Upper Midwest Athletic Conference

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Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
(UMAC)
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference logo
Established 1972
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 8 full, 5 associate
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 8; women's: 7)
Region Upper Midwest
Former names Twin Rivers Conference
Headquarters Saint Paul, Minnesota
Commissioner Corey Borchardt (since 2008)
Website umacathletics.com
Locations
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference locations

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) is a college-level athletic conference. The UMAC is a member-conference of the NCAA Division III. The UMAC was formerly affiliated with the NAIA. Corey Borchardt is the current commissioner of the UMAC, and was appointed to the position in 2008. The UMAC was started in 1972 as the Twin Rivers Conference, and assumed its current name in 1983. Member institutions are located in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The UMAC sponsors intercollegiate competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's football, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball.

Eureka College, Greenville College, MacMurray College and Westminster College became associate members of the UMAC in football in 2009 and Iowa Wesleyan College in 2013. The University of Wisconsin-Superior will be joining the conference as a full, non-football member in 2015 from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Varsity
Teams
Joined
Bethany Lutheran College Vikings Mankato, Minnesota 1927 Private/Lutheran (ELS) 550 15 2004
Crown College Storm St. Bonifacius, Minnesota 1916 Private/Christian and Missionary Alliance 1,300 11 1994
Martin Luther College Knights New Ulm, Minnesota 1995 Private/Lutheran (WELS) 800 15 1995
University of Minnesota Morris Cougars Morris, Minnesota 1960 Public 1,900 16 2003
North Central University Rams
Minneapolis, Minnesota 1930 Private/Assemblies of God 1,200 14 20131
Northland College LumberJacks (men's)
LumberJills (women's)
Ashland, Wisconsin 1906 Private/United
Church of Christ
700 12 1998
University of Northwestern – St. Paul Eagles Roseville, Minnesota 1902 Private/
Non-denominational
2,944 16 1972
College of St. Scholastica Saints Duluth, Minnesota 1912 Private/Catholic 3,309 16 1995
Note

1 - North Central was an associate member for several sports from the 2008-09 to the 2012-13 seasons.

Associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Varsity
Teams
Joined Primary
Conference
UMAC Sport
Eureka College Red Devils Eureka, Illinois 1855 Private/Christian Church 680 16 2009 SLIAC football
Greenville College Greenville Panthers Greenville, Illinois 1892 Private/Free Methodist 1,200 14 2009 SLIAC football
Iowa Wesleyan College Iowa Wesleyan Tigers Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 1842 Private/United Methodist 571 12 2013 SLIAC football
MacMurray College Highlanders Jacksonville, Illinois 1846 Private/United Methodist 683 10 2009 SLIAC football
Westminster College Blue Jays Fulton, Missouri 1851 Private/Presbyterian 1,050 8 20091 SLIAC football
Note

1 - Westminster (Mo.) was formerly an associate member for football from the 2002-03 to the 2007-08 seasons.

Former members[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Concordia University, Saint Paul Golden Bears St. Paul, Minnesota 1893 Private 2800 1972 1999 NSIC (NCAA Division II)
Dr. Martin Luther College Knights New Ulm, Minnesota 1884 Private ? 1972 1995 incorporated into Martin Luther College in 1995
Loras College Duhawks Dubuque, Iowa 1839 Private 1,610 1972 1986 IIAC
Mount Senario College Fighting Saints Ladysmith, Wisconsin 1930 Private ? 1972 2002 disbanded athletics on December 2001
closed on August 31, 2002
Northwestern College (Wisconsin) Trojans Watertown, Wisconsin 1865 Private ? 1972 1995 incorporated into Martin Luther College in 1995
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College Comets Owatonna, Minnesota 1877 Private 142 1972 1988 closed in 2008
Presentation College Saints Aberdeen, South Dakota 1922 Private 786 2002 2012 NSAA (NAIA)
Viterbo University V-Hawks La Crosse, Wisconsin 1890 Private 3,192 1976 1988 MCC (NAIA)

Associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Primary Conference UMAC Sport
Blackburn College Beavers Carlinville, Illinois 1837 Private 590 2002-03 2007-08 SLIAC football
Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders Watertown, Wisconsin 1968 Private 950 1974-75 2007-08 D-III Independent football
Principia College Panthers Elsah, Illinois 1910 Private 550 2002-03 2007-08 SLIAC football
Rockford College Regents Rockford, Illinois 1847 Private 983 2002-03 2007-08 NACC football
Trinity Bible College Lions Ellendale, North Dakota 1948 Private 333 1997-98 2007-08 NCCAA Independent football

Conference facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
Bethany Lutheran Non-football school N/A Sports and Fitness Center 800
Crown KleinBank Stadium 1,400 Wild Athletic Center 700
Martin Luther MLC Bowl 2,200 Luther Student Center 700
Minnesota-Morris Big Cat Stadium 3,500 UMM P.E. Center 4,000
North Central Non-football school N/A Clark-Danielson Gymnasium NA
Northland Non-football school N/A Kendrigan Gymnasium 1,000
Northwestern Reynolds Field 1,500 Ericksen Center 1,500
St. Scholastica Duluth Public Schools Stadium and
Griggs Field
TBA
4,000
Reif Gymnasium 1,600
Eureka Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field 2,500
Greenville Francis Stadium 2,000
Iowa Wesleyan Evans Field 5,000
MacMurray Freesen Field 3,000
Westminster Priest Field 1,000

Football champions[edit]

Year Champion(s)
1974 Northwestern (MN)
1975 Northwestern (MN)
1976 Concordia-Saint Paul
Loras
Maranatha Baptist Bible College
Northwestern (MN)
Northwestern (WI)
1977 Concordia-Saint Paul
Dr. Martin Luther College
1978 Northwestern (WI)
1979 Northwestern (MN)
1980 Mount Senario
1981 Concordia-Saint Paul
Northwestern (MN)
1982 Concordia-Saint Paul
Mount Senario
Northwestern (MN)
1983 Mount Senario
Northwestern (MN)
1984 Northwestern (MN)
1985 Mount Senario
1986 Northwestern (MN)
1987 Mount Senario
1988 Concordia-Saint Paul
1989 Mount Senario
1990 Maranatha Baptist Bible College
Northwestern (MN)
1991 Concordia-Saint Paul
1992 Mount Senario
1993 Mount Senario
1994 Mount Senario
1995 Northwestern
1996 Maranatha Baptist Bible College
Martin Luther College
1997 Mount Senario
1998 Maranatha Baptist
Martin Luther College
Mount Senario
1999 Mount Senario
2000 Mount Senario
2001 Northwestern
2002 Northwestern
2003 Westminster
2004 Westminster
2005 Northwestern
2006 Minnesota-Morris
2007 Northwestern
2008 Northwestern
2009 North Division: Martin Luther College
South Division: Greenville
2010 Greenville
2011* St. Scholastica
2012 Greenville
Northwestern
St. Scholastica
2013 St. Scholastica

*- 2011 was the first year the UMAC Champion received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.[1]

Ice hockey affiliations[edit]

The UMAC does not sponsor ice hockey. Two member schools sponsor men's hockey as a varsity sport. Northland and St. Scholastica are a members of Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

Women's golf[edit]

Bethany Lutheran, Martin Luther, Northwestern, Minnesota-Morris and Northland compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UMAC: A Division III playoff bid for the first time". StarTribune.com. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 

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