OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE
Built on a fi rm foundation of academic excellence and
superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference
renewed its undisputed claim as the Conference of
Champions® in 2017-18. Beyond the courts and fi elds, 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 once again led the nation in 2017-18 with 12 NCAA crowns.
This haul adds to an incredible 175 NCAA team titles claimed
since 1999-2000 and 317 since 1981-82, the start of women’s
sports sponsorship, an average of over nine 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
52 of the last 58 years, the only exceptions being in 1980-81,
1988-89, 1990-91 and 1995-96 when the Conference fi nished
second, and only twice fi nished third in 1998-99 and 2004-05.
For the 13th-consecutive year, the Pac-12 had the most, or tied
for the most, NCAA titles of any conference in the country, winning
at least six every year since 2000-01. No other conference has
won double-digit NCAA crowns in a single year, the Pac-12 doing
so 10 times, including a record 14 in 1996-97.
Spanning over a century of outstanding athletics achievements, the Pac-12 has claimed
513 NCAA Championships (300 men’s, 183 women’s, 30 combined), over 200 more than
the next league.
Pac-12 members have won 300 NCAA team championships on the men’s side, 83 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 & fi eld crowns, and 29
baseball titles. Pac-12 members have won 25 of 48 NCAA titles in volleyball, 44 of 49 in water
polo, 30 in skiing, and 24 in swimming & diving national championships.
Individually, the Conference has produced an impressive number of NCAA individual champions.
Over 2,000 (2,334) individual crowns have been won by Pac-12 student-athletes over the years
with 1,370 by male student-athletes. Student-athletes have also captured 186 individual titles
at combined championships (i.e., skiing and fencing).
On the women’s side, the story is much the same. Since the NCAA began conducting women’s
championships 37 years ago, Pac-12 members have claimed at least four national titles in a
single season on 27 occasions, including a current streak of 18-consecutive years, dating back
to 2000. Overall, the Pac-12 has captured 183 NCAA women’s titles, easily outdistancing the
SEC, which is second with 100. Pac-12 members have dominated a number of sports, winning
23 softball titles, 24 tennis crowns, 15 volleyball titles, 19 of the last 29 trophies in golf, and
16 in swimming & diving.
Pac-12 women student-athletes shine nationally on an individual basis, as well, having
captured an unmatched 778 NCAA individual crowns, an average of over 21 championships
per season, including 29 in 2017-18.
The Pac-12’s excellence is further proven in the annual Division I Learfi eld Sports Directors’
Cup competition, the prestigious award that honors the best overall collegiate athletics programs
in the country. STANFORD won an unprecedented 24th-consecutive Directors’ Cup in 2017-
18 to lead the Conference, leading a 1-2-4 fi nish for Pac-12 institutions. Five Pac-12 member
institutions ranked among the top-25 Division I programs: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 USC,
No. 19 California and No. 24 Oregon. At least fi ve member institutions have been ranked in the
top 25 each of the Directors’ Cup program, with seven appearing in the top 20 on fi ve different
occasions (1998, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006).