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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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

Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established1972
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members12
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 GLIAC was founded in June 1972. Member institutions are located in the midwestern United States in the States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, with affiliate members in Minnesota and Iowa. Charter members include Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Northwood, and Saginaw Valley State. Former members include Oakland (1972–1997) and Westminster (1997–2000).

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.

Tiffin University joined the GLIAC on July 1, 2008.[1] Gannon University and Mercyhurst College left the GLIAC for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on July 1, 2008.[2]

July 1, 2016. Malone University left the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

July 1, 2017. University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University, & Walsh University left the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Also, Davenport University & Purdue University Northwest move up from NAIA to join the GLIAC.

July 1, 2018 Tiffin University left the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. University of Wisconsin-Parkside joined the GLIAC from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 6,626 Eagles           1995
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1866 6,534 Panthers           2017
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 13,250 Bulldogs           1972
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 24,677 Lakers                1972
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1946 2,007 Lakers           1972
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan 1885 7,203 Huskies           1980
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 1899 7,595 Wildcats           1975;
1987
Northwood University Midland, Michigan 1959 1,594 Timberwolves           1972;
1992
Purdue University Northwest Hammond, Indiana 1946 10,473 Pride           2017
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan 1963 8,535 Cardinals                1972
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 27,053 Warriors           1975
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Somers, Wisconsin 1968 4,325 Rangers                2018
  • Membership History [3]

Affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Concordia University–St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota 1893 4,792 Golden Bears           2017 lacrosse (W) Northern Sun
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota 1869 14,615 Huskies           2018 swimming & diving (M) Northern Sun
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 6,764 Peacocks           2019 lacrosse (W), soccer (M) Northern Sun

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 Oilers 1997 2017 Great Midwest
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Golden Knights 1995 2008 Pennsylvania State
Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan 1844 Chargers 1975 2017 Great Midwest
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio 1856 Storm 2010 2017 Great Midwest
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 Pioneers 2012 2016 Great Midwest
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Lakers 1995 2008 Pennsylvania State
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan 1957 Golden Grizzlies 1974 1997 Horizon
(NCAA D-I)
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 Panthers 2010 2017 Great Midwest
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 Dragons 2008 2018 Great Midwest
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 Cavaliers 2012 2017 Great Midwest
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Titans 1997 2000 Presidents
(NCAA D-III)

Former affiliate membersEdit

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

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia 1871 Battlers 2012 2015 lacrosse (W) Great Midwest
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 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 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 Saints 2018 2019 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Bearcats 2014 2019 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1922 Falcons 2012 2013 football;
lacrosse (W);
soccer (M);
soccer (W);
wrestling
Mountain East
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1850 Arrows 2013 2015
(lacrosse);
2016
(swimming)
lacrosse (W);
swimming & diving (W)
Great Midwest
Wheeling Jesuit University[a] Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Cardinals 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
  1. ^ Known as Wheeling University since 2019.

Membership timelineEdit

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) 

SportsEdit

The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:[4]

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

Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

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

Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Davenport  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Ferris State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Grand Valley State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Lake Superior State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Michigan Tech  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Northern Michigan  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Northwood  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Purdue–Northwest  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Saginaw Valley State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
Wayne State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Wisconsin-Parkside  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Totals 12 12 10 4 10 9 6 10 10 11 12 106
Affiliate Members
Concordia–St. Paul  Y 1
Upper Iowa  Y 1

Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Men Co-ed
Ice
Hockey
Wrestling Fencing Skiing
Ashland IND
Davenport IND
Ferris State WCHA
Lake Superior State WCHA
Michigan Tech WCHA CCSA
Northern Michigan WCHA CCSA
Wayne State MFC
Wisconsin-Parkside IND

ChampionshipsEdit

National ChampionshipsEdit

GLIAC schools have won 42 NCAA National Championships:[5]

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

Football facilitiesEdit

Institution Stadium Capacity [6] 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tiffin University Accepts Membership Invitation From the GLIAC" (PDF). Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 18, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2007.
  3. ^ "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  5. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/
  6. ^ "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.

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