Pacific West Conference

The Pacific West Conference (also known as the PacWest) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Member institutions are located in California and Hawai'i.

The conference sponsors the following sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field outdoor for both men and women; baseball for men only; softball and volleyball for women only. The newest PacWest sports are men's tennis and women's golf, both added in 2012–13.[1]

Pacific West Conference
Pacific West Conference logo
Established1992
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members12
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 8
RegionPacific States
HeadquartersNewport Beach, California
CommissionerBob Hogue (since 2007)
Websitewww.thepacwest.com
Locations
Pacific West Conference locations

History

Formation

PacWest Conference (California)
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PacWest Conference (Hawaii)
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The PacWest was formed in 1992 when the Great Northwest Conference (a men's conference) merged with the Continental Divide Conference (a women's conference containing some of the same members), in response to the departures of several members and new NCAA legislation requiring conferences to have at least six members.[2] In addition, some Hawai'i-based colleges joined the new conference.

At one point the conference expanded to 16 members, but in 2001, member schools from Washington, Alaska, California, and Oregon left to form the new Great Northwest Athletic Conference.[2]

With the departure of the final two mainland members, Montana State University–Billings and Western New Mexico University, to join the Heartland Conference in 2005, the four Hawai'i universities played one season as “independents” after receiving a waiver from the NCAA to keep the conference in name, while searching for new members, because in order to be eligible for conference membership in the NCAA, a conference must consist of a minimum of six member institutions who sponsor at least ten sports, with two team sports for each gender.

New PacWest Conference

To comply with conference membership regulations, Hawai'i Pacific (HPU), Chaminade, BYU–Hawai'i and Hawai'i–Hilo added new sports to their programs. In July 2005, the Pacific West Conference voted to admit Notre Dame de Namur University as a provisional member, as it moved from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. Grand Canyon University, formerly an NCAA D-II Independent, also joined the conference, returning the Pacific West Conference to full conference status with six members. Dixie State College of Utah joined the conference for the 2007–08 season.1 In 2008, it was announced that Academy of Art University would join the conference in the 2009–10 season as the conference's 8th member. In 2009 it was announced that Dominican University of California would join the conference in the 2009–10 season as the conference's 9th member.[3] That same year, the conference announced it would sponsor baseball as its 11th sport, with Hawai'i Pacific University, University of Hawai'i–Hilo, Dixie State College of Utah (now Dixie State University), and Grand Canyon University competing on a Division II level.[4]

Recent expansion

The conference began expansion in 2010 when the PacWest invited California Baptist University, from the NAIA's Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) to join the conference beginning with the 2011–12 school year.[5] On June 1, 2011, the conference announced the additions of Azusa Pacific University, Fresno Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University, all members of the GSAC,[1] which began Pacific West Conference play during the 2012–13 season. Holy Names University was also added to the PacWest in 2011, but did not begin the NCAA Division II membership process from the NAIA until July 13, 2012.[6] As part of the transition process from NAIA to NCAA Holy Names remained ineligible for NCAA postseason play through 2015–16.[1] On November 27, 2012, Grand Canyon announced it would leave the PacWest after the 2012–13 school year to accept an invitation to join the Division I Western Athletic Conference.[7] In July 2016, it was announced that Biola University would join the PacWest for the 2017-18 season. In October 2016, Dixie State announced that it would transition from the PacWest to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference after the 2017–18 school year. On January 13, 2017, California Baptist announced that it will leave the PacWest in favor of moving up to NCAA Division I. [8]

Membership

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Academy of Art University San Francisco, California 1929 16,000 Urban Knights           2009
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California 1899 8,539 Cougars           2012
Biola University La Mirada, California 1908 5,942 Eagles                2017
Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, Hawai'i 1955 2,836 Silverswords           1992
Concordia University–Irvine Irvine, California 1976 2,564 Eagles           2015
Dominican University of California San Rafael, California 1890 2,125 Penguins                2009
Fresno Pacific University Fresno, California 1944 3,700 Sunbirds           2012
Hawai'i Pacific University Honolulu, Hawai'i 1965 9,000 Sharks           1992
University of Hawai'i at Hilo Hilo, Hawai'i 1947 3,600 Vulcans           1992
Holy Names University Oakland, California 1868 1,331 Hawks           2012
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, California 1851 1,967 Argonauts           2005
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, California 1902 3,487 Sea Lions           2012

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment
(Fall 2018)[9]
Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California 1947 27,685 Golden Eagles           2014 tennis (W) California
California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, California 1957 10,214 Warriors                2014 tennis (W) California
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, California 1960 9,201 Seawolves                2013 tennis (M);
tennis (W)
California

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska 1917 Nanooks 1992 2001 Great Northwest
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska 1954 Seawolves 1992 2001 Great Northwest
Brigham Young University–Hawai'i Laie, Hawai'i 1955 Seasiders 1992 2017 Dropped sports
California Baptist University Riverside, California 1950 Lancers 2011 2018 Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington 1891 Wildcats 1998 2001 Great Northwest
Dixie State University St. George, Utah 1911 Trailblazers 2007 2018 Rocky Mountain
(WAC [NCAA D-I] in 2020)
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 Antelopes 2005 2013 Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Humboldt State University Arcata, California 1913 Lumberjacks 1998 2001 California
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 1992 2005 Great Northwest
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho 1913 Crusaders 1999 2001 Great Northwest
Saint Martin's University Lacey, Washington 1895 Saints 1998 2001 Great Northwest
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington 1891 Falcons 1992 2001 Great Northwest
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia 1965 Clan 1998 1999 Great Northwest
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Mustangs 1998 2005 Lone Star
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon 1856 Wolves 1998 2001 Great Northwest
Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington 1893 Vikings 1998 2001 Great Northwest

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

National championships

BYU–Hawai'i

  • Men's Tennis (2002, 2003)
  • Women's Tennis (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
  • Women's Volleyball (1999, 2002)

Grand Canyon

  • Men's Soccer (1996)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field (2012)

Hawai'i Pacific

  • Women's Volleyball (1998, 2000)
  • Softball (2010)
  • Men's Tennis (2016)

Academy of Art

  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field (2013)

Sports

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tick
Basketball Green tick Green tick
Cross Country Green tick Green tick
Golf Green tick Green tick
Soccer Green tick Green tick
Softball Green tick
Tennis Green tick Green tick
Track & Field Outdoor Green tick Green tick
Volleyball Green tick

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
PWC
Sports
Academy of Art Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 6
Azusa Pacific Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 6
Biola Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Chaminade Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 4
Concordia–Irvine Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 6
Dominican Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 4
Fresno Pacific Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 5
Hawai'i Pacific Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 6
Hawai'i–Hilo Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 5
Holy Names Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Notre Dame de Namur Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 4
Point Loma Nazarene Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 4
Totals 9 12 10 8 12 7 6 64
Affiliate Members
Sonoma State Green tick 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
PWC
Sports
Academy of Art Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Azusa Pacific Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Biola Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Chaminade Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 6
Concordia–Irvine Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Dominican Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Fresno Pacific Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 5
Hawai'i Pacific Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Hawai'i–Hilo Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Holy Names Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Notre Dame de Namur Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 6
Point Loma Nazarene Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Totals 12 12 7 12 10 11 7 12 83
Affiliate Members
Cal State Los Angeles Green tick 1
Cal State Stanislaus Green tick 1
Sonoma State Green tick 1

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Football Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Volleyball Water
Polo
Wrestling Beach
Volleyball
Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Water
Polo
Academy of Art IND IND
Azusa Pacific GNAC IND PCSC IND GCC
Biola PCSC IND PCSC IND
Concordia–Irvine PCSC IND MPSF WWPA IND PCSC IND GCC
Fresno Pacific PCSC WWPA PCSC WWPA
Notre Dame de Namur IND
  • — D-I sport

Conference facilities

Team Basketball Arena Capacity
Academy of Art Kezar Pavilion 4,000
Azusa Pacific Felix Events Center 3,500
Biola Richard Chase Gymnasium 2,400
Chaminade McCabe Gymnasium 2,800
Concordia–Irvine CU Arena 2,400
Dominican Conlan Center 1,285
Fresno Pacific Fresno Pacific University Special Events Center 1,500
Hawai'i Pacific Blaisdell Center
St. Andrew's Priory
7,500
530
Hawai'i–Hilo Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium 3,800
Holy Names Tobin Gymnasium 300
Notre Dame de Namur Walter Gleasen Gym 800
Point Loma Nazarene Golden Gym 1,600

References

  1. ^ a b c Staff (June 2, 2011). "PacWest conference expands to 14 schools". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "About the GNAC". Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "PacWest adds Dominican University of California as 9th conference program". Pacific West Conference. June 12, 2009. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "PWC Adds Baseball". Pacific West Conference. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30.
  5. ^ Broughton, Bob (January 3, 2011). "Five Southern California schools headed for Division II". Courtesy Runner. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "HNU enters NCAA II member process". July 13, 2012. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "Grand Canyon University to Join WAC" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. November 27, 2012. Archived from the original on November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "CBU Announces D1, WAC Move". California Baptist University. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  9. ^ As of July 06, 2019. "Term Enrollment summary".

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Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University, formerly Academy of Art College, is a privately owned for-profit art school in San Francisco, California, in the United States. It was founded as the Academy of Advertising Art by Richard S. Stephens in 1929. It has 283 full-time teachers and 1154 part-time teaching staff, and about 11,000 students; it claims to be the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States.The school has open admissions and an admission acceptance rate of 100%. In 2016, its accreditor expressed concern over low graduation rates; approximately 7% of students then completed a four-year degree within the allotted time. As of 2015, the school has not published job placement rates since 2006, and disagrees with the US Department of Education over whether it is required to do so.The school is one of the largest property owners in San Francisco, with the main campus located on New Montgomery Street in the South of Market district.

Academy of Art Urban Knights

The Academy of Art Urban Knights are the 14 varsity athletic teams that represent Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Urban Knights compete as members of the Pacific West Conference.

Azusa Pacific Cougars

The Azusa Pacific Cougars are the 17 varsity athletic teams that represent Azusa Pacific University, located in Azusa, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Cougars compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for most sports except football (Great Northwest Athletic Conference), women's swimming and diving (Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference), and women's water polo (Golden Coast Conference). Prior to the 2012-13 academic year, the Cougars competed in the Golden State Athletic Conference as part of the NAIA. On July 11, 2011 Azusa Pacific began the three-year transition process to becoming a member of the NCAA. At that time, they joined the Pacific West Conference of NCAA Division II and became a football-only member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.Azusa Pacific Athletics achieved eight consecutive wins of the Directors’ Cup from 2005 to 2012, with a total of 108 GSAC Championships and 36 NAIA National Championships. Since joining NCAA Division II, the program has added 31 PacWest Conference Championships and four GNAC championships in football.

Biola Eagles

The Biola Eagles are the 16 varsity athletic teams that represent Biola University, located in La Mirada, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Eagles compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for most sports except men and women’s swimming and diving.Dr. Bethany Miller currently serves as the Athletic Director overseeing all 16 varsity programs.

Dave Holmquist is the school’s men’s basketball coach. He coached for 40 seasons in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is the winningest active coach in the NAIA Division I rankings (947-364). Other current members of the PacWest Conference include Academy of Art Urban Knights, Azusa Pacific Cougars, Chaminade Silverswords, Concordia-Irvine Eagles, Dominican Penguins, Fresno Pacific Sunbirds, Hawaii Pacific Sharks, Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans, Holy Names Hawks, Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts and the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions.

Biola University Athletics was an active member of the NAIA from 1964-2017. The Eagles were accepted for provisional NCAA membership on July 20, 2016 and played their initial PacWest Conference season in 2017-18. BU was accepted for full NCAA Division II membership on July 12, 2019. Biola University was established as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in 1908.

California Baptist University

California Baptist University (Cal Baptist or CBU) is a private, Christian, liberal arts university in Riverside, California. Founded in 1950 as California Baptist College, it is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, an organization affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Chaminade Silverswords

The Chaminade Silverswords are the 10 varsity athletic teams that represent Chaminade University of Honolulu, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Silverswords compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Chaminade University of Honolulu's team name is the "Silverswords," a reference to a Hawaiian plant prized for its beauty and ability to withstand harsh conditions.

Concordia Eagles

The Concordia Eagles are the athletic sports teams for Concordia University Irvine, located in Irvine, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Eagles compete as members of the Pacific West Conference.

Dominican Penguins

The Dominican Penguins are the 11 varsity athletics teams that represent Dominican University of California, located in San Rafael, California, in NCAA Division II sports. The Penguins compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. The university became a full member of NCAA Division II in 2011.

Fresno Pacific Sunbirds

The Fresno Pacific Sunbirds (also FPU Sunbirds) are the 16 varsity athletic teams that represent Fresno Pacific University, located in Fresno, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Sunbirds compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for most sports except water polo, which will join the Western Water Polo Association.

Hawaii Pacific Sharks

The Hawaii Pacific Sharks are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Hawaii Pacific University, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Sharks compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Hawaii Pacific University's first venture into intercollegiate athletics came with the formation of the men's basketball team. The university previously competed in the NAIA before joining the NCAA in the mid-1990s.

On August 1, 2014, HPU athletics announced that they had changed their name from the Sea Warrior to Sharks as part of a fundraising effort and to "better align themselves with the rest of the university." As part of the new logo rollout, HPU Executive Athletics Director Vince Baldemor promised to secure 1,000 memberships in the HPU "Sharks Club" within the first three months, but the program has been a major failure with membership at less than 300 after two years.

Hawaii–Hilo Vulcans

The Hawaii–Hilo Vulcans are the athletic sports teams for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, located in Hilo, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Vulcans compete as members of the Pacific West Conference, in 12 varsity sports.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University is a private, Roman Catholic university in Oakland, California. It was founded by and remains affiliated with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

List of NCAA Division II institutions

There are currently 314 American, Canadian, and Puerto Rican colleges and universities classified as Division II for NCAA competition. During the 2019–20 academic year, 4 schools are in the process of reclassifying to Division II. Forty-four of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Canadian province of British Columbia are represented. Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming do not currently have D-II institutions.

Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks

The Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks, formerly the Crusaders, are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Northwest Nazarene University, located in Nampa, Idaho, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Crusaders compete as members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. NNU added tennis as a club team in the Fall of 2013. NNU's athletic moniker is "Nighthawks" and colors are red and black. The schools main rival is NAIA College of Idaho, located a short distance to the west in Caldwell, Idaho.

A prominent member of the school's athletic department is Scott Flemming, who coached India’s national basketball team for several years.

Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts

The Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts (also Notre Dame de Namur Argos) are the 11 varsity athletic teams that represent Notre Dame de Namur University, located in Belmont, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Argonauts compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for all sports except for men’s lacrosse, which competes in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA).

Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual conference basketball championship tournament for the Pacific West Conference. The tournament has been held annually since 2013. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records.The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.

Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions

The Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions (also PLNU Sea Lions) are the 11 varsity athletic teams that represent Point Loma Nazarene University, located in San Diego, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. Point Loma officially became an active member in the NCAA during the Summer of 2014, which signified the conclusion of their three-year transition process from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. The Sea Lions compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for all sports. PLNU was previously a member of the NAIA's Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).

Sonoma State Seawolves

The Sonoma State Seawolves are the athletic teams that represent Sonoma State University, located in Rohnert Park, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Seawolves compete as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association for all 13 varsity sports except for women's water polo, which competes in the Western Water Polo Association and men's and women's tennis, which compete in the Pacific West Conference.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo or UH Hilo is a public co-educational university in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, United States. It is one of ten general campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It was founded as Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

The university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1976. It offers thirty-three undergraduate and three graduate degree programs, and has about 3000 students; most are residents of Hawaiʻi, but there are many international students too.

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