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About the Pac-12 Conference

About the Pac-12 Conference

 

Mission Statement

The Pac-12 Conference is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders by championing excellence in academics, athletics, and the well-being of our student-athletes.
 

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Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference renewed its undisputed claim as the Conference of Champions® in 2019-20. Beyond the courts and fields, the Pac-12’s accomplishments extend into the classrooms across 12 campuses, and outside its traditional geographic footprint into new corners around the world.

The only conference to win 500 NCAA Championships, the Pac-12 captured three of the seven national championships contested in 2019-20 before all sports competition was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic adding to a legacy that includes 193 NCAA team titles claimed since 1999-2000 and 333 since 1981-82, the start of women’s sports sponsorship, an average of over eight per year. Even more impressive has been the breadth of the Pac-12’s success with championships coming in 28 different men’s and women’s sports. The Pac-12 has led or tied the nation in NCAA Championships in 54 of the last 60 years, with the exceptions coming no lower than third.

The Pac-12 has won the most or tied for the most NCAA titles for 15-consecutive seasons, winning at least six every year from 1999-2000 to 2018-19, winning a record 14 in 1996-97. No other conference has won double-digit NCAA championships in a single year.

Spanning over a century of outstanding athletics achievements, the Pac-12 has claimed 529 NCAA Championships (305 men’s, 193 women’s, 31 combined), over 200 more than the next league.

Pac-12 members have won 305 NCAA team championships on the men’s side, 78 more than the next-closest conference. Men’s NCAA crowns have come at a phenomenal rate for the Pac-12 - 16 basketball titles by six schools, 54 tennis titles, 47 outdoor track & field crowns, and 29 baseball titles. Pac-12 members have won 25 of 49 NCAA titles in volleyball, 46 of 51 in water polo, 31 in skiing, and 25 in swimming & diving national championships.

On the women’s side, the story is much the same. Since the NCAA began conducting women’s championships 39 years ago, Pac-12 members have claimed at least four national titles in a single season on 29 occasions, including every year since 2000-01 except two (2012-13 and the 2019-20-shortened campaign). Pac-12 teams have captured 193 NCAA women’s titles, easily outdistancing the SEC, which is second with 106. Pac-12 members have dominated a number of sports, winning 24 softball titles, 24 tennis crowns, 17 volleyball titles, 19 of the last 30 trophies in golf, and 17 in swimming & diving.

Individually, the Conference has produced an impressive number of NCAA individual champions. Over 2,000 (2,379) individual crowns have been won by Pac-12 student-athletes over the years with 1,383 by male student-athletes. Pac-12 women student-athletes have captured an unmatched 808 NCAA individual crowns, an average of nearly 21 championships per season. Student-athletes have also captured 188 individual titles at combined championships (i.e., skiing and fencing).

The Pac-12’s excellence is further proven in the annual Division I Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup competition, the prestigious award that honors the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. STANFORD won an unprecedented 25th-consecutive Directors’ Cup in 2018-19 to lead the Conference with at least five member institutions earning scores in the top 25 each year of the Directors’ Cup program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directors’ Cup was not awarded in 2019-20.

 

History of the Pac-12

The roots of the Pac-12 Conference date back more than 100 years to December 2, 1915, when the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was founded at a meeting at the Imperial Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The original membership consisted of four schools - the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). All four are still charter members of the Conference.

Pacific Coast Conference play began in 1916 and, one year later, Washington State College (now Washington State University) was accepted into the league, with Stanford University following in 1918.

In 1922, the PCC expanded to eight teams with the admission of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Idaho. In 1924, the University of Montana joined the league roster and in 1928, the PCC grew to 10 members with the addition of UCLA.

The Pacific Coast Conference competed as a 10-member league until 1950, with the exception of 1943-45 when World War II curtailed intercollegiate athletic competition to a minimum. During that time, the league’s first commissioner was named. Edwin N. Atherton was Commissioner in 1940 and was succeeded by Victor O. Schmidt in 1944. In 1950, Montana resigned from the Conference and the PCC continued as a nine-team Conference through 1958.

In 1959, the PCC was dissolved and the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) was formed with Thomas J. Hamilton appointed Commissioner of the new league. The original AAWU membership included California, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and Washington. Washington State joined the membership in 1962, while Oregon and Oregon State joined in 1964. Under Hamilton’s watch, the name Pacific-8 Conference was adopted in 1968. In 1971, Wiles Hallock took over as Commissioner of the Pac-8.

Ten years later, on July 1, 1978, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University were admitted to the league and the Pacific-10 Conference became a reality. In 1986-87, the league took on a new look, expanding to include 10 women’s sports. Since then, the Conference has been considered the premier league in women’s athletics, securing the most NCAA titles in women’s sports of any conference nearly every year.

Thomas C. Hansen was named the Commissioner of the Pac-10 in 1983, a role he would hold for 26 years until 2009, when he was succeeded by current Commissioner Larry Scott.

The University of Colorado accepted its invitation to join the Pac-12 on June 11, 2010, and on June 17, 2010, the University of Utah agreed to join the Conference. The Conference became the Pac-12 and officially began competition on July 1, 2011.

It was during the 2010-11 academic year that Scott helped deliver monumental changes that transformed the Conference into a modern 12-team league. In addition to expanding to 12 teams, member institutions agreed to equal revenue sharing for the first time in the Conference’s history, created two football divisions - the North and the South, and established a Football Championship Game for the first time. He also secured landmark media rights deals with ESPN and FOX that dramatically increased national exposure and revenue for each school, in addition to establishing Pac-12 Networks which guaranteed enhanced exposure across all sports.

Currently, the Pac-12 sponsors 11 men’s sports and 13 women’s sports, with the most recent additions coming in the 2017-18 (women’s lacrosse) and 2015-16 (beach volleyball) academic years. Additionally, the Conference is a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in four other men’s sports and two women’s sports.

The Pac-12 Conference offices are located in the heart of San Francisco in the SOMA district.

 

Staff Directory

Pac-12 Conference
360 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107

Main: (415) 580-4200 • Fax: (415) 549-2828 // 549-2829

Larry Scott Commissioner
Jamie Zaninovich Deputy Commissioner / Chief Operating Officer
Brent Willman Chief Financial Officer
Danette Leighton Chief Marketing Officer
Erik Hardenbergh Chief of Staff
Teresa Gould Senior Associate Commissioner, Sports Management & Institutional Services
Merton Hanks Senior Associate Commissioner, Football Operations
Ron Barker Associate Commissioner, Governance
Chris Grant Associate Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships
Erik Price Associate Commissioner, Compliance
Tammy Newman Associate Commissioner, Governance
Dustin Rocke Associate Commissioner, Broadcast & Media Administration
David Coleman Vice President, Officiating
Dave Hirsch Vice President, Communications
Will Hunter Vice President, Operations
Anna Roberts Vice President, Human Resources
Heather Vaughan Vice President, Marketing
Andrew Walker Vice President, Public Affairs & Head of Communications
Natalia Ciccone Assistant Commissioner, Communications
Chris Merino Assistant Commissioner, Compliance
Drew Seidenberger Assistant Commissioner, Basketball Operations and Sports Administration
Cheryl Wong Assistant Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships
Shannon Ward Controller
Michael Ortiz Senior Director, Video Operations
Jesse Hooker Director, Communications
Josh Ishoo Public Relations Director
Sean Harris Director, Sports Management and Championships
Noveen Moinpour Senior Manager, Marketing & Event Management
Cecile Catig Accounts Payable Specialist
Tyler Jahnke Manager, Ticket Sales
In Ja Halcomb Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
David Lucero Manager, Operations
Michael Brady Manager, Business Operations
Michelle Zhang Manager, International
Mike Hornick Specialist, Video Operations
Wendy Heredia Senior Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Toovey Administrative Assistant
Keisha May Administrative Assistant
Bobby Dibler Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating
Violet Palmer Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating
Joan Powell Coordinator of Women's Volleyball Officiating
Dave Yeast Coordinator of Baseball Officiating
Joanne Venditto Coordinator of Softball Officiating
Sandra Hunt Coordinator of Women's Soccer Officiating