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Ohio Athletic Conference
(OAC)
Established1902
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members10
Sports fielded21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)
RegionOhio
HeadquartersTwinsburg, Ohio
CommissionerTim Gleason (since 1991)
Websiteoac.org
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The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) was formed in 1902 and is the third oldest athletic conference in the United States. It competes in the NCAA's Division III. Through the years, 31 schools have been members of the OAC. The enrollments of the current ten member institutions range from 1,100 to 4,500. Member teams are located in Ohio.

MembersEdit

Current Members Edit

The OAC currently has 10 members.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
Baldwin Wallace University Berea, Ohio 1845 1915 Private/Methodist 4,177 Yellow Jackets Brown and Yellow
         
Capital University Bexley, Ohio 1830 1927 Private/Lutheran 3,584 Crusaders Purple and White
         
Heidelberg University Tiffin, Ohio 1850 1907 Private/United Church of Christ 1,500 Student Princes Orange and Black
         
John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio 1886 1932 Private/Catholic 3,700 Blue Streaks Blue and Gold
         
Marietta College Marietta, Ohio 1835 1926 Private/Non-sectarian 1,430 Pioneers Blue and White
         
University of Mount Union Alliance, Ohio 1846 1914 Private/Methodist 2,223 Purple Raiders Purple and White
         
Muskingum University New Concord, Ohio 1837 1922 Private/Presbyterian 1,779 Fighting Muskies Magenta and Black
         
Ohio Northern University Ada, Ohio 1871 1916 Private/Methodist 3,577 Polar Bears Orange and White
         
Otterbein University Westerville, Ohio 1847 1921 Private/Methodist 3,080 Cardinals Cardinal and Tan
         
Wilmington College Wilmington, Ohio 1870 2000 Private/Quaker 1,086 Fighting Quakers Green and White
         


Notes
  1. Baldwin–Wallace left the OAC after the 1918-19 season, but re-joined in the 1923-24 season; only to leave again after the 1947-48 season, but re-joined again in the 1961-62 season.
  2. John Carroll left the OAC after the 1948-49 season, but re-joined in the 1989-90 season.
  3. Ohio Northern left the OAC after the 1948-49, but re-joined in the 1973-74 season.

Associate membersEdit

Institution Location
Nickname Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference Sports
Defiance College Defiance, Ohio Yellow Jackets Private/United Church of Christ 1,000 2011 HCAC men's swimming & diving
women's swimming & diving
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky Pioneers Private/Disciples of Christ 1,120 2012 HCAC men's swimming & diving
women's swimming & diving

Former membersEdit

Institution Location
(all in Ohio)
Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
University of Akron1 Akron Zips 1870 Public 24,704 1915 1966 Mid-American (MAC)
(NCAA Division I)
Ashland University Ashland Eagles 1878 Private/Brethren 5,701 1931 1948 GLIAC
(NCAA Division II)
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green Falcons 1910 Public 22,882 1933 1942 Mid-American (MAC)
(NCAA Division I)
Case Institute of Technology Cleveland Scientists (1918-19 to 1939-40)
Rough Riders (1940-41 to 1970-71)
1880 Private n/a6 1902 1948 UAA
Denison University2 Granville Big Red 1831 Private/Non-sectarian 2,100 1907 1984 NCAC
Hiram College3 Hiram Terriers 1850 Private/Disciples of Christ 1,200 1920 1999 NCAC
Kent State University Kent Golden Flashes 1910 Public 34,056 1932 1951 Mid-American (MAC)
(NCAA Division I)
Miami University Oxford RedHawks 1809 Public 20,126 1911 1928 MAC
(NCAA Division I)
Kenyon College Gambier Lords (men's)
Ladies (women's)
1824 Private/Episcopal 1,640 1902 1984 NCAC
Oberlin College Oberlin Yeomen (men's)
Yeowomen (women's)
1833 Private/Non-sectarian 2,850 1902 1984 NCAC
Ohio State University Columbus Buckeyes 1870 Public 52,568 1902 1912 Big Ten
(NCAA Division I)
Ohio University Athens Bobcats 1804 Public 20,437 1910 1928 Mid-American (MAC)
(NCAA Division I)
Ohio Wesleyan University4 Delaware Battlin' Bishops 1842 Private/Methodist 1,850 1902 1984 NCAC
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati Bearcats (after 1914) 1819 Public 39,667
(2009-10 academic year)
1910 1924 Big East
(NCAA Division I)
University of Toledo Toledo Rockets 1872 Public 19,706 1932 1949 Mid-American (MAC)
(NCAA Division I)
Western Reserve University Cleveland Pioneers (1920-21 to 1927-28)
Red Cats (1928-29 to 1970-71)
1826 Private n/a7 1902 1932 UAA
Wittenberg University5 Springfield Tigers 1845 Private/Lutheran 2,050 1909 1989 NCAC
The College of Wooster Wooster Fighting Scots 1866 Private/Presbyterian 1,827 1907 1984 NCAC
Xavier University Cincinnati Musketeers 1831 Private/Catholic 6,646 1921 1936 Atlantic 10 (A-10)
(NCAA Division I)
Notes
  1. Akron left the OAC after the 1935-36 season, but re-joined in the 1944-45 season before leaving for good after the 1965-66 season.
  2. Denison left the OAC after the 1927-28 season, but re-joined in the 1933-34 season before leaving for good after the 1983-84 season.
  3. Hiram left the OAC after the 1934-35 season, but re-joined in the 1951-52 season, only to leave the OAC again after the 1970-71 season, but re-joined again in the 1989-90 season before leaving for good after the 1998-99 season.
  4. Ohio Wesleyan left the OAC after the 1927-28 season, but re-joined in the 1947-48 season before leaving for good after the 1983-84 season.
  5. Wittenberg left the OAC after the 1927-28 season, but re-joined in the 1934-34 season before leaving for good after the 1988-89 season.
  6. Case Tech merged with Western Reserve University in 1967.
  7. Western Reserve merged with Case Institute of Technology in 1967.

Membership timelineEdit

Wilmington College (Ohio)Bowling Green State UniversityUniversity of ToledoKent State UniversityJohn Carroll UniversityAshland UniversityCapital UniversityMarietta CollegeMuskingum UniversityXavier UniversityOtterbein CollegeHiram CollegeOhio Northern UniversityBaldwin Wallace UniversityUniversity of AkronUniversity of Mount UnionMiami UniversityOhio UniversityUniversity of CincinnatiWittenberg UniversityThe College of WoosterHeidelberg University (Ohio)Denison UniversityWestern Reserve UniversityOhio Wesleyan UniversityOhio State UniversityOberlin CollegeKenyon CollegeCase Institute of Technology

Sports SponsoredEdit

OAC member schools participate in the following men's and women's sports:

  • Baseball (men only)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football (men only)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
  • Softball (women only)
  • Volleyball (women only)
  • Wrestling (men only)

OAC Tournament Championship HistoryEdit

Men's BasketballEdit

  • 2012-13: Marietta
  • 2011-12: Capital
  • 2010-11: Marietta
  • 2009-10: Wilmington
  • 2008-09: John Carroll
  • 2007-08: Heidelberg
  • 2006-07: Capital

Women's BasketballEdit

  • 2012-13: Ohio Northern
  • 2011-12: Mount Union
  • 2010-11: Mount Union
  • 2009-10: Mount Union
  • 2008-09: Capital
  • 2007-08: Baldwin-Wallace
  • 2006-07: Wilmington
  • 2003-04: Wilmington

FootballEdit

  • 1992—2012: Mount Union
  • 1990: Baldwin-Wallace
  • 1989: John Carroll
  • 1988: Wittenberg

BaseballEdit

  • 2013: Marietta
  • 2012: Marietta
  • 2011: Marietta
  • 2010: Heidelberg

Men's SoccerEdit

  • 2012: Ohio Northern
  • 2011: Ohio Northern
  • 2010: Ohio Northern
  • 2009: Capital and Ohio Northern (tie)
  • 2008: Ohio Northern
  • 2004: Wilmington
  • 2000: Wilmington

Women's SoccerEdit

  • 2012: Ohio Northern
  • 2011: Capital
  • 2010: Otterbein

Women's VolleyballEdit

  • 2011: Mount Union
  • 2010: Heidelberg
  • 2009: Ohio Northern
  • 2008: Heidelberg

Men's GolfEdit

  • 2011: Mount Union
  • 2010: Otterbein
  • 2009: Otterbein
  • 2008: Mount Union
  • 2007: Mount Union
  • 1998—2006: Otterbein
  • 1997: John Carroll
  • 1996: Otterbein
  • 1995: John Carroll
  • 1994: John Carroll
  • 1993: Otterbein
  • 1992: Otterbein
  • 1991: Heidelberg and Hiram (tie)
  • 1990: John Carroll
  • 1989: Wittenberg
  • 1988: Wittenberg
  • 1987: Muskingum

Men's WrestlingEdit

  • 2011: Mount Union
  • 2006—2010: Heidelberg
  • 2002—2005: John Carroll
  • 2001: Ohio Northern
  • 2000: Muskingum

Men's Cross CountryEdit

  • 2012: Mount Union
  • 2011: Ohio Northern
  • 2010: Mount Union
  • 2009: Heidelberg
  • 2008: Ohio Northern
  • 2007: Ohio Northern
  • 2006: Mount Union
  • 2005: Mount Union
  • 2004: Otterbein
  • 2003: Otterbein
  • 2002: Mount Union
  • 2001: Mount Union
  • 2000: Heidelberg

Women's Cross CountryEdit

  • 2012: Ohio Northern
  • 2011: Ohio Northern
  • 2010: Ohio Northern
  • 2009: Baldwin-Wallace
  • 2008: Ohio Northern
  • 2007: Baldwin-Wallace
  • 2006: Ohio Northern

ReferencesEdit

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