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West Coast Conference
West Coast Conference
WCC
West Coast Conference logo
Established 1952
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision non-football
Members 10
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 6
    • women's: 9
Region Western United States
Former names West Coast Athletic Conference (1956-1989)
California Basketball Association (1952-1956)
Headquarters San Bruno, California
Commissioner Lynn Holzman (since 2014)
Website www.wccsports.com
Locations
West Coast Conference locations

The West Coast Conference (WCC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I consisting of ten member schools across the states of California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

All of the current members are private, faith-based institutions. Seven members are Catholic Church affiliates, with four of these schools being Jesuit institutions. Pepperdine is an affiliate of the Churches of Christ. Brigham Young University is an affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The conference's newest member, the University of the Pacific (which re-joined in 2013 after a 42-year absence), is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, although it has been financially independent of the church since 1969.[1]

History

During the massive upheaval of conference affiliations in the 1990s, the WCC remained very stable. Before the 2010 realignment that eventually led to Brigham Young joining the conference, the last change of membership was in 1980, when Seattle University left the conference. At the time, only the Ivy League and Pac-10 (now Pac-12) had remained unchanged for a longer period.

Locations of current West Coast Conference full member institutions.

The league was chartered by five northern California institutions, four from the Bay Area (San Francisco, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, San Jose State) and one, Pacific, from Stockton. It began as the California Basketball Association, playing its first game on January 2, 1953. After two seasons under that name, the conference expanded to include Los Angeles-area schools Loyola (now Loyola Marymount) and Pepperdine in 1955 and became the "West Coast Athletic Conference" in 1956. After more than three decades as the WCAC, the name was shortened in the summer of 1989, dropping the word "Athletic."[2][3][4]

The WCC participates at the NCAA Division I level and is considered to be one of the better mid-major conferences in the country. The conference sponsors 15 sports but does not include football as one of them. San Diego (Pioneer Football League) and Brigham Young (FBS independent) are the only schools fielding a football team. The rest have all dropped the sport, some as early as the 1940s, before the conference existed (Gonzaga and Portland), and one as late as 2003 (Saint Mary's).

Historically, the WCC's strongest sports have been soccer (nine national champions, including back-to-back women's soccer titles in 2001 and 2002) and tennis (five individual champions and one team champion). The conference has also made its presence felt nationally in men's basketball. San Francisco won two consecutive national titles in the 1950s with all-time great Bill Russell. Although the WCAC's stature declined in the 1960s, San Francisco was reckoned as a "major" basketball power until the early 1980s. Also of note was Loyola Marymount's inspired run to the Elite Eight in 1990 following the death of Hank Gathers during that season's WCC championship tournament.

More recently, Gonzaga's rise to national prominence after being invited to the NCAA Tournament every year since their Cinderella run to the "Elite Eight" in 1999 has helped make the WCC a household name. As San Francisco was from the 1940s to the early 1980s, Gonzaga has gained recognition as a major basketball power, despite the WCC being a mid-major conference. Gonzaga has been to 19 consecutive NCAA Tournaments--the longest streak for any school in the Western United States, tied for the fourth longest active streak, and the seventh longest streak in history. In 2016-17, the Bulldogs advanced all the way to the national championship game--the deepest run by a WC(A)C team since San Francisco went to three consecutive Final Fours from 1955 to 1957. Saint Mary's has also made marks for the conference as the Gaels appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2017 (making the "Sweet Sixteen" in 2010). On May 28, 2009, NBA referee Violet Palmer was hired as coordinator of women's basketball officials for the West Coast Conference and will remain with the NBA, where she has worked for 12 seasons.[5]

Eventually, with the 2010 realignment opening up new avenues for expansion, the WCC decided to revisit expansion plans. The conference decided that it would only seek out private schools, but would not limit its search to faith-based institutions. Even so, the two additions, Brigham Young University and University of the Pacific are both faith based institutions, although Pacific has not been financially sponsored by the United Methodist Church since 1969.

On August 31, 2010, Brigham Young University (BYU) announced plans to join the WCC for the 2011-12 season in all sports the conference offers. BYU joined the conference on July 1, 2011.[6][7] BYU's arrival gave the WCC another school with a rich basketball tradition. The Cougars made the NCAA Tournament six straight times before failing to do so in 2013, and had made 26 NCAA Tournament appearances before joining the conference.

On March 27, 2012, the University of the Pacific (UOP), a charter member of the conference in 1952, announced that it accepted an invitation to re-join the WCC on July 1, 2013. The move removed Pacific from the Big West Conference back to the WCC, which Pacific left in 1971 in order to pursue its interests in football, which it later abandoned in 1995.[8]

Membership

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Endowment Team Colors Joined
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1875 Private
Latter-day Saints
34,100 $1.47 billion Cougars           2011
Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington 1887 Private
Jesuit
7,421 $181 million Bulldogs           1979
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California 1865 Private
Jesuit
8,972 $361 million Lions           1955
University of the Pacific[9][10] Stockton, California 1851 Private
United Methodist Church
6,652 $386 million Tigers           1952,*
2013
Pepperdine University Malibu, California 1937 Private
Churches of Christ
6,000 $812 million Waves                1955
University of Portland Portland, Oregon 1901 Private
Holy Cross
3,200 $100 million Pilots           1976
Saint Mary's College Moraga, California 1863 Private
De La Salle Brothers
4,768 $123 million Gaels                1952
University of San Diego San Diego, California 1949 Private
Diocesan Catholic
7,548 $346 million Toreros                1979
University of San Francisco San Francisco, California 1855 Private
Jesuit
10,017 $237 million Dons           1952
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, California 1851 Private
Jesuit
8,300 $688 million Broncos           1952

* - Pacific previously withdrew from the WCC from 1971-72 to 2012-13

Former members

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Conference
San Jose State University
(SJSU)
Spartans San Jose, California 1857 Public 30,448 1952 1969 Mountain West
California State University, Fresno
(Fresno State)
Bulldogs Fresno, California 1911 Public 22,565 1955 1957 Mountain West
University of California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB)
Gauchos Santa Barbara, California 1891 Public 21,927 1964 1969 Big West
University of Nevada, Reno
(Nevada)
Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada 1874 Public 18,227 1969 1979 Mountain West
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(UNLV)
Rebels Paradise, Nevada 1957 Public 28,203 1969 1975 Mountain West
Seattle University Redhawks Seattle, Washington 1891 Private 7,500 1971 1980 WAC

Former associate members

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Primary
Conference
WCC Sports
California State University, Bakersfield
(CSUB)
Roadrunners Bakersfield, California 1965 Public 8,317 2012-13 2012-13 WAC women's golf
California State University, Los Angeles
(CSULA)
Golden Eagles Los Angeles, California 1947 Public 23,258 1975-76 1975-76 CCAA
(NCAA Division II)
baseball
Creighton University Bluejays Omaha, Nebraska 1878 Private 7,730 2010-11 2012-13 Big East women's rowing
University of Nevada, Reno
(Nevada)
Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada 1874 Public 18,227 1984-85,
1985-86
1990-91,baseball
1986-87others
Mountain West baseball,
women's basketball,
women's tennis,
women's volleyball
United States International University
(USIU)
Gulls San Diego, California 2001 Private 3,871 1985-86, 1986-87,all n/a^ women's basketball,
women's tennis,
women's volleyball
Note

^ - U.S.I.U. dropped athletics program following the end of the 1990-91 season.


Membership timeline

Brigham Young UniversityUniversity of San DiegoGonzaga UniversityUniversity of PortlandWestern Athletic ConferenceGreat Northwest Athletic ConferenceNational Association of Intercollegiate AthleticsSeattle UniversityMountain West ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceBig West ConferenceBig Sky ConferenceUniversity of Nevada, RenoMountain West ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceBig West ConferenceUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasBig West ConferenceUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraPepperdine UniversityLoyola Marymount UniversityMountain West ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceBig West ConferenceCalifornia State University, FresnoSaint Mary's College of CaliforniaSanta Clara UniversityUniversity of San FranciscoBig West ConferenceUniversity of the Pacific (United States)Mountain West ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceBig West ConferenceSan Jose State University

Full members Other Conference Other Conference

  • Due to space limitations, the following affiliations are not linked within the timeline:
    • Fresno State had dual membership with the California Collegiate Athletic Association during their tenure in the WCAC before committing full-time with the CCAA from 1957 to 1969:
    • UC Santa Barbara joined what was then the PCAA in 1969. It left in 1974 to become independent and returned in 1976.
    • Seattle was a member of the Northwest Conference, then affiliated with the NAIA, from 1997 to 1999. The school then returned to the NCAA as a Division II institution and played as an independent until 2001.

Sports

The West Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in six men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with the newest addition being softball in 2013-14.[11]

Teams in West Coast Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
10
-
Basketball
10
10
Beach Volleyball
-
7
Cross Country
9
10
Golf
9
5
Rowing
-
7
Soccer
8
10
Softball
-
6
Tennis
10
10
Volleyball
-
10

Men's sports

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Total
Sports
Brigham Young Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 5
Gonzaga Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Loyola Marymount Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Pepperdine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 5
Portland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 5
Saint Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
San Diego Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
San Francisco Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Santa Clara Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 10 10 9 9 8 10 55
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the West Coast Conference which are played by WCC schools
School Football Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Water Polo
Brigham Young FBS Independent No MPSF MPSF IC4A MPSF No
Gonzaga No WIRA No Independent Independent No No
Loyola Marymount No WIRA No Independent Independent No WWPA
Pacific No No MPSF No No No Golden Coast
Pepperdine No No No No Independent MPSF Golden Coast
Portland No No No Independent Independent No No
Saint Mary's No No No No Independent No No
San Diego Pioneer League WIRA No No No No No
San Francisco No No No Independent Independent No No
Santa Clara No WIRA No Independent Independent No WWPA

Women's sports

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Beach
Volleyball
Cross
Country
Golf Rowing Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Total
West Coast
Sports
Brigham Young Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Gonzaga Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Loyola Marymount Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Pacific Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Pepperdine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Portland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Saint Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
San Diego Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
San Francisco Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Santa Clara Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 10 7 10 5+ 6 10 6 10 10 74+1
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the West Coast Conference which are played by WCC schools
School Field
Hockey
Gymnastics Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Water Polo
Brigham Young No Mountain Rim No MPSF MPSF ECAC No
Gonzaga No No No No Independent Independent No
Loyola Marymount No No No PCS&DC Independent Independent Golden Coast
Pacific America East[w 1] No No MPSF No Independent Big West
Pepperdine No No No PCS&DC No Independent No
Portland No No No No Independent Independent No
Saint Mary's No No No No No Independent No
San Diego No No No MPSF No Independent No
San Francisco No No No No Independent Independent No
Santa Clara No No No No Independent Independent Golden Coast
  1. ^ Pacific became an associate member of the America East Conference when the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference formally folded at the end of the 2014-15 school year.[12]

Facilities

Notable sports figures

Some of the famous athletes who played collegiately for WCC schools, and coaches and executives that attended WCC schools, include:

  • Basketball:

David Cooke former NBA 1985 (St. Mary's)

See also

References

  1. ^ "History & Mission". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ "Transactions: College". Times Daily. Florence, AL. Associated Press. July 14, 1989. p. 2B. 
  3. ^ "WCAC shortens its name to West Coast Conference". Spokane Chronicle. July 14, 1989. p. B5. 
  4. ^ West Coast Conference Official Athletics Site - On Campus Archived March 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Wccsports.cstv.com (July 1, 2011).
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "BYU Becomes Ninth Member of West Coast Conference" (Press release). West Coast Conference. July 1, 2011. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Katz, Andy (August 31, 2010). "BYU leaving MWC for 2011-12 season". ESPN. Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ VanderBeek, Brian (March 28, 2012). "University of the Pacific joins West Coast Conference". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/General-Questions/Pacific-Rankings.html
  10. ^ http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/AdministrationOffices/Business-and-Finance-Division/About/Treasury-Management/Treasury-and-Investments/Investments.html
  11. ^ The West Coast Conference Official Athletic Site. Wccsports.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  12. ^ "Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As #AEFH Associate Members" (Press release). America East Conference. October 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ Pepperdine Athletes Prepare for Beijing Olympics | Pepperdine University. Pepperdine.edu.
  14. ^ a b c National Men Water Polo Team USA Men's Olympic Team. Usawaterpolo.org.
  15. ^ "BYU sweeps California Baptist as Taylor Sander sets program kills record". NCAA. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ [2] Archived July 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Dr. Ted Leland. "Ted Leland Bio - Pacific". Pacifictigers.com. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "John Fassel athletic career, photos, articles, and videos". Fanbase. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Hobson, Geoff. "Cincinnati Bengals: Hue Jackson". Bengals.com. Retrieved . 

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