- Pacific West Conference
The Pacific West Conference (also known as the PacWest) is an intercollegiate
college athletic conferenceaffiliated with NCAA Division II. 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 several member-departures and new NCAA legislation requiring conferences to have at least six members. Member institutions are currently located in California, Arizona, and Hawaii.
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. In 2005, the non-Hawaii schools left to join the Heartland Conference, leaving the Pacific West Conference two teams short of the NCAA membership requirement for voting rights and automatic qualifying status for tournaments. In July, 2005, the Pacific West Conference voted to admit Notre Dame de Namur University as a provisional member, as it moves from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. Grand Canyon University, formerly an NCAA DII Independent, will also join the conference, returning the Pacific West Conference to full conference status with six members.
The conference sponsors the following sports: Men's and Women's
Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyballand Softball. Brigham Young University-Hawaii has won national championships in Men's and Women's Tennis and Women's Volleyball. Hawaii Pacific University has also won national championships in Volleyball.
On July 6th it was announced that Dixie State College would join the PacWest for the 2007-08 season. [http://www.thespectrum.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060706/NEWS01/60706013 1]
On April 17th it was announced that the PacWest would sponsor baseball as its 11th sport, in addition to the announcement that
Academy of Art Universityin San Francisco, Californiawould join the PacWest in the 2009-2010 Season as the conference's 8th member. [http://www.pacificwestsports.org/sports/baseball/2008/news/PWCADDSBASEBALL]
The league currently has 8 full members:
New Pacific West Conference
Hawai’i Pacific University, along with the three other Division II schools in Hawai‘i, welcome Notre Dame de Namur University and Grand Canyon University to the Pacific West Conference beginning in fall of 2006. With the departure of Montana State-Billings University and Western New Mexico University last year, the four Hawai‘i schools played this past season as “independents”, receiving a waiver from the NCAA to keep the conference in name, while searching for new members. 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.
To comply with conference membership regulations, HPU, Chaminade University, Brigham Young University Hawai‘i, and the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, will add women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s soccer to their athletics programs. The ten sports HPU will now sponsor on the championship level will be men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, and softball. Men’s tennis and baseball will remain sponsored sports at HPU, but will compete as independent.
University of Alaska
University of Alaska Anchorage
Central Washington University
Humboldt State University
Montana State University-Billings
Northwest Nazarene University
Saint Martin's University
Seattle Pacific University
Western New Mexico University
Western Oregon University
Western Washington University
* [http://www.pacificwestsports.org/landing/index Official site of the Pacific West Conference]
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