The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Its fifteen member institutions are located in the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. There are also eight affiliate members who participate in sports not sponsored by their home conferences.
|Great Lakes Valley Conference|
|Members||15 (13 in 2022)|
|Region||Central United States|
|Commissioner||Jim Naumovich (since 2001)|
The GLVC grew out of discussions that started in 1972 between the athletic directors of three schools in the greater Ohio Valley—Bellarmine College (now designated a university), Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Indiana State University at Evansville (known since 1985 as the University of Southern Indiana)—with the goal of forming a basketball conference. The discussions later grew to include the University of Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's College, and in 1978 these schools joined with Ashland University to form the GLVC. Upon Southern Indiana's departure in July 2022, Indianapolis will be the only remaining charter member.
The conference experienced steady growth through the 1980s and into the early 1990s. The GLVC first expanded in 1980 with the addition of Lewis University, followed by Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW; the athletic program is now Purdue Fort Wayne) in 1984, Northern Kentucky University the following year (1985), and Kentucky State University in 1989. The conference lost its first members in 1994 with the departure of Ashland and Kentucky State, but nonetheless increased in size that same year, adding Quincy University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the University of Wisconsin–Parkside. The University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) would join the next year (1995, but began competition in 1996).
The first part of the 21st century would see even more growth. While IPFW left in 2001 to move to Division I, the GLVC added three more members in 2005—Drury University, the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), and Rockhurst University.
In October 2008, Maryville University and The University of Illinois Springfield accepted invitations to join the GLVC and began competing in the conference in the fall of 2009. They effectively replaced SIUE, which left for Division I in the summer of 2008. For men's and women's basketball, the league split into three divisions based on geography (East, North, and West) for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons, and reverted to two divisions when William Jewell College joined in 2011. Baseball and tennis operate in a two-division format, while all other sports run a single table.
On January 19, 2010 the GLVC announced the addition of football as a league championship sport, beginning with the 2012 season. Kentucky Wesleyan, Missouri S&T and Saint Joseph's moved from the Great Lakes Football Conference, McKendree University and Quincy from the Mid-States Football Association of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Indianapolis ended its affiliate membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to join William Jewell and form the seven-team league.
On October 6, 2010 it was announced that McKendree accepted an invitation to become the 17th full member of the GLVC and begin participating fully in the conference in 2012. The following day, the conference announced that it had approved Central State University and Urbana University for associate membership in football, increasing the number of teams which would compete in the initial season of football to nine.
On October 18, 2011 it was announced that a new league, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC; not to be confused with the former Division I Great Midwest Conference), was forming for 2013. Charter members included Kentucky Wesleyan from the GLVC along with Central State and Urbana (GLVC members in football). Joining them were Ursuline, Notre Dame College, and Cedarville, with the G-MAC hoping to expand to 10 members. The new conferences' sponsored sports were not immediately announced. Kentucky Wesleyan, with its eight national men's basketball titles, was the biggest loss for the GLVC, but, with only 680 students, the school had trouble competing in the other sports against much larger schools.
On December 8, 2011, Northern Kentucky officially accepted an invitation from the Division I ASUN Conference (then branded as the Atlantic Sun Conference) effective July 1, 2012. It was announced on June 8, 2012 that the GLVC Council of Presidents had voted unanimously to accept Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Missouri into the conference. The Bulldogs began competition in the GLVC effective with the 2013–14 school year. Truman was a founding member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), and became the seventh Missouri school to join the GLVC since 1995.
On August 27, 2012 it was announced that Central State University would leave the GLVC football conference to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as a football-only member, effective July 1, 2013. (Two years later, Central State would become an all-sports SIAC member.)
On November 4, 2015, Drury announced it would begin sponsorship of wrestling in the 2016–17 season becoming the sixth conference member with a wrestling program. They joined then-current wrestling-only independents Indianapolis, Maryville, McKendree, Truman State, and Wisconsin–Parkside in GLVC competition, giving the conference an eleventh men's championship sport. Bellarmine announced on June 14, 2016 that it would absorb the wrestling program of St. Catharine College, which closed after the 2015–16 school year, and also begin competition in the 2016–17 season.
St. Joseph's College closed after graduation in May 2017 due to financial troubles.
The University of Wisconsin–Parkside left the GLVC after the 2017–18 academic year to join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The conference announced on May 31, 2018 that Southwest Baptist would join as a full member from the MIAA from 2019–20. The conference also announced on October 4, 2018 that Lindenwood University would join in 2019–20.
Lincoln's football program had been scheduled to leave the GLVC to return to the MIAA in 2020. However, the school's membership agreement had an out clause stating that if the MIAA lost a football-playing member, Lincoln football would be allowed to immediately return to the MIAA with no penalty. Once Lindenwood was announced as a future GLVC member, the clause was activated, and Lincoln accordingly rejoined MIAA football in 2019.
Another recent change to the conference's core membership was reported by Louisville media on June 17, 2019 and officially confirmed the next day. Bellarmine left the GLVC in 2020 to move to the ASUN Conference. Less than a month later, the GLVC announced it would add two new varsity women's sports for 2019–20—bowling and lacrosse. The GLVC effectively absorbed the former MIAA bowling league; five of the inaugural GLVC bowling members had previously competed in the MIAA. Full members Drury, Lewis, Maryville, and McKendree were joined by associates Central Missouri, Lincoln, and Upper Iowa. In lacrosse, the initial membership consists of seven full members—Indianapolis, Lewis, Lindenwood, Maryville, McKendree, Quincy, and Rockhurst.
In November 2019, the conference announced Davenport University would join the GLVC as an affiliate member for men's lacrosse and wrestling starting in 2020–21. In late June 2020, Lincoln announced that it would drop its bowling team.
The most recent changes to the core membership were announced in February 2022. On February 9, charter member Southern Indiana announced it would start a transition to Division I and join the Ohio Valley Conference that July, and on February 23, Lindenwood announced the same conference change on the same timetable.
- 1978 - The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) was founded. Charter members included Ashland College (now Ashland University), Bellarmine College (now Bellarmine University), Indiana Central University (now the University of Indianapolis), Indiana State University at Evansville (now the University of Southern Indiana), Kentucky Wesleyan College and Saint Joseph's (Ind.), effective beginning the 1978-79 academic year.
- 1980 - Lewis University joined the GLVC, effective in the 1980-81 academic year.
- 1984 - Indiana University–Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) joined the GLVC, effective in the 1984-85 academic year.
- 1985 - Northern Kentucky University joined the GLVC, effective in the 1985-86 academic year.
- 1989 - Kentucky State University joined the GLVC, effective in the 1989-90 academic year.
- 1994 - Ashland and Kentucky State left the GLVC to become NCAA D-II Independents, effective after the 1993-94 academic year. However, both were fulfilling their commitments to the final year of competition in the GLVC as full members, effective after the 1994–95 school year.
- 1994 - Quincy, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the University of Wisconsin–Parkside joined the GLVC, effective beginning in the 1995-96 academic year.
- 1995 - The University of Missouri–St. Louis joined the GLVC, effective beginning in the 1996-97 academic year.
- 2001 - Indiana–Purdue at Fort Wayne (IPFW) left the GLVC to join the Division I ranks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as an NCAA D-I Independent, effective after the 2000-01 academic year.
- 2005 - Drury University, the University of Missouri–Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology) and Rockhurst University joined the GLVC, effective in the 2005-06 academic year.
- 2008 - Southern Illinois–Edwardsville (SIUE or SIUE Edwardsville) left the GLVC to join the NCAA Division I ranks and the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) as a provisional member, effective after the 2007-08 academic year.
- 2009 - The University of Illinois at Springfield and Maryville University joined the GLVC, effective in the 2009-10 academic year.
- 2011 - William Jewell College joined the GLVC, effective in the 2011-12 academic year.
- 2012 - Northern Kentucky left the GLVC to join the NCAA Division I ranks and the Atlantic Sun Conference, effective after the 2011-12 academic year.
- 2012 - Kentucky Wesleyan announced that it would leave the GLVC for some sports to become a charter member of the newly-created Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), effective after the 2011-12 academic year. However, it was fulfilling its commitments to the final year of competition in the GLVC as a full member, before beginning competition as a full G-MAC member, effective after the 2012–13 school year. Kentucky Wesleyan would remain in the GLVC as an affiliate member for football until after the 2013 fall season (2013-14 academic year.).
- 2012 - McKendree University joined the GLVC, effective in the 2012-13 academic year.
- 2012 - Central State University and Urbana University joined the GLVC as affiliate members for football, effective in the 2012 fall season (2012-13 academic year).
- 2013 - Two institutions left the GLVC as affiliate members for football to join other conferences for that sport: Central State to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC; which would join for all other sports later on, effective in the 2015-16 academic year), and Urbana to join the Mountain East Conference as an all-sports member, both effective after the 2012 fall season (2012-13 academic year).
- 2013 - Truman State University joined the GLVC, effective in the 1996-97 academic year.
- 2014 - Lincoln University of Missouri and Southwest Baptist University joined the GLVC as affiliate members for football, effective in the 2014 fall season (2014-15 academic year).
- 2017 - Saint Joseph's (Ind.) left the GLVC as the school announced that it would close, effective after the 2016-17 academic year.
- 2017 - The University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of Montevallo, Shorter University and Young Harris College joined the GLVC as affiliate members for men's lacrosse, effective in the 2018 spring season (2017-18 academic year).
- 2018 - Wisconsin–Parkside left the GLVC to join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), effective after the 2017-18 academic year.
- 2018 - Ouachita Baptist University joined the GLVC as an affiliate member for men's wrestling, effective in the 2018-19 academic year.
- 2019 - Lincoln (Mo.) left the GLVC as an affiliate member for football, effective after the 2018 fall season (2018-19 academic year). However, it re-joined for women's bowling, effective in the 2020 spring season (2019-20 academic year).
- 2019 - Lindenwood University joined the GLVC (with Southwest Baptist upgrading for all sports), effective in the 2019-20 academic year.
- 2019 - The University of Central Missouri and Upper Iowa University joined the GLVC as affiliate members for women's lacrosse, effective in the 2020 spring season (2019-20 academic year).
- 2020 - Bellarmine left the GLVC to join the NCAA Division I ranks and the ASUN Conference as a provisional member, effective after the 2019-20 academic year.
- 2020 - Five institutions left the GLVC as affiliate members: Lincoln (Mo.) for women's bowling, and Alabama–Huntsville, Montevallo, Shorter and Young Harris for men's lacrosse, all effective after the 2020 spring season (2019-20 academic year).
- 2020 - Two institutions joined the GLVC as affiliate members: Davenport University for men's lacrosse and men's wrestling, and Missouri Western State University for women's lacrosse, both effective in the 2019-20 academic year.
- 2022 - In February 2022, two institutions announced that they would leave the GLVC to join the NCAA Division I ranks and the OVC: Southern Indiana on the 9th, and then Lindenwood on the 23rd, effective with the 2022-23 academic year.
The GLVC currently has 15 full members, all but five are private schools:
- UMSL joined the GLVC in 1995 but did not begin competition until after the 1995–96 school year because of its commitments to the final season of competition in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), hence it joined effective the 1996–97 school year.
- Southwest Baptist competed in the GLVC as an affiliate for football from the 2014 to 2018 fall seasons (2014–15 to 2018–19 school years).
The GLVC currently has five affiliate members, all but two are private schools. Years listed in this table are calendar years. For schools that play only spring sports (such as men's lacrosse) in the GLVC, the calendar year of arrival precedes the first season of competition.
|University of Central Missouri||Warrensburg, Missouri||1871||Public||7,629||Jennies[a]||2019–20||women's bowling||Mid-America (MIAA)|
|Davenport University||Grand Rapids, Michigan||1866||Nonsectarian||4,999||Panthers||2020–21m.lax
|Great Lakes (GLIAC)|
|Missouri Western State University||St. Joseph, Missouri||1915||Public||5,388||Griffons||2020–21||women's lacrosse||Mid-America (MIAA)|
|Ouachita Baptist University||Arkadelphia, Arkansas||1886||Baptist||1,664||Tigers||2018–19||men's wrestling||Great American|
|Upper Iowa University||Fayette, Iowa||1857||Nonsectarian||3,651||Peacocks||2019–20||women's bowling||Northern Sun (NSIC)|
- Central Missouri uses two nicknames: Mules for men's sports teams and Jennies for women's sports teams.
The GLVC had nine former full members, all but four were public schools:
- On July 1, 2018, Indiana University and Purdue University dissolved their merged Fort Wayne campus. IU took over IPFW's academic programs in health sciences under the name of Indiana University Fort Wayne, with remaining IPFW academic programs becoming part of Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW). The IPFW athletic program was inherited by PFW, with the athletic branding changed to Purdue Fort Wayne.
- Kentucky Wesleyan remained in the GLVC as an affiliate member for football through the 2013 fall season (2013–14 school year).
- Kentucky Wesleyan left the GLVC after the 2011–12 school year to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) as a charter member for some sports, but was fulfilling its commitments to the final year of competition for its other sports in the GLVC as a full member (before beginning competition as a full G-MAC member), effective after the 2012–13 school year.
- Saint Joseph's (Ind.) closed the school in 2017. However, the school has re-opened as of the fall of 2021, yet no athletics program had returned yet (assuming it had been discontinued).
Former affiliate membersEdit
The GLVC had seven former affiliate members, all but three were public schools. Years listed in this table reflect calendar years. For fall sports, the calendar year of departure is the year after the last season of competition. For spring sports, the calendar year of arrival precedes the first season of competition:
|University of Alabama in Huntsville||Huntsville, Alabama||1969||Public||9,988||Chargers||2017–18||2019–20||men's lacrosse||Gulf South|
|Central State University||Wilberforce, Ohio||1887||Public||2,798||Marauders||2012–13||2012–13||football||Southern (SIAC)|
|Lincoln University||Jefferson City, Missouri||1866||Public||3,583||Blue Tigers||2014–15fb.
|University of Montevallo||Montevallo, Alabama||1896||Public||2,559||Falcons||2017–18||2019–20||men's lacrosse||Gulf South|
|Shorter University||Rome, Georgia||1873||Baptist||1,520||Hawks||2017–18||2019–20||men's lacrosse||Gulf South|
|Urbana University||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Nonsectarian||N/A||Blue Knights||2012–13||2012–13||football||N/A[b]|
|Young Harris College||Young Harris, Georgia||1886||United Methodist||1,120||Mountain Lions||2017–18||2019–20||men's lacrosse||Peach Belt|
- Lincoln (Mo.) now competes football in its primary home conference in the MIAA, and dropped bowling after the 2019–20 school year.
- Urbana discontinued its athletics program and closed the school after the 2019–20 school year.
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
"Core sports" – sports that all full conference members are required to sponsor – are indicated with a green background.
|A 2-divisional format is used for baseball.||A 2-divisional format is used for tennis (M / W).||A 3-divisional format is used for basketball (M / W) and volleyball, the third division is named Central.|
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
Departing members in pink.
Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
Departing members in pink.
- De facto Division I sport. The NCAA holds a single championship meet open to members of all divisions.
Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit
- De facto Division I sport. The NCAA conducts national championship events open to members of all divisions in fencing and men's and women's water polo. In men's volleyball and women's ice hockey, the NCAA's top-level championship events are open to members of both Divisions I and II.
- Maryville will add field hockey in the 2022–23 school year (2022 season).
- Missouri S&T will add men's volleyball in the 2022–23 school year (2023 season).
In addition to the listings in this table:
- McKendree sponsors varsity teams in the following non-NCAA sports: men's bowling, powerlifting for both men and women, and the fully coeducational sport of bass fishing. It also treats its men's and women's ice hockey teams, which compete at club level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, as varsity teams.
- Quincy fields a varsity men's bowling squad. It will also add sprint football, a weight-restricted form of American football governed outside the NCAA structure, in 2022–23.
- Southwest Baptist treats its all-female dance team as a varsity team, and added a varsity team in the all-female cheerleading discipline of STUNT for 2018–19. The school also sponsors a coeducational varsity esports team, specifically in League of Legends.
GLVC schools have won 28 NCAA Division II national championships, plus one NCAA National Collegiate championship (indicated in green). "National Collegiate" is the NCAA's official term to describe championship events open to members of more than one NCAA division.
|1987||men's basketball||Kentucky Wesleyan|
|1990||men's basketball||Kentucky Wesleyan|
|1995||men's basketball||Southern Indiana|
|1999||men's basketball||Kentucky Wesleyan|
|2000||women's basketball||Northern Kentucky|
|2001||men's basketball||Kentucky Wesleyan|
|2005||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2006||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2007||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2007||women's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2008||women's basketball||Northern Kentucky|
|2008||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2009||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2009||women's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2010||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2010||women's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2010||men's soccer||Northern Kentucky|
|2011||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2011||women's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2012||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2013||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
|2014||men's swimming & diving||Drury|
- "GLVC Establishes Timeline for Football Sponsorship" (Press release). January 19, 2010.
- Staff (October 7, 2010). "GLVC adds McKendree". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- "GLVC Welcomes Two Associate Members for Football" (Press release). October 8, 2010.
- "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- "Truman moving to GLVC". The Kirksville Daily Express. June 8, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "SIAC Approves Central State University For Conference Membership" (Press release). Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. August 27, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- Boyce, David (October 25, 2018). "Boyce's Beat: The MIAA Path of Lincoln's Football Return in 2019". Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- "Bellarmine to start men's wrestling team". Bellarmine University. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
- "Alumni Short Of Goal To Stop St. Joseph's College Closure". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
- "GLVC Admits Southwest Baptist University as Full-Time Member" (Press release). Great Lakes Valley Conference. May 31, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
- "GLVC Admits Lindenwood University as 16th Member" (Press release). Great Lakes Valley Conference. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- Crawford, Eric (June 17, 2019). "Done D-1 Deal". Louisville, KY: WDRB. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "ASUN Conference Announces Addition of Bellarmine University" (Press release). ASUN Conference. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
- "GLVC Announces Sport Sponsorship of Women's Bowling" (Press release). Great Lakes Valley Conference. July 3, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
- "GLVC Announces Sport Sponsorship of Women's Lacrosse" (Press release). Great Lakes Valley Conference. July 2, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
- Smith, Jeff (November 12, 2019). "Davenport to Become GLVC Associate Member in Men's Lacrosse, Wrestling". GLVC. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
- "Lincoln Discontinues Bowling Program" (Press release). Lincoln Blue Tigers. June 22, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- "University of Southern Indiana to Join the Ohio Valley Conference in 2022-23" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
- "Lindenwood sports moving to Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference". FOX 2. 2022-02-23. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
- "Benedictine Admitted to NCAA DII Membership Process" (Press release). Benedictine Eagles. July 13, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- "New Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Forms for Sprint Football" (Press release). Midwest Sprint Football League. June 21, 2021. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
- "Maryville to Add NCAA Sports in Women's Field Hockey and Men's Volleyball" (Press release). Maryville Saints. February 19, 2021. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
- "Missouri S&T to add men's volleyball for 2022-23 athletic season" (Press release). Missouri S&T Miners. August 17, 2021. Retrieved November 15, 2021.