Congrats to the Washington Huskies

The Huskies’ women’s softball team are the 2009 NCAA College World Series champions.

The Huskies’ title is the first for the school but continues the unparalleled domination of the sport by the Pac-10. The Huskies join powerhouses UCLA (10 titles – 1995 title was vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions) and Arizona (8 titles), along with one-time winners California and Arizona State. For those counting along, that’s 21 titles in 27 years.

Other title winners are the Big 12 (Texas A&M twice, Oklahoma), the Big Ten (Michigan), the Big West (Cal. State-Fullerton), and the WAC (Fresno State).

This also means that the ACC, the Big East, the SEC, and other major conferences and independents have effectively been shut out.

The only other sports where this has happened is in Men’s and Women’s Volleyball – the Pac-10 owns 13 of the 28 Women’s NCAA titles there (Stanford 6, USC 3, UCLA 3, Washington), with the Big West (Long Beach State 3, Pacific 2), the Big 12 (Nebraska 3, Texas), the Big Ten (Penn State 3), and the WAC (Hawaii 3).

In Men’s Volleyball, of the 37 titles, the Pac-10 owns 24 (UCLA 19, USC 4, Stanford), along with the West Coast Conference (Pepperdine 5), the Big West (UC Irvine 2, San Diego State, Long Beach State), the Mountain West (BYU 3), and the Big Ten (Penn State 2). The 2002 and 2003 titles were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions, so the WAC’s lone championship here was vacated (Hawaii 2002), and the only Division II school to win an NCAA championship was also vacated (Lewis University 2003).

When they say the Pac-10 is the Conference of Champions, they really mean it. No teams from the ACC, Big East, SEC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, or Mid-American have won a championship in these three sports.

Also, a final note here – the final four teams for Women’s Softball this year (2009) were Washington, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. That’s one Pac-10 team and three SEC teams, and yet the Pac-10 continues to dominate. That says a lot about the quality of players in the conference, the quality of competition, and the quality of coaching.