Women's Water Polo To Join Golden Coast Conference

Photo by Mari Jo Prlain
Photo by Mari Jo Prlain

Los Angeles, Calif. – After five seasons as part of the Big West Conference, the Pacific women's water polo program will be a founding member of the new Golden Coast Conference, announced by the league office Monday.

The new conference, made up of seven universities from the state of California, will begin competition in the spring of 2014. Joining Pacific as members of the new conference are Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, Fresno Pacific, Loyola Marymount, San Diego State and Santa Clara.

"We're very excited to be joining the new Golden Coast Conference," head coach James Graham said. "It is an exciting time for Pacific Women's Water Polo, and this new league will allow our program to continue to grow in a league with a diverse group of schools."

The Golden Coast Conference will begin competition next season and will feature a conference schedule in which each team will play each other once. The final conference standings will then decide seedings for an annual conference championship, which will be held in late April.

The new league will apply for an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships this summer.

The Tigers experienced their best seasons in program history as part of the Big West, winning the league title in 2010 while setting a record with 23 wins that year. Pacific won 21 games in 2011, recording its second consecutive winning season. The Tigers finished this past year with a .500 record for just the third time in program history.