|Gulf Coast Athletic Conference |
|Sports fielded||10 (men's: 4; women's: 6)|
|Region||Southeastern United States|
The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) is a college athletic conference made up entirely of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics's (NAIA) Division I. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, USA.
History[edit | edit source]
The GCAC was established in 1981, with the following charter institutions: Belhaven College, Dillard University, Louisiana College, Spring Hill College, Tougaloo College, William Carey University and Xavier University of Louisiana. The first sports were men and women's basketball and men's tennis, with other sports soon following.
The University of Mobile was admitted in October 1985, Southern University at New Orleans was granted admission in May 1986, Loyola University was admitted in April 1995, and Louisiana State University in Shreveport became a member in April 2000. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced Dillard and Xavier (La.) to cancel all athletic competition for 2005-06 and Loyola and Southern-New Orleans were able only to compete partially. All schools returned to competition in 2006-07, although in most cases with a reduced number of sports.
Louisiana College left the GCAC to join the American Southwest Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III in 2000. Belhaven also left in 2000, only to re-join in 2002; while Talladega College, which joined in 1999, left in 2002. In 2010, Belhaven, Loyola-New Orleans, Spring Hill, Mobile and William Carey left the GCAC to join the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). In 2010 LSU-Shreveport left the conference to join the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Edward Waters College and Fisk University joined to replace the departed schools in 2010. Philander Smith College also joined the GCAC in 2011. Talladega College re-joined the conference starting in the 2011-12 academic year. Talladega had been a member of the GCAC from 1999-2002.
Member schools[edit | edit source]
Current members[edit | edit source]
|Dillard University||New Orleans, Louisiana||1869||900||Bleu Devils and Lady Bleu Devils||1981|
|Edward Waters College||Jacksonville, Florida||1866||800||Tigers||2010|
|Philander Smith College||Little Rock, Arkansas||1864||700||Panthers||2011|
|Rust College||Holly Springs, Mississippi||1886||900||Bearcats||2018|
|Southern University at New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||1956||3,200||Knights and Lady Knights||1986|
|Talladega College||Talladega, Alabama||1867||600||Tornadoes||1999;|
|Tougaloo College||Tougaloo, Mississippi||1869||900||Bulldogs||1981|
|Xavier University of Louisiana||New Orleans, Louisiana||1925||3,200||Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets||1981|
Former members[edit | edit source]
|Belhaven College||Jackson, Mississippi||1883||Blazers||1981;
|Fisk University||Nashville, Tennessee||1866||Bulldogs||2010||2014||Independent|
|Louisiana College||Pineville, Louisiana||1906||Wildcats||1981||2000||American Southwest|
|Louisiana State University Shreveport||Shreveport, Louisiana||1967||Pilots||2000||2010||Red River|
|Loyola University New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||1904||Wolf Pack||1995||2010||Southern States|
|University of Mobile||Mobile, Alabama||1961||Rams||1985||2010||Southern States|
|Spring Hill College||Mobile, Alabama||1830||Badgers||1981||2010||Southern Intercollegiate|
|Voorhees College||Denmark, South Carolina||1897||Tigers||2013||2015||Independent|
|William Carey University||Hattiesburg, Mississippi||1906||Crusaders||1981||2010||Southern States|
Membership timeline[edit | edit source]
Full member (non-football)
Conference sports[edit | edit source]
|Track & Field Outdoor||13px||13px|
Conference champions[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- GCAC Directory 1981-82, pg.2
- SSAC To Expand And Restructure Conference In 2010-11, Southern States Athletic Conference, 2009-09-29.
- "Talladega College join the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference". Talladega College. January 9, 2011. http://www.talladegatornadoes.com/article/104.php. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
- "Great 8: GCAC Welcomes Rust College As Newest Member". Victory Sports Network. April 17, 2018. http://wrestling.victorysportsnetwork.com/Clip/news/great-8-gcac-welcomes-rust-college-as-newest-member.htm. Retrieved April 18, 2018.