Summit League
Summit League logo
EstablishedJune 18, 1982[1]
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
Subdivisionnon-football
Members10 full (6 associates)
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 10
Region
Former namesAssociation of Mid-Continent Universities (1982–1989)
Mid-Continent Conference (1989–2007)
HeadquartersSioux Falls, South Dakota
CommissionerJosh Fenton[2] (since 2021)
Websitethesummitleague.org
Locations
Summit League locations

The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference with its membership mostly located in the Midwestern United States from Illinois on the East of the Mississippi River to the Dakotas and Nebraska on the West, with additional members in the Western state of Colorado and the Southern state of Oklahoma. Founded as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in 1982,[1] it rebranded as the Mid-Continent Conference in 1989,[3] then again as the Summit League on June 1, 2007.[4] The league headquarters are in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The membership currently consists of 10 full members plus six associate members. The most recent change in the core conference membership is the 2021 arrival of the University of St. Thomas, which began an unprecedented transition from NCAA Division III to Division I.[5] A year earlier, the University of Missouri–Kansas City returned as a full member after a seven-year absence with the new athletic identity of the Kansas City Roos,[6] while Purdue University Fort Wayne left for the Horizon League.[7] A total of 32 schools have been full members, but the only charter member remaining in the league today is Western Illinois University.[8]

History

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full member
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affiliate member

Foundation

The association was created on June 18, 1982, at the O'Hare Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois[1] as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (or AMCU or AMCU-8, pronounced Am-cue), which it was known as until 1989.[9] Its founding members consisted of the University of Northern Iowa, Cleveland State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, Eastern Illinois University, Valparaiso University, Western Illinois University, and Southwest Missouri State University (now simply known as Missouri State). The conference sponsored football from 1982 until 1984 at the Division I-AA level (now Division I FCS); and current members North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois, and St. Thomas have FCS football programs.

Mid-Continent Conference logo, 1982–2007
Mid-Continent Conference logo, 1982–2007

Changes and the addition of women's sports

The conference saw its first changes in the early 1990s. Southwest Missouri State departed for membership in the Missouri Valley Conference as the University of Akron and Northern Illinois University joined in 1990. Then Wright State University joined in 1991 as Northern Iowa followed Southwest Missouri State to the MVC.

Major changes came to the conference in 1992. First, Akron left for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and another Ohio school, Youngstown State University, replaced it. More significantly, the Mid-Continent added women's sports by absorbing the North Star Conference (NSC), a women's-only league whose final seven members were in the Mid-Continent. All of the final NSC members except for Akron moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent. At the same time, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent when their former women's sports home, the Gateway Conference, merged into the Missouri Valley Conference. The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee joined the Mid-Continent a year later.

Horizon and ECC transitions

In 1994, charter members Cleveland State, UIC, and Green Bay, as well as newer members Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, and Wright State left the conference to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.

The Mid-Continent absorbed Central Connecticut State University, Chicago State University, the University at Buffalo, Troy State University (now Troy University), and Northeastern Illinois University from the collapsed East Coast Conference in response. None of these institutions remain in the league.

Missouri-Kansas City, formerly an independent, also joined the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994.

Declining membership

Eastern Illinois moved to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996, reducing membership to nine programs. Troy State departed for the Trans America Athletic Conference while Central Connecticut joined the Northeast Conference in 1997. Buffalo joined the MAC in 1998 while Northeastern Illinois ceased intercollegiate athletics at that time. Oral Roberts University and Southern Utah University replaced the former pair while Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Oakland University moved into the latter duo's spots a year later.

Youngstown State switched to the Horizon League in 2001, and Centenary College replaced it in 2003. Chicago State University announced in the spring of 2006 that it would withdraw from the conference to compete as an independent starting in the 2006–07 school year. Charter member Valparaiso then moved to the Horizon in 2007.

Renewed expansion and contraction

Conference expansion was discussed at length at the Mid-Continent Conference annual Presidents Council meeting in 2006, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW, now Purdue Fort Wayne), North Dakota State, and South Dakota State were approved for site visits. On August 30, 2006, IPFW accepted an invitation to join the Mid-Continent Conference as a full member starting July 1, 2007.[10] Both North Dakota State and South Dakota State also accepted invitations to join the conference the next day.[11][12]

The Summit League continued its renewed expansion push with the admission of the University of South Dakota. The Coyotes began conference play in the 2011–12 academic year and become eligible for all championships the following season.[13] Centenary College subsequently announced that it would leave the Summit League following the 2010–2011 campaign.[14]

The University of North Dakota had also been openly rumored to have been courted by the Summit League, but controversy over the Fighting Sioux nickname in all likelihood prevented UND's admission at that time. Expectations that UND would join the Summit League came to an end on November 1, 2010, when North Dakota instead accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky Conference. The University of South Dakota entered into very brief negotiations to join the Big Sky as well, rather than continuing their plans to join the Summit. However, South Dakota chose instead to remain with the more compact Summit League (along with other Dakota schools, NDSU and SDSU). As the University of Nebraska Omaha began the transition to Division I athletics in all sports, it joined the Summit League on July 1, 2012. With the departures of Centenary to Division III at the end of the 2010-11 athletic year, and Southern Utah and Oral Roberts for other Division I conferences at the end of the 2011-12 athletic year, the Summit League continued with nine institutions, all within the Midwest geographical region.[15]

The conference unveiled the University of Denver (DU) as its 10th member on November 27, 2012, and the Pioneers joined in July 2013.[16] While Denver is slightly outside The Summit's current Midwestern base, the city's status as a major air hub seemingly minimized travel issues for the other members.[16] With Denver among the eight of ten WAC members switching to other conferences, that league searched for new members. UMKC announced on February 7, 2013, that it would be one of six schools joining the WAC for the 2013–14 season,[17] dropping the Summit league back to nine member schools. Membership fell to eight schools on May 7, 2013, when Oakland announced that it was joining the Horizon League.[18] Eight of the nine then-current Horizon League programs were former Summit League members with Oakland's move (the Horizon has since added two more members that were never in The Summit League, Northern Kentucky and Robert Morris, as well as another former Summit member in Purdue Fort Wayne).

In December 2013, The Summit League office announced that Oral Roberts University returned to the conference in all sports, effective July 1, 2014.[19]

The next changes to the conference's core membership were announced in 2017. First, on January 26, North Dakota, which had resolved its controversy by selecting the new nickname Fighting Hawks, unveiled as a new member beginning in 2018.[20] Then, on June 28, IUPUI announced it would leave the conference to join the Horizon League effective July 1, 2017.[21]

For much of 2018, speculation involving further league expansion focused on Augustana University, a Division II school located in the Summit's headquarters city of Sioux Falls. Many of the school's boosters have ties to Sanford Health, a hospital company that has long been a major league sponsor and also owns the office complex that houses the league headquarters.[22][23] The university announced on December 14 that it would start a transition to Division I, though stating at the time that no such move would take place until at least 2021.[24] However, on May 22, 2020, the Summit League commissioner, Tom Douple, informed Augustana president Stephanie Herseth Sandlin that the conference would not be adding more new teams "at this time."[25] The conference expanded anyway, announcing in June 2019 that UMKC would return in 2020 after a seven-year absence.[26] However, shortly thereafter, Purdue Fort Wayne announced its 2020 departure for the Horizon League, maintaining the full-time conference membership at nine schools.[7] Then, on October 4, 2019, the University of St. Thomas, a Minnesota school that was set to be expelled from its longtime athletic home of the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in 2021, announced that it received an invitation to join the Summit upon its MIAC departure.[27] St. Thomas eventually received a waiver of an NCAA rule mandating that Division III schools can only transition to Division II, allowing the school to move directly to D-I on the originally announced schedule.[28]

Shortly before St. Thomas' future conference membership was confirmed, the University of Northern Colorado was announced as a baseball-only member effective in 2021–22.[29] The most recent change to the affiliate membership was announced on May 11, 2022, when Lindenwood University and the University of Southern Indiana were announced as new affiliates in men's soccer plus men's and women's swimming & diving effective in 2022–23. Both institutions are starting transitions from Division II as new members of the Ohio Valley Conference, which does not sponsor any of these schools' Summit League sports. Southern Indiana is starting its swimming & diving program for both sexes in 2022–23.[30]

Member schools

Current members

Current full members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment[31] Nickname Colors
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 Private 11,952 $711,345,798 Pioneers    
University of Missouri–Kansas City Kansas City, Missouri 1933 1994
2020[a]
Public 16,944 $152,800,000 Roos[b]    
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908 2012 Public 15,431 $72,000,000 Mavericks    
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 2018 Public 13,772 $366,100,000 Fighting Hawks    
North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota 1890 2007 Public 12,461 $325,500,000 Bison    
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963 1997
2014[c]
Private 4,053 $40,490,533 Golden Eagles      
University of St. Thomas Saint Paul, Minnesota 1885 2021[5] Private 9,347 $519,000,000 Tommies    
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862 2011 Public 10,151 $213,560,000 Coyotes    
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota 1881 2007 Public 12,613 $135,700,000 Jackrabbits    
Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois 1899 1982[d] Public 7,624 $32,134,249 Leathernecks    
Notes
  1. ^ Kansas City, a previous member of the conference from 1994–95 to 2012–13 under its former athletic identity of the UMKC Kangaroos, rejoined the Summit effective the 2020–21 school year.
  2. ^ Since July 1, 2019, UMKC has branded its athletic program, previously the UMKC Kangaroos, as the Kansas City Roos.[6][26]
  3. ^ Oral Roberts, a previous member of the conference from 1997–98 to 2011–12, rejoined the Summit effective the 2014–15 school year.
  4. ^ The Mid-Con did not sponsor women's sports until the 1992–93 school year. Before that time, Western Illinois had been a member of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, which began as a women's-only conference and added football in the 1985–86 school year; WIU was a member of both sides of the conference. When the Gateway merged its women's side into the Missouri Valley Conference, WIU moved its women's sports into the Mid-Con, but has kept its football team in the Gateway (now known as the Missouri Valley Football Conference) to this day.

Current associate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Primary
conference
Summit
sport(s)
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 1881 2017–18 Private 5,270 Bulldogs MVC Men's tennis[32]
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895 2005–06 Public 8,626 Panthers OVC Swimming & diving[33]
2011–12 Men's soccer[34]
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 2017–18 Public 20,706 Redbirds MVC Men's tennis[32]
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 2022–23 Private 7,374 Lions OVC Men's soccer
Men's and women's swimming & diving
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 2021–22 Public 12,862 Bears Big Sky Baseball[29]
University of Southern Indiana Evansville, Indiana 1965 2022–23 Public 9,758 Screaming Eagles OVC Men's soccer
Men's and women's swimming & diving


Former members

All institutional names and nicknames used reflect those in the final school year of conference membership.

Former full members

The Summit League has 22 former members.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
University of Akron Akron, Ohio 1870 Public 29,251 1990 1992 Zips Mid-American (MAC)
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846 Public 28,601 1994 1998 Bulls Mid-American (MAC)
Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana 1825 Private 787 2003 2011 Gentlemen (men's)
Ladies (women's)
American Southwest SCAC
(NCAA Division III)
Central Connecticut State University New Britain, Connecticut 1849 Public 11,360 1994 1997 Blue Devils Northeast (NEC)
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public 3,578 1994 2006 Cougars NCAA D-I Independent
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio 1964 Public 17,204 1982[a] 1994 Vikings Horizon
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895 Public 11,651 1982[b] 1996 Panthers OVC
University of Illinois Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1858 Public 28,091 1982[a] 1994 Flames Horizon Missouri Valley
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1969 Public 27,184 1998 2017 Jaguars Horizon
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public 11,149 1994 1998 Golden Eagles Discontinued intercollegiate athletics
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1895 Public 25,313 1990[a] 1994 Huskies Horizon Mid-American (MAC)
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876 Public 11,147 1982 1991 Panthers Missouri Valley
Oakland University[18] Rochester, Michigan 1957 Public 19,379 1998 2013 Golden Grizzlies Horizon
Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964[c] Public 10,139 2007 2020 Mastodons Horizon
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah 1897 Public 8,297 1997 2012 Thunderbirds Big Sky WAC
Southwest Missouri State University[d] Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,059 1982 1990 Bears (men's)
Lady Bears (women's)
Missouri Valley
Troy State University[e] Troy, Alabama 1887 Public 29,689 1994 1997 Trojans TAAC Sun Belt
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Green Bay, Wisconsin 1965 Public 6,700 1982[a] 1994 Phoenix Horizon
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1885 Public 30,502 1993 1994 Panthers Horizon
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 Private 4,061 1982[a] 2007 Crusaders[f] Horizon Missouri Valley
Wright State University Fairborn, Ohio 1967 Public 17,789 1991[a] 1994 Raiders Horizon
Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio 1908 Public 15,194 1992 2001 Penguins Horizon
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f This school joined the then-Mid-Continent Conference before the league began sponsoring women's sports in the 1992–93 school year. It had previously been a member of the women's sports-only North Star Conference, which was absorbed by the Mid-Con after the 1991–92 school year.
  2. ^ Before the Mid-Con began sponsoring women's sports in the 1992–93 school year, Eastern Illinois had been a member of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, which began as a women's-only conference and added football in the 1985 fall season (1985–86 school year); EIU was a member of both sides of the conference. When the Gateway merged its women's side into the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), EIU moved its women's sports into the Mid-Con, but kept its football team in the Gateway until it moved its entire athletic program into the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), effective with the 1996–97 school year.
  3. ^ Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW) did not begin operation until 2018, but inherited its athletic program from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), founded in 1964. IPFW dissolved in 2018, and the Purdue University and Indiana University systems each established a new Fort Wayne campus.[35]
  4. ^ Known since 2005 as Missouri State University.
  5. ^ Known since 2005 as Troy University.
  6. ^ Dropped nickname of Crusaders in February 2021; adopted new nickname of Beacons that August.

Former associate members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Primary
conference
during associate
membership
Current
conference
in former
Summit sport[a]
Summit
sport
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 Private 24,414 1992–93 1998–99 Blue Demons Great Midwest, C-USA[b] Big East Softball
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 Private 10,000 1996–97 1998–99 Bison MEAC NEC[c] Men's soccer
C.W. Post of Long Island University Brookville, New York 1954 Public 8,472 1994–95 1997–98 Pioneers East Coast (ECC)
(NCAA Division II)
NEC[d] Baseball
New York Institute of Technology New York, New York 1955 Private 13,000 1994–95 1997–98 Bears East Coast (ECC)
(NCAA Division II)[e]
TBA[f] Baseball
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963 Private 3,417 2012–13 2013–14 Golden Eagles Southland[g] Summit Men's soccer
Pace University New York, New York 1906 Private 12,772 1994–95 1997–98 Setters East Coast (ECC),
Northeast-10 (NE-10)
(both NCAA Division II)[h]
Northeast-10 Baseball
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Private 1,269 1994–95 1995–96 Hawks GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
Men's soccer
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
(SIU Edwardsville or SIUE)
Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 Public 13,850 1994–95 1995–96 Cougars GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
Missouri Valley Conference[i] Men's soccer
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862 Public 10,151 2009–10 2010–11 Coyotes Great West Summit Men's and women's swimming & diving
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota 1881 Public 12,851 2005–06 2006–07 Jackrabbits Independent Summit Men's and women's swimming & diving
State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, New York 1889 Public 5,852 1996–97 1998–98 Red Dragons SUNYAC
(NCAA Division III)
Men's soccer
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 Private 4,500 2017–18 2019–20 Crusaders MVC [j][k] Men's tennis
2017–18 2020–21 MAC[k][38] Men's swimming
Notes
  1. ^ Except as noted, this matches each school's current primary conference.
  2. ^ When DePaul joined for softball, it was a member of the Great Midwest Conference. In 1995, that conference merged with the Metro Conference to form Conference USA.
  3. ^ Howard remains a full member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which does not sponsor soccer for either men or women.
  4. ^ After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University merged the LIU Post athletic program with the program of its other principal campus, LIU Brooklyn, creating a new Division I program that now competes as the LIU Sharks. The unified athletic program, which maintains Brooklyn's memberships in Division I and the Northeast Conference, now fields a single baseball team that plays on the Post campus in Brookville.[36]
  5. ^ NYIT remained in Division I baseball through the 2017 spring season (2016–17 school year), after which it downgraded baseball to Division II and added that sport to its existing ECC membership.
  6. ^ NYIT shut down its athletic program after the 2020–21 school year due to COVID-19 impacts. It expects to resume athletics in 2022–23, but has yet to announce a future conference affiliation.
  7. ^ Between Oral Roberts' 2012 departure for the Southland Conference and 2014 return to the Summit League, it maintained Summit associate membership in men's soccer.
  8. ^ When Pace joined for baseball, it was a member of the East Coast Conference. In 1997, it joined the Northeast-10.
  9. ^ SIU Edwardsville is a full member of the Ohio Valley Conference, which sponsors soccer only for women.
  10. ^ Valparaiso dropped men's tennis after the 2019–20 school year.[37]
  11. ^ a b Valparaiso remains a full Missouri Valley Conference member.

Membership timeline

University of Southern IndianaLindenwood UniversityUniversity of Northern ColoradoUniversity of St. Thomas (Minnesota)University of North DakotaIllinois State UniversityDrake UniversityUniversity of DenverUniversity of Nebraska OmahaUniversity of South DakotaPurdue University Fort WayneNorth Dakota State UniversitySouth Dakota State UniversityCentenary College of LouisianaOakland UniversityIndiana University – Purdue University IndianapolisOral Roberts UniversitySouthern Utah UniversityHoward UniversityState University of New York at OneontaSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleQuincy UniversityPace UniversityNew York Institute of TechnologyLIU PostUniversity of Missouri–Kansas CityChicago State UniversityNortheastern Illinois UniversityUniversity at BuffaloTroy UniversityCentral Connecticut State UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeYoungstown State UniversityDePaul UniversityWright State UniversityNorthern Illinois UniversityUniversity of AkronWestern Illinois UniversityValparaiso UniversityEastern Illinois UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Green BayUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoCleveland State UniversityUniversity of Northern IowaMissouri State University

Full members Full members (non-football) Associate member (baseball, men's soccer, softball, swimming and diving, or men's tennis)

The Summit League sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[39] Former full member Eastern Illinois is an associate member for men's and women's swimming and diving and men's soccer. Drake and Illinois State became associate members in men's tennis starting in 2017–18, and former full member Valparaiso rejoined for men's swimming and men's tennis at the same time. Valparaiso dropped men's tennis after the 2019–20 season; it remained a swimming associate until moving that sport to the Mid-American Conference in 2021. Northern Colorado became a baseball associate starting in the 2022 season (2021–22 school year), and Lindenwood and Southern Indiana became associates in men's soccer plus men's and women's swimming & diving in the 2022–23 school year.

Teams in Summit League competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 7
Basketball 10 10
Cross country 8 9
Golf 10 10
Soccer 9 10
Softball 8
Swimming and diving 9 9
Tennis 8 9
Track and field (indoor) 8 9
Track and field (outdoor) 8 9
Volleyball 10

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Indoor
Track & Field
Outdoor
Track & Field
Total
Summit League
Sports
Denver Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
Kansas City Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
North Dakota Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
North Dakota State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Omaha Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Oral Roberts Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
St. Thomas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 9
South Dakota Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
South Dakota State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Western Illinois Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
Associate members
Drake Green tickY 1
Eastern Illinois Green tickY Green tickY 2
Illinois State Green tickY 1
Lindenwood Green tickY Green tickY 2
Northern Colorado Green tickY 1
Southern Indiana Green tickY Green tickY 2
Totals 7 10 8 10 9 9 8 8 8 77

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by The Summit League which are played by member schools:

School Football Ice Hockey Lacrosse Skiing Wrestling
Denver NCHC Big East RMISA
North Dakota MVFC NCHC
North Dakota State MVFC Big 12
Omaha NCHC
St. Thomas PFL CCHA
South Dakota MVFC
South Dakota State MVFC Big 12
Western Illinois MVFC

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Indoor
Track & Field
Outdoor
Track & Field
Volleyball Total
Summit League
Sports
Denver Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 6
Kansas City Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Dakota Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Dakota State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Omaha Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Oral Roberts Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
St. Thomas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
South Dakota Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
South Dakota State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Western Illinois Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Associate members
Eastern Illinois Green tickY 1
Lindenwood Green tickY 1
Southern Indiana Green tickY 1
Totals 10 9 10 10 8 9 9 9 9 10 95
Notes

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by The Summit League which are played by member schools:

School Equestrian Gymnastics Ice Hockey Lacrosse Skiing
Denver Big 12 Big East RMISA
St. Thomas WCHA
South Dakota State United Equestrian Conference &
National Collegiate Equestrian Association

Football

Main article: Association of Mid-Continent Universities football

Men's basketball

Men's basketball in the NCAA tournament

See also: Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament

Year Team Seed Results
1983 none
1984 none
1985 none
1986 Cleveland State 14* defeated Indiana
defeated Saint Joseph's
lost to Navy
1987 Southwest Missouri State[40] 13 defeated Clemson
lost to Kansas
1988 Southwest Missouri State 13 lost to UNLV
1989 Southwest Missouri State 14 lost to Seton Hall
1990 Southwest Missouri State 9* lost to North Carolina
Northern Iowa 14 defeated Missouri
lost to Minnesota
1991 Green Bay 12 lost to Michigan State
Northern Illinois 13* lost to St. John's
1992 Eastern Illinois 15 lost to Indiana
1993 Wright State 16 lost to Indiana
1994 Green Bay 12 defeated California
lost to Syracuse
1995 none
1996 Valparaiso 14 lost to Arizona
1997 Valparaiso 12 lost to Boston College
1998 Valparaiso 13 defeated Ole Miss
defeated Florida State
lost to Rhode Island
1999 Valparaiso 15 lost to Maryland
2000 Valparaiso 16 lost to Michigan State
2001 Southern Utah 14 lost to Boston College
2002 Valparaiso 13 lost to Kentucky
2003 IUPUI 16 lost to Kentucky
2004 Valparaiso 15 lost to Gonzaga
2005 Oakland 16 defeated Alabama A&M**
Lost to North Carolina
2006 Oral Roberts 16 lost to Memphis
2007 Oral Roberts 14 lost to Washington State
2008 Oral Roberts 13 lost to Pittsburgh
2009 North Dakota State 14 lost to Kansas
2010 Oakland 14 lost to Pittsburgh
2011 Oakland 13 lost to Texas
2012 South Dakota State 14 lost to Baylor
2013 South Dakota State 13 lost to Michigan
2014 North Dakota State 12 defeated Oklahoma
lost to San Diego State
2015 North Dakota State 15 lost to Gonzaga
2016 South Dakota State 12 lost to Maryland
2017 South Dakota State 16 lost to Gonzaga
2018 South Dakota State 12 lost to Ohio State
2019 North Dakota State 16 defeated NCCU**
lost to Duke
2021 Oral Roberts 15 defeated Ohio State
defeated Florida
lost to Arkansas
2022 South Dakota State 13 lost to Providence

* At-large bid
** First Four game

Summit League championships won per school

School Conference Tournament
Titles Last
Title
Titles Last
Title
Valparaiso 9 2003-04 8 2004
South Dakota State 8 2021-22 6 2022
Oral Roberts 6 2011-12 4 2021
Missouri State 4 1989-90 2 1989
North Dakota State 4 2019-20 5 2020
Oakland 3 2010-11 3 2011
Cleveland State 3 1992-93 1 1986
Western Illinois 2 2012-13 1 1984
Green Bay 2 1993-94 2 1994
Purdue Fort Wayne 1 2015-16 0 N/A
South Dakota 1 2016-17 0 N/A
IUPUI 1 2005-06 1 2003
Illinois-Chicago 1 1983-84 0 N/A
Northern Illinois 1 1990-91 0 N/A
Southern Utah 1 2000-01 1 2001
Eastern Illinois 0 N/A 2 1992
Wright State 0 N/A 1 1993
Northern Iowa 0 N/A 1 1990

Women's Basketball

Summit League championships won per school

School Conference Tournament
Titles Last
Title
Titles Last
Title
South Dakota State 8 2021–22 9 2019
Western Illinois 6 2016–17 2 2017
South Dakota 5 2021–22 4 2022
Youngstown State 5 1998-99 3 2000
Oakland 3 2006-07 2 2006
Oral Roberts 2 2010-11 5 2008
Northern Illinois 2 1993-94 1 1993
Valparaiso 2 2001-02 2 2004
Troy 1 1996-97 1 1997
Buffalo 1 1994-95 0 N/A
Green Bay 0 N/A 1 1994

Facilities

Full members
School Soccer stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball field Capacity Softball field Capacity
Denver CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium 2,000 Magness Arena 7,200 Non-baseball school Non-softball school
Kansas City Durwood Soccer Stadium 850 Swinney Recreation Center[41] 1,500 Non-baseball school Urban Youth Academy
North Dakota Bronson Field Betty Engelstad Sioux Center[a] 3,300 Non-baseball school Apollo Sports Complex
North Dakota State Dacotah Field[42] 2,600[43] Scheels Center 5,644[44] Newman Outdoor Field 4,600 Tharaldson Park[45] 735
Omaha Al F. Caniglia Field[46] 3,097 Baxter Arena[47] 7,898 Tal Anderson Field 1,500 Connie Claussen Field 650[48]
Oral Roberts Case Soccer Complex 1,000 Mabee Center 10,575 J. L. Johnson Stadium 2,418 Non-softball school
St. Thomas South Field Schoenecker Arena 1,800[49] Koch Diamond 250 South Field
South Dakota USD Soccer Field Sanford Coyote Sports Center 6,000 Non-baseball school Nygard Field 500[50]
South Dakota State Fishback Soccer Park 1,500 Frost Arena 6,500 Erv Huether Field 600 Jackrabbit Softball Stadium 200
Western Illinois MacKenzie Alumni Field 1,000 Western Hall 5,139 Alfred D. Boyer Stadium 500 Mary Ellen McKee
Softball Stadium
500
Associate members
Eastern Illinois Lakeside Soccer Field 1,000[51] Soccer-only member[b]
Lindenwood Harlen C. Hunter Stadium 6,000[52] Soccer-only member[b]
Northern Colorado Baseball-only member Jackson Field 1,500 Baseball-only member
Southern Indiana Strassweg Field Soccer-only member[b]
  1. ^ North Dakota also schedules basketball games at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
  2. ^ a b c Eastern Illinois, Lindenwood, and Southern Indiana are also members in men's and women's swimming & diving. All three are full members of the Ohio Valley Conference, which sponsors soccer only for women and does not sponsor swimming & diving at all.

See also

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