Heart of America Athletic Conference
(The Heart)
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded19 (men's: 10; women's: 9)
HeadquartersOverland Park, Kansas
CommissionerLori Thomas (since 2014)

The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC or The Heart)[1] is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in the United States.


The HAAC's earliest ancestor was the Missouri College Athletic Union, which was formed in 1924 when the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (now the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) split in two. The old MIAA's private schools formed the Athletic Union, while the state teachers' colleges stayed in the MIAA[2] It was reorganized as the HAAC in 1971 when it began admitting schools outside Missouri. However, the HAAC does not presently claim the Athletic Union's history as its own.

In early 2014, Grand View University and William Penn University were announced as members for the 2015–16 school year.[3] In April 2015, Clarke University and Mount Mercy University were announced as members for the 2016–17 school year.[4]

The current commissioner of the conference is Lori Thomas. Thomas, the first female commissioner in NAIA history,began her term in 2014,[5] succeeding Larry Lady who retired after 22 years as commissioner.[citation needed]

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Baker University Baldwin City, Kansas 1858 989 Wildcats 1971
Benedictine College Atchison, Kansas 1858 2,189 Ravens 1991
Central Methodist University Fayette, Missouri 1854 1,094 Eagles 1971;
Clarke University Dubuque, Iowa 1843 1,075 Pride 2016
Culver–Stockton College Canton, Missouri 1853 1,066 Wildcats 1980
Evangel University Springfield, Missouri 1955 1,958 Crusaders 1987
Graceland University Lamoni, Iowa 1895 2,301 Yellowjackets 1971
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 1,988 Vikings 2015
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, Kansas 1966 1,884 Pioneers 1980
Missouri Valley College Marshall, Missouri 1889 1,728 Vikings 1971
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1928 1,877 Mustangs 2016
Peru State College Peru, Nebraska 1865 2,422 Bobcats 2011
William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa 1873 1,550 Statesmen
Lady Statesmen

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Avila University Kansas City, Missouri 1916 Eagles 2000 2018 Kansas
College of Emporia Emporia, Kansas 1882 Fighting Presbies 1971 1974 Closed in 1974
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Lions 1996 2011 Mid-America
Ottawa University Ottawa, Kansas 1865 Braves 1971 1981 Kansas
Tarkio College Tarkio, Missouri 1883 Owls 1971 1992 Closed in 1992
William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri 1849 Cardinals 1971 2011 Great Lakes Valley

Membership timelineEdit

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


Conference sports
Baseball 13pxY
Basketball 13pxY 13pxY
Cross Country 13pxY 13pxY
Football 13pxY
Golf 13pxY 13pxY
Soccer 13pxY 13pxY
Softball 13pxY
Tennis 13pxY 13pxY
Track & Field Indoor 13pxY 13pxY
Track & Field Outdoor 13pxY 13pxY
Volleyball 13pxY
Wrestling 13pxY

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