Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference logo.svg
FormerlyInter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin (1913–1926)
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference (1926–1951)
Wisconsin State College Conference (1951–1964)
Wisconsin State University Athletic Conference (1964–1997)
ConferenceNCAA
Founded1913
CommissionerDanielle Harris (since July 2020)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
DivisionDivision III
No. of teams8
HeadquartersMadison, Wisconsin
RegionWisconsin
Official websitewiacsports.com
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) is a college athletic conference that competes in the NCAA's Division III. In women's gymnastics, it competes alongside Division I and II members, as the NCAA sponsors a single championship event open to members of all NCAA divisions. As the name implies, member teams are located in the state of Wisconsin, although there are three associate members from Minnesota and one from Illinois. All full members are part of the University of Wisconsin System.

History

In 1913, representatives from Wisconsin's eight normal schools—Superior Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Superior), River Falls State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin-River Falls), Stevens Point Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point), La Crosse State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse), Oshkosh State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh), Whitewater Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater), Milwaukee State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee) and Platteville Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Platteville)--met in Madison to organize the Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin. The Stout Institute (now the University of Wisconsin–Stout) joined in 1914, followed by Eau Claire State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire) in 1917.[1]

The conference evolved with the growing educational mission of its member schools. It changed its name to the Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference in 1926, and the Wisconsin State College Conference in 1951. Finally, in 1964, it became the Wisconsin State University Conference.

In 1971, the member schools of the WSUC joined with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin–Parkside and Carthage College to form the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. By 1975, UW–Milwaukee, Carroll College, the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and Marquette University had also joined. With the dissolution of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1982, the member schools joined their male counterparts in either the NCAA or NAIA. By 1993, the non-NCAA Division III members had all dropped out, resulting in the WWIAC having the same membership as the WSUC. Under the circumstances, a merger was inevitable. In 1996, Gary Karner was named commissioner of both the WSUC and the WWIAC. The two conferences formally merged in 1997 to form the current WIAC.[1]

Effective with the 2001–02 academic year, Lawrence University joined the conference in the sport of wrestling. Three Minnesota schools, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University and Winona State University, became members of the conference in the sport of women's gymnastics during the 2004–05 academic year. In 2009–10, the conference added men’s soccer as a sponsored sport with the announcement of Michigan school Finlandia University as an affiliate member. Lawrence discontinued its affiliation with the WIAC in wrestling.[1]

The conference remained unusually stable over the years; the only changes in full membership being the departures of UW–Milwaukee in 1964 and UW–Superior in 2015.

Centennial celebration

The ninth-oldest conference in the nation, the WIAC celebrated its centennial year during the 2012–13 academic year.[2] Additionally, the WIAC is the most successful NCAA Division III conference in history, boasting NCAA National Championships in 15 different sports.[3] At the beginning of the 2011–12 academic year, the conference had claimed a nation-leading 92 NCAA National Championships.[4]

To celebrate its centennial, the conference named All-Time Teams in each sport that is currently or was previously recognized as a "championship" sport within the conference.[5] Furthermore, the WIAC commissioned a commemorative work of art, created by Tim Cortes,[6] and has also created a two-year calendar in celebration of its centennial.[7]

The celebration was headlined by its Centennial Banquet held on August 4, 2012, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Among the honorees at the event were the All-Time Team members and the inaugural class to the WIAC Hall of Fame.

Chronological timeline

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is located in Wisconsin
UW–Eau Claire
UW–Eau Claire
UW–La Crosse
UW–La Crosse
UW–Oshkosh
UW–Oshkosh
UW–Platteville
UW–Platteville
UW–River Falls
UW–River Falls
UW–Stevens Point
UW–Stevens Point
UW–Stout
UW–Stout
UW–Whitewater
UW–Whitewater
WIAC, full members

Member schools

Current members

The WIAC currently has eight full members, all are public schools:

Institution Location[a] Founded Affiliation Undergraduate
enrollment
Nickname Joined Colors
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Eau Claire 1916 Public[b] 10,043[8] Blugolds 1917–18    
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse La Crosse 1909 9,708[8] Eagles 1913–14    
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Oshkosh 1871 15,111[8] Titans 1913–14      
University of Wisconsin–Platteville Platteville 1866 8,134[8] Pioneers 1913–14    
University of Wisconsin–River Falls River Falls 1874 5,725[8] Falcons 1913–14    
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point 1894 8,792[8] Pointers 1913–14    
University of Wisconsin–Stout Menomonie 1891 7,555[8] Blue Devils 1914–15    
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Whitewater 1868 11,722[8] Warhawks 1913–14    
Notes
  1. ^ All cities are located with the State of Wisconsin.
  2. ^ Part of the University of Wisconsin System.

Affiliate members

The WIAC currently has five affiliate members, all but two are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Undergraduate
enrollment
Nickname Joined Colors Primary
conference
WIAC
sport(s)
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan 1896 Lutheran ELCA 500 Lions 2018–19       Coast to Coast (C2C) baseball[a]
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, Minnesota 1862 Lutheran ELCA 2,600 Golden Gusties 2004–05     Minnesota (MIAC) gymnastics
Hamline University Saint Paul, Minnesota 1854 United Methodist 2,100 Pipers 2004–05     Minnesota (MIAC) gymnastics
Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin 1906 United Church of Christ 700 LumberJacks &
LumberJills
2019–20m.i.h.;
2019–20w.i.h.
    Upper Midwest (UMAC) men's ice hockey;
women's ice hockey
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior, Wisconsin 1893 Public 2,294[8] Yellowjackets 2015–16m.i.h.;
2015–16w.i.h.[b]
    Upper Midwest (UMAC) men's ice hockey;
women's ice hockey
Winona State University Winona, Minnesota 1858 Public 8,896 Warriors 2004–05     Northern Sun (NSIC)
(NCAA D-II)
gymnastics
Notes
  1. ^ Although Finlandia's current home of the Coast to Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) sponsors baseball, Finlandia's baseball team continues to play in the WIAC.
  2. ^ Wisconsin–Superior had been a full member of the WIAC from 1913–14 to 2014–15.[9] However, they remain as affiliate members for men's and women's ice hockey.[9]

Former members

The WIAC had two former full members, both were public schools:

Institution Location[a] Founded Affiliation Undergraduate
enrollment
Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee[b] Milwaukee 1885 Public[c] 22,767[8] Cardinals[d] 1913–14 1963–64 Horizon
(NCAA D-I)
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior 1893 2,294[8] Yellowjackets 1913–14 2014–15 Upper Midwest (UMAC)
Notes
  1. ^ Both cities are located within the State of Wisconsin.
  2. ^ Now known for athletics purposes as "Milwaukee".
  3. ^ Part of the University of Wisconsin System.
  4. ^ Nickname changed to the current "Panthers" name, effective in the 1964–65 school year, immediately after leaving the league.

Former affiliate members

The WIAC had three former affiliate members, all were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Undergraduate
enrollment
Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
WIAC
sport
Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin 1847 Nonsectarian 1,555 Vikings 2001–02 2008–09 Midwest (MWC) wrestling
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan 1896 Lutheran ELCA 500 Lions 2009–10 2015–16 Coast to Coast (C2C) men's soccer;
baseball[a]
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois 1890 Nonsectarian 2,977 Scarlet Hawks 2017–18 2017–18 Northern (NACC) baseball
Notes
  1. ^ While Finlandia's current home of the Coast to Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) sponsors men's soccer, it does not conduct regular-season competition in any of its sponsored sports. All C2C members make their own regular-season schedules, with NCAA championship bids awarded in conference tournaments or championship meets.

Membership timeline

Northland College (Wisconsin)Illinois Institute of TechnologyFinlandia UniversityWinona State UniversityHamline UniversityGustavus Adolphus CollegeLawrence UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Eau ClaireUniversity of Wisconsin–StoutUniversity of Wisconsin–WhitewaterUpper Midwest Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Wisconsin–SuperiorUniversity of Wisconsin–Stevens PointUniversity of Wisconsin–River FallsUniversity of Wisconsin–PlattevilleUniversity of Wisconsin–OshkoshHorizon LeagueSummit LeagueUniversity of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeUniversity of Wisconsin–La Crosse

Sports

Member institutions field men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, ice hockey, track and field, and swimming and diving. Men's teams are fielded for baseball, football, and wrestling. Women's teams are fielded for golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The WIAC is the only NCAA Division III all-sports conference that does not sponsor men's soccer.

Main article: WIAC Men's Basketball Tournament

Main article: WIAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

National championship teams

UW-Oshkosh: 1985, 1994
UW-Whitewater: 2005, 2014

UW-Whitewater: 1984, 1989, 2012, 2014
UW-Platteville: 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999
UW-Stevens Point: 2004, 2005, 2010, 2015
UW-Oshkosh: 2019

UW-Stevens Point: 1987, 2002
UW-Oshkosh: 1996

UW-Oshkosh: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002
UW-La Crosse: 1996, 2001, 2005
UW-Eau Claire: 2015

UW-La Crosse: 1983
UW-Oshkosh: 1987, 1988, 1991, 1996
UW-Eau Claire: 2009

UW-La Crosse: 1992, 1995
UW-Whitewater: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

UW-Eau Claire: 2001

UW-River Falls: 1988, 1994
UW-Stevens Point: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2016, 2019
UW-Superior: 2002
UW-Eau Claire: 2013

UW-Stevens Point: 1998
UW-Eau Claire: 2008

UW-La Crosse: 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2017
UW-Oshkosh: 2009
UW-Eau Claire: 2015, 2016

UW-La Crosse: 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
UW-Oshkosh: 2009

UW-Oshkosh: 1994-96, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014
UW-La Crosse: 2015

UW-La Crosse: 1983, 1984, 2015
UW-Oshkosh: 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
UW-River Falls: 2008

UW-Whitewater: 2002, 2005
UW-Eau Claire: 2021

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
UW–Eau Claire Carson Park 6,500 W. L. Zorn Arena 2,450
UW–La Crosse Veterans Memorial Stadium 10,000 Mitchell Hall 2,880
UW–Oshkosh Titan Stadium 9,800 Kolf Sports Center 5,800
UW–Platteville Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium 10,000 Williams Fieldhouse 2,300
UW–River Falls Ramer Field 4,800 Don Page Arena 2,149
UW–Stevens Point Goerke Field 4,000 Quandt Fieldhouse 3,281
UW–Stout Don and Nona Williams Stadium 5,000 Johnson Fieldhouse 1,800
UW–Whitewater Forrest Perkins Stadium 13,200 Williams Center 3,000

References

  1. ^ a b c "History". wiacsports.com.
  2. ^ "WIAC Announces Plans For Celebrating Its Centennial". wiacsports.com.
  3. ^ "Quick Facts". wiacsports.com.
  4. ^ "National Championship Teams". wiacsports.com.
  5. ^ "All-Time Teams". wiacsports.com.
  6. ^ "WIAC Centennial Artwork Now Available". wiacsports.com.
  7. ^ "WIAC Centennial Calendars Now Available". wiacsports.com.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The University of Wisconsin System Education Reports & Statistics, Enrollments". University of Wisconsin System. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "UW-Superior To Depart The WIAC". wiacsports.com.