|Region||South Central United States|
|Commissioner||Tony Stigliano (since 1999)|
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.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Division II is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It offers an alternative to both the larger and better-funded Division I and to the scholarship-free environment offered in Division III.
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.
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.The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith joined the conference in the Fall of 2009 after transitioning from the NJCAA. In the fall of 2010, Lincoln left for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Incarnate Word left for the Lone Star Conference. 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. In February 2012, Oklahoma Christian University announced its intention to seek membership in NCAA Division II. In Spring 2012, Rogers State University, a member of the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference, applied for membership. 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.
Drury University, formerly Drury College and originally Springfield College, is a private liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri. The university enrolls about 1,600 undergraduates, 450 graduate students in six master's programs, and 3,160 students in the College of Continuing Professional Studies.
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a private Catholic university whose main campus is located in San Antonio and Alamo Heights, Texas, United States. Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the university's main campus is located on 154 acres (0.6 km2).
Rockhurst University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1910 as Rockhurst College, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Rockhurst University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Helzberg School of Management recently gained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Rockhurst was ranked as number 19 in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Universities – Masters Midwest category, and Rockhurst has consistently appeared in the top fifteen universities in this category. In August 2009, Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) published its annual college rankings list of America's Best Colleges. In 2018, of the more than 4,000 collegiate institutions in the United States, Forbes and the CCAP ranked Rockhurst University No. 203 in the nation and No. 37 in the Midwest.
On August 30, 2017, the Lone Star Conference announced that eight of the nine members of the Heartland Conference would join in fall 2019;the remaining member, Newman, announced it would seek other affiliation at that time. 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. On October 18, 2018 Rogers State decided to join the MIAA instead of the Lone Star.
The Lone Star Conference (LSC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Member institutions are located in the southwestern United States, with schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico; in 2019, it will again expand into Arkansas.
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is a fourteen-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a member of the NCAA's Division II for all sports. Its fourteen members, located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, include twelve public and two private schools. The MIAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Missouri.
|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|
|Lubbock Christian University||Lubbock, Texas||1957||2,100||Chaparrals & Lady Chaps||2013|
|Newman University||Wichita, Kansas||1933||2,700||Jets||2006||Mid-America|
|Oklahoma Christian University||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||1950||2,479||Eagles & Lady Eagles||2012||Lone Star|
|Rogers State University||Claremore, Oklahoma||1909||4,227||Hillcats||2013||Mid-America|
|St. Edward's University||Austin, Texas||1885||5,500||Hilltoppers||1999||Lone Star|
|St. Mary's University||San Antonio, Texas||1852||4,500||Rattlers||1999|
|Texas A&M International University||Laredo, Texas||1969||4,298||Dustdevils||2006|
|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|
|University of Texas of the Permian Basin||Odessa, Texas||1973||3,600||Falcons|
|West Texas A&M University||Canyon, Texas||1910||8,389||Buffaloes|
|Drury University||Springfield, Missouri||1873||Panthers||1999||2005||Great Lakes Valley|
|University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio, Texas||1881||Cardinals||1999||2010|| Southland |
|Lincoln University (MO)||Jefferson City, Missouri||1866||Blue Tigers||1999||2010||Mid-America|
|McMurry University||Abilene, Texas||1923||War Hawks||2012||2014|| American Southwest |
|Montana State University Billings||Billings, Montana||1927||Yellowjackets||2005||2007||Great Northwest|
|Oklahoma Panhandle State University||Goodwell, Oklahoma||1909||Aggies||2002||2017|| Sooner |
|Rockhurst University||Kansas City, Missouri||1910||Hawks||1999||2005||Great Lakes Valley|
|Texas Wesleyan University||Fort Worth, Texas||1890||Rams||1999||2001|| Sooner |
|Western New Mexico University||Silver City, New Mexico||1893||Mustangs||2005||2006||Lone Star|
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
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.
The Missouri Valley Conference is the second-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.
The Heartland Conference sponsors 13 sports, seven for women and six for men.
|A divisional format is used for soccer (M).|
|Texas A&M International||5|
|Eastern New Mexico||1|
|West Texas A&M||1|
|Texas A&M International||6|
|Men's Basketball||Arkansas-Fort Smith||1981|
|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.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), founded in 1938, is the governing association of community college, state college and junior college athletics throughout the United States. Currently the NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states and is divided into 3 divisions.
St. Mary's won NAIA national championships in Softball (1986) and Men's Basketball (1989).
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in North America. For the 2018–2019 season, it has 251 member institutions, of which two are in British Columbia, one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the rest in the conterminous United States. The NAIA, whose headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri, sponsors 26 national championships. The CBS Sports Network, formerly called CSTV, serves as the national media outlet for the NAIA. In 2014, ESPNU began carrying the NAIA Football National Championship.
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).
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), commonly known as the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) from approximately 1910 through the late 1960s, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with members in Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II.
The Southland Conference, abbreviated to SLC, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the South Central United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; for football, it participates in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Southland sponsors 17 sports, nine for women and eight for men, and is governed by a presidential Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of athletic and academic administrators. Tom Burnett was named the Southland's sixth commissioner on Dec. 23, 2002. From 1996 to 2002, for football only, the Southland Conference was known as the Southland Football League.
The Rogers State University Hillcats are the athletic teams that represent Rogers State University. Their mascot, a fictional animal based on a bobcat and named for the hill that the school sits upon, was chosen in 2005 by a group of students. The school participates in the National Collegiate Athletics Association Division II and is a member of the Heartland Conference.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Abilene Christian University located in the U.S. state of Texas. The team is a member of the Southland Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1919. The team plays its home games at the on-campus Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium.
The Central Oklahoma Bronchos, often referred to as Central Oklahoma, Central State or UCO, are the intercollegiate athletic teams representing University of Central Oklahoma, located in Edmond, Oklahoma. The 14 men's and women's varsity teams are called the "Bronchos", with a unique use of the letter H. The school's identification as Bronchos dates back to 1922, when the wife of football coach Charles W. Wantland suggested it for the schools mascot. The official colors of the teams are bronze and blue, which the institution adopted in 1895. The Bronchos compete in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in all sports except women's rowing, which competes as an independent. The Bronchos have won eighteen national championships, with the most recent coming in 2018 as the women's rowing program won the NCAA Division II Rowing Championship. The university's current athletic director is Eddie Griffin who has served in the position since 2017.
The Great American Conference (GAC) is a collegiate athletic conference of twelve schools, with headquarters located in Russellville, Arkansas. It is affiliated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Athletic competition began play during the 2011–12 school year. Member schools are located in Arkansas and Oklahoma in the South Central United States.
The Newman University Jets are the sports teams of Newman University located in Wichita, Kansas. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Heartland Conference. The Jets formerly competed in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) until the end of the 2005–06 season.
The Texas–Permian Basin Falcons are the athletic teams that represent University of Texas of the Permian Basin, located in Odessa, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Falcons compete as members of the Lone Star Conference for most of their varsity sports. A UTPB Falcons football team will be added in time for the 2015 NCAA Division II football season to bring the total number of varsity teams to 14. UTPB, prior to joining the Lone Star participated in the Heartland Conference.
The Lubbock Christian Chaparrals and Lady Chaps are the athletic teams that represent Lubbock Christian University, located in Lubbock, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Chaparrals, also known colloquially as the Chaps, compete as members of the Heartland Conference for all 11 varsity sports.
The Oklahoma Christian Eagles are the athletic teams that represent Oklahoma Christian University, located in Oklahoma City, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Eagles compete as members of the Heartland Conference for all 15 varsity sports.
The [[Incarnate Word Cardinals softball team represents the University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio, TX. The Cardinals are a member of the Southland Conference and participate in NCAA Division I college softball. The team is currently led by head coach Mandee Gamboa and plays home games at Cardinals Field.
The Central Oklahoma Bronchos football team represents the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in college football. The team is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), which is in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The UCO Bronchos football program began in 1902 and has since compiled over 600 wins, two national championships, and 26 conference championships. As of 2011, the Bronchos were ranked third in NCAA Division II for total wins and ranked 12th in winning percentage (0.621). In 1962, the Bronchos went 11–0 on the season and defeated Lenoir–Rhyne University (NC) 28–13 in the Camellia Bowl to claim its first NAIA national championship. Twenty years later, Central Oklahoma defended its home turf and defeated Colorado Mesa University 14–11 in the NAIA national championship game to take its second title and finish the season with a 10–2 record. Despite its rich history in football, Central Oklahoma has struggled beginning in the late 2000s. The program has not participated in the NCAA Division II playoffs since 2003. The Bronchos play their home games at Wantland Stadium, a 10,000-seat football stadium built in 1965. The Bronchos have enjoyed nine undefeated home seasons and are 5–1 in playoff games at Wantland Stadium.
Britt Bonneau is an American college baseball coach who had been the head coach at Abilene Christian (ACU) from 1997 to the competition of the 2018 season. Under Bonneau, ACU played in nine NCAA Tournaments. Previously, he was an assistant at UTSA, Lubbock Christian, and Abilene Christian. Bonneau played professional baseball in the mid-1990s after playing college baseball at Lubbock Christian and Oklahoma.
The Lubbock Christian Chaparrals represents Lubbock Christian University in college baseball. The Chaparrals compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II as members of the Heartland Conference. The Chaparrals won the NAIA World Series in 1983 and 2009, and placed runner-up in 2011. Since 1978, Lubbock Christian has played home games at Hays Field. The Chaparrals are led by head coach Nathan Blackwood.
The Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the annual event that concluded the men's basketball season of the Heartland Conference, an NCAA Division II league that began play in 1999 and will disband after the 2018–19 school year. The tournament, first held in 2003 and continuing through the conference's final basketball season of 2018–19, was a single-elimination tournament, with seeding based on regular-season records.