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WAC Board Approves Plans For Upcoming Year
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:06/17/2013

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.

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