Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established 1916
Association NAIA
Members 11
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region Region XII
Headquarters Berea, Kentucky
Commissioner Bill Melton
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference locations

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) is a collegiate athletic conference with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Although it was historically a Kentucky-only conference, it has now expanded to include members in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and at various times in the past has also had members in Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The KIAC recognizes hundreds of athletes and staff each year with awards. Awards include weekly players of the week, all conference teams, all conference coaches, all scholar athletes, female athlete of the year, and male athlete of the year. The awards give each KIAC participant a chance to be recognized for on and off the field achievement. The conference embraces the NAIA's Champions of Character, becoming the first conference to offer funding to member schools to pursue projects in their hometown communities. A separate section on the KIAC website profiles the efforts of the conference towards the core values of Champions of Character.

Conference sports[edit]

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference currently fields 15 sports (7 men's and 8 women's):

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Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Alice Lloyd College Eagles Pippa Passes, Kentucky 1923 Private 600 1983,
Asbury University Eagles Wilmore, Kentucky 1890 Private 1,300 1971
Berea College Mountaineers Berea, Kentucky 1855 Private 1,514 1926
Brescia University Bearcats Owensboro, Kentucky 1950 Private 750 1984
Carlow University2 Celtics Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1929 Private 2,400 2012
Cincinnati Christian University Eagles Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 Private 1,100 2008
Indiana University East Red Wolves Richmond, Indiana 1971 Public 2,700 2007
Indiana University Kokomo Cougars Kokomo, Indiana 1945 Public 3,719 2013
Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers New Albany, Indiana 1941 Public 6,840 1994
Midway College2 Eagles Midway, Kentucky 1847 Private 1,800 1991
Point Park University Pioneers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1960 Private 3,376 2012
  1. Alice Lloyd left for the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 1992, then returned in 2005.
  2. Carlow and Midway participate in women's sports only.

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Bellarmine University Knights Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Private 3,134 1951 1964 Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA Division II)
Bethel University Wildcats McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Private 3,300 1999 2006 Southern States (SSAC) (all sports)
Mid-South (football & track)
Campbellsville University Tigers Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 Private 3,318 1964 1995 Mid-South
Centre College Colonels Danville, Kentucky 1819 Private 1,215 1926 1962 SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Clinch Valley College Highland Cavaliers Wise, Virginia 1954 Public 1,911 1971 1994 Mountain East
(NCAA Division II)
University of the Cumberlands Patriots Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 Private 1,743 1966 1995 Mid-South
Eastern Kentucky University Colonels Richmond, Kentucky 1906 Public 16,183 1927 1948 OVC
(NCAA Division I)
Georgetown College Tigers Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 Private / SBC 1,400 1926 1995 Mid-South
Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers Winchester, Kentucky1 1858 Private 681 1926 1955 Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA Division II)
Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders Columbia, Kentucky 1903 Private 2,677 1984 2000 Mid-South
University of Louisville Cardinals Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Public 22,123 1926 1948 ACC
(NCAA Division I)
Mid-Continent University Cougars Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Private 1,800 2000 2006 closed in 2014
Morehead State University Eagles Morehead, Kentucky 1922 Public 9,509 1931 1948 OVC
(NCAA Division I)
Mountain State University Cougars2 Beckley, West Virginia 1933 Private 1,070 2007 2012 closed in 2012, sold to the University of Charleston on January 1, 2013
Murray State University Racers Murray, Kentucky 1922 Public 10,382 1933 1948 OVC
(NCAA Division I)
Oakland City University Mighty Oaks Oakland City, Indiana 1885 Private 2,350 1968 1975 Independent
(NCAA Division II)
Ogden College Eagles Bowling Green, Kentucky Private N/A 1926 1927 merged into WKU
University of Pikeville Bears Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 Private 1,156 1958 2000 Mid-South
University of Rio Grande RedStorm Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 Private / No Affiliation 1,893 1964 1971 Mid South
St. Louis College of Pharmacy Eutectics St. Louis, Missouri 1864 Private 1,000 2003 2014 American Midwest
Spalding University Golden Eagles Louisville, Kentucky 1814 Private 1,000 1992 2007 SLIAC
(NCAA Division III)
Thomas More College Saints Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 Private 1,900 1955 1991 Presidents
(NCAA Division III)
Transylvania University Pioneers Lexington, Kentucky 1780 Private 1,120 1926 2001 Heartland
(NCAA Division III)
Union College Bulldogs Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 Private 1,350 1933 1995 Appalachian
Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Public 21,048 1926 1948 C-USA
(NCAA Division I)
  1. Kentucky Wesleyan moved to its current site in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1955.
  2. Mountain State participated as a KIAC member in all sports, except for men's basketball (in which the Cougars participated as an NAIA Independent).


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