Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
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Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
River States Conference
River States Conference logo
DivisionDivision I Division II
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 8
RegionRegion XII
HeadquartersFlorence, Kentucky
CommissionerScott McClure (since July 1, 2015)
River States Conference locations

The River States Conference (RSC), formerly known as Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), is a collegiate athletic conference with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Although it was historically a Kentucky-only conference, it has now expanded to include members in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and at various times in the past has also had members in Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia.

In March 2016, the KIAC announced it would change its name to the River States Conference, effective July 1, 2016, to better reflect its membership, which has expanded beyond Kentucky and now includes members in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.[1]

Member schools

Current members

  1. ^ Alice Lloyd left the KIAC in 1992 and rejoined in 2005.
  2. ^ Closing at the end of the Fall 2019 semester.
  3. ^ Midway was a women's college until 2016.[2] The school began sponsoring men's sports in 2017.
  4. ^ Rio Grande left the KIAC in 1971 and rejoined in 2014.

Former members

School names and nicknames reflect those used in the final school year each institution was a conference member.

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Bellarmine College[a] Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Knights 1951 1964 Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA D-II)[b]
Berea College Berea, Kentucky 1855 Mountaineers 1926 2014 USA South
Bethel College[c] McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Wildcats 1999 2006 Southern States
Campbellsville College[d] Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 Tigers 1964 1995 Mid-South
Centre College Danville, Kentucky 1819 Colonels 1926 1962 Southern Athletic
Clinch Valley College[e] Wise, Virginia 1954 Highland Cavaliers[f] 1971 1994 South Atlantic
Cumberland College[g] Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 Indians[h] 1966 1995 Mid-South
Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College[i] Richmond, Kentucky 1906 Colonels 1927 1948 Ohio Valley
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 Tigers 1926 1995 Mid-South
Kentucky Wesleyan College Winchester, Kentucky[j] 1858 Panthers 1926 1955 Great Midwest
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky 1903 Blue Raiders 1984 2000 Mid-South
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Cardinals 1926 1948 Atlantic Coast
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Cougars 2000 2006 Closed in 2014
Morehead State Teachers College[k] Morehead, Kentucky 1922 Eagles 1931 1948 Ohio Valley
Mountain State University Beckley, West Virginia 1933 Cougars[l] 2007 2012 Closed in 2012
Murray State Teachers College[m] Murray, Kentucky 1922 Racers 1933 1948 Ohio Valley
Oakland City University Oakland City, Indiana 1885 Mighty Oaks 1968 1975 Independent
Ogden College Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Eagles 1926 1927 Merged in 1927 with
Western Kentucky University
University of Pikeville Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 Bears 1958 2000 Mid-South
St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, Missouri 1864 Eutectics 2003 2014 American Midwest
Spalding University Louisville, Kentucky 1814 Golden Eagles 1992 2007 St. Louis
Thomas More College[n] Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 Saints 1955 1991 Mid-South
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky 1780 Pioneers 1926 2001 Heartland Collegiate
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 Bulldogs 1933 1995 Appalachian
Western Kentucky State Teachers College[o] Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Hilltoppers 1926 1948 Conference USA
  1. ^ Known as Bellarmine University since 2000.
  2. ^ Bellarmine will join the NCAA Division I ASUN Conference in 2020.
  3. ^ Known as Bethel University since 2009.
  4. ^ Known as Campbellsville University since 1996.
  5. ^ Known as University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA-Wise) since 1999.
  6. ^ UVA-Wise dropped "Highland" from its nickname in 2017.
  7. ^ Known as University of the Cumberlands since 2005.
  8. ^ Cumberlands changed its nickname to Patriots in 2002.
  9. ^ Renamed Eastern Kentucky State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and known as Eastern Kentucky University since 1966.
  10. ^ Kentucky Wesleyan moved to its current campus in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1956.
  11. ^ Renamed Morehead State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and known as Morehead State University since 1966.
  12. ^ Mountain State competed as an independent in men's basketball during its tenure in the conference.
  13. ^ Renamed Murray State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and known as Murray State University since 1966.
  14. ^ Known as Thomas More University since 2018.
  15. ^ Renamed Western Kentucky State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and known as Western Kentucky University since 1966.

Conference sports

The River States Conference currently fields 15 sports (7 men's and 8 women's):

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


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Midway University Trustees vote to accept men into its daytime undergraduate programs" (Press release). Midway University. May 16, 2016. Retrieved 2017.

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