Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
|Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference |
|Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference logo|
|Sports fielded||22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)|
Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference (1909–1910)|
Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (1910–1967)
|Headquarters||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference locations|
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with members in Nebraska, New Mexico, and South Dakota. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II.
- 1 History
- 2 Member schools
- 3 Membership evolution
- 4 Sponsored sports
- 5 Football champions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Founded in 1909, the RMAC is the fifth oldest college athletic conference in the United States (oldest in Division II), surpassed only by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Big Ten Conference, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and the Missouri Valley Conference. For its first thirty years, the RMAC was considered a major conference equivalent to today's Division I, before 7 larger members left and formed the Mountain States Conference (also called the Skyline Conference).
The Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RMFAC) on May 7, 1910. Continued until 1967 when the name of the conference changed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The RMAC merged with the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1996.
- Colorado–Colorado Springs — was an affiliate member in 1996–97.
- Colorado State–Pueblo — left the RMAC in 1972, re-joined in 1976 to leave again in 1990, and re-joined again in 1996.
- Fort Lewis College — left the RMAC in 1990 becoming an affiliate member, and re-joined in 1994.
- New Mexico Highlands — left the RMAC in 1969, re-joined in 1974 to leave again in 1988, and re-joined again in 1990.
- Regis — left the RMAC in 1983, and re-joined in 1996.
- Western New Mexico — left the RMAC in 1990, and re-joined in 2006.
- South Dakota Mines — basketball (M / W), soccer (M), and volleyball will move to the RMAC in 2015; football will move to the RMAC in 2016.
|Westminster College||Salt Lake City, Utah||1875||3,108||Griffins||1967;|
- Current (2015) applicant in blue.
- Westminster College — left the RMAC in 1979.
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||1950||7,144||Lancers||2013||swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W);
|Lindenwood University||St. Charles, Missouri||1827||11,904||Lions||2013
swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
|Montana State University Billings||Billings, Montana||1927||5,441||Yellowjackets||2007||tennis (M);
|University of Nebraska at Kearney||Kearney, Nebraska||1905||7,052||Lopers||2014||swimming & diving (W)||Mid-America|
|Rockhurst University||Kansas City, Missouri||1910||3,000||Hawks||2013||lacrosse (W)||Great Lakes Valley|
|San Francisco State University||San Francisco, California||1899||28,290||Gators||1997||wrestling||California Collegiate|
- Nebraska–Kearney — was a full member in 1989–1990, and from 1994–2012.
Future affiliate members
|Dixie State University||St. George, Utah||1911||8,570||Red Storm||2016||football||Pacific West|
- Denver — was an affiliate member in 1996–97.
Former affiliate members
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix, Arizona||1949||Antelopes||2007
|2013||swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W);
|University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio, Texas||1881||Cardinals||2008||2013||swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||Moorhead, Minnesota||1887||Dragons||2009||2012||swimming & diving (W)||Northern Sun|
|Northern State University||Aberdeen, South Dakota||1901||Wolves||2009||2012||swimming & diving (W)||Northern Sun|
|University of Texas of the Permian Basin||Odessa, Texas||1973||Falcons||2008||2013||swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
(Lone Star in 2016)
There have been 44 different schools associated with the RMAC either through full or associate membership. Of those schools only the Colorado School of Mines has been with the conference every year since it was founded in 1909.
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bar:13 color:Full from:1948 till:1958 text:Idaho State (1948–1958)
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bar:27 color:Full from:1975 till:end text:Colorado Mesa (1975–present)
bar:28 color:FullxF from:1989 till:1991 text:Chadron State (1989–present) bar:28 color:Full from:1991 till:end
bar:29 color:FullxF from:1989 till:1990 text:Wayne State (1989–1990)
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Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
- 1909: The Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference was formed on March 6 with four charter members: University of Colorado, Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), Colorado College and Colorado School of Mines.
- 1910: The league changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RFMAC). The University of Denver and University of Utah join the league, but Colorado College drops out after a fallout with Colorado School of Mines. Membership is at five schools.
- 1914: Colorado College rejoins the RFMAC. Utah State University also joins the league to bring membership up to seven.
- 1917: Montana State University joins the conference.
- 1918: Brigham Young University joins the league as the ninth member.
- 1921: The University of Wyoming joins the conference.
- 1924: Western State College and the University of Northern Colorado join the league, giving the RFMAC 12 members.
- 1937: Colorado, Colorado State, Brigham Young, Utah, Utah State, Wyoming and Denver leave the conference to form the Skyline Conference. The five remaining members of the RFMAC were Colorado College, Colorado Mines, Montana State, Northern Colorado and Western State.
- 1948: Idaho State University joins as the sixth member.
- 1956: Adams State College joins the conference as the seventh member.
- 1958: Idaho State leaves the conference.
- 1959: Montana State leaves the conference, membership is back down to five.
- 1967: The RFMAC changes its name to the current Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Eleven schools join the conference in 1967. They were: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Fort Lewis College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Pittsburg State University, the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo), Southern Utah State University, Regis University, Washburn University, Western New Mexico University and Westminster College of Utah. Colorado College is not included in this new league. The new league divided into two divisions: Mountains and Plains.
- 1968: New Mexico Highlands University joins the RMAC.
- 1969: New Mexico Highlands leaves the RMAC due to financial aid restrictions.
- 1972: For economic reasons, the two divisions were split into two separate conferences. The Mountain Division kept the RMAC name while the Plains Division became known as the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The two allied conferences worked under the name of the Mountain and Plains Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MPIAA). RMAC membership stood at eight with Adams State, Colorado Mines, Fort Lewis, Regis, Southern Utah State, Western New Mexico, Western State and Westminster. Northern Colorado ended up leaving the association to become an independent.
- 1974: New Mexico Highlands rejoins the RMAC as the ninth member.
- 1975: Mesa State College becomes the 10th member of the RMAC.
- 1976: The MPIAA was dissolved for economic reasons and the two conferences went their separate ways. Colorado State University-Pueblo switched conferences and joined the RMAC as its 11th member.
- 1978: The RMAC beings sponsoring women's championships.
- 1979: Westminster drops athletics and as a result leaves the RMAC, leaving the league with 10 members.
- 1983: Regis leaves the RMAC to become an independent, leaving the league with nine teams.
- 1986: Southern Utah State left the league, dropping membership to eight.
- 1988: New Mexico Highlands withdraws from the conference to shrink the membership to seven schools.
- 1989: Chadron State College, Fort Hays State University, Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney) and Wayne State College announce intentions to join.
- 1990: Wayne State College and Kearney State College withdraw their interest in joining the league. Western New Mexico and Colorado State University-Pueblo announce that they are leaving the RMAC. Fort Lewis announces their intention to leave, however they stay on as an associate member of the conference. New Mexico Highlands rejoins the RMAC.
- 1992: The RMAC becomes affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level.
- 1994: Fort Lewis once again became a full member of the RMAC. Nebraska-Kearney also was voted into membership.
- 1996: Colorado Christian University and Metropolitan State College join the RMAC. Regis and Colorado State University-Pueblo rejoin the league. All four are full members. Also, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Denver join the RMAC as affiliate and associate members, respectively. The RMAC, now comprising fourteen schools, splits into two seven-team divisions.
- 1997: Denver leaves to move up to Division I. Colorado-Colorado Springs becomes a full member. San Francisco State joins the RMAC as an associate member in wrestling only.
- 2006: Fort Hays State leaves the RMAC for the MIAA (FHSU does remain in the RMAC as an associate member in wrestling). Western New Mexico rejoins the conference, keeping membership at 14 schools.
- 2007: Grand Canyon University joins the RMAC as an associate member only in wrestling. Montana State University-Billings joins the RMAC as an associate member for women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
- 2008: Texas-Permian Basin and the University of the Incarnate Word join the RMAC as associate members for swimming only.
- 2009: Northern State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead join the RMAC as associate members in swimming.
- 2012: Nebraska-Kearney will leave the RMAC to join the MIAA. Black Hills State University moves up from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and will join the RMAC to keep the number of full members at 14.
- 2014: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology joins the RMAC.
- 2015 or 2016: Westminster College (Utah) will re-join the RMAC, pending NCAA approval.
A divisional format is used only for baseball.
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Black Hills State||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||5|
|Chadron State College||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||6|
|Fort Lewis College||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||5|
|New Mexico Highlands||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||5|
|South Dakota Mines||13px||13px||13px||13px||4|
|Western New Mexico||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||5|
|Western State Colorado||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||6|
|San Francisco State||13px||1|
|Future Affiliate Members|
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Black Hills State||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||7|
|Chadron State College||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||7|
|Fort Lewis College||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||9|
|New Mexico Highlands||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||7|
|South Dakota Mines||13px||13px||13px||13px||4|
|Western New Mexico||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||6|
|Western State Colorado||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||13px||7|
Other sponsored sports by school
|Black Hills State||NIRA|
|Chadron State College||NIRA|
|South Dakota Mines||IND||GNAC||GNAC||IND||IND|
- ‡ — D-I sport
- South Dakota Mines — Basketball (M), Basketball (W), Soccer (M), and Volleyball join the RMAC in 2015; Football joins the RMAC in 2016.