Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference
(GLIAC)
Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic 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 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]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
North Division
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 14,381 Bulldogs           1972
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 24,662 Lakers           1972
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1946 2,750 Lakers           1972
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan 1885 7,013 Huskies           1980
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 1899 9,417 Wildcats           1975;
1987
Northwood University Midland, Michigan 1959 1,688 Timberwolves           1972;
1992
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan 1963 10,790 Cardinals           1972
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 30,909 Warriors           1975
South Division
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 3,146 Eagles           1995
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 4,247 Oilers           1997
Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan 1844 1,326 Chargers           1975
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio 1856 1,009 Storm           2010
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 2,600 Pioneers           2012
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 2,237 Panthers           2010
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 6,816 Dragons           2008
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 2,500 Cavaliers           2012
  • Northern Michigan — left the GLIAC in 1977, and re-joined in 1987.
  • Northwood — left the GLIAC in 1987, and re-joined in 1992.
  • Northwood — athletic teams were previously known as the Northmen & Northwomen prior to the mid-1990s.
  • Wayne State — athletic teams were previously known at the Tartars prior to 1999.
  • Hillsdale College — athletic teams were previously known as the Dales prior to the late 1960s.
  • Hillsdale College — football team is a member of GLIAC north division.
  • Membership History [3]

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia 1871 800 Battlers           2012 lacrosse (W) Great Midwest
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 1,359 Blue Knights           2012 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1850 1,485 Arrows           2013 lacrosse (W);
swimming & diving (W)
Great Midwest
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 1,232 Cardinals           2012 lacrosse (W) Mountain East

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Golden Knights 1995 2008 Pennsylvania State
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Lakers 1995 2008 Pennsylvania State
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan 1957 Golden Grizzlies 1974 1997 Horizon
(NCAA D-I)
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Titans 1997 2000 Presidents
(NCAA D-III)

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 Greyhounds 1999
(football);
2000
(swimming)
2012
(football);
2013
(swimming)
football;
swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
Great Lakes Valley
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

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]

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[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland 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
Findlay Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Hillsdale College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Lake Erie College 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 6
Malone Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 3
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Ohio Dominican Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Tiffin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Walsh Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 12 16 15 15 14 8 7 12 13 14 4 130

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

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
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Findlay Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
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
Hillsdale College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Lake Erie College 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 Green tickY 8
Malone Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
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 7
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Ohio Dominican Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Tiffin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Walsh 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 Green tickY 8
Totals 16 16 11 5 13 14 9 15 15 16 16 146
Affiliate Members
Alderson Broaddus Green tickY 1
Urbana Green tickY 1
Ursuline College Green tickY Green tickY 2
Wheeling Jesuit Green tickY 1

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Ice
Hockey
Lacrosse Equestrian Fencing Skiing
Ferris State WCHA IHSA
Grand Valley State IHSA
Hillsdale College IHSA
Lake Erie College ECAC IHSA
Lake Superior State WCHA
Michigan Tech WCHA CCSA
Northern Michigan WCHA CCSA
Saginaw Valley State IHSA
Tiffin IHSA
Walsh ECAC
Wayne State MFC
  • – D-I sport
  • MFC – Midwest Fencing Conference

Football facilities[edit]

Institution Stadium Capacity [5] Surface
Ashland Jack Miller Stadium 6,000 Artificial
Ferris State Top Taggart Field 6,200 Artificial
Findlay Donnell stadium 7,500 Artificial
Grand Valley State Lubbers Stadium 10,444 Artificial
Hillsdale College Muddy Waters Stadium 8,500 Artificial
Lake Erie College Jack Britt Memorial Stadium 2,500 Artificial
Malone Fawcett Stadium 22,364 Artificial
Michigan Tech Sherman Field 3,000 Artificial
Northern Michigan Superior Dome 8,000 Artificial
Northwood Hantz Stadium 3,000 Artificial
Ohio Dominican Panther Field 1,750 Artificial
Saginaw Valley State Wickes Memorial Stadium 6,300 Artificial
Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium 4,500 Artificial
Walsh Fawcett Stadium 22,364 Artificial
Wayne State Adams Field 6,000 Artificial

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. ^ "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 

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