|Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference |
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)|
|Region||Great Lakes Region|
|Headquarters||Bay City, Michigan|
|Commissioner||Dell Robinson (since 2009)|
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is a competitive intercollegiate 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.
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, Michigan||Bulldogs||1884||Public||14,381||1972|
|Grand Valley State University||Allendale, Michigan||Lakers||1960||Public||24,662||1972|
|Lake Superior State University||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan||Lakers||1946||Public||2,750||1972|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton, Michigan||Huskies||1885||Public||7,013||1980|
|Northern Michigan University 1||Marquette, Michigan||Wildcats||1899||Public||9,417||1975|
|Northwood University 2||Midland, Michigan||Timberwolves 3||1959||Private||1,688||1972|
|Saginaw Valley State University||University Center, Michigan||Cardinals||1963||Public||10,790||1972|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, Michigan||Warriors 4||1868||Public||30,909||1975|
|Ashland University||Ashland, Ohio||Eagles||1878||Private||3,146||1995|
|University of Findlay||Findlay, Ohio||Oilers||1882||Private||4,247||1997|
|Hillsdale College||Hillsdale, Michigan||Chargers 5||1844||Private||1,326||1975|
|Lake Erie College||Painesville, Ohio||Storm||1856||Private||1,009||2010|
|Malone University||Canton, Ohio||Pioneers||1892||Private||2,600||2012|
|Ohio Dominican University||Columbus, Ohio||Panthers||1911||Private||2,237||2010|
|Tiffin University||Tiffin, Ohio||Dragons||1888||Private||6,816||2008|
|Walsh University||North Canton, Ohio||Cavaliers||1960||Private||2,500||2012|
- Northern Michigan University left the conference in 1977 but returned in 1987
- Northwood University left the conference in 1987 but returned in 1992.
- Northwood University athletic teams have previously been known as the Northmen & Northwomen prior to the mid-1990s
- Wayne State University athletic teams have previously been known at the Tartars prior to 1999
- Hillsdale College athletic teams were previously known as the Dales prior to the late 1960s
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Year Joined||Sports||Primary Conference|
|Alderson–Broaddus College1||Philippi, West Virginia||Battlers||1871||Private||800||2012||Women's Lacrosse||WVIAC|
|University of Indianapolis2||Indianapolis, Indiana||Greyhounds||1902||Private||4,300||1999||Swimming & Diving||GLVC|
|Lewis University||Romeoville, Illinois||Flyers||1932||Private||4,000||2005||Swimming & Diving||GLVC|
|Notre Dame College3||South Euclid, Ohio||Falcons||1922||Private||2,120||2012||Football
|NCAA D-II Independent|
|Urbana University4||Urbana, Ohio||Blue Knights||1850||Private/Nonsectarian||1,359||2012||Women's Lacrosse||G-MAC|
|Ursuline College5||Pepper Pike, Ohio||Arrows||1850||Private/Catholic (women's)||1,485||2013||Women's Lacrosse
Women's Swimming and Diving
|Wheeling Jesuit University4||Wheeling, West Virginia||Cardinals||1954||Private||1,232||2012||Women's Lacrosse||WVIAC|
- Alderson–Broaddus will join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2013. This will not affect its status as a GLIAC associate, because the G-MAC does not sponsor women's lacrosse.
- Indianapolis was also previously affiliated with the GLIAC in football from 1999 to 2012.
- Notre Dame will become a full member of the new Mountain East Conference in 2013. Of the five sports that Notre Dame currently houses in the GLIAC, three—football, plus men's and women's soccer—will be sponsored by the MEC.
- Although Urbana and Wheeling Jesuit will also become full MEC members, this will not affect their status in the GLIAC, since the MEC will not sponsor women's lacrosse.
- Ursuline will join in 2013-2014.
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Year Joined||Year Left||Current Conference|
|Gannon University||Erie, Pennsylvania||Golden Knights||1925||Private||3,400||1995||2008||PSAC|
|Mercyhurst University||Erie, Pennsylvania||Lakers||1926||Private||4,106||1995||2008||PSAC|
|Oakland University||Rochester, Michigan||Golden Grizzlies||1957||Public||14,000||1974||1997||Summit|
|Westminster College||New Wilmington, Pennsylvania||Titans||1852||Private||1,450||1997||2000||Presidents|
- Full members in gray.
- Full members without football in sea green.
- Associate members including football in red.
- Associate members in teal.
The GLIAC dropped football from the conference after the 1989-90 season, but resumed it for the 1999-2000 season
The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:
|Ashland University||Jack Miller Stadium||6,000||Artificial|
|Ferris State University||Top Taggart Field||6,200||Artificial|
|University of Findlay||Donnell Stadium||7,500||Artificial|
|Grand Valley State University||Lubbers Stadium||10,700†||Artificial|
|Hillsdale College||Muddy Waters Stadium||8,500||Artificial|
|University of Indianapolis||Key Stadium||5,500||Artificial|
|Lake Erie College||Jack Britt Memorial Stadium||2,500||Artificial|
|Michigan Tech University||Sherman Field||3,000||Artificial|
|Northern Michigan University||Superior Dome||8,000||Artificial|
|Northwood University||Hantz Stadium||3,000||Artificial|
|Ohio Dominican University||Panther Field||1,750||Artificial|
|Saginaw Valley State University||Wickes Memorial Stadium||6,300||Artificial|
|Tiffin University||Frost-Kalnow Stadium||4,500||Artificial|
|Wayne State University||Adams Field||6,000||Artificial|
† - For the 2011 season GVSU completed the first phase of the Lubbers stadium renovation which increased the stadium capacity from 8,550 by approximately 400 seats. The second phase of the renovation is scheduled to be completed for the 2012 season, and will bring the capacity to approximately 10,700.
- "Tiffin University Accepts Membership Invitation From the GLIAC". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2007. http://www.gliac.org/media/news/GLIAC_Tiffin.pdf. Retrieved 2007-05-27.[dead link]
- "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. http://www.psacsports.org/news/200607/6_27GandM.html. Retrieved 2007-05-27.[dead link]
- "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. http://www.gliac.org/information/GLIAC_History. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- "GLIAC to Offer Affiliate Membership to Notre Dame College (Ohio) in Four Sports". GLIAC. December 7, 2011. http://www.gliac.org/general_news/2011-12/GLIAC_NDC_Affiliate_Membership. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
- Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/573196/Cards--Toppers-Set-To-Jump-Into-New-League.html?nav=523. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. http://www.gliac.org/. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- "GLIAC Stadiums". D2Football.com. http://www.d2football.com/stadiums/greatlakesintercollegiateathleticconference/c3/. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
- "Lubbers Stadium". Grand Valley State University. http://www.gvsulakers.com/facilities/lubbersstadium.html. Retrieved October 31, 2011.