Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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.

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Established1920
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members13
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 11
RegionMinnesota
HeadquartersBloomington, Minnesota
CommissionerDan McKane (since 2005)
Websitewww.miacathletics.com
Locations

History

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, the MIAC involuntarily removed the University of St. Thomas from membership effective at the end of spring 2021.[2]

Member schools

Location of the current members and former members in red

Current members

Institution Nickname Location
(Minnesota)
Founded Type Undergrad
Enrollment[3]
Colors Joined
Augsburg University Auggies Minneapolis 1869 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,550           1924
Bethel University Royals Arden Hills 1871 Private/Converge 2,965           1977
Carleton College Knights Northfield 1866 Private/Non-Sectarian 2,105           1920,
19831
Concordia College Cobbers Moorhead 1891 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,114           1921
Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties St. Peter 1862 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,230           1920
Hamline University Pipers St. Paul 1854 Private/Methodist (UMC) 2,184           1920
Macalester College2 Scots St. Paul 1874 Private/Non-Sectarian 2,146           1920
College of Saint Benedict3 Bennies St. Joseph 1913 Private/Catholic 1,958           1985
St. Catherine University3 Wildcats St. Paul 1905 Private/Catholic 3,176           1983
Saint John's University4 Johnnies Collegeville 1857 Private/Catholic 1,754           1920
Saint Mary's University Cardinals Winona 1912 Private/Catholic 1,590                1926
St. Olaf College Oles Northfield 1874 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 3,040           1920,
19755
University of Saint Thomas Tommies St. Paul 1885 Private/Catholic 6,199 1920
  1. Carleton left the MIAC after the 1924–25 season, and re-joined in the 1983–84 season.
  2. Macalester became an independent in football in 2002 and then a football-only member of the Midwest Conference starting with the 2014 season.
  3. Women's college
  4. Men's college
  5. St. Olaf left the MIAC after the 1949–50 season, and re-joined in the 1975–76 season.

Former members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
University of Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs Duluth 1902 Public 11,729 1951 1975 NSIC
(NCAA Division II)

Membership timeline

Sports

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

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

Rivalry trophies

Football
  • The Goat (Carleton v. St. Olaf) founded 1931
  • The Old Paint Bucket (Macalester v. Hamline) founded 1965
  • The Troll (Concordia v. St. Olaf) founded 1974
  • The Book of Knowledge (Carleton v. Macalester) founded 1998
  • The Holy Grail (Saint John's v. St. Thomas) founded 2001
  • The Hammer (Augsburg v. Hamline) founded 2005
Other sports
  • The Goat (Carleton and St. Olaf, men's basketball) founded 1913
  • The Karhu Shoe (Carleton v. St. Olaf, mens' and women's cross country) founded 1972
  • The Margate Memorial Trophy (Carleton v. St. Thomas, swimming and diving) founded 1995
  • The Presidents Cup (Carleton v. St. Olaf, women's basketball) founded 2001
  • The Rolex (Carleton v. St. Olaf, men's track and field)
  • The Rusty Putter (Carleton v. St. Olaf, men's golf)
Defunct
  • The Power Bowl (Concordia v. Minnesota State University-Moorhead, football) founded 1984, through 1998 as the American Crystal Sugar Bowl, from 1999–2007 as the Power Bowl[4]

Source: [5]

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 in 1962 to Macalester College. St. Olaf College received the first women's trophy in 1984. 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[6]

Men'sTitlesLastWomen'sTitlesLast
St. Thomas312017St. Thomas262017
Saint John's142007Gustavus Adolphus52007
Gustavus Adolphus52004St. Benedict21999
Macalester51968St. Olaf21985
St. Olaf11979

Football

Conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
Saint John's331932, 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
Gustavus Adolphus221926, 1927, 1933, 1935c, 1936c, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952c, 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1971c, 1972, 1987
St. Thomas201922c, 1929, 1930c, 1939, 1941, 1942c, 1947c, 1948, 1949, 1956, 1973c, 1979c, 1983, 1990, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
Concordia181931, 1934, 1942c, 1952c, 1957, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974c, 1978c, 1979c, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988c, 1990c, 1995c, 2004
St. Olaf61922c, 1923, 1930c, 1935c, 1978c, 1979c
Hamline51920, 1921, 1966, 1984, 1988c
Bethel52000, 2001c, 2006c, 2007, 2013
UM-Duluth*31960, 1961, 1973c
Augsburg21928c, 1997
Carleton21924, 1992
Macalester**21925, 1947c
Saint Mary's***11928c

c = Co-champions
* No longer a MIAC member
** No longer competes in MIAC football
*** No longer competes in football
No 1943 and 1944 seasons due to World War II
Source: [7]

Basketball

Men's basketball regular season conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
St. Thomas331924, 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
Hamline191932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938c, 1939c, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949c, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1960
Gustavus Adolphus171925, 1926, 1928, 1938c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1968, 1975c, 1988, 1991c, 1992c, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2012c
Augsburg131927, 1946c, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1975c, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 1999
Saint John's81969, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2001, 2018
Carleton51921, 1922, 1923, 2006c, 2011c
UM-Duluth*41958, 1959, 1961, 1962
St. Olaf31929, 1930, 1989c
Concordia31931, 1982, 1983
Macalester21937, 1981c
Saint Mary's21939c, 1940
Bethel12017c

c = Co-champions
* No longer a MIAC member
No 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons due to World War II
Source: [8]

Women's basketball regular season conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
St. Thomas181983c, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998c, 2000, 2001, 2002c, 2008c, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
St. Benedict131989, 1993, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2002c, 2003c, 2004c, 2006, 2007, 2008c, 2009, 2010c
Concordia71982, 1983c, 1986c, 1987c, 1988, 1990, 2013
Carleton32003c, 2004c, 2005
Saint Mary's31985, 1986c, 2014
Gustavus Adolphus22003c, 2010c
Bethel11994
St. Olaf11983c

c = Co-champions
Source: [9]

Soccer

Men's soccer regular season conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
Gustavus Adolphus161969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1983c, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004c, 2005c, 2006c, 2007c, 2012c, 2013c, 2014c, 2018
Macalester111988c, 1990, 1997, 1998c, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005c, 2010, 2015c
Saint John's91968, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983c, 1986, 1988c, 1989c, 2006c
St. Thomas81977, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995c, 2016, 2017
St. Olaf71984, 1992, 1998c, 2004c, 2011c, 2014c, 2015c
Carleton62007c, 2008, 2009, 2011c, 2012c, 2013c
Augsburg41973, 1974, 1975, 1980
Concordia21995c, 1996
Bethel11981

c = Co-champions
Source: [10]

Women's soccer regular season conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
Macalester81992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001c, 2004, 2005
Saint Mary's71983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991c
St. Thomas71987, 2001c, 2002c, 2008, 2015c, 2016c, 2018
Gustavus Adolphus61984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2015c
St. Benedict51991c, 2002c, 2003, 2011c, 2013
Concordia42006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Carleton31982, 2010, 2011c
Augsburg32014, 2016c, 2017

c = Co-champions
Source: [11]

Ice hockey

Men's ice hockey regular season conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
St. Thomas341923c, 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 Adolphus141966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977c, 1984, 1993c, 2010
Macalester**121923c, 1930, 1931, 1932c, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939c, 1950c, 1951c, 1962, 1963
Augsburg101928, 1977c, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981c, 1982, 1998c, 2016, 2019
UM-Duluth*91953c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Saint John's81935, 1950c, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013c
Hamline51923c, 1932c, 1948, 2008, 2011
Saint Mary's41929, 1964, 1965, 1988
St. Olaf31938c, 1939c, 2009
Concordia21981c, 1987
Bethel12007

c = Co-champions
* No longer a member of the MIAC
** No longer has a men's hockey team
No seasons from 1942–43 to 1945–46
Source: [12]

Men's ice hockey conference tournament

Women's ice hockey regular season conference titles

TeamTitlesYears won
Gustavus Adolphus151999c, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018c
St. Thomas62003, 2004, 2014, 2016c, 2018c, 2019
Augsburg21999c, 2000c
Saint Mary's21999c, 2000c
Bethel12016c

c = Co-champions
Source: [13]

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. Thomas O'Shaughnessy Stadium 5,025 Schoenecker Arena 2,200 St. Thomas Ice Arena 1,400

Commissioner

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

  • Carlyle Carter (1994–2005)
  • Daniel McKane (2005–present)

References

  1. "Wrestling Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  2. Campbell, Dave (May 22, 2019). "MIAC ousts original member St. Thomas for being too strong". Star Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  3. "Best Colleges in Minnesota". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  4. "Concordia vs Moorhead State football games will be the "Power Bowl"" (Press release). Concordia College. June 3, 1999.
  5. "MIAC Rivalry Trophies". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  6. "All-Sports Competitioni History". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  7. "MIAC Football Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
  8. "MIAC Men's Basketball Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
  9. "MIAC Women's Basketball Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  10. "MIAC Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  11. "MIAC Women's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.>
  12. "MIAC Men's Hockey Record Book". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  13. "MIAC Women's Hockey Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
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