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Heartland Conference

Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference logo
Established 1999
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 11
Sports fielded 13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
Region Central United States
Headquarters Waco, Texas
Commissioner Tony Stigliano (since 1999)
Website .orgheartlandsports
Heartland Conference locations

The Heartland Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level, which was founded in 1999. The majority of members are in Texas, with additional members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The conference office is located in Waco, Texas.


  • History 1
  • Member schools 2
    • Current members 2.1
    • Former members 2.2
    • Membership timeline 2.3
  • Sports 3
    • Men's sponsored sports by school 3.1
    • Women's sponsored sports by school 3.2
    • Other sponsored sports by school 3.3
  • National championships 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The conference was formed in 1999 by founding members Drury University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lincoln University, Rockhurst University, St. Edward's University, St. Mary's University and Texas Wesleyan University. Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Dallas Baptist University joined in 2002. Founding members Drury and Rockhurst left the Heartland Conference to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2005. Western New Mexico University and Montana State University - Billings joined in 2005. However, WNMU re-joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2006 and MSUB joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2007. Newman University, Texas A&M International University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin joined the conference in 2006, making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.[1] The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith joined the conference in the Fall of 2009 after transitioning from the NJCAA.[2] In the fall of 2010, Lincoln left for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association[3] and Incarnate Word left for the Lone Star Conference.[4] In July 2011, McMurry University announced that it had been accepted as candidate for D-II membership and would join the Heartland Conference in the fall of 2012.[5] In February 2012, Oklahoma Christian University announced its intention to seek membership in NCAA Division II.[6] In Spring 2012, Rogers State University, a member of the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference, applied for membership.[7] The conference confirmed in July 2012 that Oklahoma Christian's teams would play full conference schedules starting in Fall 2012 and that Rogers State and Lubbock Christian University would begin conference play in 2013-14.[8]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas 1928 7,000 Lions           2009
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 5,500 Patriots           2002
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas 1957 2,100 Chaparrals
Lady Chaps
Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 2,200 Jets           2006
Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 2,479 Eagles           2012
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Oklahoma 1909 1,200 Aggies           2002
Rogers State University Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 4,227 Hillcats           2013
St. Edward's University Austin, Texas 1885 5,500 Hilltoppers           1999
St. Mary's University San Antonio, Texas 1852 4,500 Rattlers           1999
Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas 1969 4,298 Dustdevils           2006
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 3,600 Falcons           2006

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Panthers 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 Cardinals 1999 2010 Southland
Lincoln University (MO) Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 Blue Tigers 1999 2010 Mid-America
McMurry University Abilene, Texas 1923 War Hawks 2012 2014 American Southwest
Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 2005 2007 Great Northwest
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Hawks 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Rams 1999 2001 Sooner
Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Mustangs 2005 2006 Rocky Mountain

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 


Dallas Baptist's baseball team currently competes in NCAA Division I as a baseball affiliate of the Missouri Valley Conference; it returned to the MVC baseball conference starting in the 2014 season. OPSU sponsors non-conference football and rodeo squads.

The Heartland Conference sponsors 13 sports, seven for women and six for men.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Y
Basketball Y Y
Cross Country Y Y
Golf Y Y
Soccer Y Y
Softball Y
Tennis Y Y
Volleyball Y

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Golf Soccer Tennis Total
Arkansas-Fort Smith Y Y Y Y Y 5
Dallas Baptist Y Y Y Y Y 5
Lubbock Christian Y Y Y Y Y 5
Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Oklahoma Christian Y Y Y Y Y 5
Oklahoma Panhandle State Y Y Y Y 4
Rogers State Y Y Y Y Y 5
St. Edward's Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
St. Mary's Y Y Y Y Y 5
Texas A&M International Y Y Y Y Y 5
Texas-Permian Basin Y Y Y Y Y 5
Totals 10 11 10 10 9 6 55

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Total
Arkansas-Fort Smith Y Y Y Y Y 5
Dallas Baptist Y Y Y Y Y 5
Lubbock Christian Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Oklahoma Christian Y Y Y Y Y 5
Oklahoma Panhandle State Y Y Y Y Y 5
Rogers State Y Y Y Y Y 5
St. Edward's Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
St. Mary's Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Texas A&M International Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Texas-Permian Basin Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Totals 10 9 10 9 9 6 9 62

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women Co-ed
Baseball Football Swimming
& Diving
& Field
& Field
Wrestling Equestrian Swimming
& Diving
& Field
& Field
Dallas Baptist MVC IND IND IND IND
Newman MIAA
Oklahoma Christian IND IND IND IND
Oklahoma Panhandle State IND IHSA NIRA
Rogers State IND
Texas-Permian Basin PCSC PCSC
  • — D-I sport
  • PCSC — Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference
  • Oklahoma Panhandle State (LSC) — Football joins the Lone Star Conference in 2016.[10]
  • Rogers State (IND) — Track & Field Outdoor (M) begins play in 2015.[11]
  • Texas-Permian Basin (LSC) — Football begins play in 2016.[12]

National championships

Sport School Year(s)
Baseball St. Mary's 2001
Softball St. Mary's 2002
Men's Golf (Individual) Jamie Amoretti, St. Mary's 2006
  • St. Mary's won NAIA national championships in Softball (1986) and Men's Basketball (1989) prior to joining the Heartland Conference.[13]
  • The St. Mary's Men's Golf team were named the Golf Coaches Association of America 2008-2009 Academic National Champions, which St. Mary's treats as a fifth team national championship.[14]
  • Dallas Baptist won the 2003 National Christian College Athletic Association Baseball national championship; DBU is a non-baseball member of the Heartland Conference.


  1. ^ - About the Heartland Conference
  2. ^ University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Accepts Invitation to Join Heartland Conference - - March 2, 2009
  3. ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009
  4. ^ LSC to add Incarnate Word in 2010 - - January 20, 2009
  5. ^ NCAA accepts McMurry's application to transition to Division II - - July 12, 2011
  6. ^ King, Kevin (February 7, 2012). KTUL TV Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Adame, Tony (June 23, 2012). Wichita Eagle Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Heartland Conference - Oklahoma Christian, Lubbock Christian, and Rogers State Earn Right to Join NCAA DII and Heartland Conference". 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  9. ^ "UTPB to Join Lone Star Conference in 2016". University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "OPSU joins LSC as affiliate member in Football". Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "RSU to Officially Add Men's Track and Field". Rogers State University Athletics. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "First and Goal: UTPB Will Field a Football Team". University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Rattler Athletics Timeline
  14. ^ "St. Mary's University Athletics". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 

External links

  • Official website
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