998–99 Pacific Tigers 1262051.71
1999–00Pacific Tigers1260050.02
2000–01 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 1687054.41
2001–02UC Santa Barbara Gauchos162,020126.32
2002–03UC Santa Barbara Gauchos162,070129.43
2003–04UC Santa Barbara Gauchos162,210138.14
2004–05UC Santa Barbara Gauchos162,180136.35
2005–06 Long Beach State 49ers 131,640126.21
2006–07UC Santa Barbara Gauchos161,800112.56
2007–08UC Santa Barbara Gauchos162,046127.97
2008–09Long Beach State 49ers141,540110.02
2009–10UC Santa Barbara Gauchos171,970115.98
2010–11Long Beach State 49ers141,830130.73
2011–12Long Beach State 49ers141,960140.04
2012–13Long Beach State 49ers141,950139.35
2013–14Long Beach State 49ers141,740124.36
2014–15Long Beach State 49ers141,640117.17
2015–16UC Santa Barbara Gauchos152,006.7133.89
2016–17Long Beach State 49ers151,750116.78
2017–18 Cal State Fullerton Titans 141,635116.81
2018–19UC Santa Barbara Gauchos161,930120.610

Overall Commissioner's Cups Table

InstitutionCommissioner's
Cups
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
10
Long Beach State 49ers/Beach
8
Pacific Tigers
2
Cal State Fullerton Titans
1

Note 1: Bold indicates current members of the Big West Conference
Note 2: The Pacific Tigers moved to the West Coast Conference in 2013

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The California Golden Bears are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Berkeley. Referred to in athletic competition as California or Cal, the university fields 30 varsity athletic programs and various club teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I primarily as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, and for a limited number of sports as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Over the course of the school's history, California has won team national titles in 13 men's and 3 women's sports and 107 team titles overall. Cal athletes have also competed in the Olympics for a host of different countries. Notable facilities used by the Bears include California Memorial Stadium (football) and Haas Pavilion. Cal finished the 2010–11 athletic season with 1,219.50 points, earning third place in the Director's Cup standings, the Golden Bears' highest finish ever. Cal did not receive any points for its national championships in rugby and men's crew because those sports are not governed by the NCAA. Cal finished 12th in the 2014-15 standings.

UC Irvine Anteaters

The UC Irvine Anteaters are the athletic teams fielded by the University of California, Irvine. Its athletics programs participate in the NCAA's Division I, as members of the Big West Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. For earlier years of the school's existence, the teams participated at the Division II level with great success as explained below.

The Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) is a single sport intercollegiate college athletic conference sponsoring men's and women's water polo. The WWPA is affiliated with the NCAA, and includes 15 member institutions, mostly in California, with one institution each in Colorado, Illinois, and West Virginia and two in Erie, Pennsylvania. The league has eight teams in its men's league and nine in its women's league, with only Fresno Pacific and UC San Diego fielding teams for both sexes in the WWPA. The three easternmost schools, Gannon, Mercyhurst, and Salem, also field teams for both men and women, but only the women's teams are in the WWPA, with the men's teams instead playing in the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

San Diego State Aztecs

The San Diego State Aztecs are the athletic teams that represent San Diego State University (SDSU). San Diego State currently sponsors six men's and thirteen women's sports at the varsity level.

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are the intercollegiate athletic teams who represent the University of California, Santa Barbara. Referred to in athletic competition as UC Santa Barbara or UCSB, the Gauchos participate in 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports with the majority competing in the Big West Conference. UCSB currently fields varsity teams in 10 men's sports and 9 women's sports.

The UC San Diego Tritons are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, San Diego. UC San Diego has 23 varsity sports teams and offers student participation in a wide range of sports. As of July 1, 2020, all UC San Diego teams participate at the NCAA Division I (DI) level in the Big West Conference. During their time in NCAA Division II and the California Collegiate Athletic Association starting in the 2000–01 season, UCSD placed in the top 5 in the Division II NACDA Directors' Cup standings nine times, including three 2nd-place finishes. NCSA Athletic Recruiting ranked the Tritons as the nation's top Division II program for eight consecutive years.

UC Davis Aggies

The UC Davis Aggies are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Davis.

American West Conference

The American West Conference (AWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States from 1993 to 1996. It consisted of schools in California and Utah. The charter members of the conference were California Polytechnic State University; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Sacramento; the University of California, Davis; and Southern Utah University.

Long Beach State Beach

The Long Beach State Beach, previously known as the 49ers, are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Long Beach. Teams compete in 19 sports at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level. Long Beach State is a founding member of the Big West Conference, and also competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the Golden Coast Conference for sports not sponsored by the Big West.

Cal Poly Mustangs Sports teams of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The Cal Poly Mustangs are the athletic teams representing California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. The university fields twenty-one teams and compete in NCAA Division I; they are primarily members of the Big West Conference, but the football team plays in the Big Sky Conference, the wrestling team is an associate member of the Pac-12 Conference, and the swimming and diving program competes as an affiliate member in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The Western Collegiate Athletic Association (WCAA) was a women's-only athletic conference on the West Coast of the United States.

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