Great Lakes Valley Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference logo
Established 1978
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 15
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 12; women's: 10)
Region Central United States
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Commissioner Jim Naumovich (since 2001)
Website www.glvcsports.com
Locations
Great Lakes Valley Conference locations

The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Member institutions are located in the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

The GLVC is considered one of the top small college basketball conferences in the nation and placed a team in the men's NCAA Division II final over 11 straight years from 1994 to 2004.

History

Old logo

The GLVC grew out of discussions that started in 1972 between the athletic directors of three schools in the greater Ohio Valley--Bellarmine College (now designated a university), Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Indiana State University at Evansville (known since 1985 as the University of Southern Indiana)--with the goal of forming a basketball conference. The discussions later grew to include the University of Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's College, and in 1978 these schools joined with Ashland University to form the GLVC. Three of the founding schools (Bellarmine, Indianapolis, and Southern Indiana) remain in the conference today.

The conference experienced steady growth through the 1980s and into the early 1990s. The GLVC first expanded in 1980 with the addition of Lewis University, followed by Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW; now athletically branded as "Fort Wayne") in 1984, Northern Kentucky University the following year, and Kentucky State University in 1989. The conference lost its first members in 1994 with the departure of Ashland and Kentucky State, but nonetheless increased in size that same year, adding Quincy University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) would join the next year.

The first part of the 21st century would see even more growth. While IPFW left in 2001 to move to Division I, the GLVC added three more members in 2005--Drury University, the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), and Rockhurst University.

In October 2008, Maryville University and The University of Illinois at Springfield accepted invitations to join the GLVC and began competing in the conference in the fall of 2009. They effectively replaced SIUE, which left for Division I in the summer of 2008. For men's and women's basketball, the league split into three divisions based on geography (East, North, and West) for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, and reverted to two divisions when William Jewell College joined in 2011. Baseball and Tennis operate in a two-division format, while all other sports run a single table.

On January 19, 2010 the GLVC announced the addition of football as a league championship sport, beginning with the 2012 season. Kentucky Wesleyan, Missouri S&T and Saint Joseph's moved from the Great Lakes Football Conference, McKendree University and Quincy from the Mid-States Football Association of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Indianapolis ended its affiliate membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to join William Jewell and form the seven-team league.[1]

On October 6, 2010 it was announced that McKendree accepted an invitation to become the 17th full member of the GLVC and begin participating fully in the conference in 2012.[2] The following day, the conference announced that it had approved Central State University and Urbana University for associate membership in football, increasing the number of teams which would compete in the initial season of football to nine.[3]

On October 18, 2011 it was announced that a new league, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC; not to be confused with the former Division I Great Midwest Conference), was forming for 2013. Charter members included Kentucky Wesleyan from the GLVC along with Central State and Urbana (GLVC members in football). Joining them were Ursuline, Notre Dame College, and Cedarville, with the G-MAC hoping to expand to 10 members. The new conferences' sponsored sports were not immediately announced. Kentucky Wesleyan, with its eight national men's basketball titles, was the biggest loss for the GLVC, but, with only 680 students, the school had trouble competing in the other sports against much larger schools.

On December 8, 2011, Northern Kentucky officially accepted an invitation from the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, effective July 1, 2012.[4] It was announced on June 8, 2012 that the GLVC Council of Presidents had voted unanimously to accept Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Missouri into the conference. The Bulldogs began competition in the GLVC effective with the 2013-14 school year. Truman was a founding member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and became the seventh Missouri school to join the GLVC since 1995.[5]

On August 27, 2012 it was announced that Central State University would leave the GLVC football conference to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as a football-only member, effective July 1, 2013.[6] (Two years later, Central State would become an all-sports SIAC member.)

On November 4, 2015, Drury announced it would begin sponsorship of wrestling in the 2016-17 season becoming the sixth conference member with a wrestling program. They joined then-current wrestling-only independents Indianapolis, Maryville, McKendree, Truman State, and Wisconsin-Parkside in GLVC competition, giving the conference an eleventh men's championship sport. Bellarmine announced on June 14, 2016 that it would absorb the wrestling program of St. Catharine College, which closed after the 2015-16 school year, and also begin competition in the 2016-17 season.[7]

St. Joseph's College closed after graduation in May 2017 due to financial troubles. [8]

Membership

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Bellarmine University Louisville, Kentucky 1950 3,971 Knights           1978
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 1,611 Panthers           2005
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, Illinois 1969 5,428 Prairie Stars                2009
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 5,711 Greyhounds           1978
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 6,544 Flyers           1980
Maryville University St. Louis, Missouri 1872 6,828 Saints           2009
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 2,901 Bearcats           2012
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri 1870 8,838 Miners                2005
University of Missouri-St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1963 17,014 Tritons           1995
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 1,171 Hawks                1994
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 2,854 Hawks           2005
University of Southern Indiana Evansville, Indiana 1965 9,024 Screaming Eagles                1978
Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri 1867 6,379 Bulldogs           2013
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 997 Cardinals           2011
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, Wisconsin 1968 4,399 Rangers                1994

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama 1969 8,468 Chargers           2017 lacrosse (M) Gulf South
Lincoln University Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 2,738 Blue Tigers           2014 football Mid-America
University of Montevallo Montevallo, Alabama 1896 2,800 Falcons           2017 lacrosse (M) Gulf South
Shorter University Rome, Georgia 1873 1,507 Hawks           2017 lacrosse (M) Gulf South
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, Missouri 1878 3,672 Bearcats           2014 football Mid-America
Young Harris College Young Harris, Georgia 1886 1,200 Mountain Lions           2017 lacrosse (M) Peach Belt

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 Eagles 1978 1994 Great Lakes
Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 Mastodons 1984 2001 Summit
(NCAA D-I)
Kentucky State University Frankfort, Kentucky 1886 Thorobreds & Thorobrettes 1989 1994 Southern Intercollegiate
Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 Panthers 1978 2012 Great Midwest
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, Kentucky 1968 Norse 1985 2012 Horizon
(NCAA D-I)
Saint Joseph's College Rensselaer, Indiana 1889 Pumas 1978 2017 Closed in 2017
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 Cougars 1994 2008 Ohio Valley
(NCAA D-I)
  • Kentucky Wesleyan -- football was an affiliate member in 2012-2014.

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio 1887 Marauders 2012 2013 football Southern Intercollegiate
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 2012 2013 football Mountain East

Membership timeline

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

Sports

A 2-divisional format is used for baseball and tennis (M / W). A 3-divisional format is used for basketball (M / W) and volleyball, the third division is named Central (basketball) and North (volleyball).
East
  • Bellarmine
  • Illinois-Springfield
  • Indianapolis
  • Lewis
  • McKendree
  • Southern Indiana
  • Wisconsin-Parkside
West
  • Drury
  • Maryville
  • Missouri S&T
  • Missouri-St. Louis
  • Quincy
  • Rockhurst
  • Truman
  • William Jewell
East
  • Bellarmine
  • Indianapolis
  • Lewis
  • Southern Indiana
  • Wisconsin-Parkside
Central / North
  • Illinois-Springfield
  • Maryville
  • McKendree
  • Missouri-St. Louis
  • Quincy
West
  • Drury
  • Missouri S&T
  • Rockhurst
  • Truman
  • William Jewell
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
Wrestling Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
GLVC
Sports
Bellarmine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Drury Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Illinois-Springfield Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Indianapolis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Lewis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Maryville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
McKendree Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Missouri S&T Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Missouri-St. Louis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Quincy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Rockhurst Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Southern Indiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Truman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
William Jewell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wisconsin-Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 15 15 13 6 14 2 15 10 12 13 13 7 135
Affiliate Members
Alabama-Huntsville Green tickY 1
Lincoln (MO) Green tickY 1
Montevallo Green tickY 1
Shorter Green tickY 1
Southwest Baptist Green tickY 1
Young Harris Green tickY 1
  • Quincy -- Lacrosse (M) begins play in 2018.[9]
  • Rockhurst -- Lacrosse (M) joins the GLVC in 2018.[10]

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GLVC
Sports
Bellarmine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Drury Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Illinois-Springfield Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Indianapolis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Lewis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Maryville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
McKendree Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Missouri S&T Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Missouri-St. Louis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Quincy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Rockhurst Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Southern Indiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Truman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
William Jewell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wisconsin-Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 15 14 14 15 15 9 13 13 13 15 136

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women Co-ed
Lacrosse Volleyball ? Water
Polo ?
Bowling ? Field
Hockey
Lacrosse Water
Polo ?
Fencing ?
Bellarmine SoCon ? ECAC
Drury MIAA
Indianapolis GLIAC
Lewis MIVA
Maryville MIAA
McKendree MIVA CWPA MIAA GLIAC WWPA MFC
Quincy MIVA
Rockhurst RMAC RMAC
  • ? -- D-I sport
  • Lewis (IND) / (IND) -- Bowling, Lacrosse (W) begin play in 2018.[11]
  • Quincy (IND) -- Lacrosse (W) begins play in 2018.

Championships

National Champions

GLVC schools have won 28 NCAA Division II national championships:[12]

Year Sport School
1987 men's basketball Kentucky Wesleyan
1990 men's basketball Kentucky Wesleyan
1995 men's basketball Southern Indiana
1999 men's basketball Kentucky Wesleyan
2000 women's basketball Northern Kentucky
2001 men's basketball Kentucky Wesleyan
2005 men's swimming & diving Drury
2006 men's swimming & diving Drury
2007 men's swimming & diving Drury
2007 women's swimming & diving Drury
2007 softball SIU Edwardsville
2008 women's basketball Northern Kentucky
2008 men's swimming & diving Drury
2009 men's swimming & diving Drury
2009 women's swimming & diving Drury
2010 men's swimming & diving Drury
2010 women's swimming & diving Drury
2010 baseball Southern Indiana
2010 men's soccer Northern Kentucky
2011 men's basketball Bellarmine
2011 men's swimming & diving Drury
2011 women's swimming & diving Drury
2012 men's swimming & diving Drury
2013 men's basketball Drury
2013 men's swimming & diving Drury
2014 men's swimming & diving Drury
2014 baseball Southern Indiana
2015 women's golf Indianapolis

References

  1. ^ GLVC Establishes Timeline for Football Sponsorship - Press release - January 19, 2010
  2. ^ Staff (October 7, 2010). "GLVC adds McKendree". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ GLVC Welcomes Two Associate Members for Football - Press release - October 8, 2010
  4. ^ "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ "Truman moving to GLVC". The Kirksville Daily Express. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "SIAC Approves Central State University For Conference Membership" (Press release). Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. August 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bellarmine to start men's wrestling team". Bellarmine University. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Alumni Short Of Goal To Stop St. Joseph's College Closure". Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "QU Secures $4 Million Investment to Renovate QU Stadium". Quincy University. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "GLVC Announces Sport Sponsorship of Men's Lacrosse". Great Lakes Valley Conference. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lewis Athletics To Add Women's Lacrosse And Women's Bowling In 2018-19". Lewis University. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ http://www.ncaa.com/

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