Dakota Athletic Conference

Dakota Athletic Conference
Dakota Athletic Conference
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Established 2000
Association NAIA
Members 4
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 8; women's: 7)
Region The Dakotas
Region III of the NAIA
Headquarters Dickinson, North Dakota
Website dakotaac.org
Dakota Athletic Conference locations

The Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. As the name implies, member teams are located in the states of North Dakota and South Dakota.



The Dakota Athletic Conference was formed from a merger between the North Dakota College Athletic Conference and the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. Two schools have left the conference in its history: the University of Mary joined the NCAA in 2006, and Si Tanka-Huron closed in 2005. Dakota State University has announced they are leaving the DAC in July 2011 to become an NAIA independent.[1] Additionally, member schools Minot State, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Black Hills State University are also leaving the conference while in the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II.


Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment
Dickinson State University Blue Hawks Dickinson, North Dakota 1916 Public 2,572
Jamestown College Jimmies Jamestown, North Dakota 1883 Private/Presbyterian 900
Mayville State University Comets Mayville, North Dakota 1889 Public 780
Valley City State University Vikings Valley City, North Dakota 1890 Public 1,220

Former members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Current conference
Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets Spearfish, South Dakota 1881 Public 4,739 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (2012)
Dakota State University Trojans Madison, South Dakota 1881 Public 2,282
Minot State University Beavers Minot, North Dakota 1913 Public 3,851 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (2012)
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 Public 2,345 NCAA Division II independent


Member schools field men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, track and field and golf. Men's-only sports are baseball, football and wrestling, while soccer, softball and volleyball are only offered for women.


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