West Coast Conference

college athletics conference of private parochial schools in the western United States

The West Coast Conference (WCC) is a college sports conference in the western United States that sponsors many sports, but has never sponsored football. Only two of its current members have football teams.

The WCC began in 1952 when five schools in and around the San Francisco Bay Area formed the California Basketball Association. The league was then called the West Coast Athletic Conference from 1956 to 1989.

All 10 of its current members were founded by churches; seven are Catholic schools. Only Pacific, which was founded by Methodists, no longer receives money from a church.


The WCC has 10 members. All are located in West Coast states except BYU.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Brigham Young University (BYU) Provo, Utah 1875 Private
Cougars 2011
Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington 1881 Private
Bulldogs 1979
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California 1870 Private
Jesuit/Marymount/St. Joseph
Lions 1955
University of the Pacific Stockton, California 1851 Private
Tigers 1952, 2013[a 1]
Pepperdine University Malibu, California 1937 Private
Churches of Christ
Waves 1955
University of Portland Portland, Oregon 1901 Private
Congregation of Holy Cross
Pilots 1976
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, California 1863 Private
De La Salle Brothers
Gaels 1952
University of San Diego San Diego, California 1949 Private
Diocesan Catholic
Toreros 1979
University of San Francisco San Francisco, California 1855 Private
Dons 1952
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, California 1851 Private
Broncos 1952
  1. Pacific left the conference in 1971 and came back in 2013.

Associate membersEdit

The WCC has one "associate member" that plays one sport in the conference.

School Location Founded Type Joined Sport Current main conference Nickname
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 Private
2010 Women's rowing Big East Bluejays


  • "West Coast Conference". wccsports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-10.