American Rivers Conference
The American Rivers Conference (ARC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. From 1927 until August 9, 2018, it was known as the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC).
|American Rivers Conference|
|Headquarters||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|Commissioner||Chuck Yrigoyen (since 2008)|
The ARC dates back to December 8, 1922, when representatives from 12 colleges got together and formed the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Charter members were Buena Vista College, Central University of Iowa, Ellsworth College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Luther College, Morningside College, Parsons College, St. Ambrose College, Simpson College, Upper Iowa College, Western Union College and Penn College. Des Moines University was voted into the conference at that meeting as well.
The first Conference constitution was published in January 1923. Also that year, Judge Hubert Utterback of Des Moines, Iowa was named the first conference commissioner and Iowa Teachers (now known as University of Northern Iowa) was accepted as a member. Columbia College (now known as Loras College) was admitted in 1926. Ellsworth left the Conference in 1927. That spring, the Conference's name was changed to the “Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.” After a three-year ban, athletics were reinstated at the University of Dubuque in 1928–29, and it joined the conference in 1929. Wartburg College was admitted to the conference in 1936, beginning competition the following year. Morningside College dropped out in 1936 because of inactivity. William Penn was suspended from the Conference in 1949 for using ineligible players. The school was back in the Conference in 1951, though it did not compete in football until later. In 1951, St. Ambrose and Loras dropped from football competition.
The Iowa Conference reorganized in 1953, effective with the 1954–55 school year. Nine schools remained in the Conference: Buena Vista, Central, Dubuque, Iowa Wesleyan, Luther, Parsons, Simpson, Upper Iowa and Wartburg. William Penn was readmitted to the Conference in 1960, effective in the spring of 1962. Parsons left the Conference around 1963, while Iowa Wesleyan left effective June 1, 1965. Loras rejoined the Conference in 1986, increasing the Conference membership to nine schools, which continued until 1997 when Coe and Cornell left the Midwest Conference to join the IIAC. The Conference was at 11 schools until its 80th Anniversary year (2001–02) when William Penn decided to leave and switch its affiliation from the NCAA to the NAIA. The IIAC became a nine school Conference when Upper Iowa reclassified to NCAA Division II prior to the start of the 2003-04 academic year and fell back to eight schools with Cornell's return to the Midwest Conference following the 2011-2012 academic year.
The conference expanded beyond the borders of Iowa in 2016 with the addition of Nebraska Wesleyan University. On August 9, 2018, the league changed its name to the American Rivers Conference to reflect its current makeup.
|Buena Vista University||Beavers||Storm Lake, Iowa||1891||Presbyterian||2,775||1922|
|Central College||Dutch||Pella, Iowa||1853||Reformed||1,575||1922|
|Coe College||Kohawks||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||1851||Presbyterian||1,355||1997|
|University of Dubuque||Spartans||Dubuque, Iowa||1852||Presbyterian||1,361||1929|
|Loras College||Duhawks||Dubuque, Iowa||1839||Catholic||1,550||1926,|
|Luther College||Norse||Decorah, Iowa||1861||Lutheran||2,573||1922|
|Nebraska Wesleyan University||Prairie Wolves||Lincoln, Nebraska||1887||Methodist||1,600||2016|
|Simpson College||Storm||Indianola, Iowa||1860||Methodist||1,966||1922|
|Wartburg College||Knights||Waverly, Iowa||1852||Lutheran||1,804||1936|
* - Loras was dropped from the conference in 1954 because it was determined they were "too strong" for the other members to play against. Loras rejoined the conference in 1986.
(All in Iowa)
|Cornell College||Rams||Mount Vernon||1853||Methodist||1,155||1997||2012||Midwest|
|Des Moines University||N/A||Des Moines||1898||Private||1,500||1922||1929||Dropped athletics in 1929|
|Ellsworth College||Panthers||Iowa Falls||1890||Private||1,000||1922||1927||ICCAC|
|Iowa State Teachers College
(now known as University of Northern Iowa)
|Panthers||Cedar Falls||1876||Public||12,607||1923||1935||Missouri Valley|
(NCAA Division I)
|Iowa Wesleyan College||Tigers||Mount Pleasant||1842||Private/United Methodist||850||1922||1965||SLIAC|
(NCAA Division III)
|Morningside College||Mustangs||Sioux City||1894||Private/United Methodist||1,149||1922||1936||Great Plains (GPAC)|
|Parsons College||Wildcats||Fairfield||1875||Private/Presbyterian||1,500||1922||1963||Closed in 1973|
|St. Ambrose University||Fighting Bees||Davenport||1882||Private/Roman Catholic||2,829||1922||1954||CCAC|
|Upper Iowa University||Peacocks||Fayette||1857||Private||820||1922||2003||Northern Sun (NSIC)|
(NCAA Division II)
|Westmar College||Eagles||Le Mars||1887||Private||1,000||1922||1953||Closed in 1997|
|William Penn University||Statesmen||Oskaloosa||1873||Private/Quakers||1,795||1922,
* - William Penn was suspended from the conference from 1949 to 1951 and then removed from the conference for being "too weak" in 1953; they rejoined in 1960.
Member teams field men's and women's teams in cross country, basketball, track and field, swimming and diving, golf, soccer, tennis. Men's teams are field for baseball, football and wrestling. Women's teams are field for softball and volleyball.
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Football||Golf||Soccer||Swimming & Diving||Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
- Dubuque also sponsors a men's lacrosse team.
- Loras also sponsors a men's volleyball team in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Football||Golf||Soccer||Softball||Swimming & Diving||Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
- "#RiversRise; Iowa Conference Now American Rivers Conference" (Press release). American Rivers Conference. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.