The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with members in Nebraska, New Mexico, and South Dakota. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II.

History

Founded in 1909, the RMAC is the fifth oldest college athletic conference in the United States (oldest in Division II), surpassed only by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Big Ten Conference, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and the Missouri Valley Conference. For its first thirty years, the RMAC was considered a major conference equivalent to today's Division I, before 7 larger members left and formed the Mountain States Conference (also called the Skyline Conference).

The Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RMFAC) on May 7, 1910. Continued until 1967 when the name of the conference changed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The RMAC merged with the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1996.[2]

Member schools

Current members

InstitutionLocationFoundedEnrollmentNicknameColorsJoined
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, Colorado19253,701Grizzlies         1956
Black Hills State UniversitySpearfish, South Dakota18834,722Yellow Jackets         2012
Chadron State CollegeChadron, Nebraska19113,000Eagles         1989
Colorado Christian UniversityLakewood, Colorado19145,100Cougars         1996
Colorado Mesa UniversityGrand Junction, Colorado192511,000Mavericks         1975
Colorado School of MinesGolden, Colorado18735,468Orediggers         1909
Colorado State University–PuebloPueblo, Colorado19336,805ThunderWolves         1967;
1976;
1996
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, Colorado196510,300Mountain Lions         1997
Fort Lewis CollegeDurango, Colorado19114,000Skyhawks         1967;
1994
Metropolitan State University of DenverDenver, Colorado196524,000Roadrunners         1996
New Mexico Highlands UniversityLas Vegas, New Mexico18933,500Cowboys & Cowgirls         1968;
1974;
1990
Regis UniversityDenver, Colorado18779,722Rangers         1967;
1996
South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyRapid City, South Dakota18852,640Hardrockers         2014
Western State Colorado UniversityGunnison, Colorado19012,400Mountaineers         1924
Westminster CollegeSalt Lake City, Utah18753,108Griffins         1967;
2015
  • Reclassifying member in yellow.
  • Colorado–Colorado Springs — was an affiliate member in 1996–97.
  • Fort Lewis College — was an affiliate member from 1990–1994.

Affiliate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedEnrollmentNicknameColorsJoinedSportPrimary
Conference
California Baptist UniversityRiverside, California19508,541Lancers         2013swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W);
wrestling
Pacific West
Dixie State UniversitySt. George, Utah19118,570Trailblazers         2016footballPacific West
Lindenwood UniversitySt. Charles, Missouri182711,904Lions & Lady Lions         2013
(lacrosse);
2014
(swimming)
lacrosse (W);
swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Mid-America
Maryville UniversitySt. Louis, Missouri18723,400Saints         2016lacrosse (M)Great Lakes Valley
University of Nebraska at KearneyKearney, Nebraska19057,052Lopers         2014swimming & diving (W)Mid-America
Oklahoma Baptist UniversityShawnee, Oklahoma19102,097Bison         2016lacrosse (W)Great American
Rockhurst UniversityKansas City, Missouri19103,000Hawks         2013
(lacrosse-W);
2015
(lacrosse-M)
lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
Great Lakes Valley
San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, California189928,290Gators         1997wrestlingCalifornia Collegiate
  • Reclassifying member in yellow.
  • Nebraska–Kearney — was a full member in 1989–90, and from 1994–2012.

Former members

InstitutionLocationFoundedNicknameJoinedLeftCurrent
Conference
Brigham Young UniversityProvo, Utah1875Cougars19181938West Coast
(NCAA D-I)
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, Colorado1876Buffaloes19091938Pac-12
(NCAA D-I)
Colorado CollegeColorado Springs, Colorado1874Tigers1909;
1914
1910;
1967
Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III)
Colorado State UniversityFort Collins, Colorado1870Rams19091938Mountain West
(NCAA D-I)
University of DenverDenver, Colorado1864Pioneers19101938The Summit
(NCAA D-I)
Emporia State UniversityEmporia, Kansas1863Hornets19671972Mid-America
Fort Hays State UniversityHays, Kansas1902Tigers1967;
1989
1972;
2006
Mid-America
Idaho State UniversityPocatello, Idaho1901Bengals19481958Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
Montana State UniversityBozeman, Montana1893Bobcats19171959Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
University of Nebraska OmahaOmaha, Nebraska1908Mavericks19671972The Summit
(NCAA D-I)
University of Northern ColoradoGreeley, Colorado1889Bears19241972Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
Pittsburg State UniversityPittsburg, Kansas1903Gorillas19671972Mid-America
Southern Utah UniversityCedar City, Utah1897Thunderbirds19671986Big Sky
(NCAA D-I)
University of UtahSalt Lake City, Utah1850Utes19101938Pac-12
(NCAA D-I)
Utah State UniversityLogan, Utah1888Aggies19141938Mountain West
(NCAA D-I)
Washburn UniversityTopeka, Kansas1865Ichabods19671972Mid-America
Wayne State CollegeWayne, Nebraska1910Wildcats19891990Northern Sun
Western New Mexico UniversitySilver City, New Mexico1893Mustangs1967;
2006
1990;
2016
Lone Star
University of WyomingLaramie, Wyoming1886Cowboys19211938Mountain West
(NCAA D-I)
  • Denver — was an affiliate member in 1996–97.

Former affiliate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedNicknameJoinedLeftSportPrimary
Conference
Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenix, Arizona1949Antelopes2007
(wrestling);
2008
(swimming)
2013swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W);
wrestling
Western Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, Texas1881Cardinals20082013swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Southland
(NCAA D-I)
Minnesota State University MoorheadMoorhead, Minnesota1887Dragons20092012swimming & diving (W)Northern Sun
Montana State University BillingsBillings, Montana1927Yellowjackets20072015tennis (M);
tennis (W)
Great Northwest
Northern State UniversityAberdeen, South Dakota1901Wolves20092012swimming & diving (W)Northern Sun
University of Texas of the Permian BasinOdessa, Texas1973Falcons20082013swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Lone Star

Membership timeline

There have been 48 different schools associated with the RMAC either through full or associate membership. Of those schools only the Colorado School of Mines has been with the conference every year since it was founded in 1909.

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Membership evolution

  • 1909: The Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference was formed on March 6 with four charter members: University of Colorado, Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), Colorado College and Colorado School of Mines.
  • 1910: The league changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Faculty Athletic Conference (RFMAC). The University of Denver and University of Utah join the league, but Colorado College drops out after a fallout with Colorado School of Mines. Membership is at five schools.
  • 1914: Colorado College rejoins the RFMAC. Utah State University also joins the league to bring membership up to seven.
  • 1917: Montana State University joins the conference.
  • 1918: Brigham Young University joins the league as the ninth member.
  • 1921: The University of Wyoming joins the conference.
  • 1924: Western State College and the University of Northern Colorado join the league, giving the RFMAC 12 members.
  • 1937: Colorado, Colorado State, Brigham Young, Utah, Utah State, Wyoming and Denver leave the conference to form the Skyline Conference. The five remaining members of the RFMAC were Colorado College, Colorado Mines, Montana State, Northern Colorado and Western State.
  • 1948: Idaho State University joins as the sixth member.
  • 1956: Adams State College joins the conference as the seventh member.
  • 1958: Idaho State leaves the conference.
  • 1959: Montana State leaves the conference, membership is back down to five.
  • 1967: The RFMAC changes its name to the current Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Eleven schools join the conference in 1967. They were: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Fort Lewis College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Pittsburg State University, the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo), Southern Utah State University, Regis University, Washburn University, Western New Mexico University and Westminster College of Utah. Colorado College is not included in this new league. The new league divided into two divisions: Mountains and Plains.
  • 1968: New Mexico Highlands University joins the RMAC.
  • 1969: New Mexico Highlands leaves the RMAC due to financial aid restrictions.
  • 1972: For economic reasons, the two divisions were split into two separate conferences. The Mountain Division kept the RMAC name while the Plains Division became known as the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The two allied conferences worked under the name of the Mountain and Plains Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MPIAA). RMAC membership stood at eight with Adams State, Colorado Mines, Fort Lewis, Regis, Southern Utah State, Western New Mexico, Western State and Westminster. Northern Colorado ended up leaving the association to become an independent.
  • 1974: New Mexico Highlands rejoins the RMAC as the ninth member.
  • 1975: Mesa State College becomes the 10th member of the RMAC.
  • 1976: The MPIAA was dissolved for economic reasons and the two conferences went their separate ways. Colorado State University-Pueblo switched conferences and joined the RMAC as its 11th member.
  • 1978: The RMAC beings sponsoring women's championships.
  • 1979: Westminster drops athletics and as a result leaves the RMAC, leaving the league with 10 members.
  • 1983: Regis leaves the RMAC to become an independent, leaving the league with nine teams.
  • 1986: Southern Utah State left the league, dropping membership to eight.
  • 1988: New Mexico Highlands withdraws from the conference to shrink the membership to seven schools.
  • 1989: Chadron State College, Fort Hays State University, Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney) and Wayne State College announce intentions to join.
  • 1990: Wayne State College and Kearney State College withdraw their interest in joining the league. Western New Mexico and Colorado State University-Pueblo announce that they are leaving the RMAC. Fort Lewis announces their intention to leave, however they stay on as an associate member of the conference. New Mexico Highlands rejoins the RMAC.
  • 1992: The RMAC becomes affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level.
  • 1994: Fort Lewis once again became a full member of the RMAC. Nebraska-Kearney also was voted into membership.
  • 1996: Colorado Christian University and Metropolitan State College join the RMAC. Regis and Colorado State University-Pueblo rejoin the league. All four are full members. Also, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Denver join the RMAC as affiliate and associate members, respectively. The RMAC, now comprising fourteen schools, splits into two seven-team divisions.
  • 1997: Denver leaves to move up to Division I. Colorado-Colorado Springs becomes a full member. San Francisco State joins the RMAC as an associate member in wrestling only.
  • 2006: Fort Hays State leaves the RMAC for the MIAA (FHSU does remain in the RMAC as an associate member in wrestling). Western New Mexico rejoins the conference, keeping membership at 14 schools.
  • 2007: Grand Canyon University joins the RMAC as an associate member only in wrestling. Montana State University-Billings joins the RMAC as an associate member for women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
  • 2008: Texas-Permian Basin and the University of the Incarnate Word join the RMAC as associate members for swimming only.
  • 2009: Northern State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead join the RMAC as associate members in swimming.
  • 2012: Nebraska-Kearney will leave the RMAC to join the MIAA. Black Hills State University moves up from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and will join the RMAC to keep the number of full members at 14.
  • 2014: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology joins the RMAC.[3]
  • 2015: Westminster College (Utah) will re-join the RMAC.

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
FootballGolfLacrosseSoccerSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
WrestlingTotal
RMAC
Sports
Adams StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Black Hills StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY5
Chadron State CollegeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY6
Colorado ChristianGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Colorado MesaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY12
Colorado MinesGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Colorado State-PuebloGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
Colorado-Colorado SpringsGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Fort Lewis CollegeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY5
Metropolitan StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
New Mexico HighlandsGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY5
RegisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY5
South Dakota MinesGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Western State ColoradoGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY6
Westminster CollegeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Totals915151094112411127109
Affiliate Members
California BaptistGreen tickYGreen tickY2
Dixie StateGreen tickY1
LindenwoodGreen tickY1
MaryvilleGreen tickY1
RockhurstGreen tickY1
San Francisco StateGreen tickY1

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfLacrosseSoccerSoftballSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
VolleyballTotal
RMAC
Sports
Adams StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Black Hills StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Chadron State CollegeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Colorado ChristianGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Colorado MesaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
Colorado MinesGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Colorado State-PuebloGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
Colorado-Colorado SpringsGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Fort Lewis CollegeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Metropolitan StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
New Mexico HighlandsGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
RegisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
South Dakota MinesGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY6
Western State ColoradoGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Westminster CollegeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Totals1515127131254131415125
Affiliate Members
California BaptistGreen tickY1
LindenwoodGreen tickYGreen tickY2
Nebraska-KearneyGreen tickY1
Oklahoma BaptistGreen tickY1
RockhurstGreen tickY1

Other sponsored sports by school

SchoolWomenCo-ed
Beach
Volleyball
Skiing
Colorado MesaIND
Westminster CollegeRMISA
  • — D-I sport

Football champions

Basketball champions