History

Formed in 1982, the NorPac Conference has evolved over the past 30 years from an initial California membership to the current east and west blend. In 1998, the growth and development of the NorPac as an NCAA single-sport conference was assisted by a three-year grant from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the NCAA, as well as support from the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA). Through the grant opportunity, the restructuring of the conference included previous members Davis and Elkins College, Missouri State, Saint Louis University and current original members California, Pacific and Stanford. Both Appalachian State and Davidson accepted invitations to join in 2000, followed by Radford in 2001.

Longwood was added to the conference in 2005 as a provisional member while reclassifying to a Division I membership and became eligible for its first conference tournament in 2007. The NorPac Conference welcomed the reestablished UC Davis program as an eighth member in July 2008. The Aggies started a full conference schedule and participated in their first league tournament in 2009. Liberty University is the newest member to the league. The Flames announced sponsorship of an inaugural program in November, 2010, began competition as an independent in 2011 and joined the conference as the ninth member on July 1, 2012.

The conference has restructured its divisional footprint for 2014 after Radford discontinued its program in February, along with Longwood (MAC) and Davidson (A10) changing conference affiliation. After regular season divisional play, current league members Appalachian State, California, Liberty, Pacific, Stanford and UC Davis will determine the league champion at the NorPac Tournament, Nov 6-8, hosted by the University of the Pacific. The tournament winner will earn an automatic qualification to the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Championship.

 

 

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