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Al Beaird, Commissioner

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) was established in 1992-1993 to serve the competitive needs of member institutions from the Big West, Pacific-10 and Western Athletic Conferences, as well as other selected universities in the western United States; and to provide championships competition for Division I intercollegiate Olympic sports in a conference setting. The founding principles on which the MPSF was originally formed were to provide enhanced competition and championship opportunities for sports without conference affiliation; to contain the costs of competition; and to ensure the survival of endangered sports. The federation has also served as an incubator for emerging women's sports and as a safe harbor for sports impacted by conference realignments. Since its inaugural season, the Federation has seen its charter conference membership grow by the addition of the Mountain West and West Coast Conferences and their respective member institutions, as well as the addition of women's water polo, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse and men's and women's swimming and diving. As a testament to its viability, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation continues to successfully navigate the ever-changing sea of college sports by fostering contraction and expansion of its sports portfolio to meet the dynamic needs of its members. As the MPSF begins its 26th season during the 2017-2018 academic year and continues its legacy of championship competition, it affirms the vision of its founders and the relevance of its founding principles.

In 2017-2018, the MPSF will sponsor competition in 10 intercollegiate Olympic sports, while serving 80 teams from 38 universities across 10 states. All MPSF teams compete at the NCAA Division I level in men's and women's water polo, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's lacrosse, and men's volleyball. MPSF team champions are eligible to compete in the NCAA Championships with men's and women's water polo and men's volleyball champions earning automatic qualification. Making their debut in an MPSF Championship this year are the women's indoor track and field teams from UC Davis and the University of San Francisco.

The MPSF collected four NCAA team championship titles during the 2016-17 academic year, extending the streak to 13 straight years with at least that many. The federation collected a high of five national championships during the 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2015-16 years. This past year, California Men's Water Polo, Stanford Women's Water Polo, Oregon Women's Indoor Track and Field, and Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics brought the MPSF's total to 89 NCAA titles since its first season of competition. With the Golden Bears' men and Cardinal women winning NCAA Water Polo titles, the MPSF has captured all 42 national championships in the sport since the inaugural year of the conference (25 men, 17 women). The Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics team has brought home the last six MPSF Championships--the longest current streak amongst all federation sports--as well as an all-sports MPSF record 16 conference titles.

Al Beaird has been the federation's only executive director, taking the reins after being selected by the MPSF Administrative Committee in December 1997 after a national search. Beaird's position was established as a result of the federation's continued growth and emerging tradition of NCAA and national championship caliber play, including 75 NCAA team championships during his tenure. Beaird, who formerly served on the athletics staff at his alma mater, UC Davis, where the integration of student and athlete is a long-rooted philosophy, oversees the administration of all Federation sports, having worked closely with administrators and coaches from more than 50 different universities over the course of his administration. Beaird presided over the transition of the Federation from what was initially a scheduling alliance to what is now nationally recognized as the most successful NCAA Division I Olympic sports conference. Beaird directs all aspects of MPSF competition, including championships, officiating, rules compliance, scheduling, media relations, broadcasting, sponsorships and NCAA relations, while also shaping conference legislation, facilitating annual meetings and providing direction and communication for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Administrative and Executive Committees. In 2004, Beaird completed a four-year term, three years as chair, on the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships Committee and one year as chair of the inaugural NCAA Men's and Women's Water Polo Rules Committee. Beaird feels privileged to work with coaches and student-athletes who compete at the highest levels, including those who compete on USA national teams as coaches or players in international and Olympic competition. With his in NCAA Olympic sports, Beaird has been called upon to serve as liaison to the national governing bodies for amateur athletics in the United States and the United States Olympic Committee. Beaird received his undergraduate degree in physical education from UC Davis before attaining his Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Beaird, who lives in Woodland, California, is married and has two daughters.