Founded in 1920, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference sponsors championships in 22 sports; 11 for men and 11 for women. Conference teams are all affiliated with the NCAA Division III and the MIAC is recognized as one of the toughest NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic conferences in the country.
The MIAC offers championships in the following sports each year: football, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, volleyball (women), men's hockey, women's hockey, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's indoor track, women's indoor track, softball (women), baseball (men), men's tennis, women's tennis, men's outdoor track and women's outdoor track.
The members of the MIAC, all private undergraduate colleges in Minnesota, are Augsburg University, Bethel University, Carleton College, Concordia College-Moorhead, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, the College of Saint Benedict (women only), St. Catherine University (women only), Saint John's University (men only), Saint Mary's University, St. Olaf College, and The College of St. Scholastica.
MIAC MISSION STATEMENT
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference strives to guide, govern and support fair and equitable athletic competition and promote student-athlete well-being among its members. The Conference recognizes and celebrates the important contribution competitive athletics can make to the quality of an education experienced in a context in which the academic program is paramount.
STATEMENT OF MIAC CORE VALUES
Academics - Commit to exemplary academic standards, emphasizing the student-athlete’s pursuit of knowledge and of undergraduate degrees while promoting academic and intercollegiate athletic excellence
Student-Athlete Well-Being - Ensure the well-being of MIAC student-athletes and assure that their collegiate experience is paramount in all endeavors
Integrity - Govern the MIAC and its events to the highest degree of fairness; maintain a commitment to outstanding sportsmanship by fostering an atmosphere of enthusiastic, positive support for all participants, officials and spectators through the tenets of respect and civility; and promote these qualities within the conference
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is one of the strongest NCAA Division III athletic conferences in the nation, and its top teams are always nationally ranked and in the hunt for NCAA championships. The MIAC's 13 private colleges are all members of the NCAA Division III and annually attract many of the nation's top student-athletes. The MIAC is a conference in which the athletes are students first, yet still have the opportunity to reach any height to which their athletic abilities take them. As a result of competing at the NCAA Division III level, no institution in the MIAC offers any athletic scholarships.
The charter members of the MIAC were initially members of the Tri-State Conference, which was made up of colleges from Minnesota and the Dakotas. In the fall of 1919, delegates from the Minnesota institutions sponsored a motion for several rule changes they believed would improve the quality of play in the Conference. The motion was struck down by the Dakota representatives. It was at this time the idea of forming a new conference was first considered. A formal meeting was held on December 22, 1919, at which a vote was passed regarding the formation of a new conference with the idea that much of the strife that had developed between Minnesota colleges could have been avoided if there had been a close organization of these colleges.
On March 15, 1920, a formal Constitution was adopted and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was born, with Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint John's University, St. Olaf College and the University of St. Thomas as charter members. MIAC conference championships were first awarded in the sports of baseball, tennis, and track with football and basketball added the following year. Concordia College-Moorhead joined the MIAC in 1921, Augsburg College (now Augsburg University) in 1924 and St. Mary's University in 1926. Carleton dropped membership in 1925, rejoining in 1983. St. Olaf left in 1952, returning in 1975. In the interim, Minnesota-Duluth was a member from 1951 to 1975. Bethel College (now Bethel University) joined in 1977. The MIAC initiated women's competition in 1982, and it was at that time that the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) joined the league. The College of Saint Benedict became a member of the conference in 1985. The University of St. Thomas departed the MIAC in the summer of 2021, while The College of St. Scholastica became the conference's 13th member at the same time.
Bill Herzog was hired in 1975 to assign football and men's basketball for the MIAC. The next year, sports information and the printing of the conference directory were added to his duties. Working with his wife Carole, their role in the conference continued to expand as they held the first "coordinator" position within the MIAC. In 1984-85, JoAnn Andregg (Associate Athletic Director, St. Thomas) became the first MIAC Women's Coordinator. In 1990-91, the Herzogs assumed her duties to combine the two jobs into one office.
In 1992, the MIAC hired a consultant to study the conference and submit findings and recommendations. One recommendation suggested the hiring of a full-time conference “commissioner.” In July 1994, after a national search, the MIAC hired Carlyle Carter as the first full-time conference administrator with the title of Executive Director. In the spring of 1999, the MIAC approved expanding the conference office to include two full-time employees. The MIAC hired Dan McKane in April of 1999 as the Assistant Executive Director. In July 2005, McKane became the second MIAC Executive Director replacing Carlyle Carter. Matt Ten Haken was hired as the Assistant Executive Director of the MIAC in July 2005. Matt Higgins replaced Ten Haken in August 2010. BJ Pickard took over Assistant Executive Director duties in June 2017. McKane and Pickard's titles were changed to Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner, respectively, in May 2018.
(MIAC Paintings created by Terrance Fogarty [football and hockey] and Tim Cortes [basketball])