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 incorporated in Missouri.
|Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association|
|Region||Central United States|
|Former names||Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912–1992)|
|Headquarters||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Commissioner||Mike Racy (since 2017)|
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
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.
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.
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.
1990s and 2000sEdit
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.
On July 3, 2007, Southwest Baptist was granted independent status for their football team, while all remaining teams will stay in the MIAA.
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.
Lincoln rejoined the conference in 2010 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. 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. In 2011, Nebraska–Omaha joined the Summit League and moved to Division I after the 2010–11 season.
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).
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.
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. 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. Lindenwood followed Southwest Baptist on October 4, 2018 announcing they would be joining the GLVC as well, effective July 1, 2019. 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.
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.
|1981–1997||Ken B. Jones|
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. Ralph McFillen succeeded Jones, serving 10 years until retiring in 2007. Jim Johnson then succeeded McFillen in July 2007 and served as commissioner until September 2010. Bob Boerigter succeeded Johnson on September 20, 2010 as commissioner and retired on January 27, 2017. On September 7, 2016, it was announced that Mike Racy would become the fifth commissioner of the MIAA, effective January 30, 2017.
|Drury University||Springfield, Missouri||1873||3,690||Panthers||2016||Bowling||Great Lakes Valley|
|Maryville University||St. Louis, Missouri||1872||6,400||Saints||Great Lakes Valley|
|McKendree University||Lebanon, Illinois||1828||3,001||Bearcats|
|Nebraska Wesleyan University||Lincoln, Nebraska||1877||2,100||Prairie Wolves||American Rivers|
|Upper Iowa University||Fayette, Iowa||1857||6,271||Peacocks||2012||soccer (M)||Northern Sun|
- Drury — was a full member from 1912–1924.
School names and nicknames listed here reflect those used in the final school year each institution was an MIAA member.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- While Truman left for the GLVC in 2013, the wrestling team remained an MIAA affiliate member in the 2013–14 season.
Former affiliate membersEdit
Former MIAA Sport
|Elmhurst College||Elmhurst, Illinois||1871||Bluejays||2016||2019||bowling (W)||CCIW||CIBC|
|Harding University||Searcy, Arkansas||1924||Bisons||2012||2015||soccer (M)||Great American|
|Southern Nazarene University||Bethany, Oklahoma||1899||Crimson Storm||Great American|
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football)
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association sponsors championship competition in ten men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|Fort Hays State||9|
|Northwest Missouri State||7|
Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|Fort Hays State||9|
|Northwest Missouri State||9|
- De facto Division I sport. The NCAA organizes a single bowling championship open to members of all three divisions.
Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|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|
|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|
|Claremore Expo Center||2,000|
|Washburn||Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl||7,200||Lee Arena||4,000|
NCAA Division II team championshipsEdit
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