American Midwest Conference

The American Midwest Conference (AMC) is an NAIA college athletic conference with 10 member institutions located in Arkansas and Missouri in the United States.

American Midwest Conference
AMC
American Midwest Conference logo
Established1986
AssociationNAIA
Members10
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
RegionMidwest and South
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
CommissionerWill Wolper
Websitewww.amcsportsonline.com
Locations
American Midwest Conference locations

HistoryEdit

The conference began as the Show-Me Conference in 1986, then changed to its current name in 1994, reflecting that its footprint had expanded beyond Missouri.

Chronological timelineEdit

  • 1987 - McKendree College (now McKendree University) joined the Show-Me, effective the 1987-88 academic year.
  • 1994 - Park left the Show-Me to become an NAIA Independent, effective after the 1993-94 academic year.
  • 1994 - The Show-Me Conference was renamed as the American Midwest Conference, effective the 1994-95 academic year.
  • 2001 - Williams Baptist College (now Williams Baptist University) joined the American Midwest, effective the 2001-02 academic year.
  • 2008 - Stephens College joined the American Midwest, effective the 2008-09 academic year.
  • 2009 - Park re-joined back to the American Midwest, effective the 2009-10 academic year.
  • 2012 - Lyon College joined the American Midwest, effective the 2012-13 academic year.
  • 2014 - Mid-Continent left the American Midwest after spending one season, as the school announced that it would close, effective after the 2013-14 academic year.
  • 2015 - Benedictine–Springfield left the American Midwest, as the school announced that it would close, effective after the 2014-15 academic year.
  • 2020 - Three institutions left the American Midwest to join their respective new home primary conferences: Freed–Hardeman to join the Mid-South Conference, Lindenwood–Belleville announced that it would close, and Park to join the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), all effective after the 2019-20 academic year.
  • 2020 - Marian (Ind.) left the American Midwest as an associate member for men's wrestling, effective after the 2019-20 academic year.
  • 2020 - Lincoln College of Illinois joined the American Midwest as an associate member for men's wrestling, effective the 2020-21 academic year.
  • 2022 - Lyon will leave the American Midwest and the NAIA to join the NCAA Division III ranks, effective after the 2021-22 academic year.
  • 2022 - Cottey College will join the American Midwest from the Independent ranks, effective beginning the 2022-23 academic year.

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

The American Midwest currently has ten full members, all but one are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Central Baptist College Conway, Arkansas 1952 Baptist Missionary 739 Mustangs 2015
Columbia College Columbia, Missouri 1851 Nonsectarian 4,000 Cougars 1986
Hannibal–LaGrange University Hannibal, Missouri 1858 Southern Baptist 1,200 Trojans 1986
Harris–Stowe State University St. Louis, Missouri 1857 Public 1,900 Hornets 1986
Lyon College Batesville, Arkansas 1872 Presbyterian 700 Scots 2012
Missouri Baptist University Creve Coeur, Missouri 1828 Southern Baptist 2,800 Spartans 1986
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1864 Nonsectarian 1,260 Eutectics 2014
Stephens College[a] Columbia, Missouri 1833 Nonsectarian 754 Stars 2008
William Woods University[b] Fulton, Missouri 1870 Disciples of Christ 2,300 Owls 1993
Williams Baptist University Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 1941 Southern Baptist 700 Eagles &
Lady Eagles
2001
Notes
  1. ^ This institution is a women's college, therefore it does not field men's sports.
  2. ^ This institution is a former women's college, which has eventually turned into a co-educational college (William Woods since 1997–98).

Future memberEdit

The American Midwest will have one future full member, which is also a private school:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joining
Cottey College[a] Nevada, Missouri 1884 Nonsectarian 300 Comets 2022[1]
Notes
  1. ^ This institution is a women's college, therefore it does not field men's sports.

Associate membersEdit

The American Midwest currently has two associate members, all are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined AMC
sport
Primary
conference
Calumet College of St. Joseph Whiting, Indiana 1951 Catholic 1,292 Crimson Wave 2017–18 men's wrestling Chicagoland
Lincoln College Lincoln, Illinois 1865 800 Lynx 2020–21

Former membersEdit

The American Midwest had ten former full members, all but one were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affilation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference(s)
Current
conference
Benedictine University at Springfield Springfield, Illinois 1927 Catholic N/A Bulldogs 2011–12 2014–15 N/A[a]
Fontbonne College[b] Clayton, Missouri 1923 Catholic 2,900 Griffins 1986–87 1989–90 St. Louis (SLIAC) (NCAA D-III)
(1990–91 to present)
Freed–Hardeman University Henderson, Tennessee 1869 Churches of Christ 2,050+ Lions 2013–14 2019–20 Mid-South
(2020–21 to present)
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, Illinois 1969 Public 2,654 Prairie Stars 2003–04 2008–09 Great Lakes Valley (NCAA D-II)
(2012–13 to present)
Iowa Wesleyan College[c] Mount Pleasant, Iowa 1842 United Methodist 570 Tigers 1993–94 1994–95 Midwest Collegiate
(1995–96 to 2011–12)
NAIA/D-III Independent
(2012–13)
St. Louis (SLIAC) (NCAA D-III)
(2013–14 to 2020–21)
Continental
(2021–22 to present)
Lindenwood University[d] St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Presbyterian 4,822 Lions 1993–94 1995–96 Heart of America
(1996–97 to 2010–11)
D-II Independent
(2011–12)
Mid-America (NCAA D-II)
(2012–13 to 2018–19)
Great Lakes Valley (NCAA D-II)
(2019–20 to 2021–22)
(Ohio Valley (NCAA D-I)
starting in 2022–23)
Lindenwood University at Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 Presbyterian N/A Lynx 2014–15 2019–20 N/A[e]
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 United Methodist 1,702 Bearcats 1987–88 2010–11 NAIA/D-II Independent
(2011–12)
Great Lakes Valley (NCAA D-II)
(2012–13 to present)
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Southern Baptist N/A Cougars 2013–14 2013–14 Closed in 2014
Park University Parkville, Missouri 1875 Nonsectarian 2,340 Pirates 1986–87;
2009–10
1993–94;
2019–20
NAIA Independent
(1994–95 to 2008–09)
Heart of America
(2020–21 to present)
Notes
  1. ^ Benedictine–Springfield dropped its athletic program after the 2014–15 school year; before eventually closing in 2018.
  2. ^ Currently known as Fontbonne University since 2002.
  3. ^ Currently known as Iowa Wesleyan University since 2015.
  4. ^ Currently known as Lindenwood University since 1997.
  5. ^ Lindenwood–Belleville dropped its athletic program after the 2019–20 school year; before eventually closing in 2020.

Former associate membersEdit

The American Midwest had one former associate member, which was also a private school:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left AMC
sport
Primary
conference
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 Catholic 3,595 Knights 2017–18 2019–20 men's wrestling Crossroads

Membership timelineEdit

Cottey CollegeLincoln College (Illinois)Marian University (Ind.)Calumet College of St. JosephCentral Baptist CollegeUniversity of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. LouisLindenwood University – BellevilleMid-Continent UniversityFreed–Hardeman UniversityLyon CollegeBenedictine University at SpringfieldStephens CollegeUniversity of Illinois SpringfieldWilliams Baptist UniversityWilliams Woods UniversityLindenwood UniversityIowa Wesleyan UniversityMcKendree UniversityPark UniversityMissouri Baptist UniversityHarris–Stowe State UniversityHannibal–La Grange UniversityFontbonne UniversityColumbia College (Missouri)

Full members (non-football) Assoc. member (Other sports) Other Conference

SportsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cottey College Joins the American Midwest Conference". American Midwest Conference. November 16, 2021. Retrieved December 26, 2021.

External linksEdit