Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

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Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
(MIAA)
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association logo
Established 1912
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 14
Sports fielded 19 (men's: 10; women's: 9)
Region Central United States
Former names Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912–1992)
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri
Commissioner Bob Boerigter (since 2010)
Website www.themiaa.com
Locations
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association locations

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and in Oklahoma. The conference was formerly known as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, but changed its name in 1992, after it expanded into Kansas. The conference participates in the NCAA Division II level.

History and overview[edit]

Original MIAA logo from 1912 to 1992
MIAA logo from 1992 to 2008

The MIAA currently sponsors 16 sports; eight men's and eight women's. MIAA schools with additional sports (swimming and men's soccer) usually compete independently or as part of a nearby conference. The current staff consists of Bob Boerigter (Commissioner), Larry House (Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Business Development), Amber Feldman (Associate Commissioner for Compliance and Internal Operations/Senior Woman Administrator) and Josh Slaughter (Director of Communications).[1]

On July 1, 1992, the MIAA entered a new era when the conference changed its name from the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The name change originated in 1989, when Pittsburg State University and Washburn University became the first schools outside the state of Missouri to gain membership in the MIAA.[2]

Founding and former members[edit]

The MIAA was established in 1912 with 14 member institutions. It included the five state teachers colleges in Missouri--Central (now the University of Central Missouri), Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) Northwest (now Northwest Missouri State University), Southeast (now Southeast Missouri State University and Southwest (now Missouri State University). It also included nine private schools--Central Methodist University, Central Wesleyan College, Culver–Stockton College, Drury University, Missouri Valley College, Missouri Wesleyan College, Tarkio College, Westminster College, and William Jewell College Only UCM and Northwest Missouri State remain members in the MIAA. The other members left as follows:[2]

First expansions of the conference[edit]

Three schools joined the membership over the next 56 years: the Missouri School of Mines, (later the University of Missouri-Rolla and now the Missouri University of Science & Technology) in 1935, Lincoln University in 1970, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1980.[2]

1980s[edit]

In 1986, Southwest Baptist University brought the conference membership back to eight schools. In 1989, Pittsburg State, Washburn, Missouri Southern State College and Missouri Western State College – formerly members of the Central States Intercollegiate Conference – began competition in the 1989-90 season.[2]

1990s and 2000s[edit]

Southeast Missouri State left the MIAA following the 1990-91 season to move on to NCAA Division I, and was replaced by Emporia State University in the 1991-92 season. Missouri-St. Louis left the MIAA in 1996, as did Missouri-Rolla in 2005. Lincoln forfeited membership in 1999.[2]

Fort Hays State University joined the MIAA in 2006 and the University of Nebraska-Omaha entered the league in 2008.[2]

On July 3, 2007, Southwest Baptist University was granted independent status for their football team, while all remaining teams will stay in the MIAA.[5]

On July 8, 2009, the MIAA CEO Council voted to remain a 12-team league for the foreseeable future, denying an application by Rockhurst University (which does not have a football team but wanted to compete in other sports). The vote ended short term speculation about the League expanding to 16 teams divided into two divisions.[6]

2010–present[edit]

Locations of MIAA member institutions

Lincoln re-joined the conference in 2010 and in that same year, the MIAA CEO Council voted to extend invitations to the University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University to become members of the league beginning in 2012-13, as wells as the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Lindenwood University.[2]

On July 30, 2010 the MIAA announced that the University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University would join after leaving the Lone Star Conference at the end of the 2012–13 season. Both Lindenwood University and Nebraska–Kearney were also accepted.[7] In 2012, the schools started to only play each other in football and play no non-conference games. At first, the teams that were closest geographically played each other every year and would rotate through the other conference members in other years. The move to expand the league was spurred at least in part after Northwest Missouri during its national championship game run had problems finding non-conference teams that would play it resulting in 2010 with it having 10-game rather than 11-game schedule.[8] In 2011, Nebraska–Omaha joined The Summit League and moved to Division I after the 2010–11 season.[9]

As Nebraska Omaha departed in 2011, the membership of the MIAA downsized to 11. UCO, NESU, UNK and LWU all joined in 2012-13, pushing the membership to 15.[3] The league returned to 14 institutions when Truman left in 2013 to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).[4]

Southwest Baptist rejoined the MIAA in football for the 2013 football season,[10] which meant that the schools would then play an 11-game conference football schedule with no non-conference games.[10] At the time, only schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) were allowed to schedule 12 regular-season games in all seasons. Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) schools are allowed to schedule 12 games in years that contain 14 Saturdays in the period starting with Labor Day weekend and ending with the Saturday before Thanksgiving; this started in the 2013 season.[10]

In 2014, Southwest Baptist and Lincoln started competing in the GLVC for football only.[11] This puts it so that all of the football schools in the MIAA can play each other now, instead of rotating.

Commissioners
Commissioner Years
Ken B. Jones 1981–1997
Ralph McFillen 1997–2007
Jim Johnson 2007–2010
Robert Boerighter 2010–present

Commissioners[edit]

In 1981, the MIAA appointed its first full-time commissioner, Ken Jones, in July. He held the position for 16 years, retiring in 1997. Former Gulf South and Metro commissioner Ralph McFillen succeeded Jones, serving 10 years before retiring in 2007. Jim Johnson then succeeded McFillen in July 2007 and served as commissioner until September 2010. Dr. Bob Boerigter succeeded Johnson in September 2010 as the commisisioner for the MIAA.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, Missouri 1871 12,013 Mules/Jennies           1912
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma 1890 17,127 Bronchos           2012
Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas 1863 6,114 Hornets/Lady Hornets           1991
Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas 1902 13,441 Tigers           2006
Lincoln University Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 3,043 Blue Tigers           19701
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 12,213 Lions/Lady Lions           2012
Missouri Southern State University Joplin, Missouri 1937 5,613 Lions           1989
Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, Missouri 1915 5,795 Griffons           1989
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, Nebraska 1905 7,052 Lopers           2012
Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma 1909 8,548 RiverHawks           2012
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, Missouri 1905 6,485 Bearcats           1912
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas 1903 7,400 Gorillas           1989
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, Missouri 1878 3,470 Bearcats           1986
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 1865 6,973 Ichabods           1989
  1. Lincoln (MO) left the MIAA in 1999 to join the Heartland Conference, and re-joined in 2010.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas 1924 6,815 Bisons           2012 soccer (M) Great American
Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 2,746 Jets           2013 wrestling Heartland
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 2,110 Crimson Storm           2012 soccer (M) Great American
Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri 1867 6,101 Bulldogs           2013 wrestling Great Lakes Valley
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 6,158 Peacocks           2012 soccer (M) Northern Sun
  • Truman — was a full member from 1912–2013.

Former members[edit]

When the conference was created it consisted of private and public schools. In 1924 it reorganized to include only public schools,[12] and conference records tend to begin with that date. The schools left behind in the reorganization went on to later form the Missouri College Athletic Union, which would in time become the current Heart of America Athletic Conference in the NAIA.

Lincoln University was removed from the conference in 1999 because it did not have a football program since 1989. Lincoln has since reinstated its football program.[13]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Central Methodist University Fayette, Missouri 1854 Eagles 1912 1924 Heart of America (NAIA D-I)
Central Wesleyan College Warrenton, Missouri 1854 1912 1924 Closed in 1941
Culver–Stockton College Canton, Missouri 1853 Wildcats 1912 1924 Heart of America (NAIA D-I)
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Panthers 1912 1924 Great Lakes Valley
University of Missouri at Rolla[n 1] Rolla, Missouri 1870 Miners 1935 2005 Great Lakes Valley
Southwest Missouri State University[n 2] Springfield, Missouri 1905 Bears/Lady Bears 1912 1981 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA D-I)
Missouri Valley College Marshall, Missouri 1889 Vikings 1912 1924 Heart of America (NAIA D-I)
Missouri Wesleyan College Cameron, Missouri 1883 1912 1924 Merged in 1926 with Baker University
University of Missouri–St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1963 Tritons 1980 1996 Great Lakes Valley
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908 Mavericks 2008 2011 The Summit (NCAA D-I)
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1873 Redhawks 1912 1991 Ohio Valley (NCAA D-I)
Tarkio College Tarkio, Missouri 1883 Owls 1912 1924 Closed in 1992
Westminster College Fulton, Missouri 1851 Blue Jays 1912 1924 St. Louis (NCAA D-III)
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 Cardinals 1912 1924 Great Lakes Valley
Notes
  1. ^ Now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology.
  2. ^ Now known as Missouri State University.

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association sponsors championship competition in nine men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[14]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
MIAA
Sports
Central Missouri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Central Oklahoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Emporia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fort Hays State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lincoln (MO) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lindenwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Missouri Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Missouri Western Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Nebraska–Kearney Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northeastern State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwest Missouri State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Pittsburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Southwest Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Washburn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Totals 14 14 9 12 11 4 6 10 10 5 95
Affiliate Members
Harding Green tickY 1
Newman Green tickY 1
Southern Nazarene Green tickY 1
Truman Green tickY 1
Upper Iowa Green tickY 1
  • Pittsburg State – Golf (M) is suspended indefinitely.[15]

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
MIAA
Sports
Central Missouri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Central Oklahoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Emporia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Fort Hays State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lincoln (MO) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Lindenwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Missouri Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Missouri Western Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Nebraska–Kearney Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northeastern State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwest Missouri State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Pittsburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Southwest Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Washburn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Totals 14 11 10 12 14 11 11 11 12 106

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Football Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Volleyball Bowling Field
Hockey
Gymnastics Ice
Hockey
Lacrosse Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Rodeo
Central Missouri IND
Central Oklahoma IND
Fort Hays State NIRA
Lincoln (MO) GLVC
Lindenwood ECAC RMAC MIVA ECAC MIC CHA RMAC RMAC
Nebraska–Kearney RMAC
Southwest Baptist GLVC
  • — D-I sport

Facilities[edit]

School Football Stadium Capacity Basketball Arena Capacity
Central Missouri Audrey J. Walton Stadium 10,000 UCM Multipurpose Building 6,500
Central Oklahoma Wantland Stadium 10,000 Hamilton Field House 3,000
Emporia State Francis G. Welch Stadium 7,000 William L. White Auditorium 5,000
Fort Hays State Lewis Field Stadium 6,100 Gross Memorial Coliseum 7,200
Lincoln (MO) Plays football in the GLVC Jason Gymnasium 2,000
Lindenwood Harlen C. Hunter Stadium 7,450 Robert F. Hyland Arena 3,270
Missouri Southern Fred G. Hughes Stadium 7,000 Leggett & Platt Athletic Center 3,200
Missouri Western Spratt Stadium 7,500 MWSU Fieldhouse 3,750
Nebraska–Kearney Ron & Carol Cope Stadium 6,000 Health and Sports Center 6,000
Northeastern State Doc Wadley Stadium 8,300 NSU Event Center 3,100
Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Stadium 6,500 Bearcat Arena 2,500
Pittsburg State Carnie Smith Stadium 8,344 John Lance Arena 6,500
Southwest Baptist Plays football in the GLVC Meyer Wellness & Sports Center 2,500
Washburn Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl 7,250 Lee Arena 4,000

NCAA Division II team championships[edit]

Year Sport School
1963 Golf Southwest Missouri State
1974 Men's Cross Country Southwest Missouri State
1984 Men's Basketball Central Missouri
1984 Women's Basketball Central Missouri
1984 Men's Cross Country Southeast Missouri State
1985 Men's Indoor Track Southeast Missouri State
1991 Football Pittsburg State
1992 Softball Missouri Southern
1994 Baseball Central Missouri
1998 Football Northwest Missouri State
1999 Football Northwest Missouri State
2003 Baseball Central Missouri
2005 Women's Basketball Washburn
2009 Football Northwest Missouri State
2009 Wrestling Nebraska–Omaha
2010 Women's Basketball Emporia State
2010 Wrestling Nebraska–Omaha
2011 Wrestling Nebraska–Omaha
2011 Football Pittsburg State
2013 Wrestling Nebraska–Kearney [16]
2013 Softball Central Oklahoma [17]
2013 Football Northwest Missouri State
2014 Men's Basketball Central Missouri
2014 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Lincoln
2015 Women's Indoor Track and Field Central Missouri

Championships[edit]

Football[edit]

MIAA Champions

Volleyball[edit]

The MIAA champion was determined via postseason tournament from 1982-1992, and 2006-2007. From 2003 to 2005, separate regular season and tournament champions were crowned.

MIAA Championships Per School
School Titles Last
Title
Tournament
Titles
Central Missouri 24 2014 1
Truman 6 2007 3
Washburn 4 2011 0
Nebraska–Kearney 2 2014 1
Emporia State 1 2008 0
MIAA Champions
MIAA Tournament Champions
Year School
2003 Truman
2004 Truman
2005 Truman

Men's basketball[edit]

MIAA Regular Season Champions

* – first place in MIAA standings, no championship awarded
N – North Division Champion (89–90 only)
S – South Division Champion (89–90 only)

MIAA Tournament Champions

Women's basketball[edit]

MIAA Regular Season Champions

N – North Division Champion (89–90 only)
S – South Division Champion (89–90 only)

MIAA Tournament Champions

Cross country[edit]

Men's MIAA Championships Per School
School Titles Last
Title
Central Missouri 15 2013
Southeast Missouri State 12 1990
Truman 11 2001
Missouri Southern 9 2014
Southwest Missouri State 7 1980
Southwest Baptist 1 2008
Northwest Missouri State 1 1972
Missouri-Rolla 1 1958
Men's MIAA Champions
Women's MIAA Championships Per School
School Titles Last
Title
Missouri Southern 10 2014
Southeast Missouri State 10 1990
Pittsburg State 8 2011
Central Missouri 3 2005
Northwest Missouri State 3 1997
Truman 1 2000
Emporia State 1 1994
Southwest Baptist 1 2013
Women's MIAA Champions

Golf[edit]

Men's MIAA Championships Per School
School Titles Last
Title
Tournament
Titles Last
Title
Central Missouri 23 2015 12 2015
Southwest Missouri State 23 1978 0 N/A
Truman 13 1991 0 N/A
Missouri-Rolla 10 1969 0 N/A
Washburn 5 2008 5 2009
Missouri Western 2 2006 1 2006
Missouri-St. Louis 2 1993 0 N/A
Southeast Missouri State 1 1937 0 N/A
Missouri Southern 0 N/A 1 2003
Southwest Baptist 0 N/A 1 2002
Lincoln 0 N/A 1 1998
Men's MIAA Champions

From 1934 to 1994 the winner of the MIAA Tournament was declared the MIAA champion. From 1995 forward, the conference championship was determined by the leader in the points standing and a separate conference tournament was held.

Men's MIAA Tournament Champions
Women's MIAA Championships Per School
School Titles Last
Title
Nebraska–Omaha 3 2011
Central Oklahoma 3 2015
Fort Hays State 1 2012
Women's MIAA Champions
Year School
2009 Nebraska–Omaha
2010 Nebraska–Omaha
2011 Nebraska–Omaha
2012 Fort Hays State
2013 Central Oklahoma
2014 Central Oklahoma
2015 Central Oklahoma

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIAA Staff". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "About the MIAA". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "MIAA History". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Truman Leaves the MIAA". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ SBU opts out of football
  6. ^ "MIAA doesn't take Rockhurst - Topeka Capital Journal - July 2, 2009". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Local". Newspressnow.com. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  8. ^ "In an expanded future, MIAA saves some rivalries". KansasCity.com. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  9. ^ "UNO plans to move to Division I, will drop football and wrestling". omaha.com. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  10. ^ a b c "MIAA CEO Council votes to retain membership at 12 Institutions MIAA Press Release July 8, 2009". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "SBU & Lincoln join GLVC for football". kansascity. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "MIAA Historical Timeline". MIAA web site. Archived from the original on 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  13. ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009
  14. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association". Themiaa.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  15. ^ "Pitt State Athletics Announces Continued Suspension of Men's Golf Program". Pittsburg State University. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "UNK Wrestling". Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "UCO Softball". Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 

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