Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
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Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference logo
Established 1981
Association NAIA
Division Division I
Members 7
Sports fielded
  • 10
    • men's: 4
    • women's: 6
Region Southeastern United States
Commissioner Steve Martin
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference locations

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.


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.[1]

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).[2] 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.[3]

On April 17, 2018, it was announced that Rust College will join the GCAC in the 2018-19 season.[4]

Member schools

Current members

Future member

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Will Join Current conference
Rust College Holly Springs, Mississippi Bearcats 1886 Private 900 2018 Association of Independent Institutions

Former members

Membership timeline

 Full member (non-football) 

Conference sports

Old logo
Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Conference champions


  1. ^ GCAC Directory 1981-82, pg.2
  2. ^ SSAC To Expand And Restructure Conference In 2010-11, Southern States Athletic Conference, 2009-09-29.
  3. ^ "Talladega College join the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference". Talladega College. January 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ "Great 8: GCAC Welcomes Rust College As Newest Member". Victory Sports Network. April 17, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

External links

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