SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference held its annual summer Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings last week at the Dolce Hays Mansion in San Jose, Calif. At the conclusion of the Executive Council meeting, BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe assumed the role of Executive Council Chair.
The groups reviewed the results of each pillar in the 2014-17 WCC Strategic Plan in addition to discussing the changing national landscape and other national issues. Progress surrounding the Exposure Pillar was highlighted, noting the benefits of increased content from member institutions, increased production and distribution and the pending July launch of an updated and fully responsive website.
The meetings were also highlighted by the sixth annual West Coast Conference Honors Dinner - which included the presentation of student-athlete academic awards, institutional and individual sportsmanship awards, and culminated with the presentation of the Commissioner's Cup to Brigham Young University. For the second consecutive year, the Honors Dinner was streamed live on the conference's digital platform, TheW.tv.
The Presidents' Council spent a portion of its meeting engaging in a direct dialogue with student-athletes. Student-athlete participants included Lauren Joseph (Gonzaga, Volleyball); Steve Haney (Loyola Marymount, Basketball); Jocelyn Blankenship (Loyola Marymount, Soccer); T.J. Wallace (Pacific, Basketball). This was the first time the Presidents' Council engaged student-athletes in this type of forum. The student-athlete identified topics included cross-campus engagement and services supporting the student-athlete experience.
Other action items included:
Women's sand volleyball was added as a West Coast Conference-sponsored sport for the upcoming (2015-16) academic year, making it the conference's 15th sponsored sport. The conference will also conduct a women's sand volleyball championship in the Spring of 2016. Six teams currently sponsor sand volleyball programs headlined by two-time AVCA National Champion Pepperdine.
Men's and Women's Basketball
Men's and women's basketball scheduling guidelines were established for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons consisting of a nine-week 18-game schedule format.
The 2016 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship will return to Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif.
Men's and Women's Tennis
The Men's and Women's Tennis Championship field sizes were reduced from 10 teams to six teams, effective Spring 2016.