Great Plains Athletic Conference
The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Member institutions are located in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The conference was founded in 1969 as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC), later becoming the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (1992) before being renamed the Great Plains Athletic Conference (2000).
|Great Plains Athletic Conference|
|Region||Central United States|
|Former names||Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1969–1992)|
Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (1992–2000)
|Headquarters||Sioux City, Iowa|
|Commissioner||Corey Westra (since 2003)|
The Great Plains Athletic Conference was founded in 1969 as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The six charter members were Concordia University, Dana College, Doane College, Hastings College, Midland Lutheran College, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. With the addition of Northwestern College in 1992, the NIAC was renamed the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference. The NIAC became the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2000 with the addition of Dakota Wesleyan University, Dordt College, Mount Marty College, and University of Sioux Falls. Later, Briar Cliff University and Morningside College joined the GPAC in 2002 and 2003 respectively. In 2018, University of Jamestown joined the conference as a full-member, while Presentation College joined the conference as an associate member. All former members of the NIAC remain affiliated with the GPAC except for Dana College, which closed in 2010, and Nebraska Wesleyan University, which left the conference in 2016. Corey Westra in Sioux City, Iowa, is the commissioner of the league.
|Briar Cliff University||Sioux City, Iowa||1930||1,150||Chargers||2002|
|Concordia University, Nebraska||Seward, Nebraska||1894||2,200||Bulldogs||1969|
|Dakota Wesleyan University||Mitchell, South Dakota||1885||895||Tigers||2000|
|Doane University||Crete, Nebraska||1872||1,000||Tigers||1969|
|Dordt University||Sioux Center, Iowa||1955||1,454||Defenders||2000|
|Hastings College||Hastings, Nebraska||1882||1,150||Broncos||1969|
|University of Jamestown||Jamestown, North Dakota||1883||1,000||Jimmies||2018|
|Midland University||Fremont, Nebraska||1883||1,394||Warriors||1969|
|Morningside College||Sioux City, Iowa||1894||2,824||Mustangs||2003|
|Mount Marty College||Yankton, South Dakota||1936||1,100||Lancers||2000|
|Northwestern College||Orange City, Iowa||1882||1,099||Red Raiders||1992|
|College of Saint Mary||Omaha, Nebraska||1923||1,070||Flames||2015|
- College of Saint Mary — women's institution, does not field men's sports.
|Presentation College||Aberdeen, South Dakota||1951||786||Saints||2018||North Star|
- Presentation College will only field men's and women's soccer in the GPAC.
|Dana College||Blair, Nebraska||1884||Vikings||1969||2010||Closed in 2010|
|Nebraska Wesleyan University||Lincoln, Nebraska||1887||Prairie Wolves||1969||2016||American Rivers|
|University of Sioux Falls||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||1883||Cougars||2000||2011||Northern Sun|
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|