|Commissioner||Lori Thomas (since 2014)|
|No. of teams||13|
|Headquarters||Overland Park, Kansas|
|Region||West North Central|
The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC or The Heart) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (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 (MCAU), which was formed in 1924 when the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (now the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association or MIAA) split in two. The old MIAA's private schools formed the Athletic Union, while the state teachers' colleges stayed in the MIAA. 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. In April 2015, Clarke University and Mount Mercy University were also announced as members for the 2016–17 school year. In October 2019, Park University was approved for HAAC membership and joined in the 2020–21 school year. On February 10, 2022, long-serving Evangel University accepted its invitation to join the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, also Kansas-based, in 2023–24.
The current commissioner of the conference is Lori Thomas. Thomas, the first female commissioner in NAIA history, began her term in 2014, succeeding Larry Lady who retired after 22 years as commissioner.
The HAAC currently has thirteen full members, all but one are private schools:
|Baker University||Baldwin City, Kansas||1858||United Methodist||989||Wildcats||1971|
|Benedictine College||Atchison, Kansas||1858||Catholic
|Central Methodist University||Fayette, Missouri||1854||United Methodist||1,094||Eagles||1971;|
|Clarke University||Dubuque, Iowa||1843||Catholic
|Culver–Stockton College||Canton, Missouri||1853||Disciples of Christ||1,066||Wildcats||1980|
|Graceland University||Lamoni, Iowa||1895||Community of Christ||2,301||Yellowjackets||1971|
|Grand View University||Des Moines, Iowa||1896||Lutheran ELCA||1,988||Vikings||2015|
|MidAmerica Nazarene University||Olathe, Kansas||1966||Nazarene||1,884||Pioneers||1980|
|Missouri Valley College||Marshall, Missouri||1889||Presbyterian
|Mount Mercy University||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||1928||Catholic
|Park University||Parkville, Missouri||1875||Nonsectarian||2,340||Pirates||2020|
|Peru State College||Peru, Nebraska||1865||Public||2,422||Bobcats||2011|
|William Penn University||Oskaloosa, Iowa||1873||Quakers||1,550||Statesmen &
The HAAC currently has five affiliate members, all but one are private schools:
|Dickinson State University||Dickinson, North Dakota||1918||Public||1,392||Blue Hawks||2017||men's wrestling||North Star (NSAA)|
|Missouri Baptist University||Creve Coeur, Missouri||1957||Baptist||5,309||Spartans||2020 (m volleyball)
|St. Ambrose University||Davenport, Iowa||1882||Catholic
(Diocese of Davenport)
|3,607||Fighting Bees||2021||men's wrestling||Chicagoland (CCAC)|
|University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis||St. Louis, Missouri||1864||Nonsectarian||1,350||Eutectics||2020||men's volleyball||American Midwest|
|Waldorf University||Forest City, Iowa||1903||For-profit[a]||4,500||Warriors||2020m.wr.
|North Star (NSAA)|
The HAAC has seven former full members, all were private schools:
|Avila University||Kansas City, Missouri||1916||Catholic
|College of Emporia||Emporia, Kansas||1882||Presbyterian||N/A||Fighting Presbies||1971||1974||Closed in 1974|
|Evangel University||Springfield, Missouri||1955||Assemblies of God||1,511||Valor||1987||2023||Kansas (KCAC)|
|Lindenwood University||St. Charles, Missouri||1827||Presbyterian
|4,822||Lions||1996||2011||various||Ohio Valley (OVC)[a]|
|Ottawa University||Ottawa, Kansas||1865||American Baptist||726||Braves||1971||1982||Kansas (KCAC)|
|Tarkio College||Tarkio, Missouri||1883||Presbyterian
|N/A||Owls||1971||1992||Closed in 1992|
|William Jewell College||Liberty, Missouri||1849||Nonsectarian||738||Cardinals||1971||2011||Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)[b]|
The HAAC had one former affiliate member; which was also a private school:
|Iowa Wesleyan University||Mount Pleasant, Iowa||1842||United Methodist||Tigers||2021||2023||men's wrestling
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (sport)
The conference also sponsors co-ed varsity sports of dance and cheer.
|A divisional format is used for baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, and women's volleyball.|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|