As a Christian college on track to become a biblical university, every facet of our programs must align with high caliber affiliations. Warrior athletics has been accepted into the best NAIA athletic conference in the U.S.
By: Rod Light
More “Ws” on the scoreboard is certainly a major part of building a recognizable college athletics program, but LPC Athletic Director Tim Cook knows so, also, is the conference in which a college program competes. On July 17, 2017, The Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Board of Directors announced that Life Pacific College Athletics would become the league’s ninth member beginning with the 2017-18 season.
“Becoming a part of not only the best NAIA conference in the country for athletics but walking alongside other Christian universities is an incredible step for Life Pacific College as we become Life Pacific University,” Tim Cook says. “It says to prospective students and their families that we take seriously our mission as a biblical university, and a Christian academic institution that offers highly competitive athletics.”
One of the most unique and successful conferences in the U.S., the GSAC is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the nation's first collegiate athletic association to offer national championships, according to the GSAC website.
Further, conference members have earned 45 national championships and numerous athletes within the GSAC have won individual NAIA titles. GSAC schools consistently have teams ranked in the NAIA's Top 20 in all sports, and compete regularly for regional and national honors."As Life Pacific College becomes Life Pacific University, we are truly honored to join the outstanding private institutions of higher education in the Golden State Athletic Conference," says LPC President Jim J. Adams. Other GSAC institutions include Arizona Christian University, Biola University, Hope International University, San Diego Christian College, The Master's College, Vanguard University, Westmont College, and William Jessup University.
"This membership will afford even greater opportunities in character development and quality competition for all of our student athletes for years to come," President Adams says.
“It’s a big step for LPC/LPU,” Tim says. He agrees with President Adams that developing the character of godly student athletes is the highest priority. Tim received Christ as a student athlete and his goal is to share his personal testimony with men and women in the program, helping them align their lives with the gospel. “Discipleship is a major part of Christian college athletics that many fans never see,” Tim says. “But we are working constantly behind the scenes to help transform lives for the Kingdom of God.”
LPC teams will not compete in a conference schedule the first year as a provisional member of the league. According to the official GSAC press release, Life Pacific will be eligible for academic awards, but not all conference teams unless the team competes in the conference championship.
Front left to right: Mike Daniels (GSAC Commissioner), Tim Cook (LPC Athletics Director), Dr. Jim J. Adams (LPC President), and Dr. Mike Whyte (Chair of LP Board of Trustees).
"Life Pacific College is a natural fit for the conference in its mission to develop Christ-driven student athletes and its commitment to the NAIA's Champions of Character program," Mike Daniels, Commissioner of the Golden State Athletic Conference said in the release.
The LPC Warriors will compete in the 2017 GSAC Cross Country Championship and 2018 GSAC Track and Field Championship.
During our provisional year with the GSAC, Life Pacific will field a women's volleyball team, men's basketball team, men's and women's cross country teams as well as men's and women's track and field teams. In 2018-19, the Warriors will add women's basketball and men's and women's golf and be included in all conference regular season schedules.
"With the acceptance into the NAIA and GSAC, we feel that LPC athletic programs will generate a platform for student athletes to compete at a high level in the classroom and playing venues," Tim Cook says.