River States Conference

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River States Conference
River States Conference logo
DivisionDivision I Division II
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 8
RegionRegion XII
HeadquartersFlorence, Kentucky
CommissionerScott McClure (since July 1, 2015)
River States Conference locations

The River States Conference (RSC), formerly known as Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), is a collegiate athletic conference with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Although it was historically a Kentucky-only conference, it has now expanded to include members in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and at various times in the past has also had members in Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia.

In March 2016, the KIAC announced it would change its name to the River States Conference, effective July 1, 2016, to better reflect its membership, which has expanded beyond Kentucky and now includes members in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.[1]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, Kentucky 1923 600 Eagles 1983;
Asbury University Wilmore, Kentucky 1890 1,300 Eagles 1971
Brescia University Owensboro, Kentucky 1950 1,100 Bearcats 1984
Carlow University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1929 2,400 Celtics 2012
Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 1,100 Eagles 2008
Indiana University East Richmond, Indiana 1971 2,700 Red Wolves 2007
Indiana University Kokomo Kokomo, Indiana 1945 3,719 Cougars 2013
Indiana University Southeast New Albany, Indiana 1941 6,840 Grenadiers 1994
Midway University Midway, Kentucky 1847 1,800 Eagles 1991[b]
Ohio Christian University Circleville, Ohio 1948 3,300 Trailblazers 2015
Point Park University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1960 3,376 Pioneers 2012
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 1,893 RedStorm 1964;
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Beckley, West Virginia 1895 2,252 Golden Bears 2015
  1. ^ Alice Lloyd left the KIAC in 1992 and rejoined in 2005.
  2. ^ Midway was a women's college until 2016.[2] The school began sponsoring men's sports in 2017.
  3. ^ Rio Grande left the KIAC in 1971 and rejoined in 2004.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Bellarmine College[a] Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Knights 1951 1964 Great Lakes Valley
Berea College Berea, Kentucky 1855 Mountaineers 1926 2014 USA South
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Wildcats 1999 2006 Southern States
Campbellsville College[b] Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 Tigers 1964 1995 Mid-South
Centre College Danville, Kentucky 1819 Colonels 1926 1962 Southern Athletic
Clinch Valley College[c] Wise, Virginia 1954 Highland Cavaliers 1971 1994 Mountain East
(NCAA D-II)[d]
Cumberland College[e] Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 Indians[f] 1966 1995 Mid-South
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, Kentucky 1906 Colonels 1927 1948 Ohio Valley
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 Tigers 1926 1995 Mid-South
Kentucky Wesleyan College Winchester, Kentucky[g] 1858 Panthers 1926 1955 Great Midwest
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky 1903 Blue Raiders 1984 2000 Mid-South
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Cardinals 1926 1948 Atlantic Coast
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Cougars 2000 2006 Closed in 2014
Morehead State University Morehead, Kentucky 1922 Eagles 1931 1948 Ohio Valley
Mountain State University Beckley, West Virginia 1933 Cougars[h] 2007 2012 Closed in 2012
Murray State University Murray, Kentucky 1922 Racers 1933 1948 Ohio Valley
Oakland City University Oakland City, Indiana 1885 Mighty Oaks 1968 1975 Independent
Ogden College Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Eagles 1926 1927 Merged in 1927 with
Western Kentucky University
University of Pikeville Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 Bears 1958 2000 Mid-South
St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, Missouri 1864 Eutectics 2003 2014 American Midwest
Spalding University Louisville, Kentucky 1814 Golden Eagles 1992 2007 St. Louis
Thomas More College Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 Saints 1955 1991 ACAA[i]
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky 1780 Pioneers 1926 2001 Heartland Collegiate
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 Bulldogs 1933 1995 Appalachian
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Hilltoppers 1926 1948 Conference USA
  1. ^ School name reflects that used during conference membership; known as Bellarmine University since 2000.
  2. ^ School name reflects that used during conference membership; known as Campbellsville University since 1996.
  3. ^ School name reflects that used during conference membership; known as University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA–Wise) since 1999.
  4. ^ UVA–Wise will join the South Atlantic Conference, also in NCAA Division II, in 2019.
  5. ^ School name reflects that used during conference membership; known as University of the Cumberlands since 2005.
  6. ^ Nickname reflects that used during conference membership; changed to Patriots in 2002.
  7. ^ Kentucky Wesleyan moved to its current campus in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1956.
  8. ^ Mountain State competed as an independent in men's basketball during its tenure in the conference.
  9. ^ Thomas More will rejoin the NAIA in 2019 as a member of the Mid-South Conference.

Conference sports[edit]

The River States Conference currently fields 15 sports (7 men's and 8 women's):

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY


  1. ^ http://www.kiacsports.com/article/2735.php
  2. ^ "Midway University Trustees vote to accept men into its daytime undergraduate programs" (Press release). Midway University. May 16, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.

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