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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference logo
Established 1972
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 11
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Bay City, Michigan
Commissioner Jeff Ligney (interim) (since 2016)
Website www.gliac.org
Locations
Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference locations

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is a competitive collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division II.

The GLIAC was founded in June 1972. Member institutions are located in the midwestern United States in the States of Michigan and Ohio, with affiliate members in Indiana and Illinois. Charter members include Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Northwood, and Saginaw Valley State. Former members include Oakland (1972-1997) and Westminster (1997-2000).

Sponsorship of football was dropped by the GLIAC after the 1989 season. Conference schools sponsoring football joined with football-playing members of the Heartland Football Conference to form the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), which began play in 1990. The MIFC merged with the GLIAC in July 1999 and the GLIAC resumed sponsorship of football that fall.

Tiffin University joined the GLIAC on July 1, 2008.[1]Gannon University and Mercyhurst College left the GLIAC for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on July 1, 2008.[2]

July 1, 2016. Malone University left the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

July 1, 2017. University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University, & Walsh University left the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Also, Davenport University & Purdue University Northwest move up from NAIA to join the GLIAC.

July 1, 2018 Tiffin University will leave the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. University of Wisconsin-Parkside will join the GLIAC. They will be coming from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 6,579 Eagles           1995
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1866 7,594 Panthers           2017
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 14,187 Bulldogs           1972
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 25,460 Lakers                1972
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1946 2,102 Lakers           1972
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan 1885 7,274 Huskies           1980
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 1899 7,750 Wildcats           1975;
1987
Northwood University Midland, Michigan 1959 1,937 Timberwolves           1972;
1992
Purdue University Northwest Hammond, Indiana 1946 15,286 Pride           2017
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan 1963 9,165 Cardinals                1972
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 3,305 Dragons           2008
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 27,298 Warriors           1975

Future member

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Somers, Wisconsin 1968 4,399 Rangers                2018

[5]


Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Concordia University-St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota 1893 4,535 Golden Bears           2017 lacrosse (W) Northern Sun
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 5,711 Greyhounds           2015 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 2,902 Bearcats           2014 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
  • Indianapolis -- football was an affiliate member in 1999-2012; swimming & diving (M / W) was an affiliate member in 2000-2013.

Future affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining Sport Primary
Conference
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 4,758 Peacocks           2018 lacrosse (W) Northern Sun

Former members

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia 1871 Battlers 2012 2015 lacrosse (W) Great Midwest
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Flyers 2004 2013 swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Great Lakes Valley
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1922 Falcons 2012 2013 football;
lacrosse (W);
soccer (M);
soccer (W);
wrestling
Mountain East
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1850 Arrows 2013 2015
(lacrosse);
2016
(swimming)
lacrosse (W);
swimming & diving (W)
Great Midwest
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Cardinals 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East

Membership timeline

The GLIAC dropped football after the 1989 season and resumed it for the 1999 season.

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports

The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:[6]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & Diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basket­ball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Davenport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lake Superior State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Purdue-Northwest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Tiffin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 8 12 11 10 11 7 6 9 8 9 91
Future Member
Wisconsin-Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
  • Ashland -- Tennis (M) begins play in 2018.[7]

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Davenport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Lake Superior State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Purdue-Northwest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Tiffin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 12 12 11 4 10 9 6 11 10 11 12 108
Future Member
Wisconsin-Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Affiliate Members
Concordia-St. Paul Green tickY 1
Indianapolis Green tickY 1
Mckendree Green tickY 1
Future Affiliate Members
Upper Iowa Green tickY 1
  • Ashland -- Lacrosse (W) begins play in 2018.
  • Davenport -- Swimming & Diving (W) begins play in 2018.[8]

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Co-ed
Ice
Hockey ?
Wrestling Fencing ? Skiing ?
Ashland IND
Davenport IND
Ferris State WCHA
Lake Superior State WCHA
Michigan Tech WCHA CCSA
Northern Michigan WCHA CCSA
Tiffin IND
Wayne State MFC
Future Member
Wisconsin-Parkside GLVC
  • ? -- D-I sport
  • UW-Parkside Wrestling will compete Independently after the 2017-18 season.

Championships

National Championships

GLIAC schools have won 39 NCAA National Championships:[9]

Year Sport School
1975 football Northern Michigan
1980 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1990 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1991 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1992 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1993 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1993 women's volleyball Northern Michigan
1994 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1994 women's swimming & diving Oakland
1994 women's volleyball Northern Michigan
1995 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1996 men's swimming & diving Oakland
1997 men's swimming & diving Oakland
2002 football Grand Valley State
2003 football Grand Valley State
2005 football Grand Valley State
2005 women's volleyball Grand Valley State
2006 women's basketball Grand Valley State
2006 football Grand Valley State
2009 men's basketball Findlay
2009 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2010 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2010 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2011 women's track & field (I) Grand Valley State
2011 women's track & field (O) Grand Valley State
2012 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2012 women's swimming & diving Wayne State (MI)
2012 women's track & field (I) Grand Valley State
2012 women's track & field (O) Grand Valley State
2013 women's basketball Ashland
2013 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2013 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2014 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2014 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2015 women's soccer Grand Valley State
2016 women's cross country Grand Valley State
2016 men's track & field (I) Tiffin
2017 women's basketball Ashland
2017 men's track & field (I) Tiffin

Football Facilities

Institution Stadium Capacity [10] Surface
Ashland Jack Miller Stadium 6,000 Artificial
Davenport Meyering Field 2,300 Artificial
Ferris State Top Taggart Field 6,200 Artificial
Grand Valley State Lubbers Stadium 10,444 Artificial
Michigan Tech Sherman Field 3,000 Artificial
Northern Michigan Superior Dome 8,000 Artificial
Northwood Hantz Stadium 3,000 Grass
Saginaw Valley State Wickes Memorial Stadium 6,300 Artificial
Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium 4,500 Artificial
Wayne State Adams Field 6,000 Artificial

References

  1. ^ "Tiffin University Accepts Membership Invitation From the GLIAC" (PDF). Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  2. ^ "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  3. ^ "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tiffin joins Great Midwest Athletic Conferenc". Tiffin University. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wisconsin-Parkside to Join GLIAC membership in 2018-19". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ashland University Women's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis To Debut In 2018-19". Ashland University. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "Justin Vasquez tabbed as head coach of new women's swimming and diving program". Davenport University Athletics. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.ncaa.com/
  10. ^ "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved 2011. 

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