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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
DivisionDivision II
Sports fielded21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)
RegionGreat Lakes Region
HeadquartersBay City, Michigan
CommissionerDell 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.

Tiffin University joined the GLIAC on July 1, 2008.[1] Gannon University and Mercyhurst College left the GLIAC for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on July 1, 2008.[2]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
North Division
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
South Division
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
  1. Northern Michigan University left the conference in 1977 but returned in 1987
  2. Northwood University left the conference in 1987 but returned in 1992.
  3. Northwood University athletic teams have previously been known as the Northmen & Northwomen prior to the mid-1990s
  4. Wayne State University athletic teams have previously been known at the Tartars prior to 1999
  5. Hillsdale College athletic teams were previously known as the Dales prior to the late 1960s

Membership History[3]

Associate members

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
Women's Lacrosse
Men's Soccer
Women's Soccer
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
  1. 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.
  2. Indianapolis was also previously affiliated with the GLIAC in football from 1999 to 2012.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.[5]
  5. Ursuline will join in 2013-2014.[6]

Former members

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

Membership timeline

  • 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

Wheeling Jesuit UniversityUrbana UniversityAlderson–Broaddus CollegeNotre Dame CollegeWalsh UniversityMalone UniversityOhio Dominican UniversityLake Erie CollegeTiffin UniversityLewis UniversityUniversity of IndianapolisPresidents' Athletic ConferenceWestminster College (Pennsylvania)University of FindlayPennsylvania State Athletic ConferenceMercyhurst UniversityPennsylvania State Athletic ConferenceGannon UniversityAshland UniversityMichigan Technological UniversityWayne State UniversityNorthern Michigan UniversityHillsdale CollegeHorizon LeagueThe Summit LeagueOakland UniversitySaginaw Valley State UniversityNorthwood UniversityLake Superior State UniversityGrand Valley State UniversityFerris State University


The GLIAC sponsors the following 21 sports:[7]

Men's Sports

Women's Sports

Football facilities

Institution Stadium Capacity Surface
Ashland University Jack Miller Stadium 6,000[8] Artificial
Ferris State University Top Taggart Field 6,200[8] Artificial
University of Findlay Donnell Stadium 7,500[8] Artificial
Grand Valley State University Lubbers Stadium 10,700†[9] Artificial
Hillsdale College Muddy Waters Stadium 8,500[8] Artificial
University of Indianapolis Key Stadium 5,500[8] Artificial
Lake Erie College Jack Britt Memorial Stadium 2,500[8] Artificial
Michigan Tech University Sherman Field 3,000[8] Artificial
Northern Michigan University Superior Dome 8,000[8] Artificial
Northwood University Hantz Stadium 3,000[8] Artificial
Ohio Dominican University Panther Field 1,750[8] Artificial
Saginaw Valley State University Wickes Memorial Stadium 6,300[8] Artificial
Tiffin University Frost-Kalnow Stadium 4,500[8] Artificial
Wayne State University Adams Field 6,000[8] 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.


  1. "Tiffin University Accepts Membership Invitation From the GLIAC". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-27.[dead link]
  2. "PSAC Adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-27.[dead link]
  3. "GLIAC Membership History". Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  4. "GLIAC to Offer Affiliate Membership to Notre Dame College (Ohio) in Four Sports". GLIAC. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  5. Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  7. "Official GLIAC Athletic Site". Official GLIAC Athletic Site. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 "GLIAC Stadiums". Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  9. "Lubbers Stadium". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved October 31, 2011.

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