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
Members11 (10 in 2022)
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
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Location of GLIAC members: Blue pog.svg full, Red pog.svg full departing, and Green pog.svg affiliate.

The GLIAC was founded in June 1972. Its eleven member institutions are located in the Midwestern United States in the states of Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. There are three affiliate members who compete in the GLIAC for sports not sponsored by their home conference.

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.

HistoryEdit

Chronological timelineEdit

  • 1972: The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) was founded in 1972.[1] The charter members of the GLIAC were the following: Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Northwood Institute (now Northwood University) and Saginaw Valley State University, effective beginning the 1972–1973 academic year.
  • 1974: Women's programs became part of the GLIAC, effective in the 1974–1975 academic year.
  • 1974: Oakland University joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1974–1975 academic year.
  • 1975: Hillsdale College, Northern Michigan University and Wayne State University joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1975–1976 academic year.
  • 1977: Northern Michigan left the GLIAC, effective after the 1976–1977 academic year.
  • 1980: Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1980–1981 academic year.
  • 1987: Northwood left the GLIAC, effective after the 1986–1987 academic year.
  • 1987: Northern Michigan re-joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1987–1988 academic year.
  • 1989–1990: The GLIAC dropped football as a sponsored sport, effective after the 1989–1990 academic year.
  • 1992: Northwood re-joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1992–1993 academic year.
  • 1994: On December 14, 1994, Ashland University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University) joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1995–1996 academic year.
  • 1997: Oakland left the GLIAC to become an Division I Independent (who would later join the Mid-Continent Conference, effective beginning the 1998–1999 academic year), effective after the 1996–1997 academic year.
  • 1997: The University of Findlay joined the GLIAC, effective in the 1997–1998 academic year.
  • 1999: The GLIAC re-instated football as a sponsored sport by merging the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC); while the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) became an affiliate member as a football-only school; both effective in the 1999 fall season (1999–2000 academic year).
  • 2001: Indianapolis added men's and women's swimming & diving to its GLIAC affiliate membership, effective in the 2001–2002 academic year.
  • 2004: Lewis University joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for men's and women's swimming and diving, effective in the 2004–2005 academic year.
  • 2007: On June 20, 2007, Tiffin University joined the GLIAC, effective in the 2008–2009 academic year.
  • 2008: Gannon and Mercyhurst left the GLIAC to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), effective after the 2007–2008 academic year.
  • 2010: Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican University joined the GLIAC, effective in the 2010–2011 academic year.
  • 2012: Malone University and Walsh University joined the GLIAC, effective in the 2012–2013 academic year.
  • 2012: Notre Dame College joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for some sports (football, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and wrestling), effective in the 2012–2013 academic year.
  • 2012: Alderson Broaddus University, Urbana University and Wheeling Jesuit University joined the GLIAC as affiliate members for women's lacrosse, effective in the 2013 spring season (2012–2013 academic year).
  • 2013: Notre Dame (Oh.) left the GLIAC as an affiliate member to move their sports into their new primary conference home in the Mountain East Conference, effective after the 2012–2013 academic year.
  • 2013: Indianapolis and Lewis left the GLIAC as affiliate members for men's and women's swimming & diving, effective after the 2012–2013 academic year.
  • 2013: Ursuline College joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for women's lacrosse and women's swimming & diving, effective in the 2012–2013 academic year.
  • 2014: Urbana and Wheeling Jesuit left the GLIAC as affiliate members for women's lacrosse, effective after the 2014 spring season (2013–2014 academic year).
  • 2014: McKendree University joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for women's lacrosse, effective in the 2015 spring season (2014–2015 academic year).
  • 2015: Alderson Broaddus and Ursuline left the GLIAC as affiliate members for women's lacrosse, effective after the 2015 spring season (2014–2015 academic year).
  • 2015: Indianapolis added women's lacrosse to its GLIAC affiliate membership, effective in the 2016 spring season (2015–2016 academic year).
  • 2016: Malone left the GLIAC to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), effective after the 2015–2016 academic year.
  • 2016: Ursuline left the GLIAC as an affiliate member for women's swimming & diving, effective after the 2015–16 academic year.
  • 2017: Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican and Walsh left the GLIAC to join the G-MAC, effective after the 2016–2017 academic year.
  • 2017: Davenport University and Purdue University–Northwest joined the GLIAC, effective in the 2017–2018 academic year.
  • 2017: Concordia University, St. Paul joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for men's lacrosse, effective in the 2018 spring season (2017–2018 academic year).
  • 2018: Tiffin left the GLIAC to join the G-MAC, effective after the 2017–2018 academic year.
  • 2018: The University of Wisconsin–Parkside joined the GLIAC, effective in the 2018–2019 academic year.
  • 2018: Three institutions joined the GLIAC as affiliate members: Lewis and Maryville University for women's lacrosse, and St. Cloud State University for men's swimming and men's swimming & diving, effective in the 2018–2019 academic year.
  • 2019: Indianapolis, Lewis, Maryville and McKendree left the GLIAC as affiliate members for women's lacrosse, effective after the 2019 spring season (2018–2019 academic year).
  • 2019: Upper Iowa University joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for men's soccer and women's lacrosse, effective in the 2019–2020 academic year.
  • 2021: Ashland left the GLIAC to join the G-MAC, effective after the 2020–2021 academic year.
  • 2021: Augustana University joined the GLIAC as an affiliate member for men's swimming & diving, effective in the 2021–2022 academic year.
  • 2022: Northwood would leave the GLIAC for a second time to join the G-MAC, effective in the 2021–2022 academic year.

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

The GLIAC currently has 11 full members, all but two are public schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Colors
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1866 Nonsectarian 5,421 Panthers 2017    
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 Public 10,361 Bulldogs 1972    
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 Public 20,753 Lakers 1972      
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1946 Public 1,901 Lakers 1972    
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan 1885 Public 7,009 Huskies 1980    
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 1899 Public 7,214 Wildcats 1975;
1987[a]
   
Northwood University[b] Midland, Michigan 1959 Nonsectarian 2,541 Timberwolves 1972;
1992[c]
   
Purdue University–Northwest Hammond, Indiana 1946 Public 8,794 Pride 2017    
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan 1963 Public 8,535 Cardinals 1972      
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 Public 22,941 Warriors 1975    
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Somers, Wisconsin 1968 Public 4,464 Rangers 2018      
Notes
  1. ^ Northern Michigan left the GLIAC after the 1976–77 school year; which would later re-join back, effective in the 1987–88 school year.
  2. ^ Northwood will leave the GLIAC to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) in July 2022.[2]
  3. ^ Northwood left the GLIAC after the 1986–87 school year; which would later re-joined back, effective in the 1992–93 school year.

Affiliate membersEdit

The GLIAC currently has four affiliate members, all but one are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Colors GLIAC
sport
Primary
conference
Augustana University Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1860 Lutheran ELCA 2,113 Vikings 2021–22     men's swimming & diving Northern Sun (NSIC)
Concordia University–St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota 1893 Lutheran LCMS 5,139 Golden Bears 2017–18     women's lacrosse Northern Sun (NSIC)
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota 1869 Public 12,608 Huskies 2018–19m.sw.;
2018–19m.soc.
    men's swimming & diving;
men's soccer
Northern Sun (NSIC)
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 Nonsectarian 3,661 Peacocks 2019–20w.lax.;
2019–20m.soc.
    women's lacrosse;
men's soccer
Northern Sun (NSIC)

Former membersEdit

The GLIAC had 12 former full members, all but one were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 Brethren 6,626 Eagles 1995–96 2020–21 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 Churches of God 4,870 Oilers 1997–98 2016–17 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Catholic 4,238 Golden Knights 1995–96 2007–08 Pennsylvania (PSAC)
Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan 1844 Nonsectarian 1,521 Chargers 1975–76 2016–17 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio 1856 Nonsectarian 1,177 Storm 2010–11 2016–17 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 Evangelical 1,684 Pioneers 2012–13 2015–16 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Catholic 3,217 Lakers 1995–96 2007–08 Pennsylvania (PSAC)
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan 1957 Public 20,519 Golden Grizzlies 1974–75 1996–97 Horizon
(NCAA D-I)
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 Catholic 1,716 Panthers 2010–11 2016–17 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 Nonsectarian 3,096 Dragons 2008–09 2017–18 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 Catholic 2,779 Cavaliers 2012–13 2016–17 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Presbyterian 1,482 Titans 1997–98 1999–2000 Presidents'
(NCAA D-III)

Former affiliate membersEdit

The GLIAC had nine former affiliate members, all were private schools. School names and nicknames reflect those in use in the final season each school was an affiliate:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left GLIAC
sport
Primary
conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia 1871 Baptist 2,306 Battlers 2012–13 2014–15 women's lacrosse Mountain East
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 United Methodist 4,168 Greyhounds 1999–2000fb.;
2015–16w.lax.;
2000–01m.sw.;
2000–01w.sw.
2011–12fb.;
2018–19w.lax.;
2012–13w.sw.;
2012–13w.sw.
football;
women's lacrosse;
men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Catholic 4,306 Flyers 2018–19w.lax.
2004–05m.sw.
2004–05w.sw.
2018–19w.lax.
2012–13m.sw.
2012–13w.sw.
women's lacrosse;
men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
Maryville University Town and Country, Missouri 1872 Catholic 5,504 Saints 2018–19 2018–19 women's lacrosse Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 United Methodist 1,702 Bearcats 2014–15 2018–19 women's lacrosse Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1922 Catholic 2,200 Falcons 2012–13fb.;
2012–13w.lax.;
2012–13m.soc.;
2012–13w.soc.;
2012–13wr.
2012–13fb.;
2012–13w.lax.;
2012–13m.soc.;
2012–13w.soc.;
2012–13wr.
football;
women's lacrosse;
men's soccer;
women's soccer;
wrestling
Mountain East
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Nonsectarian N/A Blue Knights 2012–13 2013–14 women's lacrosse N/A[a]
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1850 Catholic 1,073 Arrows 2013–14w.lax.;
2013–14w.sw.
2014–15w.lax.;
2015–16w.sw.
women's lacrosse;
women's swimming & diving
Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Wheeling Jesuit University[b] Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Catholic 1,600 Cardinals 2012–13 2013–14 women's lacrosse Mountain East
Notes
  1. ^ Urbana discontinued its athletics program and closed the school after the 2019–20 school year.
  2. ^ Currently known as Wheeling University since 2019.

Membership timelineEdit

The GLIAC dropped football after the 1989 fall season (1989–1990 school year) and resumed it for the 1999 fall season (1999–2000 school year).

Augustana UniversityUpper Iowa UniversityMaryville UniversitySt. Cloud State UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–ParksideConcordia University, St. PaulPurdue University NorthwestDavenport UniversityMckendree UniversityUrsuline CollegeWheeling UniversityUrbana UniversityAlderson Broaddus UniversityNotre Dame CollegeWalsh UniversityMalone UniversityOhio Dominican UniversityLake Erie CollegeTiffin UniversityLewis UniversityUniversity of IndianapolisWestminster College (Pennsylvania)University of FindlayMercyhurst UniversityGannon UniversityAshland UniversityMichigan Technological UniversityWayne State UniversityNorthern Michigan UniversityHillsdale CollegeOakland UniversitySaginaw Valley State UniversityNorthwood UniversityLake Superior State UniversityGrand Valley State UniversityFerris State University

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

SportsEdit

The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:[3]

A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W) and volleyball.
North
  • Lake Superior State
  • Michigan Tech
  • Northern Michigan
  • Northwood[a]
  • Saginaw Valley State[a]
  • Wayne State (Mich.)[a]
South
  • Davenport
  • Ferris State[b]
  • Grand Valley State
  • Purdue–Northwest[b]
  • Wisconsin–Parkside[b]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c South Division member in basketball; North Division member in volleyball.
  2. ^ a b c North Division member in basketball; South Division member in volleyball.
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
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
Parkside  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
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
Totals 7 11 10 8 10 6 4 8 7 8 89
Affiliate Members
Augustana  Y 1
St. Cloud State  Y 1
Upper Iowa  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
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
Parkside  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Purdue Northwest  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Saginaw Valley State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Wayne State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Totals 11 11 9 4 9 8 5 9 9 10 11 106
Affiliate Members
Concordia–St. Paul  Y 1
Upper Iowa  Y 1

Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Men Women Co-ed
Ice Hockey[a] Lacrosse Wrestling Wrestling[b] Fencing[a] Skiing[a]
Davenport GLVC GLVC IND
Ferris State CCHA
Lake Superior State CCHA
Michigan Tech CCHA CCSA
Northern Michigan CCHA [c] IND CCSA[d]
Parkside NSIC[4]
Wayne State MFC
  1. ^ a b c De facto Division I sport. In men's ice hockey, the NCAA Division I championship is open to Division II members. In fencing and skiing, the NCAA sponsors single championship events open to members of all three divisions.
  2. ^ Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
  3. ^ Northern Michigan houses an official U.S. Olympic training center for the non-NCAA discipline of Greco-Roman wrestling. All trainees are enrolled at NMU, and are recognized as NMU varsity athletes.
  4. ^ Northern Michigan only competes in NCAA-sponsored events in Nordic skiing. Its Alpine skiing squad is recognized as a varsity team, but does not compete in NCAA events.

In addition to the above:

  • Davenport has varsity teams in esports (coeducational) and the women-only cheerleading discipline of STUNT.
  • Michigan Tech and Purdue Northwest have coeducational varsity esports teams.
  • Northern Michigan recognizes esports (fully coeducational) as a varsity sport. Also, the university hosts an official U.S. Olympic training center for men's and women's weightlifting; all participants in this program are enrolled at NMU, and are recognized as varsity athletes.

ChampionshipsEdit

National ChampionshipsEdit

GLIAC schools have won 48 NCAA National Championships:

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
2019 Women's soccer Grand Valley State
2021 Women’s track & field (O) Grand Valley State
2021 Men's Cross Country Grand Valley State
2021 Women's Soccer Grand Valley State
2021 Football Ferris State
2022 Men's Track & Field (I) Grand Valley State

Football facilitiesEdit

Institution Stadium Capacity[5] Surface
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. ^ "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Northwood University Athletics Changing Conference Affiliation". Richland Source. April 29, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "NSIC to add UW-Parkside as associated member in wrestling starting in 2021-22" (Press release). Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. June 4, 2020. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.

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