|Missouri Valley Conference|
|MVC, The Valley|
|Region||Midwestern United States|
|Headquarters||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Commissioner||Jeff Jackson (since 2021)|
The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is the third-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.
The MVC was established in 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association or MVIAA, 12 years after the Big Ten, the only Division I conference that is older. It is the third oldest college athletic conference in the United States, after the Big Ten conference and the NCAA Division III MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association). The MVIAA split and most of the larger schools formed a conference that retained the MVIAA name and ultimately became the Big Eight Conference in 1928. The smaller schools, plus Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, who joined the Big Eight in 1957), formed the MVC, who retained the old MVIAA's administrative staff. The Big Eight merged with four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
To this day, it has never been definitively established which conference was the original and which was the spinoff, though the Big Eight would go on to become the more prestigious of the two. During the Big Eight's run, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date, and the same history through 1927.
MVC teams held a 74–27 non-conference record during the 2006–07 college basketball season, including a record of 44–1 at home. The Valley finished in the top six of the RPI and ahead of a BCS conference for the second consecutive year, while also garnering multiple NCAA bids for the ninth straight year and 12th of 14.
The MVC has not sponsored football since 1985, when it was a hybrid I-A/I-AA (now FBS and FCS, respectively) conference. However, five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) (known as the Gateway from 1985 to 2008) of Division I FCS, and a sixth and a seventh compete in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League. The Missouri Valley Conference shares its name with the MVFC, and the two also operate from the same headquarters complex in St. Louis; however, the two are separate administratively.
After weeks of speculation, Wichita State announced on April 7, 2017, that it would leave the conference to join the American Athletic Conference starting with the 2017–18 season. The conference announced it extended an invitation to Valparaiso University on May 9, 2017; and on May 25, the MVC announced that Valparaiso would officially join the following July 1.
|Bradley University||Peoria, Illinois||1897||1948,
|Drake University||Des Moines, Iowa||1881||1907,
|University of Evansville||Evansville, Indiana||1854||1994||Private||2,526||Purple Aces|
|Illinois State University||Normal, Illinois||1857||1981||Public||20,706||Redbirds|
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, Indiana||1865||1976||Public||13,584||Sycamores|
|Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||1870||2013||Private||16,437||Ramblers|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||1990||Public||26,000 ||Bears
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||1991||Public||12,273||Panthers|
|Southern Illinois University||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||1975||Public||11,695||Salukis|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||2017[b]||Private||4,500||Beacons[c]|
Note: In the case of spring sports, the year of joining is the calendar year before the start of competition.
|Dallas Baptist University||Dallas, Texas||1898||2013||Private||5,545||Patriots||Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
|University of Arkansas
at Little Rock
|Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||2013||Public||13,167||Trojans||Sun Belt||women's swimming|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||2021[a]||Public||14,000||Cougars||OVC||Men's soccer|
|Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||1957||2016||Public||24,594||Seawolves||America East||women's tennis|
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||1932||1934||Private||4,667||Bulldogs||Big East|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||1957||1969||Public||42,421||Bearcats||The American|
|Creighton University||Omaha, Nebraska||1878||1928,
|University of Detroit[n 2]||Detroit, Michigan||1877||1949||1956||Private||5,450||Titans||Horizon|
|Grinnell College||Grinnell, Iowa||1846||1918||1939||Private||1,688||Pioneers||Midwest|
(NCAA Division III)
|University of Houston||Houston, Texas||1927||1951||1959||Public||39,820||Cougars||The American|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||1847||1907||1908||Public||30,328||Hawkeyes||Big Ten|
|Iowa State College[n 3]||Ames, Iowa||1858||1907||1928||Public||29,887||Cyclones||Big 12|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas||1865||1907||1928||Public||29,462||Jayhawks||Big 12|
|Kansas State College[n 4]||Manhattan, Kansas||1863||1913||1928||Public||23,863||Wildcats||Big 12|
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky||1798||1963||1974||Public||19,743||Cardinals||ACC|
|Memphis State University[n 5]||Memphis, Tennessee||1912||1968||1973||Public||23,031||Tigers||The American|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||1907||1928||Public||33,805||Tigers||SEC|
|University of Nebraska||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||1907,
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||1970||1983||Public||18,497||Aggies||WAC|
|North Texas State University[n 6]||Denton, Texas||1890||1957||1974||Public||35,694||Mean Green||C-USA|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma||1890||1919||1928||Public||30,303||Sooners||Big 12|
|Oklahoma A&M College[n 7]||Stillwater, Oklahoma||1890||1925||1956||Public||21,419||Aggies/Cowboys[n 8]||Big 12|
|Saint Louis University||St. Louis, Missouri||1818||1937||1974||Private||13,785||Billikens||Atlantic 10|
|University of Tulsa||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1894||1935||1996||Private||4,165||Golden Hurricane||The American|
|Washburn University||Topeka, Kansas||1865||1935||1942||Public||7,303||Ichabods||MIAA|
(NCAA Division II)
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, Missouri||1853||1907||1942||Private||14,070||Bears||UAA|
(NCAA Division III)
|West Texas State University[n 9]||Canyon, Texas||1910||1972||1985||Public||7,843||Buffaloes||Lone Star|
(NCAA Division II)
|Wichita State University||Wichita, Kansas||1895||1949||2017||Public||14,495||Shockers||The American|
This list does not include current full member Valparaiso. As noted above, the Beacons, then known as the Crusaders, played women's soccer in the MVC from 1996 to 1998 (ending in the 1998–99 school year).
|Institution||Location||Founded||Joined||Left||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||MVC Sport(s)|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||1998–99||1999–2000||Public||13,167||Trojans||Sun Belt||women's soccer|
|Belmont University||Nashville, Tennessee||1890||2000–01||2000–01||Private||6,374||Bruins||OVC
(Southern Conference for men's soccer)
|University of Central Arkansas||Conway, Arkansas||1907||2010–11||2018–19||Public||13,863||Bears||ASUN||men's soccer|
|Drury University||Springfield, Missouri||1873||1999–2000||2004–05||Private||5,474||Panthers||GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
|Eastern Illinois University||Charleston, Illinois||1895||1996–97||2010–11||Public||11,651||Panthers||OVC
(Summit League for men's soccer)
|University of Hartford||Hartford, Connecticut||1877||2014–15||2015–16||Private||6,935||Hawks||America East[a]||men's tennis[b]|
|Southern Methodist University||University Park, Texas||1911||2000–01||2004–05||Private||12,000||Mustangs||The American||men's soccer|
|Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||1957||2014–15||2016–17||Public||24,594||Seawolves||America East||men's tennis[c]|
|Texas Christian University||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||2000–01||2000–01||Private||9,518||Horned Frogs||Big 12||men's soccer[d]|
|University of Tulsa[e]||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1894||2000–01||2004–05||Private||4,165||Golden Hurricane||The American||men's soccer|
|University of Maryland,
|Catonsville, Maryland||1966||2014–15||2015–16||Public||13,908||Retrievers||America East||men's tennis[f]|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee||1873||1997–98||2005–06||Private||12,714||Commodores||SEC||men's soccer[g]|
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green, Kentucky||1906||1997–98||2007–08||Public||21,048||Hilltoppers||C-USA||men's soccer[h]|
Full members (non-football) (Full members) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (other sports)
The Missouri Valley Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Dallas Baptist is an affiliate for baseball, Little Rock is an affiliate for swimming and diving, and Stony Brook is an affiliate in women's tennis.
The most recent change to the roster of sports was the dropping of men's tennis after the 2016–17 school year due to a lack of participating teams. Two of the four full conference members that sponsored the sport in that season no longer play men's tennis in the MVC. Southern Illinois dropped both men's and women's tennis, and Wichita State joined the American Athletic Conference. Affiliate member Stony Brook dropped men's tennis after the 2016–17 season. The two remaining MVC men's tennis schools from 2016–17, Drake and Illinois State, joined the Summit League for that sport, and incoming MVC member Valparaiso also joined the Summit League in men's tennis.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
|Golf||Soccer||Track & Field
|Track & Field
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:
|School||Football||Swimming & Diving||Tennis||Volleyball||Wrestling|
|Golf||Soccer||Softball||Swimming||Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Softball field||Capacity||Baseball field||Capacity|
|Bradley||Shea Stadium||3,800||Peoria Civic Center (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
|Petersen Hotels Field||1,000||Dozer Park||7,500|
|Drake||James W. Cownie Soccer Complex||2,000||Knapp Center||7,152||Ron Buel Field||500||Non-baseball school|
|Evansville||Arad McCutchan Stadium||2,500||Ford Center||10,000||James & Dorothy
|650||Charles H. Braun Stadium||1,200|
|Illinois State||Adelaide Street Field||1,000||Redbird Arena||10,200||Marian Kneer
|1,050||Duffy Bass Field||1,200|
|Indiana State||Non-soccer school||Hulman Center||10,200||Price Field At
Eleanor Forsythe St. John
|Loyola||Loyola Soccer Park||500||Joseph J. Gentile Arena||4,486||Loyola Softball Park||500||Non-baseball school|
|Missouri State||Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium||1,000||JQH Arena||11,000||Killian Softball Stadium||1,200||Hammons Field||7,986|
|UNI||Cedar Valley Soccer Complex||N/A||McLeod Center||7,018||Robinson-Dresser
|Southern Illinois||Lew Hartzog Complex||500||Banterra Center||8,339||Charlotte West Stadium||502||Itchy Jones Stadium||2,000|
|Valparaiso||Brown Field||5,000||Athletics–Recreation Center||5,000||Valpo Softball Complex||N/A||Emory G. Bauer Field||500|
|Dallas Baptist||Baseball-only member||Horner Ballpark||2,000|
|SIU Edwardsville||Ralph Korte Stadium||4,000||Men's soccer-only member from 2021|
The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship is often referred to as Arch Madness, in reference to the Gateway Arch at the tournament's present location of St. Louis, Missouri, and a play on "March Madness".
|Season||Men's Champion||Women's Champion|
|1977||Southern Illinois||No Tournament|
|1979||Indiana State||No Tournament|
|1983||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|1985||Wichita State||No Tournament|
|1987||Wichita State||Southern Illinois|
|1990||Illinois State||Southern Illinois|
|1992||Missouri State||Missouri State|
|1993||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|1994||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|1997||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|1998||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|2001||Indiana State||Missouri State|
|2006||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|2014||Wichita State||Wichita State|
|2020||Bradley||Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic|
NB: Missouri State was known as Southwest Missouri State until August 2005.
School – Number – NCAA Championships
NCAA Championships as of March, 2013
(*-Titles won by schools in Division II/College Division prior to their moving to Division I in the late 1960s or early 1970s.)
Football poll, Helms and AIAW titles are not included in the NCAA Championship count.
The Valley is well known for having some of the most dedicated fanbases in all of college basketball, with several members regularly selling out their large arenas on a nightly basis throughout the year. Former member (Creighton) had the sixth highest attendance for Division I in 2012–13 while Bradley, Illinois State, Missouri State, and Indiana State were all among the NCAA's top 100 teams in home attendance.
In 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13, the Valley maintained its position as the eighth ranked conference in average attendance.
The Valley made history in March 2007 with record attendance for four days at St. Louis' Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA conference tournaments in 2007.
Main article: Missouri Valley Conference football