Crossroads League

The Crossroads League (formerly the Mid-Central College Conference) is an athletic conference composed of NAIA private Christian colleges in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio . The current conference commissioner is Larry DeSimpelare.

Crossroads League
Crossroads League logo
Established1959
AssociationNAIA
Members10
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 8
RegionMidwestern United States
Region VIII
Former namesMid-Central College Conference
CommissionerLarry DeSimpelare
Websitecrossroadsleague.com
Locations
Crossroads League locations

HistoryEdit

In June 2012, the conference voted to change its name to the Crossroads League, a name to better reflect the conference having growing beyond its Central Indiana roots.[1]

Chronological timelineEdit

  • 1966 - Saint Francis College (now the University of Saint Francis of Indiana) joined the MCCC, effective the 1966–67 academic year.
  • 1969 - On Nov. 6, 1969, Goshen College joined the MCCC, effective the 1970–71 academic year.
  • 1972 - Concordia Senior College left the MCCC, effective after the 1971–72 academic year.
  • 1973 - Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) joined the MCCC, effective the 1973–74 academic year.
  • 1978 - Indiana Tech left the MCCC, effective after the 1977–78 academic year.
  • 1978 - Grace College left the MCCC, effective after the 1978–79 academic year.
  • 1980 - Tri-State College announced that it would leave the MCCC on May 8, and Saint Francis College announced the same on May 12, both effective after the 1980–81 academic year.
  • 1980 - On November 5, 1980, Bethel College (now Bethel University) joined the MCCC, with Grace rejoining as well, both effective beginning the 1981–82 academic year.
  • 1986 - Bethel College initially withdrew from the MCCC, effective after the 1985–86 academic year. However on August 25, 1986, Bethel was reinstated to the conference, effective the 1986–87 academic year.
  • 1986 - Women's sports were introduced in the MCCC, effective the 1986–87 academic year.
  • 1987 - On September 14, 1987, Marian College (now Marian University) joined the MCCC, effective the 1987–88 academic year.
  • 1994 - Taylor University joined the MCCC and Saint Francis College rejoined, both effective beginning the 1994–95 academic year.
  • 2012 - On June 27, 2012, the MCCC was rebranded as the Crossroads League, effective the 2012–13 academic year.

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

The Crossroads League currently has ten full members, all of which are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Bethel University Mishawaka, Indiana 1947 Missionary 1,964 Pilots 1981–82
Goshen College Goshen, Indiana 1894 Mennonite 971 Maple Leafs 1970–71
Grace College & Seminary Winona Lake, Indiana 1948 Grace Brethren 1,308 Lancers 1959–60;
1981–82[a]
Huntington University Huntington, Indiana 1897 United Brethren in Christ 1,089 Foresters 1959–60
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Indiana 1920 Wesleyan Church 2,969 Wildcats 1973–74
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 Catholic 3,595 Knights 1987–88
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, Ohio 1964 Nazarene 2,622 Cougars 2011–12
University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne, Indiana 1890 Catholic 1,883 Cougars 1966–67;
1994–95[b]
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, Michigan 1873 Free Methodist 2,600 Cougars 2004–05
Taylor University Upland, Indiana 1846 Christian 1,887 Trojans 1994–95
Notes
  1. ^ Grace left the Crossroads after the 1978–79 school year and rejoined effective the 1981–82 school year.
  2. ^ Saint Francis left the Crossroads after the 1980–81 school year and rejoined effective the 1994–95 school year.

Former membersEdit

The Crossroads had three former full members, all of which were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Concordia Senior College Fort Wayne, Indiana 1957 LCMS Cadets 1959–60 1971–72 Closed in 1977
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 1930 Nonsectarian Warriors 1959–60 1977–78 Wolverine–Hoosier
Trine University Angola, Indiana 1884 Nonsectarian Thunder 1959–60 1980–81 Michigan (MIAA)
(NCAA D-III)

Membership timelineEdit

Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversitySpring Arbor UniversityTaylor UniversityMarian University (Indiana)Bethel College (Indiana)Indiana Wesleyan UniversityGoshen CollegeUniversity of Saint Francis (Indiana)Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationWolverine-Hoosier Athletic ConferenceTrine UniversityWolverine-Hoosier Athletic ConferenceIndiana Institute of TechnologyHuntington UniversityGrace College %26 SeminaryConcordia Senior College

Full members (men and women) Full members (men only) Other Conference 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 Outdoor  Y  Y
Volleyball  Y

Commissioners CupEdit

Each year, the member institution with the most points based on final rankings in each sport, is awarded the Commissioners Cup (formerly known as the All Sports Trophy). The current holder is Indiana Wesleyan University, which has won the last twelve cups in a row and holds the record for cups won, with eighteen.[2]

Notable athletesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MCC Becomes Crossroads League". Indiana Wesleyan University. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  2. ^ "2007-08 All Sport Points Standings". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-02-13.

External linksEdit