Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference logo.svg
FormerlyColorado Faculty Athletic Conference (1909–1910)
Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (1910–1967)
ConferenceNCAA
Founded1909
CommissionerChris Graham (since 2013)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 11
DivisionDivision II
No. of teams15
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado
RegionMountain States and Great Plains
Official websitermacsports.org
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), commonly known as the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) from approximately 1910 through the late 1960s, is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level, which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with members in Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah.

History

Founded in 1909, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is the fifth oldest active college athletic conference in the United States, the oldest in NCAA Division II, and the sixth to be founded after the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Big Ten Conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and the Missouri Valley Conference. For its first 30 years, the RMAC was considered a major conference, equivalent to today's NCAA Division I, before seven of its larger members left in 1938 to form the Mountain States Conference, also called the Skyline Conference.

The original name of Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference was changed to Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RMFAC) on May 7, 1910. The presidents assumed control of the league from the faculty in 1967 and changed the name to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Colorado Athletic Conference dissolved in 1996 with the RMAC absorbing the remaining CAC teams. The RMAC became an NCAA member in 1992 after competing in the NAIA through 1991.[1][2]

Chronological timeline

RMAC locations
RMAC locations

Member schools

Current members

The RMAC currently has 15 full members, all but three are public schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Colors
Adams State University Alamosa, Colorado 1921 Public 3,701 Grizzlies 1956    
Black Hills State University Spearfish, South Dakota 1883 Public 4,722 Yellow Jackets 2012    
Chadron State College Chadron, Nebraska 1911 Public 3,000 Eagles 1989    
Colorado Christian University Lakewood, Colorado 1914 Christian 5,100 Cougars 1996    
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colorado 1925 Public 11,000 Mavericks 1975      
Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado 1873 Public 5,468 Orediggers 1909    
Colorado State University Pueblo Pueblo, Colorado 1933 Public 6,805 ThunderWolves 1967;
1976;
1996[a]
   
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colorado 1965 Public 10,300 Mountain Lions 1997[b]    
Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado 1911 Public 4,000 Skyhawks 1967;
1994[c]
     
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1965 Public 24,000 Roadrunners 1996    
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, New Mexico 1893 Public 3,500 Cowboys & Cowgirls 1968;
1974;
1990[d]
   
Regis University Denver, Colorado 1877 Catholic 9,722 Rangers 1967;
1996[e]
   
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota 1885 Public 2,640 Hardrockers 2014[f]    
Western Colorado University Gunnison, Colorado 1901 Public 2,400 Mountaineers 1924    
Westminster College Salt Lake City, Utah 1875 Nonsectarian 3,108 Griffins 1967;
2015[g]
   
Notes
  1. ^ Colorado State–Pueblo left the RMAC after the 1971–72 school year then re-joined from 1976–77 to 1989–90 before re-joining effective in the 1996–97 school year.
  2. ^ Colorado–Colorado Springs (UCCS) was an associate member of the RMAC only during the 1996–97 school year for some sports before accepting full membership, effective in the 1997–98 school year.
  3. ^ Fort Lewis was an affiliate member of the RMAC from 1990–91 to 1993–94 before re-joining as a full member, effective in the 1994–95 school year.
  4. ^ New Mexico Highlands left the RMAC after the 1968–69 school year then re-joined from 1974–75 to 1987–88 before re-joining effective in the 1990–91 school year.
  5. ^ Regis left the RMAC after the 1982–83 school year before re-joining effective in the 1996–97 school year.
  6. ^ The South Dakota Mines men's and women's basketball and men's soccer teams joined the RMAC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (2015–16); while its football team joined the RMAC two years after (2016–17).
  7. ^ Westminster left the RMAC after the 1978–79 school year before re-joining effective in the 2015–16 school year.

Affiliate members

The RMAC currently has four affiliate members, one half are private schools, while another half are public schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Colors RMAC
sport
Primary
conference
University of Nebraska at Kearney[a] Kearney, Nebraska 1905 Public 7,052 Lopers 2014–15     women's swimming & diving Mid-America (MIAA)
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1910 Baptist 2,097 Bison 2016–17m.sw.
2016–17w.sw.
    men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Great American (GAC)
Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 Churches
of Christ
2,479 Eagles &
Lady Eagles
2017–18m.sw.
2017–18w.sw.
    men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Lone Star (LSC)
San Francisco State University San Francisco, California 1899 Public 28,290 Gators 1997–98     wrestling California (CCAA)
Notes
  1. ^ Nebraska–Kearney was a full member during the 1989–90 school year; and from 1994–95 to 2011–12.

Former members

The RMAC had 21 former full members, all but three were public schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1875 LDS Church 34,100 Cougars 1918 1938 West Coast (WCC)[a]
(Big 12[a] in 2023)
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado 1876 Public 33,246 Buffaloes 1909 1938 Pacific-12 (Pac-12)[a]
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 Nonsectarian 2,011 Tigers 1909;
1914
1910;
1967[b]
Southern (SCAC)[c]
Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado 1870 Public 34,166 Rams 1909 1938 Mountain West[a]
University of Denver[d] Denver, Colorado 1864 Nonsectarian 11,952 Pioneers 1910 1938 Summit[a]
Dixie State University[e][f] St. George, Utah 1911 Public 12,650 Trailblazers 2018 2020 Western (WAC)[a]
Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas 1863 Public 5,887 Hornets 1967 1972 Mid-America (MIAA)
Fort Hays State University[g] Hays, Kansas 1902 Public 14,658 Tigers 1967;
1989
1972;
2006[h]
Mid-America (MIAA)
Idaho State University Pocatello, Idaho 1901 Public 12,805 Bengals 1948 1958 Big Sky[a]
Montana State University Bozeman, Montana 1893 Public 16,766 Bobcats 1917 1959 Big Sky[a]
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908 Public 15,431 Mavericks 1967 1972 Summit[a]
University of Nebraska at Kearney[i] Kearney, Nebraska 1905 Public 7,504 Lopers 1989;[j]
1994
1990;
2012[k]
Mid-America (MIAA)
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 Public 12,862 Bears 1924 1972 Big Sky[a]
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas 1903 Public 7,102 Gorillas 1967 1972 Mid-America (MIAA)
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah 1897 Public 10,196 Thunderbirds 1967 1986 Western (WAC)[a]
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 1850 Public 33,000 Utes 1910 1938 Pacific-12 (Pac-12)[a]
Utah State University Logan, Utah 1888 Public 27,691 Aggies 1915 1938 Mountain West[a]
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 1865 Public 7,971 Ichabods 1967 1972 Mid-America (MIAA)
Wayne State College Wayne, Nebraska 1910 Public 4,202 Wildcats 1989[j] 1990 Northern Sun (NSIC)
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Public 3,820 Mustangs 1967;
2006
1990;
2016[l]
Lone Star (LSC)
University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming 1886 Public 12,450 Cowboys 1921 1938 Mountain West[a]
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Currently an NCAA Division I athletic conference.
  2. ^ Colorado College withdrew from the RMAC from 1910–11 to 1913–14.
  3. ^ Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  4. ^ Denver was an affiliate member during the 1996–97 school year.
  5. ^ Dixie State competed in the RMAC as an affiliate member for football from the 2016 to 2017 fall seasons (2016–17 to 2017–18 school years).
  6. ^ Dixie State officially changed its name to Utah Tech University as of July 1st, 2022.
  7. ^ Fort Hays State competed in the RMAC as an affiliate member for wrestling from 2006–07 to 2011–12.
  8. ^ Fort Hays State withdrew from the RMAC from 1972–73 to 1988–89.
  9. ^ Nebraska–Kearney remains in the RMAC as an affiliate in women's swimming & diving.
  10. ^ a b Provisional member.
  11. ^ Nebraska–Kearney withdrew from the RMAC from 1990–91 to 1993–94.
  12. ^ Western New Mexico withdrew from the RMAC from 1990–91 to 2005–06.

Former affiliate members

The RMAC had 11 former affiliate members, all but four were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left RMAC
sport(s)
Primary
conference
California Baptist University Riverside, California 1950 Baptist 11,491 Lancers 2013–14 2017–18 men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving;
wrestling
Western (WAC)[a]
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 For-profit
(Nondenominational)
25,000 Antelopes 2007–08wr.;
2008–09m.sw.;
2008–09w.sw.
2012–13wr.;
2012–13m.sw.;
2012–13w.sw.
wrestling;
men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Western (WAC)[a]
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 Catholic
(CCIW)
9,366 Cardinals 2008–09m.sw.;
2008–09w.sw.
2012–13m.sw.;
2012–13w.sw.
men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Southland[a]
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Presbyterian 4,822 Lions 2013–14w.lax.;
2014–15m.sw.;
2014–15w.sw.
2018–19w.lax.;
2015–16m.sw.;
2015–16w.sw.
women's lacrosse;
men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Ohio Valley (OVC)[a]
Maryville University St. Louis, Missouri 1872 Catholic 5,504 Saints 2016–17 2016–17 men's lacrosse Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead, Minnesota 1887 Public 5,547 Dragons 2009–10 2011–12 women's swimming & diving Northern Sun (NSIC)
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Public 4,600 Yellowjackets 2007–08m.ten.;
2007–08w.ten.
2014–15m.ten.;
2014–15w.ten.
men's tennis;
women's tennis
Great Northwest (GNAC)
Northern State University Aberdeen, South Dakota 1901 Public 3,431 Wolves 2009–10 2011–12 women's swimming & diving Northern Sun (NSIC)
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1910 Baptist 2,097 Bison 2016–17 2019–20 women's lacrosse Great American (GAC)
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Catholic 2,746 Hawks 2013–14w.lax.;
2015–16m.lax.
2018–19w.lax.;
2017–18m.lax.
women's lacrosse;
men's lacrosse
Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
University of Texas Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 Public 7,628 Falcons 2008–09m.sw.;
2008–09w.sw.
2012–13m.sw.;
2012–13w.sw.
men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Lone Star (LSC)
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Currently an NCAA Division I athletic conference.

Membership timeline

A total of 49 different schools have been associated with the RMAC, either through full or associate membership. Of those schools, only Colorado Mines has been with the conference every year since it was founded in 1909.

Oklahoma Christian UniversityOklahoma Baptist UniversityMaryville UniversityUtah Tech UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyRockhurst UniversityLindenwood UniversityCalifornia Baptist UniversityBlack Hills State UniversityNorthern State UniversityMinnesota State University MoorheadUniversity of Texas Permian BasinUniversity of the Incarnate WordMontana State University BillingsGrand Canyon UniversitySan Francisco State UniversityUniversity of Colorado Colorado SpringsMetropolitan State University of DenverColorado Christian UniversityUniversity of Nebraska at KearneyWayne State CollegeChadron State CollegeColorado Mesa UniversityNew Mexico Highlands UniversityWestminster College (Utah)Western New Mexico UniversityWashburn UniversitySouthern Utah UniversityRegis UniversityPittsburg State UniversityUniversity of Nebraska OmahaFort Lewis CollegeFort Hays State UniversityEmporia State UniversityColorado State University PuebloAdams State UniversityIdaho State UniversityWestern Colorado UniversityUniversity of Northern ColoradoBrigham Young UniversityMontana State UniversityUtah State UniversityUniversity of WyomingUniversity of UtahUniversity of DenverColorado State UniversityColorado School of MinesColorado CollegeUniversity of Colorado Boulder

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & Diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
RMAC
Sports
Adams State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Black Hills State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Chadron State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Colorado Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Colorado Mesa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Colorado Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
CSU Pueblo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Fort Lewis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Metropolitan State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
New Mexico Highlands Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Regis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
South Dakota Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
UCCS Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Western Colorado Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Westminster Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 9 15 15 10 9 4 11 2 11 12 7 105
Affiliate Members
Oklahoma Baptist Green tickY 1
Oklahoma Christian Green tickY 1
San Francisco State Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
RMAC
Sports
Adams State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Black Hills State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Chadron State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Colorado Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Colorado Mesa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Colorado Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
CSU Pueblo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Fort Lewis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Metropolitan State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
New Mexico Highlands Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Regis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
South Dakota Mines Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
UCCS Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Western Colorado Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Westminster Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 15 15 12 7 13 12 5 4 13 14 15 125
Affiliate Members
Nebraska–Kearney Green tickY 1
Oklahoma Baptist Green tickY Green tickY 2
Oklahoma Christian Green tickY 1

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women Co-ed
Tennis Beach
Volleyball
Skiing
Colorado Mesa IND IND
CSU Pueblo IND
Metro State IND
Westminster RMISA

Football champions

Main article: List of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football champions

Basketball champions

Main article: RMAC Men's Basketball Shootout

References

  1. ^ RMAC History
  2. ^ University of Southern Colorado (1975-2003)
  3. ^ "Western State Colorado University - SDSM&T approved as 15th member of the RMAC". Gomountaineers.com. January 20, 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Morton, Aaron (February 11, 2014). "Westminster looks to make move to the NCAA Division II ranks". Deseret News.
  5. ^ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. "Westminster approved to become member of NCAA Division II". August 4, 2015.