Great Lakes Valley Conference

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Great Lakes Valley Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference logo
Established 1978
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 16
Sports fielded 20 (men's: 10; women's: 10)
Region Central United States
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Commissioner Jim Naumovich (since 2001)
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.

In October 2008 Maryville University (MO) and The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) accepted invitations to join the GLVC and began competing in the conference in the fall of 2009. For men's and women's basketball, the league split into three divisions based on geography (East, North, and West) for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 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 University accepted an invitation to the GLVC as the 17th member of the GLVC and begin participating in the conference in 2012.[2] The following day, the conference announced that it had approved Central State University and Urbana College for associate membership in football, increasing the number of teams which will compete in the initial season of football to nine. [3]

On October 18, 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 include Kentucky Wesleyan from the GLVC along with Central State and Urbana (GLVC members in football). Joining them are Ursuline, Notre Dame, 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 basketball titles, is 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 University 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" will begin competition in the GLVC effective Fall, 2013. Truman State was a founding member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and becomes the seventh Missouri school to join the GLVC since 1995.[5]

On August 27, 2012, it was announced that Central State University will be leaving the GLVC to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as a football-only member, effective July 1, 2013.[6]


Teams in Great Lakes Valley Conference competition[7]
Sport Men's Women's
Cross Country
Swimming & diving
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (outdoor)


Old logo

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Football?
East Division
Bellarmine University Knights Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Private 3,134 1978 No
University of Illinois at Springfield Prairie Stars Springfield, Illinois 1969 Public 5,174 2009 No
University of Indianapolis Greyhounds Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 Private 4,300 1978 Yes
Lewis University Flyers Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Private 5,200 1980 No
McKendree University Bearcats Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Private 3,500 2012 Yes
Saint Joseph's College Pumas Rensselaer, Indiana 1889 Private 1,033 1978 Yes
University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles Evansville, Indiana 1965 Public 10,540 1978 No
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Rangers Kenosha, Wisconsin 1968 Public 5,000 1994 No
West Division
Drury University Panthers Springfield, Missouri 1873 Private 5,100 2005 No
Maryville University Saints St. Louis, Missouri 1872 Private 3,400 2009 No
University of Missouri–St. Louis Tritons St. Louis, Missouri 1963 Public 15,548 1995 No
Missouri University of Science and Technology Miners Rolla, Missouri 1870 Public 7,000 2005 Yes
Quincy University Hawks Quincy, Illinois 1860 Private 1,269 1994 Yes
Rockhurst University Hawks Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Private 3,000 2005 No
Truman State University Bulldogs Kirksville, Missouri 1867 Public 6,100 2013 Yes
William Jewell College Cardinals Liberty, Missouri 1849 Private 1,050 2011 Yes

Football-only affiliate members[8][edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Year Joined Primary Conference
Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 Private 681 1978 G-MAC

* - In 2009, Rockhurst applied for membership in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association which would allow it to compete with geographically closer teams. There was some reluctance by the MIAA, since Rockhurst does not have a football team.[9] On July 2, 2009, the MIAA voted against taking Rockhurst, deciding to stay with 12 teams for the time being. [10]

NOTE: Kentucky Wesleyan announced that they are joining the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The G-MAC will not sponsor football, therefore Kentucky Wesleyan will remain as a GLVC Associate member for at least the 2013 season in the sport of football.

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrolmment Joined Left Current Conference
Ashland University Eagles Ashland, Ohio 1878 Private 6,000 1978 1994 GLIAC
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodons Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 Public 14,300 1984 2001 Summit
(NCAA Division I)
Kentucky State University Thorobreds
Frankfort, Kentucky 1886 Public 2,691 1989 1994 SIAC
Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 Private 800 1978 2013 G-MAC
Northern Kentucky University Norse Highland Heights, Kentucky 1968 Public 15,405 1985 2012 Atlantic Sun (A-Sun)
(NCAA Division I)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Cougars Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 Public 13,850 1994 2008 OVC
(NCAA Division I)

Former football-only affiliate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Central State University Marauders Wilberforce, Ohio 1887 Public 2,116 2012 2013 G-MAC
Urbana University Blue Knights Urbana, Ohio 1850 Private 1,505 2012 2013 Mountain East (MEC)

Membership timeline[edit]

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


  1. ^ GLVC Establishes Timeline for Football Sponsorship - Press release - Jan. 19, 2010
  2. ^ Staff (October 7, 2010). "GLVC adds McKendree". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ GLVC Welcomes Two Associate Members for Football - Press release - Oct. 8, 2010
  4. ^ "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Truman State moving to GLVC". The Kirksville Daily Express. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "SIAC Approves Central State University For Conference Membership" (Press release). Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. August 27, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ GLVC Sports
  8. ^ Football-only affiliate members
  9. ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009
  10. ^ MIAA doesn't take Rockhurst - Topeka Capital Journal - July 2, 2009

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