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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established1972
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members12 (11 in 2021)
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 11
RegionGreat Lakes
HeadquartersBay City, Michigan
CommissionerKris Dunbar (since 2018)
Websitewww.gliac.org
Locations
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference locations

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is a competitive collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division II.

The GLIAC was founded in June 1972. Its twelve member institutions are located in the midwestern United States in the U.S. states of Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. There are three affiliate members who compete in the GLIAC for sports not sponsored by their home conference.

Sponsorship of football was dropped by the GLIAC after the 1989 season. Conference schools sponsoring football joined with members of the Heartland Football Conference to form the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), which began play in 1990. The MIFC merged with the GLIAC in July 1999 and the GLIAC resumed sponsorship of football that fall.

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 Private (Brethren) 7,260 Eagles           1995
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1866 Private (Nonsectarian) 6,456 Panthers           2017
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 Public 12,472 Bulldogs           1972
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 Public 23,350 Lakers                1972
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1946 Public 1,984 Lakers           1972
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan 1885 Public 7,041 Huskies           1980
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 1899 Public 7,732 Wildcats           1975;
1987
Northwood University Midland, Michigan 1959 Private (Nonsectarian) 1,522 Timberwolves           1972;
1992
Purdue University Northwest Hammond, Indiana 1946 Public 8,617 Pride           2017
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan 1963 Public 8,030 Cardinals                1972
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 Public 26,251 Warriors           1975
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Somers, Wisconsin 1968 Public 4,420 Rangers                2018

[1]

Notes
  1. Ashland University will be leaving for the G-MAC in 2021.[2]

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
conference
Concordia University-St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota 1893 Private (LCMS) 5,139 Golden Bears           2017 lacrosse (W) Northern Sun
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota 1869 Public 12,608 Huskies           2018 swimming & diving (M) Northern Sun
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 Private (Nonsectarian) 6,158 Peacocks           2019 lacrosse (W), soccer (M) Northern Sun

Former members

Former affiliate members

School names and nicknames reflect those in use in the final season each school was an affiliate.

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia 1871 Private (Baptist) Battlers 2012 2015 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 Private (United Methodist) Greyhounds 1999/2015 2013/2019 football (1999-2012);
lacrosse (W) (2015-2019);
swimming & diving (M/W) (2000-2013)
Great Lakes Valley
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Private (Catholic) Flyers 2004/2018 2013/2019 lacrosse (W) (2018-2019);
swimming & diving (M/W) (2004-2013)
Great Lakes Valley
Maryville University Town and Country, Missouri 1872 Private (Catholic) Saints 2018 2019 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Private (United Methodist) Bearcats 2014 2019 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1922 Private (Catholic) Falcons 2012 2013 football;
lacrosse (W);
soccer (M);
soccer (W);
wrestling
Mountain East
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Private (Nonsectarian) Blue Knights 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) N/A (school closed in 2020)
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1850 Private (Catholic) Arrows 2013 2015
(lacrosse);
2016
(swimming)
lacrosse (W);
swimming & diving (W)
Great Midwest
Wheeling Jesuit University[a] Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Private (Catholic) Cardinals 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
  1. ^ Known as Wheeling University since 2019.

Membership timeline

The GLIAC dropped American football after the 1989 season and resumed it for the 1999 season.

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports

The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:[3]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & Diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basket­ball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Davenport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lake Superior State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Purdue-Northwest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Wisconsin-Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 8 12 11 9 11 7 5 9 8 9 89
Affiliate Members
St. Cloud State Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Davenport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Lake Superior State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Purdue-Northwest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Wisconsin-Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 12 12 10 4 10 9 6 10 10 11 12 106
Affiliate Members
Concordia-St. Paul Green tickY 1
Upper Iowa Green tickY 1
  • Saginaw Valley- Adding lacrosse (w) for 2020-21 athletic year.

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Co-ed
Ice
Hockey[a]
Lacrosse Wrestling Fencing[a] Skiing[a]
Ashland IND
Davenport GLVC GLVC
Ferris State WCHA[b]
Lake Superior State WCHA[b]
Michigan Tech WCHA[b] CCSA
Northern Michigan WCHA[b] CCSA
Wayne State MFC
Wisconsin-Parkside IND
  1. ^ a b c De facto Division I sport. In men's ice hockey, the NCAA Division I championship is open to Division II members. In fencing and skiing, the NCAA sponsors single championship events open to members of all three divisions.
  2. ^ a b c d All four GLIAC members that sponsor varsity men's ice hockey are among the seven schools that will leave the men's side of the WCHA after the 2020-21 season to form a revived Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

Championships

National Championships

GLIAC schools have won 42 NCAA National Championships:[4]

Year Sport School
1975 football Northern Michigan
1980 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1990 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1991 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1992 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1993 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1993 women's volleyball Northern Michigan
1994 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1994 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1994 women's volleyball Northern Michigan
1995 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1996 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1997 men's swimming & diving Oakland
2002 football Grand Valley State
2003 football Grand Valley State
2005 football Grand Valley State
2005 women's volleyball Grand Valley State
2006 women's basketball Grand Valley State
2006 football Grand Valley State
2009 men's basketball Findlay
2009 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2010 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2010 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2011 women's track & field (I) Grand Valley State
2011 women's track & field (O) Grand Valley State
2012 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2012 women's swimming & diving Wayne State (MI)
2012 women's track & field (I) Grand Valley State
2012 women's track & field (O) Grand Valley State
2013 women's basketball Ashland
2013 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2013 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2014 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2014 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2015 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2016 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2016 men's track & field (I) Tiffin
2017 women's basketball Ashland
2017 men's track & field (I) Tiffin
2018 men's basketball Ferris State
2018 men's cross country Grand Valley State
2018 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2019 men's track & field (I) Ashland
2019 men's track & field (O) Ashland
2019 women's soccer Grand Valley State

Football facilities

Institution Stadium Capacity[5] Surface
Ashland Jack Miller Stadium 6,000 Artificial
Davenport Meyering Field 2,300 Artificial
Ferris State Top Taggart Field 6,200 Artificial
Grand Valley State Lubbers Stadium 10,444 Artificial
Michigan Tech Sherman Field 3,000 Artificial
Northern Michigan Superior Dome 8,000 Artificial
Northwood Hantz Stadium 3,000 Artificial
Saginaw Valley State Wickes Memorial Stadium 6,300 Artificial
Wayne State Adams Field 6,000 Artificial

References

  1. ^ "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Ashland University To Join Great Midwest Athletic Conference In Summer Of 2021". Richland Source. 19 May 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/
  5. ^ "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved 2011.

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