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 by a partnership with and 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. After fulfilling NCAA reclassification requirements, Longwood became eligible for its first conference tournament in 2007 and hosted the 2008 championship. The NorPac Conference welcomed the reestablished UC Davis program as an eighth member in July 2008 and the Aggies started a full conference schedule and participated in their first league tournament in 2009.
Continuing to expand the conference, Liberty University is the newest member to the league. Liberty announced sponsorship of an inaugural program in November, 2010 and began competition as an independent in 2011. NorPac officially welcomed the Flames as the ninth member on July 1, 2012. Liberty joins Appalachian State, Davidson, Longwood and Radford in the East Division. California, UC Davis, Pacific and Stanford comprise the West Division.
Since 1999, the NorPac Field Hockey Conference has received an NCAA play-in opportunity or a conference automatic qualification (2005). Stanford University also received an at-large bid to the 2011 NAA Championship. In over a decade, NorPac representatives are 10-3 in NCAA play-in games. This year’s league champion will travel to the home field of the Atlantic10 Conference champion on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
The 2013 NorPac Field Hockey Championships will be hosted by Liberty University at the Liberty Field Hockey Field from November 7-9. The champion of the conference tournament will travel to the home field of the Atlantic-10 Conference champion in a NCAA Play-In Game on Tuesday, Nov. 12.