Great Midwest Athletic Conference
|Great Midwest Athletic Conference
|Established||2011 (began play in 2012)|
|Sports fielded||17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)|
|Region||Great Lakes and East South Central|
|Commissioner||Tom Daeger (since 2011)|
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) was named the 24th NCAA Division II conference and operates in the Great Lakes and East South Central States regions of the United States. The G-MAC began conference play in the 2012-13 academic year hosting 12 championships and continued to work through the educational assessment program. The conference received approval and will be an active Division II conference in 2013-14, hosting 17 championships.
The initial announcement of a potential new conference surfaced in June, 2011 when the presidents and athletic directors of Cedarville University, Notre Dame College, Urbana University, and Ursuline College met to discuss plans for a new Division II conference.
Soon after the initial meeting, Central State University joined and became a fifth member. In October 2011, Kentucky Wesleyan College announced that the school will join the G-MAC, withdrawing from its current conference, the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
In November 2011, Trevecca Nazarene University was accepted as another charter member of the conference. Trevecca had begun the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II membership in July, 2011 and will enter a provisional NCAA membership year during the conference's initially planned start for the 2013-14 academic year. In late November, the conference announced the hiring of Tom Daeger as Conference Commissioner, with offices in Indianapolis.
On February 20, 2012 the Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced the NCAA had accepted the G-MAC as the 24th NCAA Division ll conference. The conference then added two more members when it was announced on April 23 and May 1, 2012, that the University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVa–Wise) and Georgetown College had been granted provisional membership in the conference pending their approval by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. Georgetown was rejected for Division II membership, but has applied to join Division II in 2014.
In the fall of 2012, it was announced that Urbana and UVa–Wise would spend only one season as active members of the G-MAC. At the same time, the G-MAC announced that three West Virginia schools had accepted invitations to join the conference, starting in July 2013—Alderson Broaddus University, Davis & Elkins College, and Ohio Valley University. All three schools were previously members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On October 16, 2012, the G-MAC announced that Salem International University will join the conference on July 1, 2013.
On July 12, 2013, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference received official approval from the NCAA Division II Membership Committee, recognizing the Conference as an active NCAA Division II conference. On the same day, it was announced that Ursuline College had been approved as an active NCAA DII member and Trevecca Nazarene University successfully completed its Year Two candidacy and was moved into the Provisional Year of the membership process by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.
On August 7, 2013, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference partnered with Cumberland University as it embarks on a transition to potential NCAA Division II membership. The G-MAC Presidents Council unanimously admitted Cumberland as a provisional member effective immediately and will sponsor the institution as it works through the NCAA Division II membership application process.
In 2013-14, the conference will feature eight active NCAA members, one NCAA provisional member, and two G-MAC provisional members that will be applying to the NCAA DII membership process. Despite being called the "Great Midwest," only one state in the conference is commonly considered Midwestern: three schools are from Ohio, two are from Kentucky, two are from Tennessee, and four are from West Virginia.
|Alderson Broaddus University||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private/Baptist||800||Battlers||2013|
|Cedarville University||Cedarville, Ohio||1887||Private/Baptist||3,205||Yellow Jackets||2012|
|Central State University||Wilberforce, Ohio||1887||Public (HBCU)||2,288||Marauders||2012|
|Cumberland University1||Lebanon, Tennessee||1842||Private||1,500||Bulldogs||2014|
|Davis & Elkins College||Elkins, West Virginia||1904||Private/Presbyterian||751||Senators||2013|
|Georgetown College1||Georgetown, Kentucky||1787||Private||2,288||Tigers||2012|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||Owensboro, Kentucky||1858||Private/Methodist||802||Panthers||2012|
|Ohio Valley University||Vienna, West Virginia||1960||Private/Churches of Christ||527||Fighting Scots||2013|
|Salem International University||Salem, West Virginia||1888||Private||835||Tigers||2013|
|Trevecca Nazarene University||Nashville, Tennessee||1901||Private/Nazarene||2,345||Trojans||2012|
|Ursuline College2||Pepper Pike, Ohio||1871||Private/Catholic||1,485||Arrows||2012|
- - Provisional member
- - Women's focused institution, does not field men's sports.
|Urbana University||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Private||1,500||Blue Knights||2012||2013||Mountain East|
|University of Virginia's College at Wise
|Wise, Virginia||1954||Public||2,000||Highland Cavaliers||2012||2013||Mountain East|
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
In 2013-14, the G-MAC will sponsor the following championships:
- Alcox, Kevin (November 21, 2011). "G-MAC hires Tom Daeger as commissioner". Cedarville University. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
- Jablonski, David (October 17, 2011). "Urbana, Cedarville join Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "NDC one of core four looking to build conference". Notre Dame College. June 8, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "New Great Midwest Athletic Conference includes Ohio, Kentucky institutions". NCAA. October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "Trevecca Welcomed by Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Trevecca Nazarene University. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Boettcher, Jerome (February 20, 2012). "Trevecca Nazarene's next conference gains approval from NCAA". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- "UVA-Wise Granted Provisional Membership to G-MAC Conference". UVA-Wise. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- Staff (May 2, 2012). "Georgetown College finds conference home as step to moving to NCAA Division II". KYForward. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- "G-MAC News: Conference Adds Three New Members" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "G-MAC News: Salem International will Join the G-MAC" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- G-MAC admits Cumberland for provisional membership. Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Retrieved August 7, 2013