|Commissioner||Mike Daniels (since October 2013)|
The Golden Coast Conference (GCC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States in which its members compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association National Collegiate (D-NC) division. The conference sponsors one sport, water polo, and was founded in 2013 fielding women's teams. A men's division was added for Fall 2016, but was discontinued after the 2022 season.
Founded in 2013, the Golden Coast Conference originally started as a women's only conference in NCAA water polo. Mike Daniels, the commissioner of the Golden State Athletic Conference, was named as the league's first commissioner in October 2013 and held both roles simultaneously. The National Collegiate Athletic Association awarded Division I status to the conference effective August 1, 2013.
GCC founding members were Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, Fresno Pacific University, Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. The first season of play was in Spring 2014, although the league did not qualify for an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship.
Introduction of men's division
Fall 2016 saw the introduction of a men's competition as the non-Pac-12 Conference members playing water polo within the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation totaled six, the required number for a new conference. California State University, Long Beach, Pepperdine University, San Jose State University, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of the Pacific broke away from the MPSF to create the men's division of the Golden Coast Conference. The splintering caused the MPSF's membership to drop to 4 teams. The effects of the split were felt across the country and resulted in a major realignment of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
With the West Coast Conference and Big West Conference both sponsoring men's water polo in 2023, all six men's members of the conference left after the 2022 season, causing the Golden Coast Conference to stop sponsoring men's water polo.
|University of California, Irvine||Irvine, California||Anteaters||2016||2023||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|California State University, Long Beach||Long Beach, California||Beach||2016||2023||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Isla Vista, California||Gauchos||2016||2023||Big West||NCAA D-I|
|Fresno Pacific University||Fresno, California||Sunbirds||2014||2017||Pacific West||NCAA D-II|
|University of the Pacific||Stockton, California||Tigers||2016||2023||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|Pepperdine University||Malibu, California||Waves||2016||2023||West Coast||NCAA D-I|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, California||Spartans||2016||2023||Mountain West||NCAA D-I|
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