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Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference logo
Established1999
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members9
Sports fielded
  • 13
    • men's: 6
    • women's: 7
Region South Central United States
Headquarters Waco, Texas
CommissionerTony Stigliano (since 1999)
Website heartlandsports.org
Locations
Heartland Conference locations

The Heartland Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level, which was founded in 1999. The majority of members are in Texas, with additional members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The conference office is located in Waco, Texas.

History

The conference was formed in 1999 by founding members Drury University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lincoln University, Rockhurst University, St. Edward's University, St. Mary's University and Texas Wesleyan University. Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Dallas Baptist University joined in 2002. Founding members Drury and Rockhurst left the Heartland Conference to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2005. Western New Mexico University and Montana State University - Billings joined in 2005. However, WNMU re-joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2006 and MSUB joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2007. Newman University, Texas A&M International University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin joined the conference in 2006, making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. [1] The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith joined the conference in the Fall of 2009 after transitioning from the NJCAA. [2] In the fall of 2010, Lincoln left for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association [3] and Incarnate Word left for the Lone Star Conference. [4] In July 2011, McMurry University announced that it had been accepted as candidate for D-II membership and would join the Heartland Conference in the fall of 2012. [5] In February 2012, Oklahoma Christian University announced its intention to seek membership in NCAA Division II. [6] In Spring 2012, Rogers State University, a member of the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference, applied for membership. [7] The conference confirmed in July 2012 that Oklahoma Christian's teams would play full conference schedules starting in Fall 2012 and that Rogers State and Lubbock Christian University would begin conference play in 2013-14. [8]

On August 30, 2017, the Lone Star Conference announced that eight of the nine members of the Heartland Conference would join in fall 2019; [9] the remaining member, Newman, announced it would seek other affiliation at that time. [10] On February 8, 2018, Newman announced that it would become an associate member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association beginning in the 2019–20 season. [11] On October 18, 2018 Rogers State decided to join the MIAA instead of the Lone Star. [12]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Leaving Future conference
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas 1928 6,713 Lions           2009 2019 Lone Star
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 5,500 Patriots                2002
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas 1957 2,100 Chaparrals & Lady Chaps           2013
Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 2,700 Jets           2006 Mid-America
Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 2,479 Eagles & Lady Eagles           2012 Lone Star
Rogers State University Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 4,227 Hillcats           2013 Mid-America
St. Edward's University Austin, Texas 1885 5,500 Hilltoppers           1999 Lone Star
St. Mary's University San Antonio, Texas 1852 4,500 Rattlers           1999
Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas 1969 4,298 Dustdevils           2006

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Eastern New Mexico University Portales, New Mexico 1934 5,574 Greyhounds           2016 Men's soccer Lone Star
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas 1922 6,093 Mustangs          
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 3,600 Falcons          
West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas 1910 8,389 Buffaloes          
  • Texas–Permian Basin — was a full member in 2006–2016.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Panthers 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 Cardinals 1999 2010 Southland
(NCAA D-I)
Lincoln University (MO) Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 Blue Tigers 1999 2010 Mid-America
McMurry University Abilene, Texas 1923 War Hawks 2012 2014 American Southwest
(NCAA D-III)
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 2005 2007 Great Northwest
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Oklahoma 1909 Aggies 2002 2017 Sooner
(NAIA)
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Hawks 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Rams 1999 2001 Sooner
(NAIA)
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Mustangs 2005 2006 Lone Star

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports

Dallas Baptist's baseball team currently competes in NCAA Division I as a baseball affiliate of the Missouri Valley Conference; it returned to the MVC baseball conference starting in the 2014 season.

The Heartland Conference sponsors 13 sports, seven for women and six for men.

A divisional format is used for soccer (M).
North
  • Midwestern State
  • Newman
  • Oklahoma Christian
  • Rogers State
South
  • Dallas Baptist
  • St. Edward's
  • St. Mary's
  • Texas A&M International
West
  • Eastern New Mexico
  • Lubbock Christian
  • Texas–Permian Basin
  • West Texas A&M
Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Total
HC
Sports
Arkansas–Fort Smith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Dallas Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lubbock Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Newman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Oklahoma Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Rogers State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
St. Edward's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Texas A&M International Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Totals 8 9 8 9 8 5 47
Affiliate Members
Eastern New Mexico Green tickY 1
Midwestern State Green tickY 1
Texas–Permian Basin Green tickY 1
West Texas A&M Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Total
HC
Sports
Arkansas–Fort Smith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Dallas Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lubbock Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Newman Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Oklahoma Christian Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Rogers State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
St. Edward's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Texas A&M International Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 8 8 9 8 7 5 7 52

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Baseball Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Dallas Baptist MVC IND IND IND IND
Newman MIAA
Oklahoma Christian RMAC IND GAC RMAC IND GAC
Rogers State GAC GAC
  • — D-I sport

National championships

Sport School Year
Men's Basketball Arkansas-Fort Smith 1981
Baseball St. Mary's 2001
Softball St. Mary's 2002
Men's Golf (Individual) Jamie Amoretti (StMU) 2006
Women's Basketball Lubbock Christian 2016

Arkansas-Fort Smith (as Westark Junior College) won the 1981 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJACC) men's basketball national championship.

St. Mary's won NAIA national championships in Softball (1986) and Men's Basketball (1989). [13]

St. Mary's Men's Golf team was named the Golf Coaches Association of America 2008-2009 Academic National Champions, which St. Mary's treats as a fifth team national.

Dallas Baptist won the 2003 National Christian College Athletic Association Baseball national championship.

Lubbock Christian won NAIA national championships in Baseball (1983 & 2009) and Softball (2008).

References

  1. ^ "- About the Heartland Conference". Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  2. ^ University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Accepts Invitation to Join Heartland Conference - arkansasbusiness.com - March 2, 2009
  3. ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009[ permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "LSC to add Incarnate Word in 2010 - www.lonestarconference.org - January 20, 2009". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  5. ^ "NCAA accepts McMurry's application to transition to Division II - www.mcmurrysports.com - July 12, 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2011-07-14.
  6. ^ King, Kevin (February 7, 2012). "Oklahoma Christian To Seek NCAA Division II Membership". KTUL TV. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Adame, Tony (June 23, 2012). "Newman athletics continues to make progress". Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Heartland Conference - Oklahoma Christian, Lubbock Christian, and Rogers State Earn Right to Join NCAA DII and Heartland Conference". Heartlandsports.org. 2012-07-14. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  9. ^ "Lone Star Conference to Add Eight Schools in 2019" (Press release). Lone Star Conference. 2017-08-30. Archived from the original on 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  10. ^ "Newman To Explore New Conference Affiliation" (Press release). Newman University Athletics. 2017-08-30. Archived from the original on 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  11. ^ "Newman To Compete In MIAA As Associate Member In 2019-20" (Press release). Newman University Athletics. February 8, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-02-09. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Hillcats to join MIAA Conference for 2019-2020 season". RSU Hillcats. October 18, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-10-19. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rattler Athletics Timeline". Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2009-10-29.

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