Western Athletic Conference

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Western Athletic Conference
Status
Active
Years Active
1962-present
Prior Name(s)/Conference(s)
Mountain West Conference (football)
Successor Conference(s)
n/a

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is an NCAA Division I conference. The WAC covers a broad expanse of the western United States with member institutions located in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah and Washington along with the Midwest state of Illinois and the Southern state of Texas.

Due to most of the conference's football-playing members leaving the WAC for other affiliations, the conference discontinued football as a sponsored sport after the 2012-13 season and left the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A). The WAC underwent a major expansion on July 1, 2021, with four schools joining. The conference reinstated football at that time and now competes in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Members

Full members

Abilene Christian Wildcats • California Baptist Lancers • Chicago State Cougars • Dixie State Trailblazers • Grand Canyon Antelopes • Incarnate Word Cardinals • Lamar Cardinals • New Mexico State Aggies • Sam Houston State Bearkats • Seattle Redhawks • Southern Utah Thunderbirds • Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks • Tarleton State Texans • Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros • Utah Valley Wolverines • UT Arlington Mavericks

Affiliate members

Air Force Falcons • Houston Baptist Huskies • Idaho Vandals • Incarnate Word Cardinals • Northern Arizona Lumberjacks • Northern Colorado Bears • Sacramento State Hornets • San Jose State Spartans • UNLV Rebels • Wyoming Cowboys

Publications

Media guides and yearbooks by sport

Football

1970s 1970
Western Athletic Conference
Full members Abilene Christian Wildcats • California Baptist Lancers • Chicago State Cougars • Dixie State Trailblazers • Grand Canyon Antelopes • Incarnate Word Cardinals • Lamar Cardinals • New Mexico State Aggies • Sam Houston State Bearkats • Seattle Redhawks • Southern Utah Thunderbirds • Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks • Tarleton State Texans • Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros • Utah Valley Wolverines • UT Arlington Mavericks
Venues
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference • Western Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: Atlantic 10 Conference • Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference • Pacific Coast Conference • Southwest Conference