Missouri Valley Conference
The MVC has its roots in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), a league formed in 1907 by several schools in the Midwestern United States. The MVIAA split into two leagues in 1928. One league, made up mostly of large schools, kept the MVIAA name and years later became the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools formed the MVC. Both groups claimed a 1907 founding date, and the same history up to the 1928 split. However, the Big Eight merged in 1996 with several schools from the collapsing Southwest Conference to form today's Big 12 Conference, which does not claim any of the Big Eight's history. Because of this, only the MVC now has a claim to any of the MVIAA's history.
Members[change | change source]
Currently, the MVC has 10 members. In July 2022, one school will leave (indicated in pink) and two will join.
|Bradley University||Peoria, Illinois||1897||Private||Braves||1948, 1955[a]|
|Drake University||Des Moines, Iowa||1881||Private||Bulldogs||1907, 1956[a]|
|University of Evansville||Evansville, Indiana||1854||Private||Purple Aces||1994|
|Illinois State University||Normal, Illinois||1857||Public||Redbirds||1981|
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, Indiana||1865||Public||Sycamores||1977|
|Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||1870||Private||Ramblers||2013|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||Public||Bears||1990|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1890||Public||Panthers||1979|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||Public||Salukis||1975|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||Private||Beacons||2017|
Future members[change | change source]
|Belmont University||Nashville, Tennessee||1890||Private||Bruins||2022|
|Murray State University||Murray, Kentucky||1922||Public||Racers||2022|
Associate members[change | change source]
The MVC has four "associate members", each of which plays one sport in the conference.
|School||Location||Founded||Type||Joined||Sport||Current main conference||Nickname|
|Dallas Baptist University||Dallas, Texas||1898||Private||2013||Baseball||Lone Star (D-II)||Patriots|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)||Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||Public||2010||Women's swimming and diving||Sun Belt
(Ohio Valley in 2022)
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Edwardsville, Illinois||1966||Public||2021[a]||Men's soccer||Ohio Valley||Cougars|
|Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||1957||Public||2016[b]||Women's tennis||America East||Seawolves|
- SIU Edwardsville had been an MVC men's soccer member from 2010 to 2017 (2010–2016 seasons) before returning for that sport in 2021.
- Stony Brook first joined the MVC as a men's tennis associate in 2014, and moved women's tennis to the MVC in 2016. The school dropped men's tennis in 2017.
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Missouri Valley Conference.|
- "Missouri Valley Conference". mvc-sports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02.