Northern California Athletic Conference - Wikipedia

Northern California Athletic Conference

The Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC), a former NCAA Division II college athletic association that sponsored American football, was formed in 1925. It disbanded in 1998 after the majority of its member schools were forced to drop football.

Northern California Athletic Conference
Northern California Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision II
Members12 (total)
RegionWest Coast
Former namesFar Western Conference (1925–1982)


The NCAC was founded as the Far Western Conference (FWC) in 1925 by its charter member schools: Fresno State, Saint Mary's, UC Davis, Nevada, San Jose State and Pacific.[1]

Nevada's departure from the conference in 1940 left the conference with only four members; Chico State, Fresno State, College of the Pacific, and UC Davis.[2] The conference looked to four nominees in Humboldt State, San Francisco State, Santa Barbara State, and California Poly of San Luis Obispo.[3]

Shortly after World War II, all of these charter members, with the exception of UC Davis, would leave for other conferences, to be replaced by San Francisco State, Sacramento State, Hayward State, Southern Oregon, Sonoma State and Chico State. During the 1990s, each of the universities associated with the California State system chose to disband their football teams in order to comply with Title IX, with the exception of Humboldt State, which added two women's sports to achieve compliance, and Sacramento State University.


Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Chico State Chico, CA 1887 Wildcats 1927 1996 CCAA
Fresno State Fresno, CA 1911 Bulldogs 1925 1940 Mountain West
Hayward State Hayward, CA 1956 Pioneers 1964 1993 CCAA
Humboldt State Arcata, CA 1913 Lumberjacks 1930 1996 CCAA
Nevada Reno, NV 1874 Wolf Pack 1925
Mountain West
Pacific (CA) Stockton, CA 1911 Tigers 1925 1942 West Coast
Sacramento State Sacramento, CA 1947 Hornets 1954 1984 Big Sky
Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 1863 Gaels 1925 1928 West Coast
San Francisco State San Francisco, CA 1899 Gators 1947 1995 CCAA
San Jose State San Jose, CA 1857 Spartans 1929 1934 Mountain West
Sonoma State Rohnert Park, CA 1960 Cossacks (now Seawolves) 1971

Southern Oregon Ashland, OR 1872 Raiders 1947 1954 Cascade Collegiate
UC Davis Davis, CA 1905 Aggies 1925 1992 Big Sky

Membership timelineEdit

Cal State East Bay PioneersSonoma State SeawolvesSacramento State HornetsSan Francisco State GatorsSouthern Oregon RaidersHumboldt State LumberjacksSan Jose State SpartansSan Francisco DonsFresno State BulldogsPacific Tigers footballNevada Wolf PackNevada Wolf PackSaint Mary's GaelsUC Davis AggiesChico State Wildcats 

Conference championsEdit



Women's volleyballEdit

Men's soccerEdit

Women's soccerEdit

Women's basketballEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Conference Championships: Northern California Athletic Conference". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "Nevada to Quit Far Western Loop". Eugene Register-Guard. Jan 7, 1940. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Nevada Quits But List Grid Game With COP". Lodi News-Sentinel. Jan 8, 1940. Retrieved 5 May 2011.