|West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
NAIA (until 1994)
|Headquarters||Princeton, West Virginia|
|Commissioner||Barry Blizzard (since 1987)|
The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) was a collegiate athletic conference which historically operated exclusively in the state of West Virginia, but briefly had one Kentucky member in its early years, and expanded into Pennsylvania in its final years. It participated in the NCAA's Division II, but held its final athletic competitions in spring 2013, and officially disbanded on September 1 of that year. Its football-playing members announced in June 2012 that they planned to withdraw to form a new Division II conference effective at the end of the 2012-13 season; this led to a chain of conference moves that saw all but one of the WVIAC's members find new conference homes.
The conference was rated as one of the oldest in intercollegiate athletics, dating back to its founding in 1924 by the West Virginia Department of Education.
In its final school year of 2012-13, the WVIAC offered championships in 16 sports and was headquartered in Princeton, West Virginia. Men's championships were offered in football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, soccer, tennis, and golf. Women's titles were contested in volleyball, softball, basketball, cross country, soccer, track, tennis, and golf.
The WVIAC moved into the NCAA Division II in 1994 after its long affiliation with the NAIA.
Its post-season basketball tournament, which was first conducted in 1936, was at the time of the conference's demise one of the oldest college post-season tournaments in continuous existence—only the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, established in 1922, was older.
On June 18, 2012, nine football-playing members of the WVIAC announced they would withdraw from the league to form a new regional all-sports conference.
The WVIAC officially ceased to exist on September 1, 2013. Eight of the nine football-playing members (Concord, Charleston, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Shepherd, West Liberty, West Virginia State, and West Virginia Wesleyan) and one non-football playing member (Wheeling Jesuit) of the conference joined a provisional D-II member from Virginia (UVA-Wise) and two associate Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference members from Ohio (Notre Dame and Urbana) to form a new all-sports conference, the Mountain East Conference. Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown joined the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Three of the remaining non-football members (Alderson-Broaddus, Davis & Elkins, and Ohio Valley) accepted invitations to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. By the end of August 2012, the only WVIAC member without a conference home for 2013-14 was Bluefield State.
|Alderson College||Alderson, West Virginia||1901||Private||?||?||1924||1932||merged to form the school now known as Alderson Broaddus University|
|Broaddus College||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private||?||?||1924||1932|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||Public||29,707||Mountaineers||1924||1927||Big 12|
|Morehead State University||Morehead, Kentucky||1887||Public||11,172||Eagles||1929||1933||OVC|
|Mountain State University||Beckley, West Virginia||1933||Private||8,200||Cougars||1946||1977||KIAC (NAIA) until 2011-12[b]|
n/a - closed in 2012[c]
|Marshall University[d]||Huntington, West Virginia||1837||Public||13,450||Thundering Herd||1924||1949||C-USA|
|Bethany College||Bethany, West Virginia||1840||Private||1,030||Bison||1924||1962||Presidents' (NCAA DIII)|
|Potomac State College
of West Virginia University
|Keyser, West Virginia||1901||Public||?||Catamounts||1924||1963||PCAA (NJCAA)|
|West Virginia University
Institute of Technology
|Montgomery, West Virginia[e]||1895||Public||1,106||Golden Bears||1924||2006||River States (NAIA)|
|Salem University||Salem, West Virginia||1888||Private||835||Tigers||1924||2010||Independent (D-II)|
|Institution[a]||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Joined||Left||Next conference||Current conference|
|Alderson Broaddus University[b]||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private||800||Battlers||1932||2013||G-MAC||Mountain East|
|Bluefield State College[b]||Bluefield, West Virginia||1895||Public||1,800||Big Blues (men's)
Lady Blues (women's)
|1955||2013||D-II Independent (most sports)|
ECAC (some sports)
|University of Charleston||Charleston, West Virginia||1888||Private||1,315||Golden Eagles||1924||2013||Mountain East|
|Concord University||Athens, West Virginia||1872||Public||3,000||Mountain Lions (men's)
Lady Lions (women's)
|Davis & Elkins College[b]||Elkins, West Virginia||1904||Private||600||Senators
|Fairmont State University||Fairmont, West Virginia||1865||Public||7,000||Fighting Falcons||1924||2013||Mountain East|
|Glenville State College||Glenville, West Virginia||1872||Public||1,600||Pioneers (men's)
Lady Pioneers (women's)
|Ohio Valley University[b]||Vienna, West Virginia||1960||Private||512||Fighting Scots||1999||2013||G-MAC|
|University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown[b]||Johnstown, Pennsylvania||1927||Public||3,029||Mountain Cats||2006||2013||PSAC|
|Seton Hill University||Greensburg, Pennsylvania||1883||Private||1,860||Griffins||2006||2013||PSAC|
|Shepherd University||Shepherdstown, West Virginia||1871||Public||3,900||Rams||1924||2013||Mountain East||PSAC|
|West Liberty University||West Liberty, West Virginia||1837||Public||2,400||Hilltoppers (men's)
Lady Toppers (women's)
|West Virginia State University||Institute, West Virginia||1891||Public||5,000||Yellow Jackets||1955||2013||Mountain East|
|West Virginia Wesleyan College||Buckhannon, West Virginia||1890||Private||1,400||Bobcats (men's)
Lady Bobcats (women's)
|Wheeling University[b][d]||Wheeling, West Virginia||1954||Private||1,232||Cardinals||1957||2013||Mountain East|