Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

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Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association logo
Established 1912
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 14
Sports fielded 20 (men's: 10; women's: 10)
Region Central United States
Former names Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912–1992)
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri
Commissioner Mike Racy (since 2017)
Website www.themiaa.com
Locations
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association locations

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is a fourteen-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a member of the NCAA's Division II for all sports. Its fourteen members, located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, include eleven public and three private schools. The MIAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[1] incorporated in Missouri.[2]

Originally named the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the conference was established in 1912 with 14 members, two of which are still current members. Six members (Central Methodist, Central Wesleyan, Culver–Stockton, Missouri Valley, Missouri Wesleyan, Tarkio College, Westminster, and William Jewell) were later removed from the conference in 1924 when it decided to only include the public schools. A majority of the charter members that left in 1924 have shut down their operations, or merged with another school. Over the next century, nearly twenty schools have joined and left the conference, with a few affiliate members, and some nearly half of those schools reclassifying to the NCAA Division I.

The conference's current 14-campus makeup resulted when Lincoln (MO) rejoined from the Heartland Conference after eleven years when the school left due to not fielding a football team. In 2011, Omaha movied up to the NCAA Division I joining the Summit League, and in 2013, charter member Truman left for the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In 2012, Lindenwood, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, and Nebraska–Kearney joined the conference. Lindenwood was the only school to move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2012.

The current MIAA commissioner is Mike Racy.

History and overview[edit]

Original logo for the MIAA

The MIAA currently sponsors 20 sports – ten men's and ten women's. MIAA schools with additional sports compete independently or as part of a nearby conference. On July 1, 1992, the MIAA entered a new era when the conference changed its name from the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The name change originated in 1989, when Pittsburg State University and Washburn University became the first schools outside the state of Missouri to gain membership in the MIAA.[3]

Founding and former members[edit]

The MIAA was established in 1912 with 14 member institutions. It included the five state teachers colleges in Missouri – Warrensburg Teachers College (now the University of Central Missouri), Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University), Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College (now Northwest Missouri State University), Missouri State Normal School of the Third District (now Southeast Missouri State University, and Southwest Missouri State Teacher's College (now Missouri State University). It also included nine private schools – Central Methodist University, Central Wesleyan College, Culver–Stockton College, Drury University, Missouri Valley College, Missouri Wesleyan College, Tarkio College, Westminster College, and William Jewell College. Only Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State remain members in the MIAA.

In 1924 the conference reorganized to include only public schools, and conference records tend to begin with that date. The schools left behind in the reorganization went on to later form the Missouri College Athletic Union, which would in time become the current Heart of America Athletic Conference in the NAIA.[4]

First expansions of the conference[edit]

The Missouri School of Mines, (later the University of Missouri–Rolla and now the Missouri University of Science & Technology), joined in 1935 to bring membership to six schools. The membership remained at six until Lincoln University joined in 1970, followed by the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 1980.

1980s[edit]

In 1986, Southwest Baptist University brought the conference membership back to eight schools. In 1989, Pittsburg State, Washburn, Missouri Southern State College and Missouri Western State College – formerly members of the Central States Intercollegiate Conference – began competition in the 1989–90 season.[5]

1990s and 2000s[edit]

MIAA logo from 1990 to 2012.

Southeast Missouri State left the MIAA following the 1990–91 season to move on to NCAA Division I, and was replaced by Emporia State University in the 1991–92 season. Missouri–St. Louis left the MIAA in 1996, as did Missouri–Rolla in 2005. Lincoln forfeited membership in 1999.

Fort Hays State University joined the MIAA in 2006 and the University of Nebraska Omaha entered the league in 2008.[6][7]

On July 3, 2007, Southwest Baptist was granted independent status for their football team, while all remaining teams will stay in the MIAA.[8]

On July 8, 2009, the MIAA CEO Council voted to remain a 12-team league for the foreseeable future, denying an application by Rockhurst University (which does not have a football team but wanted to compete in other sports). The vote ended short term speculation about the League expanding to 16 teams divided into two divisions.[9]

2010–present[edit]

Locations of MIAA member institutions

Lincoln rejoined the conference in 2010[10] and in that same year, the MIAA CEO Council voted to extend invitations to the University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University to become members of the league beginning in 2012–13, as well as Lindenwood University and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.[11] In 2012, the schools started to only play each other in football and play no non-conference games. At first, the teams that were closest geographically played each other every year and would rotate through the other conference members in other years. The move to expand the league was spurred at least in part after Northwest Missouri during its national championship game run had problems finding non-conference teams that would play it resulting in 2010 with it having 10-game rather than 11-game schedule.[12] In 2011, Nebraska–Omaha joined the Summit League and moved to Division I after the 2010–11 season.[13]

As Nebraska–Omaha departed in 2011, the membership of the MIAA downsized to 11. Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, Nebraska–Kearney, and Lindenwood all joined in 2012–13, pushing the membership to 15. The league returned to 14 institutions when Truman left in 2013 to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).[14]

Southwest Baptist rejoined the MIAA in football for the 2013 football season, which meant that the schools would then play an 11-game conference football schedule with no non-conference games.

In 2014, Southwest Baptist and Lincoln joined the GLVC for football only. This puts it so that all of the football schools in the MIAA can play each other now, instead of rotating.[15]

MIAA Commissioners
Tenure Commissioner
1981–1997 Ken B. Jones
1997–2007 Ralph McFillen
2007–2010 Jim Johnson
2010–2017 Bob Boerigter
2017–present Mike Racy

Commissioners[edit]

In July 1981, Ken B. Jones was appointed as the first full-time MIAA commissioner. He held the position for 16 years, retiring in 1997.[16] Ralph McFillen succeeded Jones, serving 10 years until retiring in 2007.[17] Jim Johnson then succeeded McFillen in July 2007 and served as commissioner until September 2010.[18] Bob Boerigter succeeded Johnson on September 20, 2010 as commissioner and retired on January 27, 2017.[19][20] On September 7, 2016, it was announced that Mike Racy would become the fifth commissioner of the MIAA, effective January 30, 2017.[21]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, Missouri 1871 Public 14,148 Mules & Jennies           1912
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma 1890 16,428 Bronchos           2012
Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas 1863 5,887 Hornets           1991
Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas 1902 14,658 Tigers           2006
Lincoln University Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 3,583 Blue Tigers           1970;
2010
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Private 9,357 Lions & Lady Lions           2012
Missouri Southern State University Joplin, Missouri 1937 Public 6,229 Lions           1989
Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, Missouri 1915 5,388 Griffons          
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, Nebraska 1905 7,504 Lopers           2012
Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma 1909 8,276 RiverHawks          
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, Missouri 1905 6,530 Bearcats           1912
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas 1903 7,102 Gorillas           1989
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, Missouri 1878 Private 3,672 Bearcats           1986
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 1865 Public 7,971 Ichabods           1989

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 3,690 Panthers           2016 Bowling Great Lakes Valley
Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois 1871 3,350 Bluejays           CCIW
Maryville University St. Louis, Missouri 1872 6,400 Saints           Great Lakes Valley
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 3,001 Bearcats          
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, Nebraska 1877 2,100 Prairie Wolves           Iowa
Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 2,746 Jets           2013 wrestling Heartland
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 1857 6,271 Peacocks           2012 soccer (M) Northern Sun
  • Drury — was a full member from 1912–1924.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Central Methodist University Fayette, Missouri 1854 Eagles 1912 1924 Heart of America
(NAIA)
Central Wesleyan College Warrenton, Missouri 1854 Closed in 1941
Culver–Stockton College Canton, Missouri 1853 Wildcats Heart of America
Missouri Valley College Marshall, Missouri 1889 Vikings
Missouri Wesleyan College Cameron, Missouri 1883 Merged in 1926 with
Baker University
University of Missouri–Rolla Rolla, Missouri 1870 Miners 1935 2005 Great Lakes Valley
University of Missouri–St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1963 Tritons 1980 1996
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908 Mavericks 2008 2011 Summit League
(NCAA D-I)
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1873 Redhawks 1912 1991 Ohio Valley
(NCAA D-I)
Southwest Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Bears 1981 Missouri Valley
(NCAA D-I)
Tarkio College Tarkio, Missouri 1883 Owls 1924 Closed in 1992
Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri 1867 Bulldogs 2013 Great Lakes Valley
Westminster College Fulton, Missouri 1851 Blue Jays 1924 St. Louis
(NCAA D-III)
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 Cardinals 1924 Great Lakes Valley
  • Truman — wrestling was an affiliate member in 2013–14.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas 1924 Bisons 2012 2015 soccer (M) Great American
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 Crimson Storm

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football) 

Sports[edit]

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association sponsors championship competition in ten men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[22]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Bowling Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball 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 Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
MIAA
Sports
Central Missouri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Central Oklahoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Emporia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fort Hays State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lincoln Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Lindenwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Missouri Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Missouri Western Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Nebraska–Kearney Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northeastern State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwest Missouri State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Pittsburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Southwest Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Washburn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 13 14 11 12 11 4 6 12 12 5 100
Affiliate Members
Newman Green tickY 1
Upper Iowa Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Bowling Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
MIAA
Sports
Central Missouri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Central Oklahoma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Emporia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Fort Hays State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lincoln Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Lindenwood Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Missouri Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Missouri Western Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Nebraska–Kearney Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northeastern State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Northwest Missouri State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Pittsburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Southwest Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Washburn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 14 2 13 10 12 14 10 13 13 12 113
Affiliate Members
Drury Green tickY 1
Elmhurst Green tickY 1
Maryville Green tickY 1
McKendree Green tickY 1
Nebraska Wesleyan Green tickY 1
  • — D-I sport

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women
Football Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Volleyball Field
Hockey
Gymnastics Ice
Hockey
Lacrosse Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Central Oklahoma IND
Lincoln GLVC
Lindenwood IND NSISC MIVA ECAC MIC CHA RMAC NSISC
Nebraska–Kearney RMAC
Southwest Baptist GLVC
  • — D-I sport

Facilities[edit]

School Football Stadium Capacity Basketball Arena Capacity
Central Missouri Audrey J. Walton Stadium
12,000
UCM Multipurpose Building
6,500
Central Oklahoma Wantland Stadium
10,000
Hamilton Field House
3,000
Emporia State Francis G. Welch Stadium
7,000
William L. White Auditorium
5,000
Fort Hays State Lewis Field Stadium
6,362
Gross Memorial Coliseum
7,200
Lincoln
Plays football in the GLVC
Jason Gymnasium
2,000
Lindenwood Harlen C. Hunter Stadium
7,450
Robert F. Hyland Arena
3,270
Missouri Southern Fred G. Hughes Stadium
7,000
Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
3,200
Missouri Western Spratt Stadium
7,200
MWSU Fieldhouse
3,750
Nebraska–Kearney Ron & Carol Cope Stadium
5,250
Health and Sports Center
6,000
Northeastern State Doc Wadley Stadium
8,300
NSU Event Center
3,100
Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Stadium
6,500
Bearcat Arena
2,500
Pittsburg State Carnie Smith Stadium
7,950
John Lance Arena
6,500
Southwest Baptist
Plays football in the GLVC
Meyer Wellness & Sports Center
2,500
Washburn Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl
7,200
Lee Arena
4,000

NCAA Division II team championships[edit]

Championships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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