Midwest Collegiate Conference
|Midwest Collegiate Conference
|Sports fielded||17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)|
|Region||Midwestern United States
|Former names||Midwest Catholic Conference (1988–1989)
Midwest Classic Conference (1989–2007)
The Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) is a college athletic conference, consisting of ten colleges and universities located in Iowa and Wisconsin. Founded in 1988, the conference's member schools compete on the NAIA level in 17 different sports.
Members Ashford University and Waldorf College were voted out of the conference on May 17, 2011, effective at the end of the 2011-12 season. On October 14, 2011, Iowa Wesleyan College announced they would join National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III.
The following teams are currently members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
|AIB College of Business||Des Moines, Iowa||Eagles||1921||Private||1,000||2010|
|Clarke University||Dubuque, Iowa||Crusaders||1843||Private/Roman Catholic||1,230||1988|
|Grand View University||Des Moines, Iowa||Vikings||1896||Private/Lutheran (ELCA)||1,750||1989|
|Mount Mercy University||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||Mustangs||1928||Private/Roman Catholic||1,490||1988|
|Saint Ambrose University||Davenport, Iowa||Fighting Bees (men's)
Queen Bees (women's)
|Viterbo University||La Crosse, Wisconsin||V-Hawks||1923||Private/Roman Catholic||2,991||1988|
|William Penn University||Oskaloosa, Iowa||Statesmen (men's)
Lady Statesmen (women's)
Note: Clarke University left the conference in 1996 but returned in 2007.
|Ashford University||Clinton, Iowa||Saints||1918||Private||500||1988||2012||Independent|
|Edgewood College||Madison, Wisconsin||Eagles||1927||Private/Catholic||2,000||1988||1989||Northern (NAC)
(NCAA Division III)
|Iowa Wesleyan College||Mount Pleasant, Iowa||Tigers||1842||Private/United Methodist||975||1995||2012||NCAA Division III Independent|
|Marycrest International University||Davenport, Iowa||Eagles||1939||Private/Teikyo Yamanshi Education||N/A||1988||2002||The college closed its doors at the end of the 2001-2002 school year.|
|Waldorf College||Forest City, Iowa||Warriors||1903||Private/Lutheran (ELCA)||650||2003||2012||MCAC|
The Midwest Collegiate Conference oversees the following sports:
- Men and women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and Track and field
- Women only: softball and volleyball
- Men only: baseball
- Waldorf College will offer track and field starting the 2011–12 academic year.
Member schools also participate in a number of sports not affiliated with the MCC, including competitive dance, football, tennis, men's volleyball, and wrestling. Several football teams from Midwest Collegiate Conference schools compete in the Mid-States Football Association.
When the Midwest Collegiate Conference was originally formed in 1988, it consisted of six Roman Catholic colleges and universities situated across the Midwestern United States. Dubbed the Midwest Catholic Conference, member schools originally competed in only men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's soccer.
The charter members of the conference were Clarke University, Edgewood College, Marycrest University, Mount Mercy University, Mount St. Clare College, and Viterbo College. Edgewood College left the conference before the start of the 1989–90 season. With the inclusion of Grand View College that year, the conference changed its name to the Midwest Classic Conference.
Saint Ambrose University's basketball teams joined the conference for the 1990 season, and the school's other sports joined the MCC in 1991. Iowa Wesleyan College joined the conference for the 1995-1996 season. The following year, Clarke University left the MCC to participate in NCAA Division III athletics. William Penn University became a member of the Conference in 2001. Marycrest International University ceased operations after the 2001–02 season. Waldorf College joined the conference for the 2003-2004 season, completing the current nine school lineup. Clarke University returned to the conference in 2007, and the conference has officially taken the name of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.