Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference
(GLIAC)
Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference logo
Established 1972
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 15 (12 in 2017)
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Bay City, Michigan
Commissioner Jeff Ligney (interim) (since 2016)
Website gliac.org
Locations
Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference locations

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is a competitive collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division II.

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.

Tiffin University joined the GLIAC on July 1, 2008.[1] Gannon University and Mercyhurst College left the GLIAC for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on July 1, 2008.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 3,146 Eagles           1995
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 14,707 Bulldogs           1972
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 3,700 Oilers           1997
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 25,094 Lakers           1972
Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan 1844 1,486 Chargers           1975
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio 1856 975 Storm           2010
Lake Superior State University Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1946 2,435 Lakers           1972
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan 1885 7,238 Huskies           1980
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 1899 8,323 Wildcats           1975;
1987
Northwood University Midland, Michigan 1959 1,987 Timberwolves           1972;
1992
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 3,052 Panthers           2010
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan 1963 10,245 Cardinals           1972
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 3,498 Dragons           2008
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 2,864 Cavaliers           2012
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 1868 27,897 Warriors           1975

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1866 12,471 Panthers           2017
  • Reclassifying member in yellow.

Pending members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Purdue University Northwest Hammond, Indiana 1946 13,964 Pride           2017
  • Purdue–Northwest — membership application was denied in 2016.[9]

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 4,300 Greyhounds           2015 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 3,027 Bearcats           2014 lacrosse (W) Great Lakes Valley
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1850 1,485 Arrows           2013 swimming & diving (W) Great Midwest
  • Indianapolis — football was an affiliate member from 1999–2012; swimming & diving (M / W) was an affiliate member from 2000–2013.
  • Ursuline — lacrosse (W) was an affiliate member from 2013–2015.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Golden Knights 1995 2008 Pennsylvania State
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
(NCAA D-I)
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Titans 1997 2000 Presidents
(NCAA D-III)

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
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;
lacrosse (W);
soccer (M);
soccer (W);
wrestling
Mountain East
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Cardinals 2012 2014 lacrosse (W) Mountain East

Membership timeline[edit]

The GLIAC dropped football from the conference after the 1989-90 season, but resumed it for the 1999-2000 season

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports[edit]

The GLIAC sponsors the following 22 sports:[10]

A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W) and volleyball.
North
  • Ferris State
  • Grand Valley State
  • Hillsdale
  • Lake Superior State
  • Michigan Tech
  • Northern Michigan
  • Northwood
  • Saginaw Valley State
South
  • Ashland
  • Findlay
  • Lake Erie
  • Ohio Dominican
  • Tiffin
  • Walsh
  • Wayne State
Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Findlay Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Hillsdale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Lake Erie Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Lake Superior State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Ohio Dominican Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Tiffin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Walsh Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 11 15 14 14 12 9 7 10 12 13 4 121
Future Members
Davenport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Pending Members
Purdue–Northwest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GLIAC
Sports
Ashland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Ferris State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Findlay Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Grand Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Hillsdale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Lake Erie Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Lake Superior State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Michigan Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Northern Michigan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Ohio Dominican Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Saginaw Valley State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Tiffin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Walsh Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wayne State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 15 15 12 6 12 12 8 12 14 15 15 136
Future Members
Davenport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Pending Members
Purdue–Northwest Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Affiliate Members
Indianapolis Green tickY 1
Mckendree Green tickY 1
Ursuline
Green tickY 1

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Ice
Hockey
Lacrosse Volleyball Bowling Fencing Skiing
Ferris State WCHA
Lake Erie G-MAC
Lake Superior State WCHA
Michigan Tech WCHA CCSA
Northern Michigan WCHA CCSA
Walsh G-MAC
Wayne State MFC
Future Members
Davenport CCLA IND IND
  • — D-I sport

Football facilities[edit]

Institution Stadium Capacity [11] Surface
Ashland Jack Miller Stadium 6,000 Artificial
Ferris State Top Taggart Field 6,200 Artificial
Findlay Donnell Stadium 7,500 Artificial
Grand Valley State Lubbers Stadium 10,444 Artificial
Hillsdale Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium 8,500 Artificial
Lake Erie Jack Britt Memorial Stadium 2,500 Artificial
Michigan Tech Sherman Field 3,000 Artificial
Northern Michigan Superior Dome 8,000 Artificial
Northwood Hantz Stadium 3,000 Grass
Ohio Dominican Panther Field 1,750 Artificial
Saginaw Valley State Wickes Memorial Stadium 6,300 Artificial
Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium 4,500 Artificial
Walsh Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium 22,364 Artificial
Wayne State Adams Field 6,000 Artificial
Future Members
Davenport Meyering Field 2,300 Artificial

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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 2007-05-27. 
  2. ^ "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Oilers Announce Move to G-MAC in 2017". University of Findlay. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hillsdale College to Join Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2017". Hillsdale College. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Storm Athletics to Join Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Lake Erie College. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ohio Dominican University Announces Move to G-MAC in 2017". Ohio Dominican University. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Walsh University Announces Move to Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Walsh University. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Davenport, Purdue Calumet Accept Invites into GLIAC Membership Process". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 

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