The Info List - Heartland Conference

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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.


1 History 2 Member schools

2.1 Current members 2.2 Affiliate members 2.3 Former members 2.4 Membership timeline

3 Sports

3.1 Men's sponsored sports by school 3.2 Women's sponsored sports by school 3.3 Other sponsored sports by school

4 National championships 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] 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] On August 30, 2017, the Lone Star Conference announced that eight of the nine members of the Heartland Conference would join in fall 2019;[9] the remaining member, Newman, announced it would seek other affiliation at that time.[10] On February 8, 2018, Newman announced that it would become an associate member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association beginning in the 2019–20 season.[11] Member schools[edit] Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Leaving Future Conference

Arkansas-Fort Smith !University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas 1928 6,713 Lions           2009 2019 Lone Star

Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 5,500 Patriots                2002 2019 Lone Star

Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas 1957 2,100 Chaparrals & Lady Chaps           2013 2019 Lone Star

Newman University Wichita, Kansas 1933 2,700 Jets           2006 2019 Mid-America

Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 2,479 Eagles & Lady Eagles           2012 2019 Lone Star

Rogers State University Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 4,227 Hillcats           2013 2019 Lone Star

Saint Edward's !St. Edward's University Austin, Texas 1885 5,500 Hilltoppers           1999 2019 Lone Star

Saint Mary's !St. Mary's University San Antonio, Texas 1852 4,500 Rattlers           1999 2019 Lone Star

Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas 1969 4,298 Dustdevils           2006 2019 Lone Star

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary Conference

Eastern New Mexico University Portales, New Mexico 1934 5,574 Greyhounds           2016 Men's soccer Lone Star

Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas 1922 6,093 Mustangs          

Texas-Permian Basin !University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 3,600 Falcons          

West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas 1910 8,389 Buffaloes          

Texas–Permian Basin — was a full member in 2006–2016.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current Conference

Drury University Springfield, Missouri 1873 Panthers 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley

Incarnate Word !University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 Cardinals 1999 2010 Southland (NCAA D-I)

Lincoln University (MO) Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 Blue Tigers 1999 2010 Mid-America

McMurry University Abilene, Texas 1923 War Hawks 2012 2014 American Southwest (NCAA D-III)

Montana State University Billings Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 2005 2007 Great Northwest

Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Oklahoma 1909 Aggies 2002 2017 Sooner (NAIA)

Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Hawks 1999 2005 Great Lakes Valley

Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Rams 1999 2001 Sooner (NAIA)

Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico 1893 Mustangs 2005 2006 Lone Star

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport)  Sports[edit] 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 a non-conference football team. The Heartland Conference sponsors 13 sports, seven for women and six for men.

A divisional format is used for soccer (M).


Midwestern State Newman Oklahoma Christian Rogers State


Dallas Baptist St. Edward's St. Mary's Texas A&M International


Eastern New Mexico Lubbock Christian Texas–Permian Basin West Texas A&M

Conference sports

Sport Men's Women's

Baseball Y

Basketball Y Y

Cross Country Y Y

Golf Y Y

Soccer Y Y



Tennis Y Y



Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Soccer Tennis Total HC Sports

Arkansas–Fort Smith Y Y Y Y

Y 5

Dallas Baptist

Y Y Y Y Y 5

Lubbock Christian Y Y Y Y Y


Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y 6

Oklahoma Christian Y Y Y Y Y


Rogers State Y Y Y Y Y


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


Totals 8 9 8 9 8 5 47

Affiliate Members

Eastern New Mexico



Midwestern State



Texas–Permian Basin



West Texas A&M



Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball Total HC Sports

Arkansas–Fort Smith Y Y Y

Y Y 5

Dallas Baptist


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


Rogers State Y Y Y Y Y


St. Edward's Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7

St. Mary's Y

Y Y Y Y Y 6

Texas A&M International Y Y Y Y Y

Y 6

Totals 8 8 9 8 7 5 7 52

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]




Baseball ‡ Swimming & Diving Track & Field Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Wrestling Swimming & Diving Track & Field Indoor Track & Field Outdoor

Dallas Baptist MVC





Oklahoma Christian



Rogers State



‡ — D-I sport

National championships[edit]

Sport School Year

Men's Basketball Arkansas-Fort Smith 1981

Baseball St. Mary's 2001

Softball St. Mary's 2002

Men's Golf (Individual) Jamie Amoretti (StMU) 2006

Women's Basketball Lubbock Christian 2016

Arkansas-Fort Smith (as Westark Junior College) won the 1981 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJACC) men's basketball national championship. St. Mary's won NAIA national championships in Softball (1986) and Men's Basketball (1989).[12] St. Mary's Men's Golf team was named the Golf Coaches Association of America 2008-2009 Academic National Champions, which St. Mary's treats as a fifth team national. Dallas Baptist won the 2003 National Christian College Athletic Association Baseball national championship. Lubbock Christian won NAIA national championships in Baseball (1983 & 2009) and Softball (2008). References[edit]

^ - About the Heartland Conference ^ University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Accepts Invitation to Join Heartland Conference - arkansasbusiness.com - March 2, 2009 ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009[permanent dead link] ^ LSC to add Incarnate Word in 2010 - www.lonestarconference.org - January 20, 2009 ^ NCAA accepts McMurry's application to transition to Division II - www.mcmurrysports.com - July 12, 2011 ^ King, Kevin (February 7, 2012). "Oklahoma Christian To Seek NCAA Division II Membership". KTUL TV. Retrieved February 7, 2012.  ^ Adame, Tony (June 23, 2012). "Newman athletics continues to make progress". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved June 26, 2012.  ^ "Heartland Conference - Oklahoma Christian, Lubbock Christian, and Rogers State Earn Right to Join NCAA DII and Heartland Conference". Heartlandsports.org. 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2015-08-04.  ^ "Lone Star Conference to Add Eight Schools in 2019" (Press release). Lone Star Conference. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2017-08-31.  ^ "Newman To Explore New Conference Affiliation" (Press release). Newman University Athletics. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2017-08-31.  ^ Rung, David (February 8, 2018). "Newman To Compete In MIAA As Associate Member In 2019-20" (Press release). Retrieved February 9, 2018.  ^ Rattler Athletics Timeline

External links[edit]

Official website

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Heartland Conference


Arkansas–Fort Smith Lions Dallas Baptist Patriots Lubbock Christian Chaparrals & Lady Chaps Newman Jets Oklahoma Christian Eagles & Lady Eagles Rogers State Hillcats St. Edward's Hilltoppers St. Mary's Rattlers Texas A&M International Dustdevils


Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds Midwestern State Mustangs Texas–Permian Basin Falcons West Texas A&M Buffaloes

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NCAA Division II


Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Mountain East Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Independent — Bluefield State College


Great American Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference


Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference East Coast Conference Northeast-10 Conference


Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference Great Midwest Athletic Conference

Independent — Oakland City University Salem International University


Gulf South Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Sunshine State Conference

South Central

Heartland Conference Lone Star Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference


Conference Carolinas Peach Belt Conference South Atlantic Conference


California Collegiate Athletic Association Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pacific West Conference

Division II

Independents Appalachian Swimming Conference Bluegrass Mountain Conference Eastern College Athletic Conference New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference


Conferences Institutions Baseball (Championship) Basketball (Men, Women) Cross Country (Men, Women) Field Hockey (Championship) Football (Championship) Golf (Men, Women) Lacrosse (Men, Women) Rowing (Championship) Soccer (Men, Women) Softball (Championship) Swimming & Diving (Men, Women) Tennis (Men, Women) Track & Field (Men's indoor and outdoor, Women's indoor and outdoor) Volleyball (Championship) Wrestling (Championship)

Discontinued — Gymnastics (Championship) Ice Hoc