Dakota Athletic Conference
Dakota Athletic Conference logo.png
AssociationNAIA
Founded2000
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 7
No. of teams4 (final)
10 (all-time)
HeadquartersDickinson, North Dakota
RegionThe Dakotas
Region III of the NAIA
Official websitedakotaac.org
Locations
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The Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) was a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). As the name implies, member teams were located in the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. The conference folded after the 2011–12 academic year.

History

The Dakota Athletic Conference was formed from a merger between the North Dakota College Athletic Conference (NDCAC) and the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC), effective the 2000-01 academic year. Ten schools were a part of the conference in its history, consisting of the following:

The DAC was one of the only NAIA conferences to have a television contract; America One owned the broadcast rights to the conference, although most of the games were only carried through the network's subscription service, B2 Networks.

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Final members

The DAC ended with four full members, only one was a private school:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
Dickinson State University Dickinson, North Dakota 1916 Public 2,572 Blue Hawks 2000 2012 Frontier
(2012–14)
North Star (NSAA)
(2014–present)
Jamestown College Jamestown, North Dakota 1883 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
900 Jimmies 2000 2012 NAIA Independent
(2012–13)
North Star (NSAA)
(2013–18)
Great Plains (GPAC)
(2018–present)
Mayville State University Mayville, North Dakota 1889 Public 780 Comets 2000 2012 NAIA Independent
(2012–13)
North Star (NSAA)
(2013–present)
Valley City State University Valley City, North Dakota 1890 Public 1,220 Vikings 2000 2012 NAIA Independent
(2012–13)
North Star (NSAA)
(2013–present)

Former members

The DAC had six former full members, only two were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
Black Hills State University Spearfish, South Dakota 1881 Public 4,739 Yellow
Jackets
2000 2011 D-II Independent
(2011–12)
Rocky Mountain (RMAC)[a]
(2012–present)
Dakota State University Madison, South Dakota 1881 Public 2,282 Trojans 2000 2011 NAIA Independent
(2011–13)
North Star (NSAA)
(2013–present)
Minot State University Minot, North Dakota 1913 Public 3,851 Beavers 2000 2011 D-II Independent
(2011–12)
Northern Sun (NSIC)[a]
(2012–present)
Si Tanka University at Huron Huron, South Dakota 1883 Nonsectarian N/A Screaming
Eagles
2000 2005 Closed in 2005
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 Public 2,345 Hardrockers 2000 2011 D-II Independent
(2011–14)
Rocky Mountain (RMAC)[a]
(2014–present)
University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota 1959 Catholic
(Benedictines)
2,758 Marauders 2000 2006 Northern Sun (NSIC)[a]
(2006–present)
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.

Membership timeline

North Star Athletic AssociationNAIA independent schoolsValley City State UniversityNorthern Sun Intercollegiate ConferenceUniversity of MaryRocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceNCAA Division II independent schoolsSouth Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyHuron UniversityNorthern Sun Intercollegiate ConferenceNCAA Division II independent schoolsMinot State UniversityNorth Star Athletic AssociationNAIA independent schoolsMayville State UniversityGreat Plains Athletic ConferenceNorth Star Athletic AssociationNAIA independent schoolsUniversity of JamestownNorth Star Athletic AssociationFrontier ConferenceDickinson State UniversityNorth Star Athletic AssociationNAIA independent schoolsDakota State UniversityRocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceNCAA Division II independent schoolsBlack Hills State University

Sports

Member schools fielded men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, track and field and golf. Men's-only sports were baseball, football and wrestling, while soccer, softball and volleyball were only offered for women.

References

  1. ^ "DSU Athletics announces move to independent status". Dakota State University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-01-01.