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West Coast Conference Partners with University Credit Union as Title Sponsor of Basketball Championships

Jan 15th 2019

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference (WCC) announced today that Los Angeles-based University Credit Union (UCU) will be title sponsor of the Conference’s men’s and women’s basketball championships beginning in 2019. The 2019 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will take place March 7-12 at Orleans Arena in
Las Vegas.    

The long-term agreement marks the largest sponsorship agreement in WCC history. The agreement was secured by the WCC’s multi-media rights partner Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment (VWSE).    

“We are pleased to partner with University Credit Union to bring fans the excitement surrounding the annual West Coast Conference Basketball Championships, and are grateful to UCU for their long-term commitment to the WCC and our student-athletes.” said WCC Commissioner Gloria Nevarez. “UCU places tremendous emphasis on serving their customers through their wealth of knowledge, which aligns with the value the West Coast Conference places on serving its member institutions. The University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Championships embodies our belief in creating foundational relationships that serve our student-athletes for life beyond athletics.”   

As title sponsor, University Credit Union will receive an integrated marketing presence before and during the marquee basketball championships as the WCC enters its 11th year hosting its highly-successful tournament in Las Vegas. All 18 men’s and women’s games will be nationally televised in more than 60 million homes.   

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to expand our relationship among the prestigious West Coast university communities our team has been serving since 1951” said Dr. David Tuyo, President & CEO, University Credit Union. “This new partnership with the West Coast Conference is just another moment for us to highlight the value of UCU and our promise to provide the Top 1% Best Rates in the Nation to our members.”   

In addition to the WCC, University Credit Union currently has athletics and campus partnerships at several member institutions including Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, and, most recently Santa Clara University.

 "This is a perfect fit and aligns two partners who share service to others as a core-value.” added Mark Massari, VWSE’s West Region Vice President for Collegiate Services. “We are excited to introduce University Credit Union to the over 1 million loyal alumni, institutional staff and constituents who make up the WCC.”  


About University Credit Union  

University Credit Union, a federally-insured financial cooperative was founded in 1951 on UCLA’s campus in Royce Hall by faculty and staff.  Serving more than 36,000 members, UCU has become a leading credit union in the United States. UCU is guided by a board of directors, comprised only of faculty, staff and alumni of the university community. UCUs core purpose to give members a financial edge in life, along with the brands promise to advocate educate and innovate help position UCU as a financial partner to the university community. To learn more about UCU visit www.UCU.org or call (800) UCU-4510 for more information.   


About the West Coast Conference 

The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conferencesponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women’s beach volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit WCCsports.com and follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports   


About Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment 

Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment LLC (VWSE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, is one of the preeminent sports marketing and media sales organizations in the world. It is an acknowledged innovator in property consulting and branding solutions and a global leader in naming rights, team and venue services, high-impact visible TV signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, MLS, and internationally in soccer, advertising and sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, and in-venue content production. VWSE works with more than 300 professional and college teams worldwide. VWSE assists teams, organizations and properties in creating and selling advertising; sponsorships; and media that maximize revenue potential, and helps clients develop effective and powerful customized brand campaigns.