Heartland Conference

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Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference logo
Established 1999
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 11
Sports fielded 13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
Region Central United States
Headquarters Waco, Texas
Commissioner Tony Stigliano (since 1999)
Website heartlandsports.org
Locations
Heartland Conference locations

The Heartland Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level, which was founded in 1999. The majority of members are in Texas, with additional members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The conference office is located in Waco, Texas.

History[edit]

The conference was formed in 1999 by founding members Drury University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lincoln University, Rockhurst University, St. Edward's University, St. Mary's University and Texas Wesleyan University. Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Dallas Baptist University joined in 2002. Founding members Drury and Rockhurst left the Heartland Conference to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2005. Western New Mexico University and Montana State University - Billings joined in 2005. However, WNMU re-joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2006 and MSUB joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2007. Newman University, Texas A&M International University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin joined the conference in 2006, making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.[1] The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith joined the conference in the Fall of 2009 after transitioning from the NJCAA.[2] In the fall of 2010, Lincoln left for the Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association[3] and Incarnate Word left for the Lone Star Conference.[4] In July 2011, McMurry University announced that it had been accepted as candidate for D-II membership and would join the Heartland Conference in the fall of 2012.[5] In February 2012, Oklahoma Christian University announced its intention to seek membership in NCAA Division II.[6] In Spring 2012, Rogers State University, a member of the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference, applied for membership.[7] The conference confirmed in July 2012 that Oklahoma Christian's teams would play full conference schedules starting in Fall 2012 and that Rogers State and Lubbock Christian University would begin conference play in 2013-14.[8]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas 1928 7,000 Lions           2009
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 5,500 Patriots           2002
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas 1957 2,100 Chaparrals
&
Lady Chaps
          2013
Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 2,200 Jets           2006
Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 2,200 Eagles           2012
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Oklahoma 1909 1,200 Aggies           2002
Rogers State University Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 4,227 Hillcats           2013
St. Edward's University Austin, Texas 1885 5,500 Hilltoppers           1999
St. Mary's University San Antonio, Texas 1852 4,500 Rattlers           1999
Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas 1969 4,298 Dustdevils           2006
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 3,600 Falcons           2006
  • Provisional member in red.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Panthers 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 Cardinals 1999 2010 Southland
(NCAA D-I)
Lincoln University (MO) Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 Blue Tigers 1999 2010 Mid–America
McMurry University Abilene, Texas 1923 War Hawks 2012 2014 American Southwest
(NCAA D-III)
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 2005 2007 Great Northwest
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Hawks 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Rams 1999 2001 Sooner
(NAIA D-I)
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Mustangs 2005 2006 Rocky Mountain

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

Dallas Baptist's baseball team currently competes in D-I as a baseball affiliate of the Missouri Valley Conference; it returned to the MVC baseball conference starting in the 2014 season. OPSU sponsors non-conference football and rodeo squads.

The Heartland Conference sponsors 13 sports, seven for women and six for men.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Total
HC
Sports
Arkansas-Fort Smith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Dallas Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lubbock Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Newman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Oklahoma Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Oklahoma Panhandle State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Rogers State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
St. Edward's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Texas A&M International Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Texas-Permian Basin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Totals 10 11 9 10 9 6 55

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Total
HC
Sports
Arkansas-Fort Smith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Dallas Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lubbock Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Newman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Oklahoma Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Oklahoma Panhandle State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Rogers State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
St. Edward's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Texas A&M International Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Texas-Permian Basin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 10 9 10 9 9 6 9 62

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Baseball Football Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Equestrian Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Rodeo
Dallas Baptist MVC IND IND IND IND
Newman MIAA
Oklahoma Christian IND IND IND IND
Oklahoma Panhandle State IND IHSA NIRA
Rogers State IND
Texas-Permian Basin PCSC PCSC
  • — D-I sport
  • PCSC — Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference
  • Texas-Permian Basin (LSC) — Football begins play in 2016.[9]

National championships[edit]

Sport School Year(s)
Baseball St. Mary's 2001
Softball St. Mary's 2002
Men's Golf (Individual) Jamie Amoretti, St. Mary's 2006
  • St. Mary's won NAIA national championships in Softball (1986) and Men's Basketball (1989) prior to joining the Heartland Conference.[10]
  • The St. Mary's Men's Golf team were named the Golf Coaches Association of America 2008-2009 Academic National Champions, which St. Mary's treats as a fifth team national championship.[11]
  • Dallas Baptist won the 2003 National Christian College Athletic Association Baseball national championship; DBU is a non-baseball member of the Heartland Conference.

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