The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) is a college athletic conference with members located mostly in the western United States, although it now has members as far east as Pennsylvania. The conference participates at the NCAA Division I level, primarily in Olympic sports that are not directly sponsored by a school's home conference (such as the Pac-12 and Big West, whose members all participate in MPSF competition in at least one of its sports).
|Mountain Pacific Sports Federation|
|Region||Western United States, Southwestern United States, Southern United States, Northwestern United States|
|Commissioner||Al Beaird (since 1997)|
The MPSF was founded in 1992 and specifically created to provide an outlet for competition in non-revenue-producing Olympic sports. The MPSF conducts championships in men's volleyball; women's lacrosse; and indoor track, gymnastics, and water polo for both men and women. In 2010 the MPSF added women's swimming and diving to its list of sports, and added that sport for men in the 2011–12 season. The 2012–13 school year was the last for MPSF competition in men's soccer.
The conference's membership varies by sport; 39 schools are MPSF members in at least one of its sponsored sports. Schools are not required to participate in the MPSF competition for each sponsored sport if their primary conference affiliation sponsors a competition in that sport (e.g. Pac-12 soccer and women's gymnastics).
All MPSF members have a primary conference affiliation. All Pac-12 and Big West Conference members house at least one sport in the MPSF. The West Coast Conference is represented by six schools (BYU, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego), and the Mountain West Conference has four full members represented (Air Force, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State). The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is represented by Alaska–Anchorage and Seattle Pacific. Seven conferences are represented by one school each – the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (Penn State Behrend), the Big 12 Conference (Oklahoma), the Big Sky Conference (Sacramento State), the Big Ten Conference (Indiana), the California Collegiate Athletic Association (UC San Diego), the Pacific West Conference (Concordia–Irvine), the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (Austin), and the Western Athletic Conference (Grand Canyon).
|United States Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Falcons||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Anchorage, Alaska||Seawolves||Great Northwest||NCAA D-II|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona||Wildcats||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, Arizona||Sun Devils||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|Austin College||Sherman, Texas||Kangaroos||Southern CAC||NCAA D-III|
|Brigham Young University||Provo, Utah||Cougars||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|California Polytechnic State University||San Luis Obispo, California||Mustangs||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Fresno||Fresno, California||Bulldogs||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Fullerton||Fullerton, California||Titans||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Long Beach||Long Beach, California||49ers||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Northridge||Northridge, California||Matadors||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Sacramento||Sacramento, California||Hornets||Big Sky||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, Berkeley||Berkeley, California||Golden Bears||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, Davis||Davis, California||Aggies||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, Irvine||Irvine, California||Anteaters||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, California||Bruins||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, Riverside||Riverside, California||Highlanders||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, San Diego||La Jolla, California||Tritons||California CAA (Big West in 2020)||NCAA D-II (D-I in 2020)|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, California||Gauchos||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, Colorado||Buffaloes||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|Concordia University–Irvine||Irvine, California||Eagles||Pacific West||NCAA D-II|
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix, Arizona||Antelopes||Western Athletic||NCAA D-I|
|University of Hawai'i at Mānoa||Honolulu, Hawai'i||Rainbow Warriors & Rainbow Wahine||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|Indiana University Bloomington||Bloomington, Indiana||Hoosiers||Big Ten||NCAA D-I|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma||Sooners||Big 12||NCAA D-I|
|University of Oregon||Eugene, Oregon||Ducks||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|Oregon State University||Corvallis, Oregon||Beavers||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|University of the Pacific||Stockton, California||Tigers||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College||Erie, Pennsylvania||Behrend Lions||Allegheny Mountain||NCAA D-III|
|Pepperdine University||Malibu, California||Waves||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|University of Portland||Portland, Oregon||Pilots||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|University of San Diego||San Diego, California||Toreros||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|San Diego State University||San Diego, California||Aztecs||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, California||Spartans||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
|Seattle Pacific University||Seattle, Washington||Falcons||Great Northwest||NCAA D-II|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||Trojans||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|Stanford University||Stanford, California||Cardinal||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah||Utes||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|University of Washington||Seattle, Washington||Huskies||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|Washington State University||Pullman, Washington||Cougars||Pac-12||NCAA D-I|
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||Lancers||Western Athletic||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Bakersfield, California||Roadrunners||Western Athletic||NCAA D-I|
|University of California San Diego||San Diego, California||Tritons||California[b]||NCAA D-II|
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||Pioneers||Summit||NCAA D-I|
|Loyola Marymount University||Los Angeles, California||Lions||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||Paradise, Nevada||Rebels||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
|University of New Mexico||Albuquerque, New Mexico||Lobos||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, North Dakota||Fighting Hawks||Summit||NCAA D-I|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colorado||Bears||Big Sky||NCAA D-I|
|Saint Mary's College of California||Moraga, California||Gaels||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|Seattle University||Seattle, Washington||Redhawks||Western Athletic||NCAA D-I|
|University of Wyoming||Laramie, Wyoming||Cowboys & Cowgirls||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation sponsors championship competition in five men's and five women's NCAA sanctioned sports The MPSF dropped men's soccer after the 2012 season. The moves of Denver (all sports) and New Mexico (soccer only) to other conferences left the MPSF with six soccer members, but all six would soon leave due to moves by the Western Athletic Conference. MPSF soccer member Seattle was already in the WAC, and another MPSF soccer school, CSU Bakersfield, was already committed to join the WAC in 2013. Because the WAC dropped football after the 2012 season due to a near-complete membership turnover, it needed to add another men's sport to maintain its Division I status. To that end, it invited the four remaining MPSF soccer schools to join them; all accepted, and the WAC began sponsoring men's soccer in 2013–14.
In October 2015, Arizona State announced that it would elevate its club team in women's lacrosse to full varsity status starting in the 2017–18 school year (2018 season), which will give the Pac-12 six women's lacrosse schools. This number is required by league bylaws for official sponsorship of a sport, and is also the number of teams required for a conference to be an automatic NCAA tournament qualifier. This led the Pac-12 to announce that all of its women's lacrosse teams would leave the MPSF for the new Pac-12 lacrosse league for the 2018 season. The four remaining MPSF lacrosse schools will retain that league's automatic NCAA tournament bid for the 2018 and 2019 seasons while the MPSF seeks to add new members in that sport.
The next major change in conference membership came in January 2016, when the Golden Coast Conference, a water polo-only league that previously operated only a women's competition, announced it would add a men's division effective with the 2016–17 season. The GCC took six of the 10 members of the MPSF men's water polo league, leaving the MPSF with only the four Pac-12 members that sponsor the sport.
On May 31, 2016, the Big West Conference announced that it would begin sponsoring men's volleyball in the 2017–18 school year (2018 season). The Big West men's volleyball league now includes five full members Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai'i, plus associate member UC San Diego. The full Big West members remain in the MPSF in other sports, but UC San Diego exited the federation. California Baptist also exited the MPSF after dropping its only conference sport of men's volleyball shortly after the 2017 season, and Cal State Bakersfield left the MPSF after dropping its last remaining conference sport of women's water polo at the same time.
|Swimming & Diving||5||7|
|Track & Field Indoor||15||20|
Men's swimming & diving
Women's swimming & diving
Men's track & field indoor
Women's track & field indoor
Men's water polo
Women's water polo
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation has won 93 NCAA titles in seven sports. UCLA has won 24 national titles. Stanford has won 16 titles. USC has won 15 titles. Oregon has won 11 titles. Oklahoma has won nine titles. California has won six titles. UC Irvine has won four titles. Arizona State and Brigham Young have won three titles. Pepperdine has won two titles. The MPSF has won every men's and women's water polo NCAA title since the inception of the conference.
Men's track & field indoor
Women's track & field indoor
† — Vacated due to NCAA violations
Men's water polo
Women's water polo
The 2011 MPSF Tournament will be the postseason tournament of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to determine the MPSF’s champion and automatic berth into the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.2016 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
The 2016 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 48th annual NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship to determine the national champion of NCAA men's collegiate water polo. Tournament matches were played at the Spieker Aquatics Complex at the University of California in Berkeley, California from December 3–4, 2016. The five conferences receiving automatic qualification were: the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). California defeated USC 11-8 to win the national title in double overtime.2017 NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Tournament
The 2017 NCAA National Collegiate Volleyball Tournament was the 48th edition of the NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship, open to teams from both Division I and II. The tournament was held May 2, 4, & 6 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State University. The Ohio State Buckeyes won their second consecutive National Championship and fourth overall.2018 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Volleyball Tournament
The 2018 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Volleyball Tournament was a postseason men's volleyball tournament for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the 2018 NCAA Division I & II men's volleyball season. It was held from April 14 through April 21, 2018 at campus sites. The winner received The Federation's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.2019 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Volleyball Tournament
The 2019 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Volleyball Tournament was a postseason men's volleyball tournament for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the 2019 NCAA Division I & II men's volleyball season. It was held April 13 through April 20, 2018 at campus sites. The winner received The Federation's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.Air Force Soccer Stadium
Air Force Soccer Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy. It is the home field for Air Force college soccer.
The 1,000-seat stadium was built in 1995 and has been upgraded since to allow Air Force to host NCAA playoff games.
The men's soccer team competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the women's team competes in the Mountain West Conference.Alaska Anchorage Seawolves
The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), in Anchorage, Alaska, United States, in NCAA intercollegiate sports. The vast majority of UAA's athletic teams are in NCAA Division II with the exception of the alpine and Nordic ski, gymnastics, and ice hockey teams, which are members of Division I.
The Seawolves principally compete as members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Teams playing outside the GNAC include the hockey team (Western Collegiate Hockey Association), the gymnastics team (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), and the ski teams (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association).
UAA also formerly hosted the nationally known GCI Great Alaska Shootout college basketball tournament every Thanksgiving.Cal State Northridge Matadors
The Cal State Northridge Matadors are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Northridge in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. The Matadors field 17 teams in nineteen sports.
The Matadors compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Big West Conference. CSUN has been a member of the Big West Conference since the summer of 2001 for most sports. The men's and women's indoor track and field teams compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation instead. Men's volleyball also competed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, but will compete in the Big West beginning in 2018.Houston Baptist Huskies
Houston Baptist Huskies, also known as Houston Baptist, HBU or Huskies, refers to the sports teams of Houston Baptist University. HBU's official school colors are royal blue and orange. With the inception of the athletics program at the university in 1960 until 1990 the Huskies were a part of the NCAA. After playing for seventeen years as a member of the NAIA, the Huskies began play as an NCAA Division I team again in 2007 and became a full member of the NCAA for the 2011–12 academic year.After one year of independent status in the NCAA, HBU joined the Great West Conference, and began play as a member in 2008 for all sports but basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and women's soccer. These teams remained independent until the 2009–2010 season when they joined the other HBU teams. Men's soccer joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation since the Great West did not sponsor the sport.
On November 9, 2011, officials from the Southland Conference visited HBU in their expansion drive. On November 21, Houston Baptist accepted an invitation to join the Southland Conference joining July 1, 2013. The school started a football program in 2013 and began Southland play in 2014. There are also plans for a new basketball arena. With the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dropping men's soccer after the 2012 season, the HBU team moved to the Western Athletic Conference, which began sponsoring the sport from 2013 onwards.Jovan Vavic
Jovan Vavic (born 1961/1962) is the former head coach of both the University of Southern California men’s and women’s water polo teams. In 2012, he was interim head coach of the United States men's national water polo team. While coaching USC he won the National Coach of the Year award 15 times, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year award 13 times. He was fired by USC in March 2019 in the wake of his indictment in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal.MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Men's Soccer Tournament was the conference championship tournament in men's college soccer for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The tournament was held annually between 2009 and 2012. The conference was disbanded when MPSF membership ended in favor of teams joining the Western Athletic Conference.Maddie Musselman
Madeline Musselman (born June 16, 1998) is an American water polo player. She was part of the gold medal-winning American team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was the second-leading goal scorer of the US team in the event with 12 goals and named to the Olympic All-Star Team.Musselman won gold with Team USA at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and at the Pan American Games in Toronto.She was named 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year after she won a conference-record seven Newcomer of the Week awards.Earned tournament MVP at 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where Team USA won gold; scored 16 goals in six games, including hat trick in 13-6 final-round win over Spain.Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) is a college athletic conference whose member schools compete in men's volleyball. The conference footprint is centered in the Midwestern United States, stretching from Missouri in the west to Ohio in the east. Many of the conference's schools also participate in the similarly named Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in men's volleyball at the club level.
The MIVA Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship, which now consists of seven teams playing in a single-elimination format to determine the national champion. The two other pre-2017 major volleyball conferences, the EIVA (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), also send their league tournament champions to the tournament, as do Conference Carolinas (since the 2014 season) and the Big West Conference (from the 2018 season forward).NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
The NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship is an annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men's collegiate water polo. It has been held every year since 1969. With a limited number of NCAA water polo programs at the national level, all men's teams, whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III, are eligible to compete each year. The tournament was expanded from a four-team bracket in 2013 by adding two play-in games that are contested by the bottom four seeds, effectively creating a six-team bracket with a first-round bye for the top two teams.
While the championship often includes teams from around the country, most programs are located within the state of California, and no school from outside California has ever surpassed third place or participated in the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship game.
The four California based PAC-12 schools have been the most successful. California is the most successful program with 14 titles, followed by UCLA with 11 titles, Stanford (10 titles), and USC (10 titles). One of these four schools has won the championship every year since 1998.NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship
The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship has existed since the 2001 season. Seven conferences have teams competing in women's water polo: the Big West Conference, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), the single-sport Golden Coast Conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). Some teams compete at Division III either as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or independently. Teams qualify by either winning their respective conference tournament or receiving one of the few at large bids available.New Mexico Lobos men's soccer
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The Seattle Pacific Falcons (also SPU Falcons) are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Seattle Pacific University, located in Seattle, Washington, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Falcons compete as members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for all sports except for gymnastics, which competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.UC Irvine Anteaters men's volleyball
The UC Irvine Anteaters men's volleyball team is the men's intercollegiate volleyball team at the University of California, Irvine. UC Irvine was a founding member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the 1992-93 season. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, UCI moved to the Big West Conference's inaugural men's volleyball league. Irvine has won the NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship four times, and appeared in the tournament an additional three.USC Trojans men's volleyball
USC Trojans men's volleyball is a collegiate volleyball team that represents the University of Southern California (USC). The team participates as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), an athletic conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The program began in 1970 and first awarded schlorships during the 1976-77 season. The program has won the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship four times, and placed second seven times. Home games are played at Galen Center on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California.