The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the only NCAA Division II conference in the Pacific Northwest, has relocated to Portland after 12 years in Spokane, Wash., commissioner Dave Haglund announced.
Haglund, who took over as the conference’s chief administrative officer in January, oversaw the relocation of the conference headquarters. Haglund’s career in college athletics has included stints at the University of Maryland, Fresno State University and the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
The 10-member GNAC is comprised of institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, as well as British Columbia.
GNAC institutions include University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington University, Montana State University Billings, Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho), Saint Martin’s University (Wash.), Seattle Pacific University, Simon Fraser University (B.C.), Western Oregon University, and Western Washington University.
The conference also announced the hiring of Bridget Johnson. Johnson, who has been the associate head track and field and cross country coach at Pacific (Ore.) University since 2008, officially began her duties in August. Her primary areas of focus with the GNAC will be NCAA compliance and championship administration.
Johnson previously served as an assistant coach at Western Oregon University between 2006 and 2008.
A 2006 graduate of WOU, Johnson competed in track and field at Western Oregon between 2003 and 2006 and is still the all-time point scorer in GNAC outdoor championship meet history with 115 points. During her career, she won four GNAC titles (heptathlon in 2005 and 2006, 100 hurdles in 2006 and 4×400 relay in 2005) and twice earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in the heptathlon (2005-06).
Bob Guptill is in his 12th year as the GNAC’s information director.