Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

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Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established 1987
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 10
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
Region Ohio Valley
Headquarters Greenwood, Indiana
Commissioner Christopher Ragsdale
Website heartlandconf.org
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference locations
HCAC school banners hang at the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center at Transylvania University.

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Although officially instituted during the 1998-1999 season, the HCAC actually traces its history to the formation of the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) in 1987.

Original members of the HCAC included Anderson, Bluffton, Franklin, Hanover, Manchester, Mount St. Joseph, Wabash, and Wilmington. Of the ten current members, six were founding members of the former ICAC.

Former members include DePauw (1987-1998),Taylor (1988-1991), Wabash (1987-1999), and Wilmington (1998-2000). Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology (1988-1998) re-joined as of July 1, 2006.


The Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) was formed in June 1987, with 1990-1991 being the first full season of competition (all eight teams competing in eight varsity sports).

Charter members in 1987 included Anderson University, DePauw University, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester College, and Wabash College. Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology and Taylor University later joined in 1988.

The addition of three Ohio schools (Bluffton College, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Wilmington College) and the departure of two Indiana schools (DePauw and Rose–Hulman) during the 1998-1999 season prompted a change in name to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Wabash and Wilmington later departed in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons respectively. Transylvania University joined in 2001. Rose–Hulman would re-join the HCAC, effectively for the 2006-07 season.

The most recent expansion was when Earlham College of Richmond, Indiana was accepted as the 10th member of the conference in October 2009 to begin competition in the fall of 2010.

Member schools[edit]

All of the conference's members throughout its history have been private schools. All have a religious affiliation except current member Rose-Hulman and former member Wabash.

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined
Anderson University Anderson, Indiana Ravens 1917 Church of God (Anderson) 3,065 1987
Bluffton University Bluffton, Ohio Beavers 1899 Mennonite 1,191 1998
Defiance College Defiance, Ohio Yellow Jackets 1850 United Church of Christ 1,000 2000
Earlham College Richmond, Indiana Quakers 1847 Quaker 1,194 2010
Franklin College Franklin, Indiana Grizzlies 1834 Baptist 1,000 1987
Hanover College Hanover, Indiana Panthers 1827 Presbyterian (PCUSA) 1,062 1987
Manchester University North Manchester, Indiana Spartans 1860 Church of the Brethren 1,250 1987
Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, Ohio Lions 1920 Catholic 2,259 1998
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana Fightin' Engineers 1874 Nonsectarian 1,970 19881
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky Pioneers 1780 Disciples of Christ 1,120 2001
  1. Rose–Hulman left the HCAC following the end of the 1997-98 season; but returned in the 2006-07 season.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana Tigers 1837 Methodist 2,350 1987 1998 NCAC
Taylor University Upland, Indiana Trojans 1846 Interdenominational Christian 1,887 1988 1991 Crossroads
Wabash College Crawfordsville, Indiana Little Giants 1832 Nonsectarian 950 1987 19991 NCAC
Wilmington College Wilmington, Ohio Quakers 1870 Quaker 1,093 1998 2000 OAC
  1. Wabash left the HCAC for all-sports after the 1998-99 season except for football (which later left following the 1999-2000 season).

Membership timeline[edit]

Earlham College Transylvania University Defiance College Wilmington College (Ohio) College of Mount St. Joseph Bluffton University Taylor University Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology Wabash College Manchester College (Indiana) Hanover College Franklin College (Indiana) DePauw University Anderson University (Indiana)


Member teams compete in women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball and men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field.

The conference does not sponsor lacrosse, but along with the Presidents' Athletic Conference is a partner in the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conference, which sponsors both men's and women's play.

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