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GPAC Members:

Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, IA

Concordia University
Seward, NE

Dakota Wesleyan University
Mitchell, SD

Doane College
Crete, NE

Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA

Hastings College
Hastings, NE

Midland University
Freemont, NE

Morningside College
Sioux City, IA

Mount Marty College
Yankton, SD

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, NE

Northwestern College
Orange City, IA


[GPAC] The GPAC at 15 Years!

Story by Jeff Budlong, Sioux City Journal - Used with Permission -

Sioux City, Iowa - The Great Plains Athletic Conference may not be the oldest NAIA conference, but for member schools that have been around most of the league's 14 years there is little doubt about its standing.

[Combined Basketball] Inaugural Pivot Hoops Basketball Camp a Success in Sioux City!

Sioux City, Iowa  - The Inaugural Pivot Hoops Basketball Camp was July 14-16 at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa.  The camp featured 29 incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls and boys from the Siouxland Area. 

[GPAC] NAIA Announces Scholar-Teams for 2013-14

Kansas City, Missouri – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 1,290 athletic programs have been named 2013-14 NAIA Scholar-Teams.

[Football] 2014 GPAC Football Media Day is August 7 in Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska – The fifteenth (15th) annual Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Preseason Football Media Day will be held on Thursday, August 7, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Cornhusker Marriott (333 S. 13th Street, Lower Level). 

[GPAC] GPAC Totals 550 NAIA Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14

Sioux City, Iowa - The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) is proud to announce that 550 student-athletes have earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors for 2013-2014.  NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes must be juniors or seniors, total a 3.50 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA), and be a member of a varsity team.

[Football] GPAC and KCAC Announce Football Challenge for 2015 and 2016

Wichita, Kansas and Sioux City, Iowa - The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference(GPAC) football coaches and commissioners have come to an agreement on a series of football games played between teams from each league starting with the 2015 season.

[GPAC] NAIA-SIDA Honors BCU's Bodammer with Ike Pearson Award

Orlando, Florida – The NAIA Sports Information Directors of America (NAIA-SIDA) met for its annual convention and business meeting on Sunday and Monday (June 8 – 9). The event kicked off with the annual Clarence "Ike" Pearson Awards Dinner at Orange Tree Golf Club, while the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort housed the meetings as a part of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Convention.

[GPAC] Northwestern's Brandt Named GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year

Sioux City, Iowa - Barry Brandt, who just stepped down as Northwestern College's athletic director, has been selected by his colleagues as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year for 2013-14.  Brandt won the same honor in 2006-07.

[Baseball] GPAC Baseball Players Earn NAIA All-American Honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 NAIA Baseball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Selection Committee.  GPAC Player-of-the-Year Mitch Peschon (pictured) from Northwestern earned second team honors.  GPAC Pitcher-of-theYear Elliot Engle from Doane and Cody Groskreutz from Northwestern were each named to the Honorable Mention list.  Three GPAC teams made the NAIA Postseason this year (Doane, Midland, and Northwestern) and all three posted 40 plus win seasons.

[GPAC] Morningside Claims GPAC All-Sports Trophy for 2013-14

The 2013-2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) sports season is complete and with all 19 conference sports in the books the GPAC All-Sports Trophy has been won by Morningside College with 159.5 points.  Doane was second this year with 139 points and Northwestern finished third with 138.  In a tight race Concordia was fourth and Hastings fifth with 137 and 134 points for the year respectively.