Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
EstablishedMarch 15, 1920
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members13
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 11
RegionMinnesota
HeadquartersBloomington, Minnesota
CommissionerDan McKane (since 2005)
Websitewww.miacathletics.com
Locations
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference locations

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is a college athletic conference which competes in NCAA Division III. All 13 of the member schools are located in Minnesota and are private institutions, with only two being non-sectarian.

History

Location of MIAC schools. Current members: green. Former members: red.

On March 15, 1920, a formal constitution was adopted and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with founding members Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint John's University, St. Olaf College, and the College of St. Thomas (now University of St. Thomas).

Concordia College joined the MIAC in 1921, Augsburg University in 1924, and Saint Mary's University in 1926. Carleton dropped membership in 1925, rejoining in 1983. St. Olaf left in 1950, returning in 1975. The University of Minnesota Duluth was a member of the MIAC from 1950 to 1975. Bethel University joined in 1978. The MIAC initiated women's competition in the 1981–82 season. Two all-women's schools subsequently joined the conference, St. Catherine University in 1983 and the College of St. Benedict in 1985.

The conference did not play sports from the fall 1943 to the spring of 1945 due to World War II. Saint Mary's discontinued its football program in 1955. Macalester football left the conference in 2002, but still retains its MIAC membership in other sports. St. Catherine and St. Benedict, being both women's colleges, also do not sponsor football. Together with Saint John's, one of only a handful of men's colleges, St. Benedict forms a joint academic institution, known commonly by the initialism CSB/SJU.

From 1947 to 2003 the MIAC had a strong men's wrestling program, which was discontinued following the 2002–03 season. The strongest teams over the history of the conference were Augsburg with 31 team championships, and Saint John's with 14 team championships. The MIAC teams and individual wrestlers demonstrated a strong national and Olympic presence in the 1970s and beyond.[1]

On May 22, 2019, it was announced that the MIAC had expelled the University of St. Thomas effective at the end of spring 2021 at the latest, giving it time to make other athletic arrangements were that much time to become necessary. St. Thomas by this point had over twice the enrollment of any other member institution.[2] and on May 28, 2020, the conference announced the addition of the College of St. Scholastica after leaving the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in 2021.[3]

Starting in 2021 for football only the conference will divide into two divisions. The Northwoods Division will consist of Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint John's University, St. Olaf College, and The College of St. Scholastica. The Skyline Division will consist of Augsburg University, Bethel University, Concordia College, Hamline University, and Macalester College.

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Current members

The MIAC currently has 13 full members, all are private schools:

Institution Location[a] Founded Affiliation Undergrad
enrollment[4]
Nickname Joined Colors
Augsburg University Minneapolis 1869 Lutheran ELCA 2,550 Auggies 1924    
Bethel University Arden Hills 1871 Converge 2,965 Royals 1977    
Carleton College Northfield 1866 Nonsectarian 2,105 Knights 1920,
1983[b]
   
Concordia College Moorhead 1891 Lutheran ELCA 2,114 Cobbers 1921      
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter 1862 Lutheran ELCA 2,230 Golden Gusties 1920    
Hamline University St. Paul 1854 United Methodist 2,184 Pipers 1920    
Macalester College[c] St. Paul 1874 Nonsectarian 2,146 Scots 1920    
College of Saint Benedict[d][e] St. Joseph 1913 Catholic
(Benedictines)
1,958 Bennies 1985    
St. Catherine University[e] St. Paul 1905 Catholic
(CSJ)
3,176 Wildcats 1983    
Saint John's University[d][f] Collegeville 1857 Catholic
(Benedictines)
1,754 Johnnies 1920    
Saint Mary's University Winona 1912 Catholic
(Lasallian)
1,590 Cardinals 1926      
St. Olaf College Northfield 1874 Lutheran ELCA 3,040 Oles 1920,
1974[g]
   
College of St. Scholastica Duluth 1912 Catholic
(Benedictines)
3,906 Saints 2021    
Notes
  1. ^ All cities are located within the State of Minnesota.
  2. ^ Carleton left the MIAC after the 1924–25 school year, before re-joining back, effective in the 1983–84 school year.
  3. ^ Macalester re-joined the conference in football, effective in the 2021 fall season (2021–22 school year). It became an independent in football from the 2002 to 2013 fall seasons (2002–03 to 2013–14 school years), and then a football-only member of the Midwest Conference from the 2014 to 2020 fall seasons (2014–15 to 2020–21 school years).[3]
  4. ^ a b Saint Benedict (women's) and Saint John's (men's) are together the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and usually grouped together, but they participate separately in athletics.
  5. ^ a b This institution is a women's college, therefore it does not compete in men's sports.
  6. ^ This institution is a men's college, therefore it does not compete in women's sports.
  7. ^ St. Olaf left the MIAC after the 1949–50 school year, before re-joining back, effective in the 1974–75 school year.

Former members

The MWC currently has 13 full members, all are private schools:

Institution Location[a] Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
University of Minnesota–Duluth Duluth 1902 Public 11,729 Bulldogs 1951–52 1974–75 Northern Sun (NSIC)
(NCAA D-II)
University of Saint Thomas St. Paul 1885 Catholic 6,199 Tommies 1920–21 2020–21 Summit
(NCAA D-I)
Notes
  1. ^ All cities are located within the State of Minnesota.

Membership timeline

College of St. ScholasticaCollege of Saint Benedict and Saint John's UniversitySt. Catherine UniversityBethel University (Minnesota)University of Minnesota DuluthSaint Mary's University of MinnesotaAugsburg UniversityConcordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota)University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)St. Olaf CollegeCollege of Saint Benedict and Saint John's UniversityMacalester CollegeHamline UniversityGustavus Adolphus CollegeCarleton College

Sports

A divisional format is used for football.
Northwoods
  • Carleton
  • Gustavus Adolphus
  • Saint John's
  • St. Olaf
  • St. Scholastica
Skyline
  • Augsburg
  • Bethel
  • Concordia
  • Hamline
  • Macalester

Member teams compete in 22 sports, 11 men's and 11 women's.

Men's sports
Women's sports

The conference no longer sponsors wrestling or men's and women's Nordic skiing.

Rivalry trophies

Football
Other sports
Defunct

Source:[6]

All-Sports Trophy

The All-Sports Trophy is given to the school with the best overall record for all MIAC sports in each gender. The men's trophy was first awarded for 1962-63 to Macalester College. St. Olaf College received the first women's trophy in 1983-84. The University of St. Thomas won both the men's and women's trophies from 2008 to 2017. The men's is named the George Durenberger Trophy and the women's is named the Pat Wiesner Trophy[7] Not awarded 2019-20 and 2020-21 due to Covid pandemic.


Men's Titles Last Women's Titles Last
St. Thomas 33 2019 St. Thomas 28 2019
Saint John's 14 2007 Gustavus Adolphus 5 2007
Gustavus Adolphus 5 2004 St. Benedict 2 1999
Macalester 5 1968 St. Olaf 2 1985
St. Olaf 1 1979

Football

Conference titles

Team Titles Years won
Saint John's 35 1932, 1935c, 1936c, 1938, 1953c, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971c, 1974c, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979c, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995c, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001c, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006c, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018, 2019c, 2021
Gustavus Adolphus 22 1926, 1927, 1933, 1935c, 1936c, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952c, 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1971c, 1972, 1987
St. Thomas[a] 21 1922c, 1929, 1930c, 1939, 1941, 1942c, 1947c, 1948, 1949, 1956, 1973c, 1979c, 1983, 1990, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019c
Concordia 18 1931, 1934, 1942c, 1952c, 1957, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974c, 1978c, 1979c, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988c, 1990c, 1995c, 2004
St. Olaf 6 1922c, 1923, 1930c, 1935c, 1978c, 1979c
Hamline 5 1920, 1921, 1966, 1984, 1988c
Bethel 5 2000, 2001c, 2006c, 2007, 2013
UM–Duluth[a] 3 1960, 1961, 1973c
Augsburg 2 1928c, 1997
Carleton 2 1924, 1992
Macalester[b] 2 1925, 1947c
Saint Mary's[c] 1 1928c
  1. ^ a b No longer an MIAC member.
  2. ^ Did not compete in MIAC football from 2002 through 2020.
  3. ^ Remains an MIAC member, but no longer sponsors football.

c = Co-champions
No 1943 and 1944 seasons due to World War II.
No 2020 season due to COVID-19.
Source:[8]

Soccer

Men's soccer regular season conference titles

Team Titles Years won
Gustavus Adolphus 16 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1983c, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004c, 2005c, 2006c, 2007c, 2012c, 2013, 2014c, 2018, 2019c
Macalester 11 1988c, 1990, 1997, 1998c, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005c, 2010, 2015
Saint John's 9 1968, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983c, 1986, 1988c, 1989c, 2006c
St. Thomas[a] 9 1977, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995c, 2016, 2017, 2019c
St. Olaf 7 1984, 1992, 1998c, 2004c, 2011c, 2014c, 2021
Carleton 5 2007c, 2008, 2009, 2011c, 2012c
Augsburg 4 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980
Concordia 2 1995c, 1996
Bethel 1 1981
  1. ^ No longer a conference member.

c = Co-champions
No championship awarded for 2020 due to Covid pandemic
Source:[9]

Women's soccer regular season conference titles

Team Titles Years won
Macalester 8 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001c, 2004, 2005
St. Thomas[a] 8 1987, 2001c, 2002c, 2008, 2015c, 2016c, 2018, 2019c
Saint Mary's 7 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991c
Gustavus Adolphus 6 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2015c
St. Benedict 5 1991c, 2002c, 2003, 2011c, 2013
Concordia 4 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Augsburg 4 2014, 2016c, 2017, 2019c
Carleton 3 1982, 2010, 2011c
St. Catherine 1 2021
  1. ^ No longer a conference member.

c = Co-champions
No championship awarded for 2020 due to Covid pandemic
Source:[10]

Basketball

See also: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

Men's basketball regular season conference titles

Team Titles Years won
St. Thomas[a] 34 1924, 1946c, 1949c, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981c, 1989c, 1990, 1991c, 1992c, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006c, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011c, 2012c, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017c, 2019, 2020c
Hamline 19 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938c, 1939c, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949c, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1960
Gustavus Adolphus 17 1925, 1926, 1928, 1938c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1968, 1975c, 1988, 1991c, 1992c, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2012c
Augsburg 13 1927, 1946c, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1975c, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 1999
Saint John's 10 1969, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2001, 2018, 2020c, 2022
Carleton 5 1921, 1922, 1923, 2006c, 2011c
UM–Duluth[a] 4 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962
St. Olaf 3 1929, 1930, 1989c
Concordia 3 1931, 1982, 1983
Macalester 2 1937, 1981c
Saint Mary's 2 1939c, 1940
Bethel 1 2017c
  1. ^ a b No longer a conference member.

c = Co-champions
No 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons due to World War II.
No championship awarded for 2020-21 due to Covid pandemic.
Source:[11]

Women's basketball regular season conference titles

Team Titles Years won
St. Thomas[a] 18 1983c, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998c, 2000, 2001, 2002c, 2008c, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
St. Benedict 13 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2002c, 2003c, 2004c, 2006, 2007, 2008c, 2009, 2010c
Concordia 7 1982, 1983c, 1986c, 1987c, 1988, 1990, 2013
Carleton 3 2003c, 2004c, 2005
Saint Mary's 3 1985, 1986c, 2014
Gustavus Adolphus 2 2003c, 2010c
Bethel 2 1994, 2020
St. Olaf 1 1983c
Augsburg 1 2022
  1. ^ No longer a conference member.

c = Co-champions
No championship awarded for 2021 due to Covid pandemic
Source:[12]

Ice hockey

Men's ice hockey regular season conference titles

Team Titles Years won
St. Thomas[a] 34 1923c, 1934, 1938c, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1949, 1951c, 1952, 1953c, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993c, 1994, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2012, 2013c, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Gustavus Adolphus 14 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977c, 1984, 1993c, 2010
Macalester[b] 12 1923c, 1930, 1931, 1932c, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939c, 1950c, 1951c, 1962, 1963
Augsburg 11 1928, 1977c, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981c, 1982, 1998c, 2016, 2019, 2022
UM–Duluth[a] 9 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Saint John's 9 1935, 1950c, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013c, 2020
Hamline 5 1923c, 1932c, 1948, 2008, 2011
Saint Mary's 4 1929, 1964, 1965, 1988
St. Olaf 3 1938c, 1939c, 2009
Concordia 2 1981c, 1987
Bethel 1 2007
  1. ^ a b No longer a conference member.
  2. ^ Remains a conference member, but no longer has a men's ice hockey team.

c = Co-champions
No seasons from 1942–43 to 1945–46.
No championship awarded for 2020-21 due to Covid pandemic.
Source:[13]

Men's ice hockey conference tournament

Main article: MIAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

Women's ice hockey regular season conference titles

Team Titles Years won
Gustavus Adolphus 17 1999c, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018c, 2020, 2022
St. Thomas[a] 6 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016c, 2018c, 2019
Augsburg 2 1999c, 2000c
Saint Mary's 2 1999c, 2000c
Bethel 1 2016c
  1. ^ No longer a conference member.

c = Co-champions
No championship awarded for 2021 due to Covid pandemic
Source:[14]

Women's ice hockey conference tournament

Main article: MIAC Women's Ice Hockey Tournament

Facilities

School Stadium Capacity Gymnasium Capacity Ice arena Capacity
Augsburg Edor Nelson Field 1,400 Si Melby Hall 2,200 Augsburg Ice Arena 800
Bethel Royal Stadium 3,500 Robertson Center 2,000 Schwan Super Rink 1,000
Carleton Laird Stadium 7,500 West Gymnasium 1,240 Non-Hockey School N/A
Concordia Jake Christiansen Stadium 7,000 Memorial Auditorium 4,500 Moorhead Sports Center 3,000
Gustavus Adolphus Hollingsworth Field 5,000 Gus Young Court 3,000 Don Roberts Ice Rink 1,500
Hamline Klas Field 2,000 Hutton Arena 2,000 TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center 1,500
Macalester Macalester Stadium 4,000 Leonard Center 1,200 Non-Hockey School N/A
St. Benedict CSB Soccer Field N/A Claire Lynch Hall 1,000 Municipal Athletic Complex 1,800
St. Catherine Soccer Field N/A Wildcat Gym 500 Drake Arena 700
Saint John's Clemens Stadium 7,000 Sexton Arena 2,964 National Hockey Center 5,763
Saint Mary's Ochrymowycz Soccer Field N/A St. Mary's Gym 3,500 St. Mary's Ice Arena 850
St. Olaf Klein Field at Manitou 3,500 Skoglund Center 3,000 St. Olaf Ice Arena 800
St. Scholastica Saints Field Reif Gym Mars Lakeview Arena

Commissioner

The executive director, a position that was created in 1994, serves as the conference commissioner.

References

  1. ^ "Wrestling Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Campbell, Dave (May 22, 2019). "MIAC ousts original member St. Thomas for being too strong". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Randy (May 28, 2020). "MIAC overhaul: Macalester back in football; St. Scholastica joining league". Star Tribune. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Best Colleges in Minnesota". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Concordia vs Moorhead State football games will be the "Power Bowl"" (Press release). Concordia College. June 3, 1999.
  6. ^ "MIAC Rivalry Trophies". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  7. ^ "All-Sports Competitioni History". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  8. ^ "MIAC Football Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
  9. ^ "MIAC Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  10. ^ "MIAC Women's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.>
  11. ^ "MIAC Men's Basketball Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
  12. ^ "MIAC Women's Basketball Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  13. ^ "MIAC Men's Hockey Record Book". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  14. ^ "MIAC Women's Hockey Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.