Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is a fourteen-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a member of the NCAA's Division II for all sports. Its fourteen members, located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, include twelve public and two private schools. The MIAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[1] incorporated in Missouri.[2]

Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association logo
DivisionDivision II
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 9
RegionCentral United States
Former namesMissouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912–1992)
HeadquartersKansas City, Missouri
CommissionerMike Racy (since 2017)
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association locations

Originally named the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the conference was established in 1912 with 14 members, two of which are still current members. Six members (Central Methodist, Central Wesleyan, Culver–Stockton, Missouri Valley, Missouri Wesleyan, Tarkio College, Westminster, and William Jewell) were later removed from the conference in 1924 when it decided to only include the public schools. A majority of the charter members that left in 1924 have shut down their operations, or merged with another school. Over the next century, nearly twenty schools have joined and left the conference, with a few affiliate members. Some of those schools have reclassified to NCAA Division I.

The conference's current 14-campus makeup resulted when Lincoln (MO) rejoined from the Heartland Conference after eleven years when the school left due to not fielding a football team. In 2011, Omaha moved up to the NCAA Division I joining the Summit League, and in 2013, charter member Truman left for the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In 2012, Lindenwood, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, and Nebraska–Kearney joined the conference. Lindenwood was the only school to move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2012.

The current MIAA commissioner is Mike Racy.

History and overviewEdit

Original logo for the MIAA

The MIAA currently sponsors 20 sports – ten men's and ten women's. MIAA schools with additional sports compete independently or as part of a nearby conference. On July 1, 1992, the MIAA entered a new era when the conference changed its name from the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The name change originated in 1989, when Pittsburg State University and Washburn University became the first schools outside the state of Missouri to gain membership in the MIAA.[3]

Founding and former membersEdit

The MIAA was established in 1912 with 14 member institutions. It included the five state teachers colleges in Missouri – Warrensburg Teachers College (now the University of Central Missouri), Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University), Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College (now Northwest Missouri State University), Missouri State Normal School of the Third District (now Southeast Missouri State University), and Southwest Missouri State Teacher's College (now Missouri State University). It also included nine private schools – Central Methodist University, Central Wesleyan College, Culver–Stockton College, Drury University, Missouri Valley College, Missouri Wesleyan College, Tarkio College, Westminster College, and William Jewell College. Only Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State remain members in the MIAA.

In 1924 the conference reorganized to include only public schools, and conference records tend to begin with that date. The schools left behind in the reorganization went on to later form the Missouri College Athletic Union, which would in time become the current Heart of America Athletic Conference in the NAIA.[4]

First expansions of the conferenceEdit

The Missouri School of Mines, later the University of Missouri–Rolla and now the Missouri University of Science & Technology, joined in 1935 to bring membership to six schools. The membership remained at six until Lincoln University joined in 1970, followed by the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 1980.


In 1986, Southwest Baptist University brought the conference membership back to eight schools. In 1989, Pittsburg State, Washburn, Missouri Southern State College and Missouri Western State College – formerly members of the Central States Intercollegiate Conference – began competition in the 1989–90 season.[5]

1990s and 2000sEdit

MIAA logo from 1990 to 2012.

Southeast Missouri State left the MIAA following the 1990–91 season to move on to NCAA Division I, and was replaced by Emporia State University in the 1991–92 season. Missouri–St. Louis left the MIAA in 1996, as did Missouri–Rolla in 2005. Lincoln forfeited membership in 1999.

Fort Hays State University joined the MIAA in 2006 and the University of Nebraska Omaha entered the league in 2008.[6][7]

On July 3, 2007, Southwest Baptist was granted independent status for their football team, while all remaining teams will stay in the MIAA.[8]

On July 8, 2009, the MIAA CEO Council voted to remain a 12-team league for the foreseeable future, denying an application by Rockhurst University (which does not have a football team but wanted to compete in other sports). The vote ended short term speculation about the League expanding to 16 teams divided into two divisions.[9]


Locations of MIAA member institutions

Lincoln rejoined the conference in 2010[10] and in that same year, the MIAA CEO Council voted to extend invitations to the University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University to become members of the league beginning in 2012–13, as well as Lindenwood University and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.[11] In 2012, the schools started to only play each other in football and play no non-conference games. At first, the teams that were closest geographically played each other every year and would rotate through the other conference members in other years. The move to expand the league was spurred at least in part after Northwest Missouri during its national championship game run had problems finding non-conference teams that would play it resulting in 2010 with it having 10-game rather than 11-game schedule.[12] In 2011, Nebraska–Omaha joined the Summit League and moved to Division I after the 2010–11 season.[13]

As Nebraska–Omaha departed in 2011, the membership of the MIAA downsized to 11. Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, Nebraska–Kearney, and Lindenwood all joined in 2012–13, pushing the membership to 15. The league returned to 14 institutions when Truman left in 2013 to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).[14]

Southwest Baptist rejoined the MIAA in football for the 2013 football season, which meant that the schools would then play an 11-game conference football schedule with no non-conference games. In 2014, Southwest Baptist and Lincoln joined the GLVC for football only. This puts it so that all of the football schools in the MIAA can play each other now, instead of rotating.[15]

On February 8, 2018, Newman University announced that it had accepted an invitation to join the league as an associate member in all 14 sports it sponsors beginning with the 2019-20 athletic season.[16] On May 31, 2018, the MIAA announced that Southwest Baptist would be withdrawing its membership from the MIAA to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference full-time, effective August 1, 2019.[17] Lindenwood followed Southwest Baptist on October 4, 2018 announcing they would be joining the GLVC as well, effective July 1, 2019.[18] On October 18, 2018 Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma announced that it would be joining the league as an associate member, aborting a move to the Lone Star Conference.[19]

After more than 25 years at its current office at 17th and Main Streets, The MIAA announced that it was moving its offices to the newly renovated Hy-Vee Arena, which is formerly known as Kemper Arena.[20]

MIAA Commissioners
Tenure Commissioner
1981–1997 Ken B. Jones
1997–2007 Ralph McFillen
2007–2010 Jim Johnson
2010–2017 Bob Boerigter
2017–present Mike Racy


In July 1981, Ken B. Jones was appointed as the first full-time MIAA commissioner. He held the position for 16 years, retiring in 1997.[21] Ralph McFillen succeeded Jones, serving 10 years until retiring in 2007.[22] Jim Johnson then succeeded McFillen in July 2007 and served as commissioner until September 2010.[23] Bob Boerigter succeeded Johnson on September 20, 2010 as commissioner and retired on January 27, 2017.[24][25] On September 7, 2016, it was announced that Mike Racy would become the fifth commissioner of the MIAA, effective January 30, 2017.[26]

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, Missouri 1871 Public 14,148 Mules & Jennies           1912
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma 1890 Public 16,428 Bronchos           2012
Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas 1863 Public 5,887 Hornets           1991
Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas 1902 Public 14,658 Tigers           2006
Lincoln University Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 Public 3,583 Blue Tigers           1970;
Missouri Southern State University Joplin, Missouri 1937 Public 6,229 Lions           1989
Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, Missouri 1915 Public 5,388 Griffons          
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, Nebraska 1905 Public 7,504 Lopers           2012
Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 Private (Catholic) 3,170 Jets           2019
Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma 1909 Public 8,276 RiverHawks           2012
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, Missouri 1905 Public 6,530 Bearcats           1912
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas 1903 Public 7,102 Gorillas           1989
Rogers State University Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 Public 4,300 Hillcats           2019
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 1865 Public 7,971 Ichabods           1989

Former membersEdit

School names and nicknames listed here reflect those used in the final school year each institution was an MIAA member.

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Current
Central Methodist University Fayette, Missouri 1854 Private Eagles 1912 1924 Heart of America
Central Wesleyan College Warrenton, Missouri 1854 Private Closed in 1941
Culver–Stockton College Canton, Missouri 1853 Private Wildcats Heart of America
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Private Panthers Great Lakes Valley
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Private Lions & Lady Lions 2012 2019 Great Lakes Valley
Missouri Valley College Marshall, Missouri 1889 Private Vikings 1912 1924 Heart of America
Missouri Wesleyan College Cameron, Missouri 1883 Private 1912 1924 Merged in 1926 with
Baker University
University of Missouri–Rolla[a] Rolla, Missouri 1870 Public Miners 1935 2005 Great Lakes Valley
University of Missouri–St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1963 Public Tritons 1980 1996
University of Nebraska Omaha[b] Omaha, Nebraska 1908 Public Mavericks 2008 2011 Summit League
Southeast Missouri State University[c] Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1873 Public Indians & Otahkians[d] 1912 1991 Ohio Valley
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, Missouri 1878 Private Bearcats 1986 2019 Great Lakes Valley
Southwest Missouri State University[e] Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public Bears 1912 1981 Missouri Valley
Tarkio College Tarkio, Missouri 1883 Private Owls 1924 Closed in 1992
Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri 1867 Public Bulldogs 2013[f] Great Lakes Valley
Westminster College Fulton, Missouri 1851 Private Blue Jays 1924 St. Louis
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 Private Cardinals Great Lakes Valley
  1. ^ Joined as Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. Became the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1964, with the "at" replaced by an en dash in 1968. Known as Missouri University of Science & Technology since 2008.
  2. ^ While the institutional name has not changed, UNO's athletic branding changed from "Nebraska–Omaha" (or "UNO") to the current "Omaha" once the school moved to Division I.
  3. ^ Joined as Missouri State Normal School–Third District. Became Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in 1919, with "Teachers" dropped in 1946 and the current name adopted in 1973.
  4. ^ During SEMO's MIAA tenure, it used "Indians" for men's teams and "Otahkians" for women's teams. The current nickname of Redhawks was adopted for all teams in 2004.
  5. ^ Joined as Missouri State Normal School–Fourth District. Became Southwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1919, with "Teachers" dropped in 1945 and "College" replaced by "University" in 1973. The current name of Missouri State University was adopted in 2005.
  6. ^ While Truman left for the GLVC in 2013, the wrestling team remained an MIAA affiliate member in the 2013–14 season.

Former affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference in
Former MIAA Sport
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Private (UCC & DOC) Panthers 2016 2019 Bowling (W) Great Lakes Valley
Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois 1871 Private (United Church of Christ) Bluejays 2016 2019 Bowling (W) CCIW
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas 1924 Private (Churches of Christ) Bisons 2012 2015 Soccer (M) Great American
Maryville University St. Louis, Missouri 1872 Private (Catholic) Saints 2016 2019 Bowling (W) Great Lakes Valley
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Private (United Methodist) Bearcats 2016 2019 Bowling (W) Great Lakes Valley
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, Nebraska 1877 Private (United Methodist) Prairie Wolves 2016 2019 Bowling (W) American Rivers No team
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 Private (Nazarene) Crimson Storm 2012 2015 Soccer (M) Great American
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 Private (Nonsectarian) Peacocks 2012 2019 Soccer (M) Northern Sun Great Lakes
  • Drury — was also a full member from 1912 to 1924.

Membership timelineEdit

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football) 


The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association sponsors championship competition in ten men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball  Y
Basketball  Y  Y
Cross Country  Y  Y
Football  Y
Golf  Y  Y
Soccer  Y  Y
Softball  Y
Tennis  Y  Y
Track and field[a]  Y  Y
Volleyball  Y
Wrestling  Y

Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
& Field
Wrestling Total
Central Missouri  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Central Oklahoma  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Emporia State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Fort Hays State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Lincoln  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Missouri Southern  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Missouri Western  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Nebraska–Kearney  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Newman  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Northeastern State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Northwest Missouri State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Pittsburg State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Rogers State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Washburn  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Totals 13 14 11 12 11 3 6 11 11 5 97

Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Basketball Cross
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
& Field
Volleyball Total
Central Missouri  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Central Oklahoma  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Emporia State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Fort Hays State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Lincoln  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Missouri Southern  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Missouri Western  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Nebraska–Kearney  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Newman  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Northeastern State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Northwest Missouri State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Pittsburg State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Rogers State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Washburn  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Totals 14 13 10 12 14 9 12 12 11 107
  1. ^ Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Women
Bowling Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Central Missouri GLVC
Central Oklahoma GNAC
Nebraska–Kearney RMAC
Newman SWIBC


School Football Stadium Capacity Basketball Arena Capacity
Central Missouri Audrey J. Walton Stadium 12,000 UCM Multipurpose Building 6,500
Central Oklahoma Wantland Stadium 10,000 Hamilton Field House 3,000
Emporia State Francis G. Welch Stadium 7,000 William L. White Auditorium 5,000
Fort Hays State Lewis Field Stadium 6,362 Gross Memorial Coliseum 7,200
Lincoln Dwight T. Reed Stadium 3,000 Jason Gymnasium 2,000
Missouri Southern Fred G. Hughes Stadium 7,000 Leggett & Platt Athletic Center 3,200
Missouri Western Spratt Stadium 7,200 MWSU Fieldhouse 3,750
Nebraska–Kearney Ron & Carol Cope Stadium 5,250 Health and Sports Center 6,000
non-football school
Fugate Gymnasium 1,242
Northeastern State Doc Wadley Stadium 8,300 NSU Event Center 3,100
Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Stadium 6,500 Bearcat Arena 2,500
Pittsburg State Carnie Smith Stadium 7,950 John Lance Arena 6,500
Rogers State
non-football school
Claremore Expo Center 2,000
Washburn Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl 7,200 Lee Arena 4,000

NCAA Division II team championshipsEdit



MIAA Champions


The MIAA champion was determined via postseason tournament from 1982 to 1992, and 2006 to 2007. From 2003 to 2005, separate regular season and tournament champions were crowned.

MIAA Championships per school
School Titles Last
Central Missouri 24 2014 1
Truman 6 2007 3
Nebraska–Kearney 6 2019 5
Washburn 4 2011 0
Missouri Western 1 2017 0
Central Oklahoma 2015 0
Emporia State 2008 0
MIAA Champions

Men's basketballEdit

MIAA Regular Season champions
  • – first place in MIAA standings, no championship awarded
    N – North Division Champion (89–90 only)
    S – South Division Champion (89–90 only)
MIAA Tournament champions

Women's basketballEdit

MIAA Regular Season champions

N – North Division Champion (89–90 only)
S – South Division Champion (89–90 only)

MIAA Tournament champions