CSUB has officially joined the Western Athletics Conference. This landmark announcement for CSU Bakersfield Athletics gives all Roadrunner teams access to conference resources, scheduling, conference tournaments when applicable and the automatic qualifier spots for NCAA Championships, making it easier for CSUB teams to qualify for the NCAA postseason. CSU Bakersfield joins Utah Valley University in the first phase of expansion for the conference. CSUB and UVU join Idaho, New Mexico State, Denver University and Seattle University as core members of the WAC.
“This is obviously a ground-breaking day,” said CSUB Director of Athletics Jeff Konya. “We have been working towards this end and we are grateful for this opportunity to compete as a full member of the Western Athletic Conference beginning in 2013. We now have the opportunity to compete for conference titles and most importantly take advantage of the automatic qualifier status and allow our student-athletes to compete on an equal level for participation in their respective NCAA Championships.”
With the all-sports agreement, at least 13 of CSUB’s 18 teams will become members of the conference; most notably, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer and volleyball, all of which were the lone remaining teams playing as NCAA Division I Independents. In addition, men’s and women’s golf along with track and field programs will begin their affiliations in the Fall of 2013.