The Master's College is the defending champion of the GSAC, but as the 2014 season is set to start, it is Concordia that is the preseason favorite to win its first-ever GSAC title. The Eagles were picked as the No. 9 team in the NAIA preseason poll, which was the best among GSAC teams, while the Mustangs came in at No. 12.
Despite losing all five of last year's All-GSAC players, including MLB draft choice Cole Swanson, Concordia's Coach Mike Grahovac will work to continue the success of his five years at the helm of the program. In that span the Eagles have won two GSAC tournaments, advanced to the NAIA Opening Round each year and won the NAIA World Series in 2011.
The Master's, which participated in the Avista-NAIA World Series last season, lost GSAC Pitcher of the Year A.J. Work to graduation, but brings back GSAC Player of the Year leftfielder Steven Karkenny, who batted .346 with 11 home runs, 22 doubles and 59 RBI in 2013. GSAC Gold Glove second baseman and NAIA All-Tournament honoree Sam Robison returns as well after being part of the best defensive infield (.974 fielding percentage) in the GSAC last year.
San Diego Christian is ranked 22nd in the NAIA preseason poll and has a pair of All-GSAC infielders returning, Taylor Eichhorst and Jeff Lusardi. No other GSAC team received votes in the preseason poll, but Arizona Christian's Seth Neely joined Karkenny as the NAIA Preseason All-Americans from the GSAC. Arizona Christian will be led by first-year head coach Bill Swift.
Vanguard, led by second-year head coach Rob Pegg, looks to improve on last season when the Lions were just two games out from going to the conference tournament. Westmont is hoping to build on its .500 record of a year ago, its best showing since 2000. The 2014 season will be Biola's first season since 1997 without John Verhoeven at the helm. First-year coach Jay Sullenger takes over for the Eagles.