La Sierra University and the Golden Eagles Athletic Department are happy to announce that they are now official members of the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac). Dr. Larry McKinney, president of Simpson University and the Cal Pac representative on the NAIA Council of Presidents made the announcement this morning in an email to all current Cal Pac membership.
Dr. McKinney confirmed that La Sierra University had been accepted into the Cal Pac Conference as a member beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. "La Sierra is delighted to be accepted into the California Pacific Conference," said Dr. Randal Wisbey, La Sierra University president. "I know that each one of our scholar-athletes looks forward to this opportunity to represent our university to the other member schools. They are excited about the new athletic challenges that membership in the Cal Pac Conference offers."
The Golden Eagles will complete this current academic year in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) prior to joining the Cal Pac.
La Sierra University applied for membership in the Cal Pac in the late spring/early summer of this current year. After visits from members of the Cal Pac Conference Executive Committee, including Cal Pac Commissioner Don Ott, the application and recommendation was forwarded to the member presidents within the Cal Pac Conference for final approval. "We are very excited to be joining the Cal Pac Conference," said La Sierra Athletic Director Javier Krumm. "The conference is a great fit for our program. We look forward to competing within a conference that is proactively growing and moving forward."
"La Sierra is an outstanding university and a perfect fit for our growing conference," Commissioner Don Ott said. "The entire league is excited they are joining us, adding to our unique mix of public and private institutions in the West. I think 'thrilled' is too light a word to express the mood of our membership."
The California Pacific Conference began in 1996 as a conference within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) primarily made up of Bay Area institutions. In 2002, the conference had 13 member institutions, the most since its existence. Over the years some institutions have transitioned to the NCAA Division II level, so the Cal Pac has adjusted and added institutions in Southern California and Arizona. The following is a list of current Cal Pac members.
California Maritime Academy (Vallejo, Calif.)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, Ariz.)
La Sierra University (Riverside, Calif.) *Fall of 2013
Marymount College (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Menlo College (Atherton, Calif.)
Pacific Union College (Angwin, Calif.)
Simpson University (Redding, Calif.)
SOKA University (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
University of California - Merced (Merced, Calif.)
William Jessup University (Rocklin, Calif.)
La Sierra University will bring the Cal Pac membership to a total of 10 members. The Cal Pac Conference sponsors the sports of men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, men's golf and softball.