Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(MIAC)
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established 1920
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 13
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
Region Minnesota
Headquarters Saint Paul, Minnesota
Commissioner Daniel McKane (since 2005)
Website www.miacathletics.com
Locations
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference locations

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. As the name implies, member schools are located in the state of Minnesota. All of the member schools are private, with all but one having a religious affiliation, and only two being non-sectarian.[1]

History[edit]

On March 15, 1920, a formal constitution was adopted and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was born, with Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint John's University, St. Olaf College, and the University of St. Thomas.

Concordia College joined the MIAC in 1921, Augsburg College in 1924, and Saint Mary's University in 1926. Carleton dropped membership in 1925, rejoining in 1983. St. Olaf left in 1950, returning in 1975. The University of Minnesota Duluth was a member of the MIAC from 1950 to 1975. Bethel University joined in 1978. The MIAC initiated women's competition in the 1981–82 season. Two all-women's schools subsequently joined the conference, St. Catherine University in 1983 and the College of St. Benedict in 1985 joined the league.

Augsburg did not participate in intercollegiate football from 1935 through 1938. The conference did not play sports from the fall 1943 to the spring of 1945 due to World War II. Saint Mary's discontinued its football program in 1955. Macalester became an independent in football in 2002, but still retains its MIAC membership in other sports. Wrestling was dropped as a conference sponsored sport after the 2002–03 season. St. Catherine and St. Benedict, being both women's colleges, also do not sponsor football. Together with Saint John's, one of only a handful of men's colleges, St. Benedict forms a joint academic institution, known commonly by the initialism CSB/SJU.

From 1947 to 2003 the MIAC had a strong men's wrestling program, which was discontinued following the 2002–03 season. The strongest teams over the history of the conference were Augsburg with 31 team championships, and Saint John's with 14 team championships. The MIAC teams and individual wrestlers demonstrated a strong national and Olympic presence in the 1970s and beyond [2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location
(all in Minnesota)
Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Augsburg College Auggies Minneapolis 1869 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 3,785 1924
Bethel University Royals Arden Hills 1871 Private/Baptist (BGC) 5,596 1977
Carleton College Knights Northfield 1866 Private/Non-Sectarian 1,958 1920,
19833
Concordia College Cobbers Moorhead 1891 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,788 1921
Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties St. Peter 1862 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,600 1920
Hamline University Pipers St. Paul 1854 Private/Methodist (UMC) 4,900 1920
Macalester College5 Scots St. Paul 1874 Private/Non-Sectarian 1,996 1920
College of Saint Benedict1 Blazers St. Joseph 1913 Private/Catholic 2,049 1985
St. Catherine University1 Wildcats St. Paul 1905 Private/Catholic 5,246 1983
Saint John's University2 Johnnies Collegeville 1857 Private/Catholic 1,917 1920
Saint Mary's University Cardinals Winona 1912 Private/Catholic 1,300 1926
St. Olaf College Oles Northfield 1874 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 3,007 1920,
19754
University of St. Thomas Tommies St. Paul 1885 Private/Catholic 10,839 1920
Note
  1. - Women's college
  2. - Men's college
  3. - Carleton left the MIAC after the 1924-25 season, and re-joined back in the 1983-84 season.
  4. - St. Olaf left the MIAC after the 1949-50 season, and re-joined back in the 1975-76 season.
  5. - Macalester became a member of the Midwest Conference for football starting with the 2014 season

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
University of Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs Duluth 1902 Public 11,729 1951 1975 NSIC
(NCAA Division II)

Membership timeline[edit]

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University St. Catherine University Bethel University (Minnesota) University of Minnesota Duluth Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Augsburg College Concordia College (Moorhead) University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) St. Olaf College College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Macalester College Hamline University Gustavus Adolphus College Carleton College

Sports[edit]

Member teams compete in football (men's), soccer (men's and women's), cross country (men's and women), golf (men's and women), volleyball (women's), basketball (men's and women), ice hockey (men's and women), indoor track and field (men's and women), swimming and diving (men's and women), baseball (men's), tennis (men's and women), track and field (men's and women) and softball (women's). The conference no longer sponsors men's wrestling or men's and women's Nordic skiing.

Football[edit]

Trophy games[edit]

Trophy games between MIAC football members[edit]

  • The Goat Trophy (Carleton College v. St. Olaf College) started 1931
  • The Hammer (Augsburg College v. Hamline University) started 2005
  • The Holy Grail (Saint John's University v. University of St. Thomas) started 2001 [1]
  • The Troll (Concordia College v. St. Olaf College)
  • Wilson Brothers Cup (Hamline University vs. University of St. Thomas)

Trophy games between MIAC football members and non football members[edit]

  • The Old Paint Bucket (Macalester College v. Hamline University)
  • Book of Knowledge (Carleton College v. Macalester College) — since 1999
  • Power Bowl (Concordia College v. Minnesota State University-Moorhead) — 1999-2007 (formerly the American Crystal Sugar Bowl — 1984-1998 — the matchup dated back to 1919) [2]

Conference titles[edit]

Team Championships Years won
Saint John's 31 1932, 1935c, 1936c, 1938, 1953c, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971c, 1974c, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979c, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995c, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001c, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006c, 2008, 2009
Gustavus Adolphus 22 1926, 1927, 1933, 1935c, 1936c, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952c, 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1971c, 1972, 1987
Concordia 18 1931, 1934, 1942c, 1952c, 1957, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974c, 1978c, 1979c, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988c, 1990c, 1995c, 2004
St. Thomas 17 1922c, 1929, 1930c, 1939, 1941, 1942c, 1947c, 1948, 1949, 1956, 1973c, 1979c, 1983, 1990, 2010, 2011, 2012
St. Olaf 6 1922c, 1923, 1930c, 1935c, 1978c, 1979c
Hamline 5 1920, 1921, 1966, 1984, 1988c
Bethel 5 2000, 2001c, 2006c, 2007, 2013
UM-Duluth* 3 1960, 1961, 1973c
Augsburg 2 1928c, 1997
Carleton 2 1924, 1992
Macalester** 2 1925, 1947c
Saint Mary's*** 1 1928c
  • c = shared championship
  • * No Longer a MIAC member
  • ** No Longer competes in MIAC football
  • *** No Longer competes in football
  • No football played in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II

Basketball[edit]

Men's basketball conference titles[edit]

Team Championships Years won
St. Thomas 28 1924, 1946c, 1949c, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981c, 1989c, 1990, 1991c, 1992c, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006c, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011c, 2012c, 2013
Hamline 19 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938c, 1939c, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949c, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1960
Gustavus Adolphus 17 1925, 1926, 1928, 1938c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1968, 1975c, 1988, 1991c, 1992c, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2012c
Augsburg 13 1927, 1946c, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1975c, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 1999
Saint John's 7 1969, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2001
Carleton 5 1921, 1922, 1923, 2006c, 2011c
UM-Duluth* 4 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962
St. Olaf 3 1929, 1930, 1989c
Concordia 3 1931, 1982, 1983
Macalester 2 1937, 1981c
Saint Mary's 2 1939c, 1940
Bethel 0
  • Not played 1943–44 to 1944–45
  • c = shared championship
  • * No longer a Member of the MIAC

Women's basketball conference titles[edit]

Team Championships Years won
St. Thomas 13 1983c, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998c, 2000, 2001, 2002c, 2008c, 2011, 2012
St. Benedict 13 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2002c, 2003c, 2004c, 2006, 2007, 2008c, 2009, 2010c
Concordia 7 1982, 1983c, 1986c, 1987c, 1988, 1990, 2013
Carleton 3 2003c, 2004c, 2005
Gustavus Adolphus 2 2003c, 2010c
Saint Mary's 2 1985, 1986c
Bethel 1 1994
St. Olaf 1 1983c
Augsburg 0
Hamline 0
Macalester 0
St. Catherine 0
  • c = shared championship

Ice hockey[edit]

Men's ice hockey conference titles[edit]

Team Championships Years won
St. Thomas 30 1923c, 1934, 1938c, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1949, 1951c, 1952, 1953c, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993c, 1994, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2012, 2013c
Gustavus Adolphus 14 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977c, 1984, 1993c, 2010
Macalester ** 12 1923c, 1930, 1931, 1932c, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939c, 1950c, 1951c, 1962, 1963
UM-Duluth * 9 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Augsburg 8 1928, 1977c, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981c, 1982, 1998c
Saint John's 8 1935, 1950c, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013c
Hamline 5 1923c, 1932c, 1948, 2008, 2011
Saint Mary's 4 1929, 1964, 1965, 1988
St. Olaf 3 1938c, 1939c, 2009
Concordia 2 1981c, 1987
Bethel 1 2007
Carleton** NA
  • Hockey not played 1942–43 to 1945–46
  • c = shared championship
  • * No longer a member of the MIAC
  • ** Does not have a varsity hockey team

Women's ice hockey conference titles[edit]

Team Championships Years won
Gustavus Adolphus 13 1999c, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
St. Thomas 2 2003, 2004
Augsburg 2 1999c, 2000c
Saint Mary's 2 1999c, 2000c
Bethel 0
Concordia 0
Hamline 0
St. Benedict 0
St. Catherine 0
St. Olaf 0
Carleton* NA
Macalester* NA
  • c = shared championship
  • * Does not have a varsity hockey team

Conference facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Hockey arena Capacity
Augsburg Edor Nelson Field 1,400 Si Melby Hall 2,200 Augsburg Ice Arena 800
Bethel Royal Stadium 3,500 Robertson Center 2,000 NSC Schwan's Rink Blaine Ice Palace 1,000
Carleton Laird Stadium 7,500 West Gymnasium 1,850 Non-Hockey School N/A
Concordia Jake Christiansen Stadium 7,000 Memorial Auditorium 4,500 Moorhead Sports Center
Gustavus Adolphus Hollingsworth Field 5,000 Gus Young Court 3,000 Don Roberts Ice Rink 1,500
Hamline Klas Field 2,000 Hutton Arena 2,000 Vadnis Heights Sports Center Warner Coliseum 1,300, 5,520
Macalester* Macalester Stadium 4,000 Leonard Center 1,200 Non-Hockey School N/A
St. Benedict Non-Football School N/A Claire Lynch Hall 1,000 Municipal Athletic Complex
St. Catherine Non-Football School N/A Butler Center 500 Ridder Arena 3,400
Saint John's Clemens Stadium 7,000 Sexton Arena 2,964 National Hockey Center 5,763
Saint Mary's Non-Football School N/A Fieldhouse 3,500 SMU Ice Arena
St. Olaf Manitou Field 3,500 Skoglund Center 3,000 Northfield Ice Arena 600
St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy Stadium 5,025 Schoenecker Arena 2,200 St. Thomas Ice Arena 1,400

*Has played an independent football schedule since 2002. In 2014 will join the Midwest Conference for football.

Executive director[edit]

The executive director, a position was created in 1994, serves as the conference "commissioner".

  • Carlyle Carter (1994–2005)
  • Daniel McKane (2005–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIAC Official Website". Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Wrestling Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 

External links[edit]