Denver, Colo. - The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) today announced that it would be adding the sport of men's soccer beginning with the 2013 fall season.
Next year's WAC membership includes three schools that sponsor men's soccer; CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon and Seattle U. Joining these schools will be affiliate members San Jose State, Air Force, Houston Baptist and UNLV giving the WAC seven teams in 2013.
This will be the second time that the WAC has sponsored men's soccer. The sport was part of the conference from 1996-1999. San Jose State competed in all four of those seasons. Air Force and UNLV competed in the first three years.
A complete conference schedule and tournament information will be announced at a later date. As a reclassifying institution, Grand Canyon will not be eligible for postseason play until 2017.
"The addition of men's soccer is part of the WAC's evolution," said Jeff Hurd, WAC Interim Commissioner. "We look forward to working with these institutions to provide a solid, competitive home for their men's soccer programs."
The addition of the team sport assures the WAC maintains its Division I status as it makes the transition from an FBS conference to a Division I conference. The NCAA requires a Division I conference to sponsor at least three men's and women's team sports among other requirements. Men's soccer will join basketball and baseball to give the WAC three men's team sports to go along with volleyball, basketball and soccer as women's team sports.