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Great Northwest Athletic Conference

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which has historically operated in the northwestern United States, but also currently includes four schools in areas not usually considered part of that region—two in Alaska (neither of which is located in Southeast Alaska, an area often considered part of the Northwest), one in eastern Montana (almost never considered part of the region), and one in the Canadian province of British Columbia (an area included with the Northwest U.S. in the larger Pacific Northwest region).

Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference logo
Established2001
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members11
Sports fielded
  • 16
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 8
RegionNorthwestern United States, British Columbia, Alaska
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
CommissionerDavid Haglund (since 2011)
Websitewww.gnacsports.com
Locations
Great Northwest Athletic Conference locations

It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level, and is the only NCAA conference in any division with a Canadian university as a member.

The conference was formed in 2001 when its original ten members split from the Pacific West Conference.

Contents

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska 1917 9,380 Nanooks           2001
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska 1954 16,242 Seawolves           2001
Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington 1891 10,145 Wildcats           2001
Concordia University–Portland Portland, Oregon 1905 3,500 Cavaliers           2015
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 4,600 Yellowjackets           2007
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho 1913 2,000 Nighthawks                     2001
Saint Martin's University Lacey, Washington 1895 1,628 Saints           2001
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington 1891 3,773 Falcons           2001
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia 1965 35,604 Clan           2010
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon 1856 6,233 Wolves                     2001
Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington 1893 13,070 Vikings                     2001

Affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California 1899 9,258 Cougars           2012 football Pacific West
University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota 1959 2,910 Marauders                2012 soccer (M) Northern Sun

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Seattle University Seattle, Washington 1891 Redhawks 2001 2008 Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Humboldt State University Arcata, California 1913 Lumberjacks 2001 2006 California

Former affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Dixie State University St. George, Utah 1911 Red Storm 2008 2016 football Rocky Mountain
Humboldt State University Arcata, California 1913 Lumberjacks 2006 2018 football California
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1883 Cougars 2012 2013 soccer (M) Northern Sun
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 Hardrockers 2013
(soccer);
2014
(football)
2015
(soccer);
2016
(football)
football;
soccer (M)
Rocky Mountain
  • Humboldt State — was a full member in 2001–2006.

Membership timelineEdit

 

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

  • The GNAC did not sponsor football in the 2006–07 and 2007-08 seasons. Therefore, Central Washington and Western Washington competed in the North Central Conference (NCC); while Dixie State, Humboldt State and Western Oregon were Independents.

Sports sponsoredEdit

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball  Y
Basketball  Y  Y
Cross Country  Y  Y
Football  Y
Golf  Y  Y
Soccer  Y  Y
Softball  Y
Track & Field Indoor  Y  Y
Track & Field Outdoor  Y  Y
Volleyball  Y

Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
GNAC
Sports
Alaska  Y  Y 2
Alaska-Anchorage  Y  Y  Y  Y 4
Central Washington  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Concordia-Portland  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Montana State-Billings  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Northwest Nazarene  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Saint Martin's  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Seattle Pacific  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Simon Fraser  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Western Oregon  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Western Washington  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Totals 6 11 11 3 6 7 10 10 64
Affiliate Members
Azusa Pacific  Y 1
Mary  Y 1

Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GNAC
Sports
Alaska  Y  Y  Y 3
Alaska-Anchorage  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Central Washington  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Concordia-Portland  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Montana State-Billings  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Northwest Nazarene  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Saint Martin's  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Seattle Pacific  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Simon Fraser  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Western Oregon  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Western Washington  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Totals 11 11 6 9 8 10 10 11 76

Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Men Women Co-ed
Ice
Hockey
Swimming
& Diving
Wrestling Gymnastics Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Rifle Skiing
Alaska WCHA PCSC PRC RMISA
Alaska-Anchorage WCHA MPSF RMISA
Seattle Pacific MPSF NCRC
Simon Fraser IND IND IND
Western Washington NCRC
  • — D-I sport

Football championsEdit

Basketball championsEdit

Conference FacilitiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit