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Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference

The Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) is a college athletic conference of twelve colleges and universities in the U.S. states of Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Founded in 1992, the conference was created as a successor group for the now-defunct NAIA District 23. The conference is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and is headquartered in Livonia, Michigan.

Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference
WHAC
Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference logo
Established1992
AssociationNAIA
DivisionDivision II
Members11
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 11
HeadquartersLivonia, Michigan
CommissionerRob Miller
Websitewww.whac.net
Locations
Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference locations

The WHAC announced on January 27, 2012, that it is making history by adding bowling and lacrosse for both men and women as conference sports effective the fall of 2012, becoming the first NAIA conference to offer championships in these sports.[1]

On October 13, 2016, the Council of Presidents unanimously voted to accept Rochester College (now Rochester University) into the Conference beginning with the 2017–2018 academic year.[2]

The WHAC again made history in July 2017, by adding men's ice hockey as conference sports effective the fall of 2017. The WHAC became the first conference in the NAIA to offer the sport as a conference championship sport.[3] Initially, the five conference members that sponsor ice hockey will participate in a conference championship.[3][4] In July 2017, Concordia University Ann Arbor announced that the university will begin an ice hockey program and begin competition in the NAIA Division and WHAC Hockey Conference in the 2018-19 season.[5]

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Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Aquinas College Grand Rapids, Michigan 1886 2,300 Saints 1992
Cleary University Howell, Michigan 1883 Unknown Cougars 2018
Concordia University Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan 1963 1,055 Cardinals 1992
Cornerstone University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1941 2,600 Golden Eagles 1992
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 1930 3,207 Warriors 1998
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 1932 4,489 Blue Devils 2012
Lourdes University Sylvania, Ohio 1958 2,616 Gray Wolves 2011
Madonna University Livonia, Michigan 1930 4,000 Crusaders 1997
University of Michigan–Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan 1959 9,083 Wolverines 2004
University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, Ohio 1920 4,200 Racers 2010
Rochester College Rochester Hills, Michigan 1959 1,059 Warriors 2017
Siena Heights University Adrian, Michigan 1919 2,274 Saints 1992

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1866 Panthers 2005 2017 GLIAC
(NCAA D-II)
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, Michigan 1873 Cougars 1992 2004 Crossroads
Trine University Angola, Indiana 1884 Thunder 1992 2003 MIAA
(NCAA D-III)
Marygrove College Detroit, Michigan 1899 Mustangs 2012 20181 Discontinued athletics1

Note:
1 - Marygrove announced that all athletics would cease after the 2017 fall season (with men's & women's soccer and volleyball remaining) of the 2017-18 academic year; with their August 2017 announcement of the closing of school's undergraduate programs.[6]

Membership timelineEdit

 

SportsEdit

WHAC offers 11 men's and 11 women's sports.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball  Y
Basketball  Y  Y
Bowling  Y  Y
Cross Country  Y  Y
Golf  Y  Y
Ice Hockey  Y
Lacrosse  Y  Y
Soccer  Y  Y
Softball  Y
Tennis  Y  Y
Track & Field Indoor  Y  Y
Track & Field Outdoor  Y  Y
Volleyball  Y

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WHAC Adds Two Conference Sports for 2012-13". WHAC. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  2. ^ "Rochester College Unanimously Accepted Into Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference". Rochester College. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  3. ^ a b "WHAC adds hockey and Tech gets tourney". The Journal Gazette. 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  4. ^ "2017-18 MEN'S ICE HOCKEY". WHAC. 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  5. ^ "HOCKEY TO BE ADDED TO CUAA ATHLETIC PROGRAM OFFERINGS". Concordia University Ann Arbor. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  6. ^ http://www.marygrovemustangs.com/article/1823.php

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