Great Lakes Valley Conference

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Great Lakes Valley Conference
(GLVC)
Great Lakes Valley Conference logo
Established 1978
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 16
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)
Region Central United States
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Commissioner Jim Naumovich (since 2001)
Website www.glvcsports.com
Locations
Great Lakes Valley Conference locations

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.

History[edit]

Old logo

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] (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.[7]

Membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Bellarmine University Louisville, Kentucky 1950 3,846 Knights           1978
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 5,100 Panthers           2005
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, Illinois 1969 5,174 Prairie Stars                2009
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1902 4,300 Greyhounds           1978
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 5,200 Flyers           1980
Maryville University St. Louis, Missouri 1872 3,400 Saints           2009
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 3,500 Bearcats           2012
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri 1870 7,000 Miners                2005
University of Missouri–St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1963 15,548 Tritons           1995
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 1,269 Hawks                1994
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 3,000 Hawks           2005
Saint Joseph's College Rensselaer, Indiana 1889 1,033 Pumas           1978
University of Southern Indiana Evansville, Indiana 1965 10,540 Screaming Eagles                1978
Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri 1867 6,100 Bulldogs           2013
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 1,050 Cardinals           2011
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Kenosha, Wisconsin 1968 5,000 Rangers                1994

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
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

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 Eagles 1978 1994 Great Lakes
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 Mastodons 1984 2001 Summit
(NCAA D-I)
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
(NCAA D-I)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 Cougars 1994 2008 Ohio Valley
(NCAA D-I)
  • Kentucky Wesleyan — football was an affiliate member in 2012–2014.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio 1887 Marauders 2012 2013 football Southern Intercollegiate
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 2012 2013 football Mountain East

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

A divisional format is used for baseball, basketball (M / W), tennis (M / W), and volleyball.
East
  • Bellarmine
  • Illinois–Springfield
  • Indianapolis
  • Lewis
  • McKendree
  • Saint Joseph's
  • Southern Indiana
  • Wisconsin–Parkside
West
  • Drury
  • Maryville
  • Missouri S&T
  • Missouri–St. Louis
  • Quincy
  • Rockhurst
  • Truman
  • William Jewell
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
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
GLVC
Sports
Bellarmine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Drury Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Illinois–Springfield Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Indianapolis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Lewis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Maryville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
McKendree Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Missouri S&T Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Missouri–St. Louis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Quincy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Rockhurst Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Saint Joseph's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Southern Indiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Truman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
William Jewell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wisconsin–Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 16 16 14 7 14 16 10 13 14 14 7 141
Affiliate Members
Lincoln (MO) Green tickY 1
Southwest Baptist Green tickY 1
  • Missouri S&T — Golf (M) begins play in 2017.[8]

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
GLVC
Sports
Bellarmine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Drury Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Illinois–Springfield Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Indianapolis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Lewis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Maryville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
McKendree Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Missouri S&T Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Missouri–St. Louis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Quincy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Rockhurst Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Saint Joseph's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Southern Indiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Truman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
William Jewell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wisconsin–Parkside Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 16 15 14 16 16 10 14 14 14 16 145
  • Missouri S&T — Golf (W) begins play in 2017.

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Lacrosse Volleyball Water
Polo
Bowling Field
Hockey
Lacrosse Fencing
Bellarmine SoCon ECAC
Drury MIAA
Indianapolis IND GLIAC
Lewis MIVA
Maryville RMAC MIAA
McKendree MIVA CWPA MIAA GLIAC MFC
Quincy MIVA
Rockhurst RMAC RMAC
  • — D-I sport
  • McKendree (WWPA) — Water Polo (W) begins play in 2017.[9]
  • Quincy (IND) — Lacrosse (M), Lacrosse (W) begin play in 2017.[10][11]

National Champions[edit]

GLVC schools have won 13 NCAA Division II national championships:[12]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ GLVC Establishes Timeline for Football Sponsorship - Press release - January 19, 2010
  2. ^ Staff (October 7, 2010). "GLVC adds McKendree". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ GLVC Welcomes Two Associate Members for Football - Press release - October 8, 2010
  4. ^ "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Truman moving to GLVC". The Kirksville Daily Express. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "SIAC Approves Central State University For Conference Membership" (Press release). Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. August 27, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bellarmine to start men's wrestling team". Bellarmine University. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Missouri S&T announces coaches to start up golf programs". Missouri University of S & T. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "McKendree Water Polo Teams to Advance to NCAA Varsity Status". McKendree University Athletics. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ "QU Secures $4 Million Investment to Renovate QU Stadium". Quincy University. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Diaz Named Quincy's First Men's Lacrosse Coach". Quincy University. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.ncaa.com/

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