The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association is a fourteen-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a member of the NCAAs Division II for all sports and its fourteen members, located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, include eleven public and three private schools. The MIAA is a 501 nonprofit organization incorporated in Missouri, originally named the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the conference was established in 1912 with 14 members, two of which are still current members. Six members were removed from the conference in 1924 when it decided to only include the public schools. A majority of the members that left in 1924 have shut down their operations. Over the next century, nearly twenty schools have joined and left the conference, with a few affiliate members, the conferences current 14-campus makeup resulted when Lincoln rejoined from the Heartland Conference after eleven years when the school left due to not fielding a football team. In 2011, Omaha movied up to the NCAA Division I joining the Summit League, in 2012, Lindenwood, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, and Nebraska–Kearney joined the conference. Lindenwood was the school to move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2012. The current MIAA commissioner is Mike Racy, the MIAA currently sponsors 20 sports – ten mens and ten womens. MIAA schools with additional sports compete independently or as part of a nearby conference, on July 1,1992, the MIAA entered a new era when the conference changed its name from the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The name change originated in 1989, when Pittsburg State University, the MIAA was established in 1912 with 14 member institutions. Only Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State remain members in the MIAA, in 1924 the conference reorganized to include only public schools, and conference records tend to begin with that date. The schools left behind in the reorganization went on to form the Missouri College Athletic Union. The Missouri School of Mines, joined in 1935 to bring membership to six schools, the membership remained at six until Lincoln University joined in 1970, followed by the University of Missouri–St. In 1986, Southwest Baptist University brought the conference membership back to eight schools, southeast Missouri State left the MIAA following the 1990–91 season to move on to NCAA Division I, and was replaced by Emporia State University in the 1991–92 season. Louis left the MIAA in 1996, as did Missouri–Rolla in 2005, fort Hays State University joined the MIAA in 2006 and the University of Nebraska Omaha entered the league in 2008. On July 3,2007, Southwest Baptist was granted independent status for their football team, 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. The vote ended short term speculation about the League expanding to 16 teams divided into two divisions, in 2012, the schools started to only play each other in football and play no non-conference games
Original logo for the MIAA
MIAA logo from 1990 to 2012.
Locations of MIAA member institutions
Image: Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association logo