Women's Water Polo To Join New Conference
Seven Universities from the state of California to form new women's water polo conference, the Golden Coast Conference.
June 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES - LMU women's water polo is one of seven universities from the state of California that will join forces to form a new collegiate women's water polo conference that will begin competition in the spring of 2014.
The new league, which will be called the Golden Coast Conference, will feature Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, Fresno Pacific University, Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific.
"We are excited for the opportunity to join with these six other institutions to form a new women's water polo conference," said LMU Director of Athletics Dr. William Husak. "This will be a great opportunity for our program and our student-athletes. We had a great experience within the Western Water Polo Association and cannot state enough our gratitude to all the institutions we have partnered with in that league since it began in 2001. As we head into 2014 and beyond, we are very excited about our future within the Golden Coast Conference."
The Golden Coast Conference will begin competition next season and will feature a conference schedule in which each team will play each other once. The final conference standings will then decide seedings for an annual conference championship, which will be held in late April.
The new league will apply for an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championships this summer. In addition, the membership is currently searching for a commissioner and drafting league bylaws.
Santa Clara will join LMU in making the move from the WWPA. San Diego State and the University of the Pacific are moving from the Big West Conference. California Baptist just completed its transition to the NCAA and are eligible for championship competition this upcoming 2013-14 season, while Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific are making the transition to the NCAA and will be eligible the following season.
The Lions won nine championships in 13 seasons within the WWPA, including five straight from 2001-05. LMU men's water polo will continue to compete within the Western Water Polo Association men's conference.