Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(IIAC)
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established 1922
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 8
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
Region Iowa
Headquarters Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Commissioner Chuck Yrigoyen (since 2008)
Website iowaconference.com
Locations
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference locations

The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. As the name implies, member teams are located in the state of Iowa.

History[edit]

The Iowa Conference dates back to December 8, 1922, when representatives from 12 colleges got together and formed the “Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Association.” Charter members were Buena Vista College, Central University of Iowa, Ellsworth College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Luther College, Morningside College, Parsons College, St. Ambrose College, Simpson College, Upper Iowa College, Western Union College and Penn College. Des Moines University was voted into the conference at that meeting as well.

The first Conference constitution was published in January 1923. Also that year, Judge Hubert Utterback of Des Moines, Iowa was named the first conference commissioner and Iowa Teachers (now known as University of Northern Iowa) was accepted as a member. Columbia College (now known as Loras College) was admitted in 1926. Ellsworth left the Conference in 1927. That spring the Conference’s name was changed to the “Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.” After a three-year ban, athletics were reinstated at the University of Dubuque in 1928-29, and it joined the conference in 1929. Wartburg College was admitted to the conference in 1936, beginning competition the following year. Morningside College dropped out in 1936 because of inactivity. William Penn was suspended from the Conference in 1949 for using ineligible players. The school was back in the Conference in 1951, though it did not compete in football until later. In 1951, St. Ambrose and Loras dropped from football competition.

The Iowa Conference reorganized in 1953, effective with the 1954-55 school year. Nine schools remained in the Conference: Buena Vista, Central, Dubuque, Iowa Wesleyan, Luther, Parsons, Simpson, Upper Iowa and Wartburg. William Penn was readmitted to the Conference in 1960, effective in the spring of 1962. Parsons left the Conference around 1963, while Iowa Wesleyan left effective June 1, 1965. Loras rejoined the Conference in 1986, increasing the Conference membership to nine schools, which continued until 1997 when Coe and Cornell left the Midwest Conference to join the IIAC. The Conference was at 11 schools until its 80th Anniversary year (2001–02) when William Penn decided to leave and switch its affiliation from the NCAA to the NAIA. The IIAC became a nine school Conference when Upper Iowa reclassified to NCAA Division II prior to the start of the 2003-04 academic year and fell back to eight schools with Cornell's return to the Midwest Conference following the 2011-2012 academic year.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location
(All in Iowa)
Founded Type
(All Private)
Enrollment Joined
Buena Vista University Beavers Storm Lake 1891 Presbyterian 2,775 1922
Central College Dutch Pella 1853 Reformed 1,575 1922
Coe College Kohawks Cedar Rapids 1851 Presbyterian 1,355 1997
University of Dubuque Spartans Dubuque 1852 Presbyterian 1,361 1929
Loras College Duhawks Dubuque 1839 Catholic 1,550 1926,
1986*
Luther College Norse Decorah 1861 Lutheran 2,573 1922
Simpson College Storm Indianola 1860 Methodist 1,966 1922
Wartburg College Knights Waverly 1852 Lutheran 1,804 1936
Note

* - Loras was dropped from the conference in 1954 because it was determined they were "too strong" for the other members to play against. Loras rejoined the conference in 1986.

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location
(All in Iowa)
Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Cornell College Rams Mount Vernon 1853 Methodist 1,155 1997 2012 Midwest
Des Moines University N/A Des Moines 1898 Private 1,500 1922 1929 Dropped athletics in 1929
Ellsworth College Panthers Iowa Falls 1890 Private 1,000 1922 1927 ICCAC
(NJCAA)
Iowa State Teachers College
(now known as University of Northern Iowa)
Panthers Cedar Falls 1876 Public 12,607 1923 1935 Missouri Valley
(NCAA Division I)
Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers Mount Pleasant 1842 Private/United Methodist 850 1922 1965 SLIAC
(NCAA Division III)
Morningside College Mustangs Sioux City 1894 Private/United Methodist 1,149 1922 1936 Great Plains (GPAC)
(NAIA)
Parsons College Wildcats Fairfield 1875 Private/Presbyterian 1,500 1922 1963 Closed in 1973
St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees Davenport 1882 Private/Roman Catholic 2,829 1922 1954 MCC
(NAIA)
Upper Iowa University Peacocks Fayette 1857 Private 820 1922 2003 Northern Sun (NSIC)
(NCAA Division II)
Westmar College Eagles Le Mars 1887 Private 1,000 1922 1953 Closed in 1997
William Penn University Statesmen Oskaloosa 1873 Private/Quakers 1,795 1922,
1962
1954*,
2001
MCC
(NAIA)
Note

* - William Penn was suspended from the conference from 1949 to 1951 and then removed from the conference for being "too weak" in 1953; they rejoined in 1960.

Membership timeline[edit]

Cornell College Coe College Wartburg College University of Dubuque Loras College Northern Iowa University Des Moines College William Penn University Westmar University Upper Iowa University Simpson College St. Ambrose University Parsons College Morningside College Luther College (Iowa) Iowa Wesleyan University Ellsworth Community College Central College (Iowa) Buena Vista University

Sports[edit]

Member teams field men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, track and field, swimming and diving, golf, soccer, tennis. Men's teams are field for baseball, football and wrestling. Women's teams are field for softball and volleyball.

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 IIAC
Sports
Buena Vista Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Central Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Coe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Dubuque Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Loras Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Luther Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Simpson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Wartburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10

Womens's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total IIAC
Sports
Buena Vista Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Central Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Coe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Dubuque Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Loras Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Luther Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Simpson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Wartburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10

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