DENVER – At its meeting last week, the 2013-14 Western Athletic Conference Board of Directors approved several sports-related issues for the upcoming academic year and beyond. The group also elected its 2013-14 Executive Committee.
It was determined that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will return to Las Vegas and the Orleans Arena March 12-15, 2014. The remaining championship dates and sites that had been recommended by the Council were also approved.
Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., was elected chair of the 2013-14 Board of Directors. Other Executive Committee members are Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland (vice chair) and University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton. In addition, California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell will represent the WAC on the NCAA Board of Directors.
In other action at the meeting, the Board committed to the development of a strategic plan to facilitate conference growth that includes both a digital network and a new marketing/branding campaign.
The Western Athletic Conference becomes a nine-member conference effective July 1. The member institutions are California State University, Bakersfield, Chicago State University, Grand Canyon University, the University of Idaho, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, New Mexico State University, Seattle University, The University of Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley University.
2013-14 WAC Championship Schedule
Sport Date(s) Site/Host Who Qualifies?
Cross Country Nov. 2, 2013 Seattle, Wash./Seattle U All teams
Women's Soccer Nov. 8 & 10, 2013 Las Cruces, N.M./New Mexico State Top four seeds
Men's Soccer Nov. 14, 15 & 17, 2013 Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Force Seven eligible teams
Volleyball Nov. 25-27, 2013 Phoenix, Ariz./Grand Canyon Top six seeds
Indoor Track & Field Feb. 26-28, 2014 Moscow, Idaho/Idaho All teams
Swimming & Diving Feb. 26-March 1, 2014 San Antonio, Texas All teams
Basketball March 12-15, 2014 Las Vegas, Nev. Eight eligible teams
Women's Golf April 25-27, 2014 Mesa, Ariz. All teams
Tennis April 25-27, 2014 Las Cruces, N.M./New Mexico State Six eligible teams
Men's Golf May 2-4, 2014 Las Vegas, Nev. All teams
Softball May 8-10, 2014 Seattle, Wash./Seattle U Five eligible teams
Outdoor Track & Field May 14-17, 2014 Orem, Utah/Utah Valley All teams
Baseball May 21-25, 2014 TBD TBD
*Due to its transition to Division I, Grand Canyon is not eligible for any WAC Championship in which the winning team receives NCAA automatic qualification.