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.
|Pacific West Conference|
|Headquarters||Newport Beach, California|
|Commissioner||Bob Hogue (since 2007)|
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.
|PacWest Conference (California)|
|Location of PacWest members: |
|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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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, 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. As part of the transition process from NAIA to NCAA Holy Names remained ineligible for NCAA postseason play through 2015–16. 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. 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.
|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|
|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);
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
- Men's Tennis (2002, 2003)
- Women's Tennis (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
- Women's Volleyball (1999, 2002)
- Men's Soccer (1996)
- Men's Indoor Track & Field (2012)
- Women's Volleyball (1998, 2000)
- Softball (2010)
- Men's Tennis (2016)
Academy of Art
- Women's Outdoor Track & Field (2013)
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Academy of Art||6|
|Notre Dame de Namur||4|
|Point Loma Nazarene||4|
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Academy of Art||8|
|Notre Dame de Namur||6|
|Point Loma Nazarene||7|
|Cal State Los Angeles||1|
|Cal State Stanislaus||1|
Other sponsored sports by school
|Academy of Art||IND||IND|
|Notre Dame de Namur||IND|
- ‡ — D-I sport
|Academy of Art||Kezar Pavilion||4,000|
|Azusa Pacific||Felix Events Center||3,500|
|Biola||Richard Chase Gymnasium||2,400|
|Fresno Pacific||Fresno Pacific University Special Events Center||1,500|
|Hawai'i Pacific||Blaisdell Center
St. Andrew's Priory
|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|
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- "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.
- "PWC Adds Baseball". Pacific West Conference. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30.
- Broughton, Bob (January 3, 2011). "Five Southern California schools headed for Division II". Courtesy Runner. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- "HNU enters NCAA II member process". July 13, 2012. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "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.
- "CBU Announces D1, WAC Move". California Baptist University. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- As of July 06, 2019. "Term Enrollment summary".