Grand Canyon University joins Western Athletic Conference
Grand Canyon University announced it will join the Western Athletic Conference and compete at the NCAA Division I level next season.
“This is an historic day in the life of Grand Canyon University,” said Brian Mueller, the University’s president and chief executive officer. “We have made a commitment to excellence in athletics, just as we have academically, and that commitment has been recognized by the invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference, a conference with a storied past. NCAA Division I status will raise our university’s profile and illuminate the great things happening at Grand Canyon.”
GCU is currently a member of the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference. The Antelopes will remain eligible for all PacWest Championships as well as NCAA Division II postseason play for the rest of this school year.
The Antelopes last year won the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which recognizes the top university based on athletic performance. GCU won a men’s indoor track and field national title field. Sixteen of its teams made their respective postseasons.
This season, the men’s soccer team reached Sweet 16 and the women’s volleyball team is headed to the NCAA West Regional. The programs winter sports teams – men’s swimming, women’s swimming, wrestling and women’s basketball, are all currently nationally-ranked.
The WAC is made up of Utah State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Idaho and New Mexico as football-playing schools. Seattle, Texas-Arlington and the University of Denver are members in all other sports. Cal State-Bakersfield, Dallas Baptist and Sacramento State are members in baseball.