|Western Athletic Conference|
|Established||July 27, 1962|
|Subdivision||Non–football (FCS in 2021)|
|Members||9 (13 in 2021)|
|Region|| Western United States |
West South Central United States
Midwestern United States
|Commissioner||Jeff Hurd (since March 9, 2012)|
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is an NCAA Division I conference. 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 Midwest state of Illinois and the Southern state of Texas.
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.The WAC will undergo a major expansion in July 2021, with four schools joining. The conference will reinstate football at that time, competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. One year later, one non-football school (Chicago State) will leave, and another FCS football school (Southern Utah) will join.
The following institutions are the current full members of the Western Athletic Conference as of January 2021.
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||1950||2018||Private||11,045||Lancers||8|
|Chicago State University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||2013||Public||2,967||Cougars||0|
|Dixie State University||St. George, Utah||1911||2020||Public||11,193||Trailblazers||0|
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix, Arizona||1949||2013||Private||25,000||Antelopes||42|
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||2005||Public||21,874||Aggies||77|
|Seattle University||Seattle, Washington||1891||2012||Private||7,755||Redhawks||26|
|Tarleton State University||Stephenville, Texas||1899||2020||Public||13,115||Texans||0|
|University of Texas Rio Grande Valley||Edinburg, Texas||1927||2013||Public||27,809||Vaqueros||5|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||1941||2013||Public||41,728||Wolverines||20|
The following institutions are announced future full members of the conference.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Colors||Year joining||Current conference|
|Abilene Christian University||Abilene, Texas||1906||Private||5,200||Wildcats||2021||Southland Conference|
|Lamar University||Beaumont, Texas||1923||Public||17,488||Cardinals & Lady Cardinals||2021||Southland Conference|
|Sam Houston State University||Huntsville, Texas||1879||Public||21,025||Bearkats||2021||Southland Conference|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||Nacogdoches, Texas||1923||Public||13,144||Lumberjacks & Ladyjacks||2021||Southland Conference|
|Southern Utah University||Cedar City, Utah||1897||Public||11,224||Thunderbirds||2022||Big Sky Conference|
The following 10 schools field programs in the WAC for sports not sponsored by their primary conferences. Three more schools will become affiliates in the relaunched WAC football league for at least the fall 2021 season.
|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,|
|University of Idaho|| Moscow,|
|1889||Public||12,312||Vandals||Big Sky||women's swimming||2014–15||17|
|University of the Incarnate Word|| San Antonio,|
| 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||N|
|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 following institutions are announced as 2021 season only affiliates for football.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||WAC Sport(s)||Joining|
|University of Central Arkansas||Conway, Arkansas||1907||Public||10,869||Bears||ASUN (from July 2021)||Football||2021–22|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Richmond, Kentucky||1874||Public||16,959||Colonels||ASUN (from July 2021)||Football||2021–22|
|Jacksonville State University||Jacksonville, Alabama||1883||Public||9,238||Gamecocks||ASUN (from July 2021)||Football||2021–22|
The WAC has 29 former full members.
| United States Air Force Academy |
|Falcons|| Colorado Springs,|
|University of Arizona||Wildcats|| Tucson,|
|Arizona State University||Sun Devils|| Tempe,|
|Boise State University||Broncos|| Boise,|
| Brigham Young University |
|1875||Private||34,130||1962||1999||193|| WCC |
Division I FBS Independent
|California State University, Bakersfield||Roadrunners||Bakersfield, California||1965||Public||10,500||2013||2020||7||Big West|
| California State University, Fresno |
|Colorado State University||Rams|| Fort Collins,|
|University of Denver||Pioneers|| Denver,|
|University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa|| Rainbow Warriors |
& Rainbow Wahine
|1907||Public||20,435||1979||2012||62|| Big West |
Mountain West (football only)
|University of Idaho||Vandals|| Moscow,|
| University of Missouri–Kansas City |
|Roos||Kansas City, Missouri||1933||Public||16,944||2013||2020||17||Summit League|
|Louisiana Tech University|| Bulldogs (men's)|
Lady Techsters (women's)
| University of Nevada, Las Vegas |
|University of Nevada, Reno||Wolf Pack|| Reno,|
|University of New Mexico||Lobos|| Albuquerque,|
|Rice University||Owls|| Houston,|
|San Diego State University||Aztecs|| San Diego,|
|San Jose State University||Spartans|| San Jose,|
| Southern Methodist University |
|Mustangs|| University Park,|
| Texas Christian University |
|Horned Frogs|| Fort Worth,|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Mavericks|| Arlington,|
| University of Texas at El Paso |
|Miners|| El Paso,|
| University of Texas at San Antonio |
|Roadrunners|| San Antonio,|
|Texas State University||Bobcats|| San Marcos,|
|University of Tulsa||Golden Hurricane|| Tulsa,|
|University of Utah||Utes|| Salt Lake City,|
|Utah State University||Aggies|| Logan,|
|University of Wyoming||Cowboys & Cowgirls|| Laramie,|
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||WAC Sport(s)||Joined||Left|
|Boise State University|| Boise,|
| 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|| Lone Star |
(NCAA Division II)
|University of Denver|| Denver,|
|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,|
|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.
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.
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 (MWC) for the 2011–12 season,and to replace departing BYU, the MWC 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 MWC 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 MWC.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 MWC. 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, California Baptist University announced it would transition from NCAA Division II and join the WAC in 2018.
In November 2017, Cal State Bakersfield announced it would accept an invitation to the Big West and join its new conference in 2020.
In January 2019, Dixie State University announced it would move its athletics to Division I and join the WAC in 2020.
In June 2019, the University of Missouri–Kansas City announced it would leave the WAC to join the Summit League in 2020;this announcement came shortly before the rebranding of its athletic program as the Kansas City Roos.
In September 2019, Tarleton State University of Division II announced that it would move to Division I and join the WAC in 2020.
On January 14, 2021, the Western Athletic Conference announced its intention to reinstate football as a conference-sponsored sport at the FCS level, as well as the addition of five new members to the conference in all sports, including football, at a press conference held at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas.The new members announced included four Southland Conference members from Texas in Abilene Christian University, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University, which would soon be dubbed the "Texas Four", plus Southern Utah University from the Big Sky Conference. The conference also announced that it would most likely add another member that fielded a football team at a later date. While the WAC originally announced that all new members would join on July 1, 2022, commissioner Jeff Hurd later said that the arrival of the Texas Four "was expedited" to July 1, 2021. The conference officially confirmed this on January 21, 2021, adding that the relaunch of football was moved forward to fall 2021. The conference also confirmed media reports that the Southland had expelled the Texas Four after they announced their departure. Southern Utah's entry remains on the 2022 schedule.
During the aforementioned press conference, Hurd also announced that the WAC would split into two divisions for all sports except football and men's and women's basketball. One division will consist of the six Texas schools (the Texas Four plus existing members Tarleton and UTRGV).
Also on January 14, 2021, news broke that UTRGV, a non-football playing member of the conference, had committed to create an FCS football program by 2024.The program would most likely compete as part of the newly-reinstated WAC football conference.
The WAC's planned reestablishment of a football conference at the FCS level has also been accompanied by speculation that the conference intends to eventually move its football league back up to FBS in the future, possibly by 2030.Later that same month, the WAC moved the start of their FCS sponsorship of football to Fall 2021, with media reports indicating that the University of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky University, and Jacksonville State University would be added as football affiliates for 2021. These three schools are joining the ASUN Conference in July 2021; that league plans to add FCS football, but not until at least 2022. The entry of the three incoming ASUN members into the new football league was officially confirmed at a February 23, 2021 ASUN press conference. These schools will join the Texas Four in a round-robin schedule officially branded interchangeably as the "ASUN–WAC Challenge" and "WAC–ASUN Challenge"; the two conferences have proposed an amendment to NCAA bylaws that would allow their partnership (and presumably any others of its kind) to receive an immediate FCS playoff berth. Dixie State and Tarleton will be included in alliance members' schedules, but are not eligible for the FCS playoffs until completing their Division I transitions in 2024.
On the same day as the WAC's initial announcement, Chicago State University announced it would leave the WAC in June 2022.Chicago State was originally added in 2013 along with the University of Missouri–Kansas City, originally with an intention for both institutions to serve as anchors for a midwestern-centered division for the conference. No other universities in the region were added to the WAC, and UMKC (now known for athletic purposes as Kansas City) departed the conference in 2020 for its former home of the Summit League. Chicago State is currently the only WAC member east of Texas, and does not field a football team. Chicago State's departure would render Seattle University as the only WAC member institution not geographically located in the southwestern United States.
The Western Athletic Conference currently sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with football to be added in fall 2021, initially as the ASUN–WAC (or WAC–ASUN) Challenge.Nine schools are currently associate members in four sports.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
Departing members in red.
|Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|New Mexico State||N||N||N||N||5|
|Sam Houston State||N||N||N||6|
|Stephen F. Austin||N||N||N||6|
Future members in gray.
|Dixie State||FCS independent||No||No||No|
|New Mexico State||FBS independent||No||No||No|
|Sam Houston State||Southland||No||No||No|
|Southern Utah||Big Sky||No||No||No|
|Stephen F. Austin||Southland||No||No||No|
|Tarleton State||FCS independent||No||No||No|
|Utah Valley||No||No||No||Big 12|
Departing members in red.
|Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|New Mexico State||10|
|Sam Houston State||N||10|
|Stephen F. Austin||N||10|
Future members in gray.
|School||Beach Volleyball||Bowling||Equestrian||Gymnastics||Rowing||Water Polo|
|New Mexico State||No||No||Independent||No||No||No|
|Sam Houston State||No||SBL||No||No||No||No|
|Stephen F. Austin||TBA||SBL||No||No||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.
On January 14, 2021, the WAC announced its intention to reinstate football as a conference-sponsored sport at the FCS level, as well as the addition of five new members to the conference in all sports, including football.The new members announced include the "Texas Four" of Abilene Christian University, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University, all currently of the Southland Conference, along with Southern Utah University, currently of the Big Sky Conference. Originally, all schools were planned to join in July 2022, but the entry of the Texas Four was moved to July 2021 after the Southland expelled its departing members. The WAC also announced that it would most likely add another football-playing institution at a later date.
On the same day, news broke that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a non-football playing WAC member, had committed to create an FCS football program by 2024.The program would most likely compete as part of the newly-reinstated WAC football conference.
The WAC would ultimately partner with the ASUN Conference to reestablish its football league, with the Texas Four being joined by three incoming ASUN members for at least the fall 2021 season in what it calls the ASUN–WAC (or WAC–ASUN) Challenge.
The WAC has been speculated to move back up to FBS in the future following the reestablishment of the football conference at the FCS level.
|New Mexico State||1905||1329–1018–2||.566||18||10–20||Pan American Center||Chris Jans|
|Seattle||1946||978–874||.528||11||10–13||Redhawk Center||Jim Hayford|
|Grand Canyon||2013||103-58||.639||1||0–1||GCU Arena||Bryce Drew|
|Utah Valley||2004||234–194||.547||0||0–0||UCCU Center||Mark Madsen|
|UTRGV||1968||599-804||.427||0||0–0||UTRGV Fieldhouse||Matt Figger|
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||Redhawk Center||Suzy Barcomb|
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 2019||Cross country||Utah Valley||California Baptist|
|Soccer||Seattle (RS & T)||Seattle (RS & T)|
|Volleyball||—||New Mexico State (RS & T)|
|Winter 2019–20||Indoor Track & Field||Grand Canyon||New Mexico State|
|Swimming & Diving||Air Force||Northern Arizona|
|Basketball||New Mexico State (RS & 2019 T)||Kansas City (RS)|
New Mexico State (2019 T)
|Spring 2020||Golf||Kansas City (2019)||New Mexico State (2019)|
|Tennis||Grand Canyon (2019, both RS & T)||Grand Canyon (2019 RS)|
New Mexico State (2019 T)
|Softball||—||Seattle (2019, both RS & T)|
|Outdoor Track & Field||Utah Valley (2019)||Grand Canyon (2019)|
|Baseball||California Baptist, New Mexico State, UTRGV (2019 RS)|
Sacramento State (2019 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 members highlighted in red; future members in gray.
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Softball park||Capacity||Baseball park||Capacity|
|Abilene Christian||Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium||12,000||Moody Coliseum||4,600||Elmer Gray Stadium||1,000||Poly Wells Field||1,000||Crutcher Scott Field||4,500|
|California Baptist||Non-football school||CBU Events Center||5,050||CBU Soccer Field||N/A||John C. Funk Stadium||500||James W. Totman Stadium||800|
|Central Arkansas||Estes Stadium||10,000||Football-only member|
|Chicago State||Non-football school||Jones Convocation Center||7,000||Kroc Stadium||500||Non-softball school||Non-baseball school|
|Dixie State||Greater Zion Stadium||10,000||Burns Arena||4,779||Greater Zion Stadium||10,000||Karl Brooks Field||N/A||Bruce Hurst Field||2,500|
|Eastern Kentucky||Roy Kidd Stadium||20,000||Football-only member|
|Grand Canyon||Non-football school||GCU Arena||7,000||GCU Stadium||2,800 seats|
|GCU Softball Stadium||300||Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark||1,500|
|Jacksonville State||JSU Stadium||24,000||Football-only member|
|Lamar||Provost Umphrey Stadium||16,000||Montagne Center||10,080||Lamar Soccer Complex||500||Lamar Softball Complex||467||Vincent-Beck Stadium||3,500|
|New Mexico State||Plays FBS football; see NCAA Division I FBS independent schools||Pan American Center||12,482||Aggie Soccer Field||1,253||NMSU Softball Complex||1,050||Presley Askew Field||1,000|
|Sam Houston State||Bowers Stadium||12,593||Bernard Johnson Coliseum||6,110||Pritchett Field||2,100||Bearkat Softball Complex||400||Don Sanders Stadium||1,163|
|Seattle||Non-football school||Redhawk Center||999||Championship Field||650||Logan Field at Seattle University Park||250||Bannerwood Park||700|
|Southern Utah||Eccles Coliseum||8,500||America First Event Center||5,300||Thunderbird Soccer Field||600||Kathryn Berg Field||N/A||Non-baseball school|
|Stephen F. Austin||Homer Bryce Stadium||14,575||William R. Johnson Coliseum||7,203||SFA Soccer Complex||400||SFA Softball Field||750||Jaycees Field||1,000|
|Tarleton State||Memorial Stadium||10,000||Wisdom Gym||2,400||To be announced; adding women's soccer in 2022||Tarleton Softball Complex||500||Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex||750|
|UTRGV||Non-football school; plans to add football no later than 2024||UTRGV Fieldhouse||2,500||UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex||1,555||Non-softball school||UTRGV Baseball Stadium||4,000|
|Utah Valley||Non-football school||UCCU Center||8,500||Clyde Field||1,000||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.
The Mountain West Conference (MW) is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The MW officially began operations on January 4, 1999. Geographically, the MW covers a broad expanse of the Western United States, with member schools located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since October 15, 1998.
NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision independent schools are four-year institutions in the United States whose football programs are not part of a football conference. This means that FCS independents are not required to schedule each other for competition as conference schools do.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, which accepts players globally. 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 ASUN Conference, formerly the Atlantic Sun Conference, is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and will begin sponsoring football in 2022. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978, its headquarters are located in Atlanta.
In American college sports, NCAA Division I independent schools are four-year institutions that do not belong to a conference for a particular sport.
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.
This is a list of NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament bids by school. Schools whose names are listed in the last table are no longer in NCAA Division I Men's Basketball, and can no longer be included in the tournament.
This is a list of NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament bids by school, at the conclusion of the 2021 conference tournaments. Schools whose names are italicized are no longer in Division I and can no longer be included in the tournament.
The Central Arkansas Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for University of Central Arkansas (UCA) located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and, for at least the 2021 season, will be a de facto associate member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Central Arkansas's first football team was fielded in 1908. The team plays its home games at the 12,000-seat Estes Stadium in Conway, Arkansas. The Bears are coached by Nathan Brown, in his second year.
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 Tarleton State Texans, also known as the Tarleton Texans, are the athletic teams that represent Tarleton State University of Stephenville, Texas in NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports. Before Tarleton State became a four-year institution in 1961, they were known as the "Plowboys". The Texans compete as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for 13 of their 14 varsity sports. During the school's four-year transition to full D-I membership, set to end in July 2024, Tarleton has planned to add several sports, with women's soccer the first to be confirmed and the team's launch scheduled for 2022.
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 2020–21 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.
The Fall 2021 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.
Total enrollment numbers for Fall 2020, including all parts of terms, reached a total of 17,448 students, an 8% increase over Fall 2019.
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.