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Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Classification NCAA Division II
Established 1912
Members 11
Sports fielded 14 (7 men’s, 7 women’s)
Region Central United States
States 3 - Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is a college athletic conference which operates in the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The conference was formerly known as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, but changed its name when it expanded into Kansas. It participates in the NCAA Division II.



The MIAA sponsors 16 conference championships (8 men's, 8 women's) in these sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf (men's), soccer (women's), softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball (women's). MIAA schools with additional sports (swimming and men's soccer) usually compete independently or as part of a nearby conference.

The MIAA is considered one of the top conferences in NCAA Division II, and has seen two member schools move up to NCAA Division I. Southwest Missouri State University (now called Missouri State University) made the jump in 1981, and Southeast Missouri State University moved up in 1991.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha joined the conference on July 1, 2008.[1] On July 3, 2007, Southwest Baptist University was granted independent status for their football team, while all remaining teams will stay in the MIAA.[2]

Lincoln University of Missouri (after revitalizing its dormant football program) was re-admitted to the MIAA by a vote of the CEO Council on January 30, 2009. The Blue Tigers will begin membership in the 2010-11 academic year.

On July 8, 2009, the MIAA CEO Council voted to remain a 12-team league for the foreseeable future, denying an application by Rockhurst University (which does not have a football team but wanted to compete in other sports). The vote ended short term speculation about the League expanding to 16 teams divided into two divisions.[3]

Southwest Baptist will rejoin the MIAA in football for the 2013 football season,[4] which will mean the schools can then play an 11-game conference football schedule with no non-conference games. Currently, only schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) are allowed to schedule 12 regular season games.

Member schools

Institution Nickname City State Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined
University of Central Missouri Mules and Jennies Warrensburg MO 1871 Public 11,063 1912
Emporia State University Hornets Emporia KS 1863 Public 6,404 1991
Fort Hays State University Tigers Hays KS 1902 Public 10,107 2006
Missouri Southern State University Lions Joplin MO 1937 Public 5,264 1989
Missouri Western State University Griffons St. Joseph MO 1915 Public 5,508 1989
University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks Omaha NE 1908 Public 14,213 2008
Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats Maryville MO 1905 Public 7,076 1912
Pittsburg State University Gorillas Pittsburg KS 1903 Public 7,127 1989
Southwest Baptist University Bearcats Bolivar MO 1878 Private (Baptist) 3,656 1986
Truman State University Bulldogs Kirksville MO 1867 Public 5,842 1912
Washburn University Ichabods and Lady Blues Topeka KS 1865 Public 7,345 1989
Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers Jefferson City MO 1866 Public 3,315 2010

Former members

When the conference was created it consisted of private and public schools. In 1924 it reorganized to include only public schools.[5], and conference records tend to begin with that date. The schools left behind in the reorganization went on to later form the Missouri College Athletic Union, which would in time become the current Heart of America Athletic Conference in the NAIA.

Lincoln University was removed from the conference in 1999 because it did not have a football program since 1989. Lincoln has since revitalized its football program.[6]

Institution Affiliation Years New Conference Classification
Central Methodist University Charter Member 1912-1924 Heart of America Athletic Conference NAIA Division I
Central Wesleyan College Charter Member 1912-1924 ceased operations in 1941
Culver–Stockton College Charter Member 1912-1924 Heart of America Athletic Conference NAIA Division I
Drury University Charter Member 1912-1924 Great Lakes Valley Conference NCAA Division II
Missouri Valley College Charter Member 1912-1924 Heart of America Athletic Conference NAIA Division I
Missouri Wesleyan College Charter Member 1912-1924 ceased operations in 1930
Tarkio College Charter Member 1912-1924 ceased operations in 1992
Westminister College Charter Member 1912-1924 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference NCAA Division III
William Jewell College Charter Member 1912-1924 Great Lakes Valley Conference NCAA Division II
Missouri State University Charter Member 1912-1981 Missouri Valley Conference NCAA Division I
Southeast Missouri State University Charter Member 1912-1991 Ohio Valley Conference NCAA Division I
University of Missouri–St. Louis Full Member 1980-1996 Great Lakes Valley Conference NCAA Division II
Lincoln University of Missouri Full Member 1970-1999 Heartland Conference NCAA Division II
Missouri University of Science and Technology Full Member 1935-2005 Great Lakes Valley Conference NCAA Division II

Conference stadiums

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Central Missouri Audrey J. Walton Stadium 10,000 UCM Multipurpose Building 8,500
Emporia State Welch Stadium 10,000 White Auditorium 5,000
Fort Hays State Lewis Field 6,100 Gross Memorial Coliseum 6,814
Lincoln University Dwight T. Reed Stadium 3,000 Jason Gymnasium 2,000
Missouri Southern Fred G. Hughes Stadium 7,000 Leggett & Platt Athletic Center 3,240
Missouri Western Spratt Stadium 6,000 MWSU Fieldhouse 3,750
Nebraska-Omaha Al F. Caniglia Field 9,500 up to 15,000 Sapp Fieldhouse 3,500
Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Stadium 6,500 Bearcat Arena 2,500
Pittsburg State Carnie Smith Stadium 8,344 John Lance Arena 6,500
Southwest Baptist Plaster Stadium 2,500 Meyer Wellness & Sports Center 2,500
Truman State Stokes Stadium 4,000 Pershing Arena 3,000
Washburn Moore Bowl 7,200 Lee Arena 3,904

Southwest Baptist did not play a conference football schedule in 2008. It will remain a football independent through 2012 and resume a full MIAA slate in 2013.

NCAA Division II Team Championships

Year Sport School
1963 Golf Southwest Missouri
1974 Men's Cross Country Southwest Missouri
1984 Men's Basketball Central Missouri
1984 Women's Basketball Central Missouri
1984 Men's Cross Country Southeast Missouri
1985 Men's Indoor Track Southeast Missouri
1991 Football Pittsburg State
1992 Softball Missouri Southern
1994 Baseball Central Missouri
1998 Football Northwest Missouri
1999 Football Northwest Missouri
2003 Baseball Central Missouri
2009 Football Northwest Missouri


  • Ken Jones (1981-1997)
  • Ralph McFillen (1997-2007)
  • Jim Johnson (2007-present)

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