Great Midwest Athletic Conference
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) was named the 24th NCAA Division II conference and operates in the Great Lakes and East South Central States regions of the United States. The G-MAC began conference play in the 2012-13 academic year hosting 12 championships and continued to work through the educational assessment program. The conference received approval and became an active Division II conference in 2013-14, hosting 17 championships.
|Great Midwest Athletic Conference|
|Established||2011 (began play in 2012)|
|Members||12 (14 in 2022)|
|Region||Great Lakes and East South Central|
|Commissioner||Tom Daeger (since 2011)|
The initial announcement of a potential new conference surfaced in June 2011 when the presidents and athletic directors of Cedarville University, Notre Dame College, Urbana University, and Ursuline College met to discuss plans for a new Division II conference.
Soon after the initial meeting, Central State University joined and became a fifth member. In October 2011, Kentucky Wesleyan College announced that the school will join the G-MAC, withdrawing from its current conference, the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
In November 2011, Trevecca Nazarene University was accepted as another charter member of the conference. Trevecca had begun the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II membership in July, 2011 and entered a provisional NCAA membership year during the conference's initially planned start for the 2013-14 academic year. In late November, the conference announced the hiring of Tom Daeger as Conference Commissioner, with offices in Indianapolis.
On February 20, 2012 the Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced the NCAA had accepted the G-MAC as the 24th NCAA Division ll conference. The conference then added two more members when it was announced on April 23 and May 1, 2012, that the University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA–Wise) and Georgetown College had been granted provisional membership in the conference pending their approval by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. Georgetown College was rejected for Division II membership, but applied to join Division II in 2014. However, they were denied acceptance once again by the Membership Council. As of 2018, Georgetown has made no further attempt to join Division II.
In the fall of 2012, it was announced that Urbana and UVA–Wise would spend only one season as active members of the G-MAC. At the same time, the G-MAC announced that three West Virginia schools had accepted invitations to join the conference, starting in July 2013—Alderson Broaddus University, Davis & Elkins College, and Ohio Valley University. All three schools were previously members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), which disbanded after most of its football-sponsoring schools announced their departure for a new D-II league that eventually became the Mountain East Conference (MEC). On October 16, 2012, the G-MAC announced that Salem International University, since renamed Salem University, would join the conference on July 1, 2013. Salem would leave the G-MAC in 2016 to become a Division II independent.
On July 12, 2013, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference received official approval from the NCAA Division II Membership Committee, recognizing the Conference as an active NCAA Division II conference. On the same day, it was announced that Ursuline College had been approved as an active NCAA DII member and Trevecca Nazarene University successfully completed its Year Two candidacy and was moved into the Provisional Year of the membership process by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.
On August 7, 2013, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference partnered with Cumberland University as it embarked on a transition to potential NCAA Division II membership. The G-MAC Presidents Council unanimously admitted Cumberland as a provisional member effective immediately and would have sponsored the institution as it worked through the NCAA Division II membership application process. In July 2014, Cumberland was denied acceptance into the NCAA by the Membership Council. As in the case of Georgetown, Cumberland has made no further attempt to join Division II.
On August 30, 2018, Davis & Elkins announced that it would reunite with most of its former WVIAC rivals in the Mountain East Conference after the 2018–19 school year. The school remains a G-MAC affiliate in men's lacrosse, a sport that the MEC does not sponsor.
On February 1, 2019, Malone announced that it had eliminated football and "remains committed to athletic competition in the NCAA Div. II and as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC)."
On June 5, 2020, Alderson Broaddus announced that they were leaving the G-MAC to join the Mountain East Conference for the 2020-21 school year.
The most recent changes to the conference membership were announced in 2021. On February 11, Ohio Valley announced that it would return to NAIA and join the River States Conference that July, and on April 29, Northwood University announced that they would also join the G-MAC from the GLIAC for the 2022-23 school year. The G-MAC would gain a member later that year; on August 18, the conference and Thomas More University announced that the school, currently a member of the NAIA Mid-South Conference, would become a provisional G-MAC member in 2022. With G-MAC acceptance in hand, Thomas More plans to apply to rejoin the NCAA no later than the deadline of February 1, 2022. If accepted for the NCAA membership process, it will become a provisional NCAA and G-MAC member effective July 1, 2022, but will continue to compete in the NAIA until July 2023.
- Ursuline College — women's institution, does not field men's sports.
|Alderson Broaddus University||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private (Baptist)||2,306||Battlers||2020[a]||lacrosse (M)||Mountain East|
|Davis & Elkins College||Elkins, West Virginia||1904||Private (Presbyterian)||837||Senators||2019[b]||lacrosse (M)||Mountain East|
|Mercyhurst University||Erie, Pennsylvania||1926||Private (Catholic)||2,705||Lakers||2016||lacrosse (M)||Pennsylvania State|
|Seton Hill University||Greensburg, Pennsylvania||1883||Private (Catholic)||2,080||Griffins||2016||lacrosse (M)||Pennsylvania State|
|Wheeling University||Wheeling, West Virginia||1954||Private (Catholic)||1,171||Cardinals||2017||lacrosse (M)||Mountain East|
- Alderson Broaddus was a full G-MAC member from 2013 to 2020.
- Davis & Elkins was a full G-MAC member from 2013 to 2019.
|Northwood University||Midland, Michigan||1959||Private (Nonsectarian)||1,522||2022||Timberwolves||GLIAC|
|Thomas More University||Crestview Hills, Kentucky||1921||Private (Catholic)||1,963||2022 (provisional)
2023 (competition starts)
School names and nicknames reflect those used during G-MAC membership.
|Alderson Broaddus University||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private (Baptist)||Battlers||2013||2020[a]||Mountain East|
|Central State University||Wilberforce, Ohio||1887||Public||Marauders & Lady Marauders||2012||2015||Southern Intercollegiate|
|Davis & Elkins College||Elkins, West Virginia||1904||Private (Presbyterian)||Senators||2013||2019[a]||Mountain East|
|Ohio Valley University||Vienna, West Virginia||1960||Private (Church of Christ)||Fighting Scots||2013||2021||River States (NAIA)|
|Salem International University[b]||Salem, West Virginia||1888||Private (For-profit)||Tigers||2013||2016||Independent|
|Urbana University||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Private (Nonsectarian)||Blue Knights||2012||2013||Closed in 2020|
|University of Virginia's College at Wise||Wise, Virginia||1954||Public||Highland Cavaliers[c]||2012||2013||South Atlantic|
- Alderson Broaddus and Davis & Elkins maintain G-MAC membership in men's lacrosse.
- Known as Salem University since 2017.
- UVA Wise dropped "Highland" from its athletic branding in 2017.
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|Davis & Elkins||10|
Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
A divisional format is used for volleyball.
Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit
Future members in gray.
|Sprint football[a]||Volleyball[b]||Bowling[c]||Field hockey|
- Not sanctioned by the NCAA.
- De facto Division I sport. The NCAA conducts a national championship tournament open to schools in Divisions I and II.
- De facto Division I sport. The NCAA conducts a national championship tournament open to schools in all three divisions.
- Collegiate Sprint Football League, the governing body for sprint football.
In addition to the above:
- Thomas More sponsors varsity teams in the following non-NCAA sports: archery, men's bowling, and men's rugby. It also considers its band, cheerleaders (male and female) and dance team (all-female) to be varsity athletes.
- Alcox, Kevin (November 21, 2011). "G-MAC hires Tom Daeger as commissioner". Cedarville University. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
- Jablonski, David (October 17, 2011). "Urbana, Cedarville join Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "NDC one of core four looking to build conference". Notre Dame College. June 8, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "New Great Midwest Athletic Conference includes Ohio, Kentucky institutions". NCAA. October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "Trevecca Welcomed by Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Trevecca Nazarene University. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Boettcher, Jerome (February 20, 2012). "Trevecca Nazarene's next conference gains approval from NCAA". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- "UVA-Wise Granted Provisional Membership to G-MAC Conference". UVA-Wise. April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- Staff (May 2, 2012). "Georgetown College finds conference home as step to moving to NCAA Division II". KYForward. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Lintner, Jonathan (July 14, 2014). "Georgetown's D II transition hits snag". The Courier-Journal.
- "G-MAC News: Conference Adds Three New Members" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Wheeling, WV. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "G-MAC News: Salem International will Join the G-MAC" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- "Cumberland Admitted as a Provisional Member". Great Midwest Athletic Conference. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- "Davis & Elkins To Join MEC; UNC Pembroke To Be Associate Member" (Press release). Bridgeport, West Virginia: Mountain East Conference. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
- "Malone Eliminates Intercollegiate Football As Part of Restructuring". Malone University Athletics. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Ashland University To Join Great Midwest Athletic Conference In Summer Of 2021". Richland Source. May 19, 2020. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
- "Alderson Broaddus to Join MEC" (Press release). Mountain East Conference. June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
- "Ohio Valley University Approved as Provisional Member of River States Conference". River States Conference. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
- "Northwood University Athletics Changing Conference Affiliation". Richland Source. April 29, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
- "Thomas More University Unanimously Approved for Provisional Membership to Join Great Midwest" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. August 18, 2021. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
- "Great Midwest, Mountain East Form 2018 Conference Championship Event" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. September 14, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "Thomas More Announces Addition of Men's Lacrosse to the Athletic Department" (Press release). Thomas More Saints. April 21, 2021. Retrieved September 1, 2021.