Vanguard University Athletic Director Bob Wilson said the positives outnumber negatives when it comes to the reformation of the Golden State Athletic Conference, and increased conference championship opportunities for the Lions are foremost among the former.
After the 2011-12 school year, Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific and Point Loma Nazarene left the conference to join the NCAA Division II ranks, just as former GSAC member Cal Baptist did one year earlier.
The seven remaining GSAC schools — Vanguard, Biola, Concordia, Hope International, San Diego Christian, The Master's and Westmont — will be joined by incoming member Arizona Christian in an eight-team alliance beginning in 2012-13.
"We don't like that those schools left, because we had a great tradition and camaraderie with those schools, and I think those schools feel the same way," Wilson said. "But I think structurally, in terms of operational budgets and in terms of scholarship allotments, the eight schools that remain are closer to one another."