Concordia University of Portland has accepted an invitation to become a member of the GNAC.
The conference announced Thursday that Concordia will become its 11th full-time member, with its affiliation contingent on the school being admitted into the NCAA’s membership process.
Concordia is presently an NAIA member, and has announced its plans to begin its NCAA transition by Feb. 1, 2014. A decision from the NCAA regarding the Cavaliers is expected next summer.
A private Lutheran school founded in 1905, Concordia sponsors teams in 15 of the GNAC’s 16 officially recognized sports, with the exception being football.
The Cavaliers have competed in the NAIA’s Cascade Collegiate Conference with College of Idaho (Caldwell); Corban University (Salem, Ore.); Eastern Oregon (LaGrande); Evergreen State (Olympia); Northwest University (Kirkland); Northwest Christian (Eugene, Ore.); Oregon Tech (Klamath Falls); Southern Oregon (Ashland); and Warner Pacific (Portland).
If accepted into the NCAA, Concordia would begin GNAC competition in the fall of 2015 and be eligible for postseason play by the fall of 2017.