|Western Athletic Conference|
|Established||July 27, 1962|
|Region|| Western United States |
West South Central United States
Midwestern United States
|Commissioner||Jeff Hurd (since 2012)|
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is an American collegiate athletic conference formed on July 27, 1962 and affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The WAC covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions located in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington, along with the "non-western" states of Missouri and Illinois (traditionally associated with the Midwest), as well as Texas (traditionally associated with the Southwest).
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization which regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
The Western United States is the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States. As European settlement in the U.S. expanded westward through the centuries, the meaning of the term the West changed. Before about 1800, the crest of the Appalachian Mountains was seen as the western frontier. The frontier moved westward and eventually the lands west of the Mississippi River were considered the West.
Due to most of the conference's football-playing members leaving the WAC for other affiliations, the conference discontinued football as a sponsored sport after the 2012–13 season and left the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A). The WAC thus became the first Division I conference to drop football since the Big West in 2000. The WAC then added men's soccer and became one of the NCAA's eleven Division I non-football conferences.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.
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 in 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.
The following institutions are the full members of the Western Athletic Conference.
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||1950||Private||9,157||$41,000,000||Lancers||2018||1|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Bakersfield, California||1965||Public||8,720||$18,000,000||Roadrunners||2013||7|
|Chicago State University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||Public||3,578||$3,000,000||Cougars||2013||0|
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix, Arizona||1949||Private||19,500||N/A||Antelopes||2013||30|
|University of Missouri–Kansas City||Kansas City, Missouri||1933||Public||16,160||$195,000,000||Kangaroos||2013||17|
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||Public||18,497||$214,000,000||Aggies||2005||68|
|Seattle University||Seattle, Washington||1891||Private||7,755||$211,000,000||Redhawks||2012||20|
|University of Texas Rio Grande Valley||Edinburg, Texas||1927||Public||29,045||$77,500,000||Vaqueros||2013||5|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||1941||Public||33,211||$48,000,000||Wolverines||2013||15|
The WAC has announced one school as a future member:
|Dixie State University||St. George, Utah||1911||Public||9,673||$15,300,000||Trailblazers||2020||RMAC (NCAA D-II)|
The following 10 schools field programs in the WAC for sports not sponsored by their primary conferences.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||WAC Sport(s)||Joined||WAC|
| United States Air Force Academy |
| Colorado Springs,|
|1955||Federal||4,413||Falcons||Mountain West||men's soccer,|
| California State University, Sacramento |
|Houston Baptist University||Houston||1960||Private||2,567||Huskies||Southland||men's soccer||2013–14||0|
|University of Idaho||Moscow, Idaho||1889||Public||12,312||Vandals||Big Sky||women's swimming||2014–15||17|
|University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio||1881||Private||8,455||Cardinals||Southland||men's soccer||2014–15||0|
| University of Nevada, Las Vegas |
|1957||Public||29,069||Rebels||Mountain West||men's soccer,|
|Northern Arizona University|| Flagstaff,|
|1899||Public||18,824||Lumberjacks||Big Sky||women's swimming||2004–05||6|
|University of Northern Colorado|| Greeley,|
|San Jose State University|| San Jose,|
|1857||Public||30,448||Spartans||Mountain West||men's soccer||2013–14||18|
|University of Wyoming|| Laramie,|
|1886||Public||12,496||Cowboys||Mountain West||men's swimming||2013–14||25|
The WAC has 27 former full members.
| United States Air Force Academy |
|Falcons||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1954||Federal||4,413||1980||1999||11||Mountain West|
|University of Arizona||Wildcats||Tucson, Arizona||1885||Public||39,236||1962||1978||18||Pac-12|
|Arizona State University||Sun Devils||Tempe, Arizona||1885||Public||59,794||1962||1978||29||Pac-12|
|Boise State University||Broncos||Boise, Idaho||1932||Public||22,678||2001||2011||33||Mountain West|
| Brigham Young University |
|Cougars||Provo, Utah||1875||Private||34,130||1962||1999||193|| WCC |
Division I FBS Independent
| California State University, Fresno |
|Bulldogs||Fresno, California||1911||Public||22,565||1992||2012||78||Mountain West|
|Colorado State University||Rams||Fort Collins, Colorado||1870||Public||28,417||1968||1999||15||Mountain West|
|University of Denver||Pioneers||Denver||1864||Private||11,476||2012||2013||7||Summit|
|University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa||Rainbow Warriors & Rainbow Wahine||Honolulu||1907||Public||20,435||1979||2012||62|| Big West |
Mountain West (football only)
|University of Idaho||Vandals||Moscow, Idaho||1889||Public||12,312||2005||2014||17||Big Sky|
|Louisiana Tech University|| Bulldogs (men's)|
Lady Techsters (women's)
| University of Nevada, Las Vegas |
|Rebels||Paradise, Nevada||1957||Public||28,203||1996||1999||7||Mountain West|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Wolf Pack||Reno, Nevada||1874||Public||18,227||2000||2012||22||Mountain West|
|University of New Mexico||Lobos||Albuquerque, New Mexico||1889||Public||35,211||1962||1999||46||Mountain West|
|San Diego State University||Aztecs||San Diego||1897||Public||28,789||1978||1999||20||Mountain West|
|San Jose State University||Spartans||San Jose, California||1857||Public||30,448||1996||2013||18||Mountain West|
| Southern Methodist University |
|Mustangs||University Park, Texas||1911||Private||12,000||1996||2005||44||The American|
| Texas Christian University |
|Horned Frogs||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||Private||9,725||1996||2001||18||Big 12|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Mavericks||Arlington, Texas||1895||Public||33,439||2012||2013||2||Sun Belt|
| University of Texas at El Paso |
|Miners||El Paso, Texas||1914||Public||21,011||1968||2005||58||C-USA|
| University of Texas at San Antonio |
|Texas State University||Bobcats||San Marcos, Texas||1899||Public||34,229||2012||2013||3||Sun Belt|
|University of Tulsa||Golden Hurricane||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1894||Private||4,352||1996||2005||14||The American|
|University of Utah||Utes||Salt Lake City||1850||Public||32,388||1962||1999||68||Pac-12|
|Utah State University||Aggies||Logan, Utah||1888||Public||28,796||2005||2013||32||Mountain West|
|University of Wyoming||Cowboys & Cowgirls||Laramie, Wyoming||1866||Public||12,496||1962||1999||25||Mountain West|
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||WAC Sport(s)||Joined||Left|
|Boise State University||Boise, Idaho||1932||Public||22,678||Broncos||Mountain West||gymnastics||1990–91,|
| California Polytechnic State University |
(Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
| San Luis Obispo,|
| California State University, Bakersfield |
(Cal State Bakersfield)
| California State University, Fullerton |
(Cal State Fullerton)
| California State University, Northridge |
(Cal State Northridge)
| California State University, Sacramento |
|Dallas Baptist University||Dallas||1898||Private||5,422||Patriots|| Heartland |
(NCAA Division II)
|University of Denver||Denver||1864||Private||11,476||Pioneers||Summit||gymnastics||2011–12||2011–12|
|Drury University|| Springfield,|
|1873||Private||5,474||Panthers|| Great Lakes Valley |
(NCAA Division II)
|Grand Canyon University|| Phoenix,|
| University of Hawaii at Hilo |
|1901||Public||20,186||Vulcans|| Pacific West |
(NCAA Division II)
|University of North Dakota|| Grand Forks,|
|University of San Diego||San Diego||1949||Private||8,105||Toreros||West Coast||women's|
|Southern Utah University|| Cedar City,|
Full membersFull members (non-football)Other conferenceOther conferenceAssociate Member
The WAC formed out of a series of talks between Brigham Young University athletic director Eddie Kimball and other university administrators from 1958 to 1961 to form a new athletic conference that would better fit the needs and situations of certain universities which were at the time members of the Border, Skyline, and Pacific Coast Conferences. Potential member universities who were represented at the meetings included BYU, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Arizona State, and Wyoming. While the three Washington and Oregon schools elected to stay in a revamped Pac-8 Conference that replaced the scandal-plagued PCC, the remaining six schools formed the WAC. The Border and Skyline conferences, having each lost three of their stronger members, dissolved at the end of the 1961–62 season. The charter members of the WAC were Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. New Mexico State and Utah State applied for charter membership and were turned down; they would eventually become WAC members 43 years later.
Brigham Young University is a private, non-profit research university in Provo, Utah, United States owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. The university is classified among "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity" with "more selective, lower transfer-in" admissions. The university's primary emphasis is on undergraduate education in 179 majors, but it also has 62 master's and 26 doctoral degree programs. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, the Church Educational System (CES), sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho.
Edwin Roberts Kimball was an American football player, coach of football and basketball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head coach at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1937 to 1941 and again from 1946 to 1948, compiling a record of 34–32–8. Kimball was also the head basketball coach at BYU from 1935 to 1936 and again from 1938 to 1941, tallying a mark of 59–38. He served as the school's athletic director from 1937 to 1963.
The Border Conference, officially known as the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association, was an NCAA-affiliated college athletic conference founded in 1931 that disbanded following the 1961–62 season. Centered in the southwestern United States, the conference included nine member institutions located in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
The conference proved to be an almost perfect fit for the six schools from both a competitive and financial standpoint. Arizona and Arizona State, in particular, experienced success in baseball with Arizona garnering the 1963 College World Series (CWS) runner-up trophy and ASU winning the CWS in 1965, 1967, and 1969. Colorado State and Texas-El Paso (UTEP), at that time just renamed from Texas Western College, were accepted in September 1967 (joined in July 1968) to bring membership up to eight.
The Arizona Wildcats baseball team is the intercollegiate men's baseball program representing the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, United States. They compete in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) of NCAA Division I. The baseball team had its first season in 1904. The baseball team has captured four national championship titles in 1976, 1980, 1986 and 2012, with the first three coached by Jerry Kindall and the most recent by Andy Lopez. The team has appeared in the NCAA National Championship title series eight times. They have appeared in 34 baseball tournaments in their rich history. Arizona is ranked seventh in all-time regular season game wins with 2,347.
The College World Series (CWS) is an annual June baseball tournament held in Omaha, Nebraska. The CWS is the culmination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Baseball Championship tournament—featuring 64 teams in the first round—which determines the NCAA Division I college baseball champion. The eight participating teams are split into two, four-team, double-elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket playing in a best-of-three championship series.
The Arizona State Sun Devils baseball program at the Arizona State University (ASU) is part of the Pac-12 Conference. Since it became a member of the Pac-12, it had the highest winning percentage, at .681, of all schools that participate in Division I baseball within the conference. ASU's NCAA leading 54 consecutive 30 win seasons was the longest streak in the nation. The Sun Devils' only losing seasons occurred in 1963, 2017,& 2018 The Sun Devils had been nationally ranked during at least a part of every season of their 58-year history until 2017. The Sun Devils have finished 27 times in the Top 10, 22 times in the Top 5, and 5 times as the No. 1 team in the nation.
With massive growth in the state of Arizona, the balance of WAC play in the 1970s became increasingly skewed in favor of the Arizona schools, who won or tied for all but two WAC football titles from 1969 onward. In the summer of 1978, the two schools left the WAC for the Pac-8, which became the Pac-10, and were replaced in the WAC by San Diego State and, one year later, Hawaii. The WAC further expanded by adding Air Force in the summer of 1980. A college football national championship won by Brigham Young in 1984 added to the WAC's reputation as one of the best NCAA Division I conferences. This nine-team line-up of the WAC defined the conference for nearly 15 years.
Fresno State expanded its athletic program in the early 1990s and was granted membership in 1992 as the nationwide trend against major college programs independent of conferences accelerated. The WAC merged with the High Country Athletic Conference, a parallel organization to the WAC for women's athletics, in 1990 to unify both men's and women's athletics under one administrative structure.
In 1996, the WAC expanded again, adding six schools to its ranks for a total of sixteen. Rice, TCU, and SMU joined the league from the Southwest Conference, which had disbanded. Big West Conference members San Jose State and UNLV were also admitted, as well as Tulsa from the Missouri Valley Conference. ʻi, brought their women's sports into the WAC. With the expansion, the WAC was divided into two divisions, the Mountain and the Pacific.Also, two WAC members for men's sports at the time, Air Force and Hawai
To help in organizing schedules and travel for the far-flung league, the members were divided into four quadrants of four teams each, as follows:
|Quadrant 1||Quadrant 2||Quadrant 3||Quadrant 4|
|Fresno State||Air Force||Utah||TCU|
|San Diego State||Colorado State||New Mexico||SMU|
|San Jose State||Wyoming||UTEP||Rice|
Quadrant one was always part of the Pacific Division, and quadrant four was always part of the Mountain Division. Quadrant two was part of the Pacific Division for 1996 and 1997 before switching to the Mountain Division in 1998, while the reverse was true for quadrant three. The scheduled fourth year of the alignment was abandoned after eight schools left to form the Mountain West Conference.[ citation needed ]
The division champions in football met from 1996 to 1998 in the WAC Championship Game, held at Sam Boyd Stadium (also known as the Silver Bowl) in the Las Vegas Valley.
Increasingly, most of the older, pre-1996 members —particularly Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming— felt chagrin at this new arrangement. Additional concerns centered around finances, as the expanded league stretched approximately 3,900 miles (6,300 km) from Hawaiʻi to Oklahoma and covered nine states and four time zones. With such a far-flung league, travel costs became a concern. The presidents of Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming met in 1998 at Denver International Airport and agreed to split off to form a new league. The breakaway group invited old-line WAC schools New Mexico and San Diego State and newcomer UNLV to join them in the new Mountain West Conference, which began competition in 1999.
A USA Today article summed up the reasons behind the split. "With Hawaii and the Texas schools separated by about 3,900 miles and four time zones, travel costs were a tremendous burden for WAC teams. The costs, coupled with lagging revenue and a proposed realignment that would have separated rivals such as Colorado State and Air Force, created unrest among the eight defecting schools."
BYU and Utah would later leave the MWC for the West Coast Conference and Pac-12 Conference, respectively; BYU football is an FBS independent.
In 2000, the University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada) of the Big West joined as part of its plan to upgrade its athletic program.
TCU left for Conference USA in 2001 (it would later leave C-USA to become the ninth member of the Mountain West in 2005, and joined the Big 12 in 2012).
The Big West announced that it would drop football after the 2000 season, but four of its football-playing members (Boise State, Idaho, New Mexico State, and Utah State) were unwilling to drop football. Boise State was invited to join the WAC and promptly departed the Big West, while New Mexico State and Idaho joined the Sun Belt Conference (NMSU as a full member, Idaho as a "football only" member) and Utah State operated as an independent D-IA program. At the same time, Louisiana Tech (LA Tech) ended its independent D-IA status and also accepted an invitation to join the WAC with Boise State.
In 2005, Conference USA sought new members to replenish its ranks after losing members to the Big East, which had lost members to the ACC. Four WAC schools, former SWC schools Rice and SMU, as well as Tulsa and UTEP, joined Conference USA. In response, the WAC added Idaho, New Mexico State, and Utah State – all former Big West schools which left the conference in 2000 along with Boise State when that conference dropped football. The three new schools were all land grant universities, bringing the conference total to five (Nevada and Hawaiʻi).
The decade of the 2010s began with a series of conference realignment moves that would have trickle-down effects throughout Division I football, and profoundly change the membership of the WAC. Boise State decided to move to the Mountain West Conference (MW) for the 2011–12 season,and to replace departing BYU, the MW also recruited WAC members Fresno State and Nevada for 2012–13. WAC commissioner Karl Benson courted several schools to replace those leaving, including the University of Montana, which declined, as well as the University of Denver, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Texas State University-San Marcos, which all accepted effective 2012–13.
But the resulting eastward shift of the conference's geographic center led Hawaiʻi to reduce travel expenses by becoming a football-only member of the MW and joining the California-based Big West Conference for all other sports. Further invitations were then issued by the WAC to Seattle University and the University of Texas at Arlington. These changes meant that the conference would have 10 members for 2012–13, seven of which sponsored football, and Benson announced that the WAC planned to add two additional football-playing members to begin competition in 2013. A further boost came when Boise State decided to join the Big East in football, and return to the WAC in most other sports, as of the 2013–14 academic year. So by the end of 2011, the WAC seemed to have weathered the latest round of conference changes, and once again reinvented itself for the future.
But from this seemingly strong position, early 2012 brought forth a series of moves that shook the conference to its very core, beginning with Utah State and San Jose State accepting offers to join the MW.Four similar announcements followed with UTSA and Louisiana Tech jumping to Conference USA, plus Texas State and UT Arlington heading to the Sun Belt Conference, all as of 2013–14. Boise State also canceled plans to rejoin the WAC, instead opting to place its non-football sports in the Big West Conference, before eventually deciding to simply remain in the MW. These changes left the WAC's viability as a Division I football conference in grave doubt. The two remaining football-playing members, New Mexico State and Idaho, began making plans to compete in future seasons as FBS Independents; they ultimately spent only the 2013 season as independents, rejoining their one-time football home of the Sun Belt as football-only members in 2014.
In order to rebuild, as well as forestall further defections, the conference was forced to add two schools—Utah Valley University and CSU Bakersfield—which were invited in October 2012 to join the WAC in 2013–14,but this did not prevent two more members from leaving. Denver decided to take most of its athletic teams to The Summit League as of the 2013–14 season, shortly after Idaho opted to return all of its non-football sports to the Big Sky Conference in 2014–15. The conference responded over the next two months by adding Grand Canyon University, Chicago State University, and the University of Texas-Pan American. Then, in February 2013, the WAC announced the University of Missouri–Kansas City would join in the summer of 2013 as well. These changes would put the conference's membership at eight members by 2014 with only one, New Mexico State, having been in the WAC just three years earlier. Due to losing the majority of its football-playing members, the WAC would stop sponsoring the sport after the 2012–13 season, thereby becoming a non-football conference.
In 2013, the University of Texas System announced that Texas–Pan American would merge with the University of Texas at Brownsville; the new institution, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), began operation for the 2015–16 school year. UTRGV inherited UTPA's athletic program and WAC membership.
In January 2017, the WAC announced that California Baptist University would transition from NCAA Division II and join the conference in 2018.
In November 2017, Cal State Bakersfield announced they would accept an invitation to the Big West. On January 11, 2019, Dixie State University announced their plans to move to their athletics to Division I, and join the WAC starting in the 2020-21 season.
The Western Athletic Conference currently sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.Nine schools are currently Associate members in four sports.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
Departing member in red.
|Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|Cal State Bakersfield|
|New Mexico State|
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Western Athletic Conference which are played by WAC schools
Departing member in red; future member in gray.
|Cal State Bakersfield||No||No||No||Pac-12|
|Dixie State||FCS independent||No||No||No|
|New Mexico State||FBS independent||No||No||No|
|Utah Valley||No||No||No||Big 12|
Departing member in red.
|Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|Cal State Bakersfield|
|New Mexico State|
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Western Athletic Conference which are played by WAC schools
Departing member in red.
|School||Beach Volleyball||Equestrian||Rowing||Water Polo|
|Cal State Bakersfield||Independent||No||No||No|
|New Mexico State||No||Independent||No||No|
The WAC sponsored football from its founding in 1962 through the 2012 season. However, the defection of all but two football-playing schools to other conferences caused the conference to drop sponsorship after fifty-one years.
|New Mexico State||1905||1329–1018–2||.566||18||10–20||Pan American Center||Chris Jans|
|Grand Canyon||2013||103-58||.639||0||0–0||GCU Arena||Dan Majerle|
|Utah Valley||2004||234–194||.547||0||0–0||UCCU Center||[Mark Madsen]]|
|UTRGV||1968||599-804||.427||0||0–0||UTRGV Fieldhouse||Lew Hill|
Men's basketball rivalries involving WAC teams include:
|Teams||Meetings||Record||Series Leader||Current Streak|
|New Mexico State||New Mexico||208||95–113||New Mexico||New Mexico State Won 2|
|New Mexico State||UTEP||200||102–98||New Mexico State||New Mexico State Won 6|
|New Mexico State||1973||437–406||.518||4||0–4||Pan American Center||Mark Trakh|
|Seattle||1978||–||.||1||0–1||Connolly Center||Joan Bonvicini|
Women's basketball rivalries involving WAC teams include:
|Teams||Meetings||Record||Series Leader||Current Streak|
The WAC has claimed seven NCAA baseball national championships. The most recent WAC national champion is the 2008 Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team.
|Season||Sport||Men's champion||Women's champion|
|Fall 2018||Cross country||Utah Valley||California Baptist|
|Soccer||Air Force (RS)|
Grand Canyon (T)
New Mexico State (T)
|Winter 2018–19||Indoor Track & Field||Grand Canyon||Grand Canyon|
|Swimming & Diving||Grand Canyon||Northern Arizona|
|Basketball||New Mexico State (RS & T)||New Mexico State (RS & T)|
|Spring 2019||Golf||UMKC||New Mexico State|
|Tennis||Grand Canyon (RS & T)||Grand Canyon (RS)|
New Mexico State (T)
|Softball||—||Seattle (RS & T)|
|Outdoor Track & Field||Utah Valley||Grand Canyon|
|Baseball||Grand Canyon (RS)|
Sacramento State (T)
The following teams have won NCAA national championships while being a member of the WAC:
The WAC has also produced one AP national champion in football:
The following teams won AIAW (and forerunner DGWS) women's national championships while their universities were members of the WAC:
Departing member Cal State Bakersfield in pink; future member Dixie State in gray.
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Softball park||Capacity||Baseball park||Capacity|
|Cal State Bakersfield||CSUB Main Soccer Field||2,500|| Icardo Center /|
|3,800 / 10,000||Roadrunner Softball Complex||500||Hardt Field*||900|
|California Baptist||CBU Soccer Field||N/A||CBU Events Center||5,050||John C. Funk Stadium||500||James W. Totman Stadium||800|
|Chicago State||Kroc Stadium||500||Jones Convocation Center||7,000|
|Dixie State||Trailblazer Stadium||10,000||Burns Arena||4,779||Karl Brooks Field||N/A||Bruce Hurst Field||2,500|
|Grand Canyon||GCU Stadium||2,800 seats|
|GCU Arena||7,000||GCU Softball Stadium||300||Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark||1,500|
|UMKC||Durwood Soccer Stadium||850||Municipal Auditorium||9,987||Missouri 3&2 Complex||350|
|New Mexico State||Aggie Soccer Field||1,253||Pan American Center||12,482||NMSU Softball Complex||1,050||Presley Askew Field||1,000|
|Seattle||Championship Field||650||KeyArena||17,072||Logan Field at Seattle University Park||250||Bannerwood Park||700|
|UTRGV||UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex||1,555||UTRGV Fieldhouse||2,500|
|UTRGV Baseball Stadium||4,000|
|Utah Valley||Clyde Field||1,000||UCCU Center||8,500||Wolverine Field||500||UCCU Ballpark||5,000|
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Baseball park||Capacity|
|Air Force||USAFA Soccer Stadium||1,000||Soccer-only member|
|Houston Baptist||Sorrels Field||500||Soccer-only member|
|Incarnate Word||Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium||6,000||Soccer-only member|
|UNLV||Peter Johann Memorial Field||2,500||Soccer-only member|
|Northern Colorado||Baseball-only member||Jackson Field||1,500|
|Sacramento State||Baseball-only member||John Smith Field*||1,200|
|San Jose State||Spartan Soccer Field||500||Soccer-only member|
The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships.
Joe Kearney Award
Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Dr. Joseph Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female WAC athlete. The various WAC member institutions Athletics Directors select the male award winner, while the WAC member institutions Senior Women's Administrators choose the female honoree.
Stan Bates Award
The award is named in honor of former WAC Commissioner Stan Bates and honors the WAC's top male and female scholar-athletes, recognizing the recipients’ athletic and academic accomplishments. In addition, the awards carry a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship.
In 2014–15, the WAC initiated a new digital network to give fans high quality streaming internet access to many of its regular season games and postseason championships including volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, basketball, softball and baseball.
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The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually since 1997 at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The game is televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. Cincinnati defeated Utah State in the inaugural game in 1997.
The Atlantic Sun Conference, branded as the ASUN Conference, is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and does not sponsor football. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978, its headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia.
The Pacific West Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Member institutions are located in California and Hawai'i.
In college football, the term Power Five conferences refers to five athletic conferences whose members are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate football in the United States. The conferences are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC). The term "Power Five" is not defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the origin of the term is unknown. It has been used in its current meaning since at least 2006. The term is also used in other college sports, although in basketball there are considered at least six, and as many as eight high-major conferences.
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) sponsored football and crowned a champion every year from 1962 to 2012. Once considered one of the best conferences in college football, steady attrition from 1999 to 2012 forced the WAC to drop football after fifty-one years.
The Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) was an NCAA Division I conference that only sponsored women's softball. It was founded in 2002, beginning play in spring 2003, with six members in the Western United States. The PCSC expanded to 12 members for the 2009–10 school year, and maintained that size for three seasons, but major conference realignment first decimated the conference and then led to its demise after the 2013 softball season.
The 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Western Athletic Conference's (WAC) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1980–81 season. Keith Van Horn of Utah and Nick Fazekas of Nevada are the only players to have won the award three times. Three other players—Michael Cage, Josh Grant and Melvin Ely—have won the award twice. Danny Ainge, the first ever WAC Player of the Year, was also the John R. Wooden Award winner in 1980–81.
The 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment refers to extensive changes in conference membership at all three levels NCAA competition—Division I, Division II, and Division III— beginning in the 2010–11 academic year.
NCAA Division I conference realignment refers to changes in the alignment of college or university athletic programs from one National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic conference to another. These changes occur every few years with some of these changes causing a ripple effect with other programs changing conference alignment in response.
The 2012 Western Athletic Conference football season was the 51st and final college football season for the Western Athletic Conference. Seven teams competed in the 2012 season: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State, and UTSA. Utah State went undefeated against its conference opponents to become the final WAC conference champion. It was also chosen to represent the WAC in one of its two bowl berths; conference runner-up San Jose State was chosen to fill the conference's other bowl berth.
The 2010–13 Mountain West Conference realignment refers to the Mountain West Conference dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions from 2010 to 2013. Moves that involved the MW were part of a much larger NCAA conference realignment in which the MW was one of the more impacted conferences. During this period, four schools that had been members at the beginning of the realignment cycle announced plans to join other conferences, and six schools announced plans to join the conference. Two schools—one a pre-2010 member, and the other joining during the cycle—had announced their upcoming departure, but later decided to stay in the MW.
The 2010–13 Western Athletic Conference realignment refers to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions from 2010 to 2013. Moves involving the WAC were a significant part of a much larger NCAA conference realignment in which it was one of the most impacted conferences. Of the nine members of the WAC in 2010, only two—the University of Idaho and New Mexico State University—remained in the conference beyond the 2012–13 school year, and Idaho departed for the Big Sky Conference after the 2013–14 school year. Five pre-2010 members are now all-sports members of the Mountain West Conference (MW), and another joined the MW for football only while placing most of its other sports in the Big West Conference. Another pre-2010 member joined Conference USA (C-USA) in July 2013.
The Texas–Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros is a collegiate athletic program that represents the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The Vaqueros inherited the NCAA Division I status of the Texas–Pan American Broncs and compete in the Western Athletic Conference.
The arena, which currently has a seating capacity of 12,482, has hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional, several NCAA first round games, state high school basketball tournaments and hundreds of concerts featuring some of the top entertainers in America including George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam and Notorious B.I.G.