The Northwest Athletic Conference is the parent organization for thirty-six (36) community colleges located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The NWAC has a variety of administrative responsibilities including conference tournament management, eligibility, publications, rule enforcement and sports information.
The growth of the community colleges over the past few decades has been impressive. The colleges in the Northwest are comprehensive in nature and provide a variety of academic and vocational offerings as well as many enrichment activities for their students. As our student-athletes have transitioned into a work environment, many have provided testimony about the significant benefit and value that participation in community college athletics provided for them. Enrollment in community colleges continues to grow as does interest, participation and membership within the NWAC.
Mission and Goal Statment
It is the mission of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) to foster athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities for student-athletes consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges.
To this end, the NWAC will promote the importance of character, competition and community by:
A. Teaching student-athletes how to achieve individual success while contributing to the objective of a group.
B. Providing student-athletes quality opportunities to compete ethically with honor and sportsmanship.
C. Supporting academic and athletic growth.
D. Instilling a respect for diversity within the development of team.
E. Promoting positive relations within the institution, between the colleges, and their communities.
F. Teaching the importance of preparation and the balancing of an active schedule.
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NWAC History and Growth
The conference offered football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track and golf. In 1963, wrestling entered the picture followed by cross country in 1965 and soccer in 1974. The first two years of the WSJCAC went without any bylaws until the spring of 1948 when Executive Secretary Jim Ennis of Everett JC along with Dave DuVall of Skagit Valley and Maury Phipps of Grays Harbor wrote the original constitution governing scholarship limits, grade eligibility requirements and overall philosophy of the conference's athletic programs.1946: WSJCAC is Born
1963: The OCCAA is Established in Oregon
1964: Washington's WSJCAC Renamed WAACC
1970: The NWAACC is Established
The job of handling both the men's and women's athletics was too much for volunteer athletic directors who performed the task in the past. After the 1978-79 season, a five-member committee from the conference hired Frank Bosone as their first Executive Director. Bosone retired in 1992 and was succeeded by Dick McClain. In 2011, Marco Azurdia assumed the role of Executive Director.
1983: Merger - OCCAA Joins NWAACC
2014: NWAACC becomes NWAC