Great Plains Athletic Conference
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Great Plains Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference logo
Established 1969
Association NAIA
Members 11
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 10
Region Central United States
Former names Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1969-1992)
Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (1992-2000)
Headquarters Sioux City, Iowa
Commissioner Corey Westra (since 2003)
Great Plains Athletic Conference locations

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Member institutions are located in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The conference was founded in 1969 as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, later becoming the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (1992) before being renamed the Great Plains Athletic Conference (2000).


The Great Plains Athletic Conference was founded in 1969 as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The six charter members were Concordia University, Dana College, Doane College, Hastings College, Midland Lutheran College, and Nebraska Wesleyan University.[1] With the addition of Northwestern College in 1992, the NIAC was renamed the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference. The NIAC became the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2000 with the addition of Dakota Wesleyan University, Dordt College, Mount Marty College, and University of Sioux Falls. Later, Briar Cliff University and Morningside College joined the GPAC in 2002 and 2003 respectively. All former members of the NIAC remain affiliated with the GPAC except for Dana College, which closed in 2010, and Nebraska Wesleyan University, which left the conference in 2016. Corey Westra in Sioux City, Iowa, is the commissioner of the league.[2]

Member schools

Current members

  • College of Saint Mary -- women's institution, does not field men's sports.

Future member

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Current
University of Jamestown[3] Jamestown, North Dakota 1883 967 Jimmies 2018 North Star

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Dana College Blair, Nebraska 1884 Vikings 1969 2010 Closed in 2010
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, Nebraska 1887 Prairie Wolves 1969 2016 Iowa
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1883 Cougars 2000 2011 Northern Sun

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football) 

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
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Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY


External links

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