Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
|Great Lakes Intercollegiate
|Headquarters||Bay City, Michigan|
|Commissioner||Kris Dunbar (since 2018)|
The GLIAC was founded in June 1972. Member institutions are located in the midwestern United States in the States of Michigan and Ohio, with affiliate members in Indiana and Illinois. Charter members include Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Northwood, and Saginaw Valley State. Former members include Oakland (1972–1997) and Westminster (1997–2000).
Sponsorship of football was dropped by the GLIAC after the 1989 season. Conference schools sponsoring football joined with football-playing members of the Heartland Football Conference to form the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), which began play in 1990. The MIFC merged with the GLIAC in July 1999 and the GLIAC resumed sponsorship of football that fall.
July 1, 2017. University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University, & Walsh University left the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Also, Davenport University & Purdue University Northwest move up from NAIA to join the GLIAC.
July 1, 2018 Tiffin University will leave the GLIAC for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. University of Wisconsin-Parkside will join the GLIAC. They will be coming from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
- 1 Member schools
- 2 Sports
- 3 Championships
- 4 National Championships
- 5 Football facilities
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Ashland University||Ashland, Ohio||1878||6,579||Eagles||1995|
|Davenport University||Grand Rapids, Michigan||1866||7,594||Panthers||2017|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, Michigan||1884||14,187||Bulldogs||1972|
|Grand Valley State University||Allendale, Michigan||1960||25,460||Lakers||1972|
|Lake Superior State University||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan||1946||2,102||Lakers||1972|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton, Michigan||1885||7,274||Huskies||1980|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette, Michigan||1899||7,750||Wildcats||1975;
|Northwood University||Midland, Michigan||1959||1,937||Timberwolves||1972;
|Purdue University Northwest||Hammond, Indiana||1946||15,286||Pride||2017|
|Saginaw Valley State University||University Center, Michigan||1963||9,165||Cardinals||1972|
|Tiffin University||Tiffin, Ohio||1888||3,305||Dragons||2008|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, Michigan||1868||27,298||Warriors||1975|
- Reclassifying members in yellow.
- Membership History 
- Tiffin — joins the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2018.
|University of Wisconsin-Parkside||Somers, Wisconsin||1968||4,399||Rangers||2018|
|Concordia University–St. Paul||Saint Paul, Minnesota||1893||4,535||Golden Bears||2017||lacrosse (W)||Northern Sun|
|University of Indianapolis||Indianapolis, Indiana||1902||5,711||Greyhounds||2015||lacrosse (W)||Great Lakes Valley|
|McKendree University||Lebanon, Illinois||1828||2,902||Bearcats||2014||lacrosse (W)||Great Lakes Valley|
- Indianapolis — football was an affiliate member in 1999–2012; swimming & diving (M / W) was an affiliate member in 2000–2013.
Future affiliate members
|Upper Iowa University||Fayette, Iowa||1857||4,758||Peacocks||2018||lacrosse (W)||Northern Sun|
|University of Findlay||Findlay, Ohio||1882||Oilers||1997||2017||Great Midwest|
|Gannon University||Erie, Pennsylvania||1925||Golden Knights||1995||2008||Pennsylvania State|
|Hillsdale College||Hillsdale, Michigan||1844||Chargers||1975||2017||Great Midwest|
|Lake Erie College||Painesville, Ohio||1856||Storm||2010||2017||Great Midwest|
|Malone University||Canton, Ohio||1892||Pioneers||2012||2016||Great Midwest|
|Mercyhurst University||Erie, Pennsylvania||1926||Lakers||1995||2008||Pennsylvania State|
|Oakland University||Rochester, Michigan||1957||Golden Grizzlies||1974||1997||Horizon
|Ohio Dominican University||Columbus, Ohio||1911||Panthers||2010||2017||Great Midwest|
|Walsh University||North Canton, Ohio||1960||Cavaliers||2012||2017||Great Midwest|
|Westminster College||New Wilmington, Pennsylvania||1852||Titans||1997||2000||Presidents
Former affiliate members
|Alderson Broaddus University||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Battlers||2012||2015||lacrosse (W)||Great Midwest|
|Lewis University||Romeoville, Illinois||1932||Flyers||2004||2013||swimming & diving (M);
swimming & diving (W)
|Great Lakes Valley|
|Notre Dame College||South Euclid, Ohio||1922||Falcons||2012||2013||football;
|Urbana University||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Blue Knights||2012||2014||lacrosse (W)||Mountain East|
|Ursuline College||Pepper Pike, Ohio||1850||Arrows||2013||2015
swimming & diving (W)
|Wheeling Jesuit University||Wheeling, West Virginia||1954||Cardinals||2012||2014||lacrosse (W)||Mountain East|
The GLIAC dropped football after the 1989 season and resumed it for the 1999 season.
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Grand Valley State||9|
|Lake Superior State||6|
|Saginaw Valley State||9|
- Ashland — Tennis (M) begins play in 2018.
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Grand Valley State||11|
|Lake Superior State||7|
|Saginaw Valley State||10|
|Future Affiliate Members|
- Ashland — Lacrosse (W) begins play in 2018.
- Davenport — Swimming & Diving (W) begins play in 2018.
Other sponsored sports by school
|Wrestling||Fencing ‡||Skiing ‡|
|Lake Superior State||WCHA|
- ‡ — D-I sport
- UW-Parkside Wrestling will compete Independently after the 2017-18 season.
GLIAC schools have won 40 NCAA National Championships:
|1980||men's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1990||women's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1991||women's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1992||women's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1993||women's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1993||women's volleyball||Northern Michigan|
|1994||men's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1994||women's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1994||women's volleyball||Northern Michigan|
|1995||men's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1996||men's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|1997||men's swimming & diving||Oakland|
|2002||football||Grand Valley State|
|2003||football||Grand Valley State|
|2005||football||Grand Valley State|
|2005||women's volleyball||Grand Valley State|
|2006||women's basketball||Grand Valley State|
|2006||football||Grand Valley State|
|2009||women's soccer||Grand Valley State|
|2010||women's cross country||Grand Valley State|
|2010||women's soccer||Grand Valley State|
|2011||women's track & field (I)||Grand Valley State|
|2011||women's track & field (O)||Grand Valley State|
|2012||women's cross country||Grand Valley State|
|2012||women's swimming & diving||Wayne State (MI)|
|2012||women's track & field (I)||Grand Valley State|
|2012||women's track & field (O)||Grand Valley State|
|2013||women's cross country||Grand Valley State|
|2013||women's soccer||Grand Valley State|
|2014||women's cross country||Grand Valley State|
|2014||women's soccer||Grand Valley State|
|2015||women's soccer||Grand Valley State|
|2016||women's cross country||Grand Valley State|
|2016||men's track & field (I)||Tiffin|
|2017||men's track & field (I)||Tiffin|
|2018||men's basketball||Ferris State|
|Ashland||Jack Miller Stadium||6,000||Artificial|
|Ferris State||Top Taggart Field||6,200||Artificial|
|Grand Valley State||Lubbers Stadium||10,444||Artificial|
|Michigan Tech||Sherman Field||3,000||Artificial|
|Northern Michigan||Superior Dome||8,000||Artificial|
|Saginaw Valley State||Wickes Memorial Stadium||6,300||Artificial|
|Wayne State||Adams Field||6,000||Artificial|
- "Tiffin University Accepts Membership Invitation From the GLIAC" (PDF). Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 18, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2007.
- "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2007.
- "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- "Tiffin joins Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Tiffin University. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
- "Wisconsin-Parkside to Join GLIAC membership in 2018-19". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- "Ashland University Women's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis To Debut In 2018-19". Ashland University. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
- "Justin Vasquez tabbed as head coach of new women's swimming and diving program". Davenport University Athletics. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.