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Heart of America Athletic Conference
The Heart
Heart of America Athletic Conference logo
Established 1971
Association NAIA
Division Division I
Members 14
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 9
Headquarters Overland Park, Kansas
Commissioner Lori Thomas (since 2014)
Website www.haacsports.com
Locations
Heart of America Athletic Conference locations

The Heart of America Athletic Conference (the Heart)[1] is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in the United States.

History

The HAAC's earliest ancestor was the Missouri College Athletic Union, which was formed in 1924 when the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (now the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) split in two. The old MIAA's private schools formed the Athletic Union, while the state teachers' colleges stayed in the MIAA[2] It was reorganized as the HAAC in 1971 when it began admitting schools outside Missouri. However, the HAAC does not presently claim the Athletic Union's history as its own.

In early 2014, Grand View University and William Penn University were announced as members for the 2015-16 school year.[3] In April 2015, Clarke University and Mount Mercy University were announced as members for the 2016-17 school year.[4]

The current commissioner of the conference is Lori Thomas. Thomas, the first female commissioner in NAIA history,[] began her term on July 1, 2014, succeeding Larry Lady who retired after 22 years as commissioner.[5]

Member schools

Current members

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
College of Emporia Emporia, Kansas 1882 Fighting Presbies 1971 1974 Closed in 1974
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Lions 1996 2011 Mid-America
(NCAA D-II)
Ottawa University Ottawa, Kansas 1865 Braves 1971 1981 Kansas
Tarkio College Tarkio, Missouri 1883 Owls 1971 1992 Closed in 1992
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 Cardinals 1971 2011 Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA D-II)

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football) 

Sports

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
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball 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

See also

References

  1. ^ "Heart of America Athletic Conference Athletics News". Haacsports.com. 2015-05-07. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ MIAA
  3. ^ "Heart of America Conference adds two Iowa members | The Kansas City Star". Kansascity.com. 2014-01-10. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Heart of America Athletic Conference Athletics News". Haacsports.com. 2015-04-02. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference History was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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