Great Northwest Athletic Conference
DivisionDivision II
Sports fielded16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
RegionNorthwestern United States, British Columbia
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
CommissionerDavid Haglund (since 2011)

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) is a college 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).

It participates in the NCAA's Division II, 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.

Member schoolsEdit

Current full membersEdit

The league currently has 10 full members:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Football
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska Seawolves 1954 Public 16,242 2001 No
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska Nanooks 1917 Public 9,380 2001 No
Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington Wildcats 1891 Public 10,145 2001 Yes
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana Yellowjackets 1927 Public 4,600 2007 No
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho Crusaders 1913 Private 1,630 2001 No
Saint Martin's University Lacey, Washington Saints 1895 Private 1,628 2001 No
Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington Falcons 1891 Private 3,773 2001 No
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia Clan 1965 Public 35,204 2010 Yes
Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon Wolves 1856 Public 6,233 2001 Yes
Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington Vikings 1893 Public 13,070 2001 No

Associate membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference GNAC Sport
Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California Cougars 1899 Private 9,258 2012 PacWest football
Dixie State College of Utah St. George, Utah Red Storm 1911 Public 6,443 2008 PacWest football
Humboldt State University Arcata, California Lumberjacks 1913 Public 7,773 2006 CCAA football
University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota Marauders 1959 Private 2,758 2012 NSIC men's soccer
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota Hardrockers 1885 Public 1,576 2012 NCAA D-II Independent football (2014),
men's soccer

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Humboldt State University Arcata, California Lumberjacks 1913 Public 7,773 2001-02 2005-06 CCAA
Seattle University Seattle, Washington Redhawks 1891 Private 7,755 2001-02 2007-08 WAC

Membership timelineEdit

South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyUniversity of MaryAzusa Pacific UniversitySimon Fraser UniversityMontana State University BillingsDixie State College of UtahWestern Washington UniversityWestern Oregon UniversitySeattle Pacific UniversityWestern Athletic ConferenceNCAA Division I independent schools (basketball)Seattle UniversitySaint Martin's UniversityNorthwest Nazarene UniversityCalifornia Collegiate Athletic AssociationCalifornia Collegiate Athletic AssociationHumboldt State UniversityCentral Washington UniversityUniversity of Alaska FairbanksUniversity of Alaska Anchorage

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

Sports sponsoredEdit

Men's sportsEdit

  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field

Women's sportsEdit

  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field

Football championsEdit

  • 2001 Western Washington 3–0
  • 2002 Central Washington 3–0
  • 2003 Western Washington 3–0
  • 2004 Central Washington 5–1
  • 2005 Central Washington 6–0
  • 2006 Not sponsored
  • 2007 Not sponsored
  • 2008 Central Washington 8–0
  • 2009 Central Washington 6–0
  • 2010 Central Washington 7–1
  • 2011 Humboldt State 7–1
  • 2012 Central Washington 7–3


External linksEdit

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