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South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference

The South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference was an NAIA-associated collegiate athletic conference that ceased operations following the 1999–2000 academic school year when it merged with the North Dakota College Athletic Conference to form the Dakota Athletic Conference. The SDIAC was formed in 1917 from twelve schools, though membership was down to five during World War II, as the religious schools formed the South Dakota College Conference (later Dakota-Iowa Conference). Those schools joined back in by 1948. From 1995 to 2000 seasons, the league was known as the South Dakota-Iowa Intercollegiate Conference, thanks to the addition of Dordt and Westmar colleges in Iowa. Westmar closed in 1997. The SDIIC split in 2000, with half of the schools heading to the DAC (Black Hills State, Dakota State, Si-Tanka Huron, and South Dakota Mines), while the other half joined the Great Plains Athletic Conference (Dakota Wesleyan, Dordt, Mount Marty, and Sioux Falls).[1]

The following is a list of historic members:

Institution Nickname Location First Year Last Year Current Conference
Augustana College[2] Vikings Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1917
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Black Hills State University[3] Yellow Jackets Spearfish, South Dakota 1917 2000 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Columbus College Cougars Chamberlain, South Dakota 1917 1927 closed 1927
Dakota State University[4] Trojans Madison, South Dakota 1917 2000 North Star Athletic Association
Dakota Wesleyan University[5] Tigers Mitchell, South Dakota 1917
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Northern State University[6] Wolves Aberdeen, South Dakota 1917 1974 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Redfield College Royals Redfield, South Dakota 1917 1932 closed 1932
University of Sioux Falls[7] Cougars Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1917
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Si Tanka-Huron University[8] Eagles Huron, South Dakota 1917
Closed in 2005
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology[9] Hardrockers Rapid City, South Dakota 1917 2000 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
University of South Dakota – Springfield[10] Pointers Springfield, South Dakota 1917 1984 Closed in 1984
Yankton College[11] Greyhounds Yankton, South Dakota 1917
Closed in 1984
Dordt College Defenders Sioux Center, Iowa 1995 2000 Great Plains Athletic Conference
Mount Marty College Lancers Yankton, South Dakota 1995 2000 Great Plains Athletic Conference
Westmar College[12] Eagles Le Mars, Iowa 1995 1997 Closed in 1997

(*) Augustana, Dakota Wesleyan, Huron, Sioux Falls, and Yankton played in the SDCC/SDIC from 1940 to 1948. Sioux Falls and Yankton also left in 1960 to play in the Tri-State League (USF returned in 1977, YC in 1981).

Membership timelineEdit

Rocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceDakota Athletic ConferenceNorthern Sun Intercollegiate ConferenceNorth Central Conference

(*) Institution closed at this time


  1. ^ "Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Highlights" (PDF). Dakota Wesleyan University. 2011-08-11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
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