Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(GLIAC)
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established 1972
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 16
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Bay City, Michigan
Commissioner Dell Robinson (since 2009)
Website gliac.org
Locations
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic 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]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
North Division
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan Bulldogs 1884 Public 14,381 1972
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan Lakers 1960 Public 24,662 1972
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Lakers 1946 Public 2,750 1972
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan Huskies 1885 Public 7,013 1980
Northern Michigan University 1 Marquette, Michigan Wildcats 1899 Public 9,417 1975
Northwood University 2 Midland, Michigan Timberwolves 3 1959 Private 1,688 1972
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan Cardinals 1963 Public 10,790 1972
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan Warriors 4 1868 Public 30,909 1975
South Division
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio Eagles 1878 Private 3,146 1995
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio Oilers 1882 Private 4,247 1997
Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan Chargers 5,6 1844 Private 1,326 1975
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio Storm 1856 Private 1,009 2010
Malone University Canton, Ohio Pioneers 1892 Private 2,600 2012
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio Panthers 1911 Private 2,237 2010
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio Dragons 1888 Private 6,816 2008
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio Cavaliers 1960 Private 2,500 2012
Notes
  1. - Northern Michigan University left the GLIAC after the 1976-77 season; but re-joined for the 1987-88 season.
  2. - Northwood University left the GLIAC after the 1986-87 season; but re-joined for the 1992-93 season.
  3. - Northwood University athletic teams have previously been known as the Northmen & Northwomen prior to the mid-1990s.
  4. - Wayne State University athletic teams have previously been known at the Tartars prior to 1999.
  5. - Hillsdale College athletic teams were previously known as the Dales prior to the late 1960s.
  6. - Hillsdale College football team is a member of GLIAC north division
  • - Membership History[3]

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined GLIAC Sports Primary
Conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers 1871 Private 800 2012 women's lacrosse G-MAC
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio Blue Knights 1850 Private/Nonsectarian 1,359 2012 women's lacrosse Mountain East (MEC)
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio Arrows 1850 Private/Catholic (women's) 1,485 2013 women's lacrosse;
women's swimming & diving
G-MAC
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia Cardinals 1954 Private 1,232 2012 women's lacrosse Mountain East (MEC)

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Conference
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania Golden Knights 1925 Private 3,400 1995 2008 PSAC
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania Lakers 1926 Private 4,106 1995 2008 PSAC
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan Golden Grizzlies 1957 Public 14,000 1974 1997 Horizon
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania Titans 1852 Private 1,450 1997 2000 Presidents'

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Sports Primary Conference
University of Indianapolis1 Indianapolis, Indiana Greyhounds 1902 Private 4,300 1999 2013 Football;
Swimming & Diving
GLVC
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois Flyers 1932 Private 4,000 2005 2013 Swimming & Diving GLVC
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio Falcons 1922 Private 2,120 2012 2013 Football;
Women's Lacrosse;
Men's Soccer;
Women's Soccer;
Wrestling
MEC
Notes
  1. Indianapolis football left in 2012.

Membership timeline[edit]

The GLIAC dropped football from the conference after the 1989-90 season, but resumed it for the 1999-2000 season

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

Sports[edit]

The GLIAC sponsors the following 22 sports:[4]


Football facilities[edit]

Institution Stadium Capacity Surface
Ashland University Jack Miller Stadium 6,000[5] Artificial
Ferris State University Top Taggart Field 6,200[5] Artificial
University of Findlay Donnell stadium 7,500[5] Artificial
Grand Valley State University Lubbers Stadium 10,700†[6] Artificial
Hillsdale College Muddy Waters Stadium 8,500[5] Artificial
Lake Erie College Jack Britt Memorial Stadium 2,500[5] Artificial
Malone University Fawcett Stadium 22,364[5] Artificial
Michigan Tech University Sherman Field 3,000[5] Artificial
Northern Michigan University Superior Dome 8,000[5] Artificial
Northwood University Hantz Stadium 3,000[5] Artificial
Ohio Dominican University Panther Field 1,750[5] Artificial
Saginaw Valley State University Wickes Memorial Stadium 6,300[5] Artificial
Tiffin University Frost-Kalnow Stadium 4,500[5] Artificial
Walsh University Fawcett Stadium 22,364[5] Artificial
Wayne State University Adams Field 6,000[5] Artificial

† - For the 2011 season GVSU completed the first phase of the Lubbers stadium renovation which increased the stadium capacity from 8,550 by approximately 400 seats. The second phase of the renovation is scheduled to be completed for the 2012 season, and will bring the capacity to approximately 10,700.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tiffin University Accepts Membership Invitation From the GLIAC". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lubbers Stadium". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 

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