Great Lakes Valley Conference
|Great Lakes Valley Conference
|Members||16 (15 in 2018)|
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)|
|Region||Central United States|
|Commissioner||Jim Naumovich (since 2001)|
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Member institutions are located in the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
The GLVC is considered one of the top small college basketball conferences in the nation and placed a team in the men's NCAA Division II final over 11 straight years from 1994 to 2004.
- 1 History
- 2 Membership
- 3 Sports
- 4 Championships
- 5 National Champions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In October 2008, Maryville University and The University of Illinois at Springfield accepted invitations to join the GLVC and began competing in the conference in the fall of 2009. For men's and women's basketball, the league split into three divisions based on geography (East, North, and West) for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons, and reverted to two divisions when William Jewell College joined in 2011. Baseball and Tennis operate in a two-division format, while all other sports run a single table.
On January 19, 2010 the GLVC announced the addition of football as a league championship sport, beginning with the 2012 season. Kentucky Wesleyan, Missouri S&T and Saint Joseph's moved from the Great Lakes Football Conference, McKendree University and Quincy University from the Mid-States Football Association of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Indianapolis ended its affiliate membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to join William Jewell and form the seven-team league.
On October 6, 2010 it was announced that McKendree University accepted an invitation to the GLVC as the 17th member of the GLVC and begin participating in the conference in 2012. The following day, the conference announced that it had approved Central State University and Urbana University for associate membership in football, increasing the number of teams which will compete in the initial season of football to nine.
On October 18, 2011 it was announced that a new league, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC; not to be confused with the former Division I Great Midwest Conference), was forming for 2013. Charter members include Kentucky Wesleyan from the GLVC along with Central State and Urbana (GLVC members in football). Joining them are Ursuline, Notre Dame College, and Cedarville, with the G-MAC hoping to expand to 10 members. The new conferences' sponsored sports were not immediately announced. Kentucky Wesleyan, with its eight national basketball titles, is the biggest loss for the GLVC, but, with only 680 students, the school had trouble competing in the other sports against much larger schools.
On December 8, 2011 Northern Kentucky University officially accepted an invitation from the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, effective July 1, 2012. It was announced on June 8, 2012 that the GLVC Council of Presidents had voted unanimously to accept Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Missouri into the conference. The Bulldogs began competition in the GLVC effective Fall, 2013. Truman was a founding member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and became the seventh Missouri school to join the GLVC since 1995.
On August 27, 2012 it was announced that Central State University would leave the GLVC football conference to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as a football-only member, effective July 1, 2013. (Two years later, Central State would become an all-sports SIAC member.)
On November 4, 2015 Drury University announced it would begin sponsorship of wrestling in the 2016–17 season becoming the sixth conference member with a wrestling program. They joined current wrestling-only independents Indianapolis, Maryville, McKendree, Truman State, and Wisconsin–Parkside in GLVC competition, giving the conference an eleventh men's championship sport. Bellarmine announced on June 14, 2016 that they would absorb the wrestling program at St. Catharine College and also begin competition in the 2016–17 season.
- St. Joseph's College is closing after graduation in May 2017 due to financial troubles. 
|Lincoln University||Jefferson City, Missouri||1866||3,043||Blue Tigers||2014||football||Mid-America|
|Southwest Baptist University||Bolivar, Missouri||1878||3,656||Bearcats||2014||football||Mid-America|
|Ashland University||Ashland, Ohio||1878||Eagles||1978||1994||Great Lakes|
|Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne||Fort Wayne, Indiana||1964||Mastodons||1984||2001||Summit
|Kentucky State University||Frankfort, Kentucky||1886||Thorobreds & Thorobrettes||1989||1994||Southern Intercollegiate|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||Owensboro, Kentucky||1858||Panthers||1978||2012||Great Midwest|
|Northern Kentucky University||Highland Heights, Kentucky||1968||Norse||1985||2012||Horizon
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||Cougars||1994||2008||Ohio Valley
- Kentucky Wesleyan — football was an affiliate member in 2012–2014.
Former affiliate members
|Central State University||Wilberforce, Ohio||1887||Marauders||2012||2013||football||Southern Intercollegiate|
|Urbana University||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Blue Knights||2012||2013||football||Mountain East|
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
|A divisional format is used for baseball, basketball (M / W), tennis (M / W), and volleyball.|
|Swimming & diving|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by school
- Missouri S&T — Golf (M) begins play in 2017.
Women's sponsored sports by school
- Missouri S&T — Golf (W) begins play in 2017.
Other sponsored sports by school
- ‡ — D-I sport
- McKendree (WWPA) — Water Polo (W) begins play in 2017.
- Quincy (IND) — Lacrosse (M), Lacrosse (W) begin play in 2017.
GLVC schools have won 13 NCAA Division II national championships:
- 1987 men's basketball — Kentucky Wesleyan
- 1990 men's basketball — Kentucky Wesleyan
- 1995 men's basketball — Southern Indiana
- 1999 men's basketball — Kentucky Wesleyan
- 2000 women's basketball — Northern Kentucky
- 2001 men's basketball — Kentucky Wesleyan
- 2007 softball — SIU Edwardsville
- 2008 women's basketball — Northern Kentucky
- 2010 baseball — Southern Indiana
- 2010 men's soccer — Northern Kentucky
- 2011 men's basketball — Bellarmine
- 2013 men's basketball — Drury
- 2014 baseball — Southern Indiana
- GLVC Establishes Timeline for Football Sponsorship - Press release - January 19, 2010
- Staff (October 7, 2010). "GLVC adds McKendree". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- GLVC Welcomes Two Associate Members for Football - Press release - October 8, 2010
- "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- "Truman moving to GLVC". The Kirksville Daily Express. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "SIAC Approves Central State University For Conference Membership" (Press release). Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. August 27, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "Bellarmine to start men's wrestling team". Bellarmine University. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
- "Alumni Short Of Goal To Stop St. Joseph's College Closure". Retrieved April 6,2017. Check date values in:
- "Missouri S&T announces coaches to start up golf programs". Missouri University of S & T. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
- "McKendree Water Polo Teams to Advance to NCAA Varsity Status". McKendree University Athletics. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
- "QU Secures $4 Million Investment to Renovate QU Stadium". Quincy University. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- "Diaz Named Quincy's First Men's Lacrosse Coach". Quincy University. Retrieved September 13, 2016.