Heart of America Athletic Conference
|Heart of America Athletic Conference
|Members||10 (12 in 2015)|
|Sports fielded||20 (men's: 10; women's: 10)|
|Region||Region V of the NAIA|
|Headquarters||Kansas City, Kansas|
The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in the United States.
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 state teachers' colleges stayed in the MIAA, while the private schools created the new conference. 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.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) was founded in 1971. All 10 conference schools are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The only sport that utilizes divisions in the NAIA is basketball, and the HAAC will be competing in its sixth season at the Division I level during the 2013-14 school year.
In 1971, College of Emporia (Kan.), Ottawa University (Kan.), Tarkio College (Mo.), and William Jewell College were members, but they have since withdrawn from the conference. College of Emporia closed in 1974. Ottawa joined the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) in 1982, Tarkio closed in the spring of 1991 and William Jewell left at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year to join the ranks of NCAA Div. II. Central Methodist University, also an original member in 1971, withdrew from the conference in 1986, but was reinstated as a member in 1991.
Culver-Stockton College and MidAmerica Nazarene University became members in 1980. Evangel University joined in 1987 while Benedictine joined in 1991 when Central Methodist was reinstated. Lindenwood University began competing in the conference in 1996 but concluded their affiliation at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year as they began their transition to NCAA Div. II status. Avila University began competing in all sports but football during the 2000-01 season and fielded its first football team ever in 2001. Peru State College became the newest school to join the storied conference as they began full competition during the 2011-12 academic year.
The current commissioner of the conference is Larry Lady. The 2013-14 season marks Lady's 22nd year as the conference commissioner. The HAAC Director of Sports Information is Eric Montgomery.
The HAAC sponsors intercollegiate competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor AND outdoor track and field and women's volleyball.
|Avila University||Kansas City, Missouri||1916||Private/Catholic||1,907||Eagles||2000|
|Baker University||Baldwin City, Kansas||1858||Private/Methodist||3,208||Wildcats||1971|
|Benedictine College||Atchison, Kansas||1858||Private/Catholic||2,012||Ravens||1991|
|Central Methodist University||Fayette, Missouri||1854||Private/Methodist||4,500||Eagles||1971*|
|Culver–Stockton College||Canton, Missouri||1853||Private/Disciples of Christ||810||Wildcats||1980|
|Evangel University||Springfield, Missouri||1955||Private/Assemblies of God||1,911||Crusaders||1987|
|Graceland University||Lamoni, Iowa||1895||Private/non-sectarian||2,222||Yellowjackets||1971|
|MidAmerica Nazarene University||Olathe, Kansas||1966||Private/Nazarene||1,743||Pioneers||1980|
|Missouri Valley College||Marshall, Missouri||1889||Private/Presbyterian||1,727||Vikings||1971|
|Peru State College||Peru, Nebraska||1865||Public||2,124||Bobcats||2011|
* - Central Methodist withdrew from the HAAC following the 1985-86 season, but rejoined for the 1991-92 season.
|Grand View University||Des Moines, Iowa||1896||Private/Lutheran (ELCA)||1,750||Vikings||2015|
|William Penn University||Oskaloosa, Iowa||1873||Private/Quaker||1,550||Statesmen (men's)
Lady Statesmen (women's)
|College of Emporia||Emporia, Kansas||1882||Private||Fighting Presbies||1971||1974||ceased operations in 1974|
|Lindenwood University||St. Charles, Missouri||1827||Private||Lions||1996||2011||MIAA||NCAA Division II|
|Ottawa University||Ottawa, Kansas||1865||Private||Braves||1971||1981||KCAC||NAIA Division II|
|Tarkio College||Tarkio, Missouri||1883||Private||Owls||1971||1992||ceased operations in 1992|
|William Jewell College||Liberty, Missouri||1849||Private||Cardinals||1971||2011||GLVC||NCAA Division II|