Missouri Valley Conference

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Missouri Valley Conference
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Association NCAA
Founded1907;117 years ago (1907)
Commissioner Jeff Jackson (since 2021)
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 10
Division Division I
Subdivisionnon-football
No. of teams12 (11 in 2025)
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri
Region Midwestern & Southern United States
Official website www.mvc-sports.com
Locations
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300km
200miles
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Miami
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Ball State
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Bowling Green
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Western Michigan
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Northern Illinois
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Little Rock
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Murray State
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UIC
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Belmont
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Valparaiso
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Southern Illinois
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Northern Iowa
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Missouri State
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Indiana State
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Illinois State
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Evansville
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Drake
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Bradley
Location of MVC members:
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The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is the fourth-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. The conference's members are primarily located in the midwest.

Contents

History

The MVC was established in 1907 (its charter member schools: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis) as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association or MVIAA, 12 years after the Big Ten, the only Division I conference that is older. It is the fourth oldest college athletic conference in the United States, after the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). [1] [2]

The MVIAA split in 1928, with most of the larger schools (the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University), Kansas State University, and University of Oklahoma) forming a conference that retained the MVIAA name; this conference evolved into the Big Eight Conference. The Big Eight merged with four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996. [3]

The smaller MVIAA schools (Drake, Grinnell and Washington University in St. Louis), plus Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, which joined the Big Eight in 1957), were joined by Creighton to form the MVC, which retained the old MVIAA's administrative staff.

To this day, it has never been definitively established which conference was the original and which was the spinoff, though the Big Eight would go on to become the more prestigious of the two. During the Big Eight's run, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date, and the same history through 1927.

MVC teams held a 74–27 non-conference record during the 2006–07 college basketball season, including a record of 44–1 at home. The Valley finished in the top six of the RPI and ahead of a BCS conference for the second consecutive year, while also garnering multiple NCAA bids for the ninth straight year and 12th of 14. [4]

The MVC has not sponsored football since 1985, when it was a hybrid I-A/I-AA (now FBS and FCS, respectively) conference. However, five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) (known as the Gateway from 1985 to 2008) of Division I FCS, and two others compete in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League. The Missouri Valley Conference shares its name with the MVFC, and all three conferences operate from the same headquarters complex in St. Louis; however, the three are separate administratively.

After weeks of speculation, [5] [6] Wichita State announced on April 7, 2017, that it would leave the conference to join the American Athletic Conference starting with the 2017–18 season. [7] The conference announced it extended an invitation to Valparaiso University on May 9, 2017; [8] and on May 25, the MVC announced that Valparaiso would officially join the following July 1. [9]

The most recent changes to the core MVC membership were announced during the 2021–22 school year. On September 28, 2021, the MVC and Belmont University jointly announced that the school would leave the Ohio Valley Conference for the MVC effective July 1, 2022. [10] Then, on November 16, Loyola University Chicago announced it would leave the MVC at the same time, joining the Atlantic 10 Conference. [11] On the same day Loyola announced its departure, CBS Sports reported that the MVC was actively pursuing further expansion, having entered into talks with the University of Missouri–Kansas City (known athletically as Kansas City), Murray State University, and the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington). The report indicated that the latter two were considered the strongest candidates, but that all three were likely to receive invitations in the coming months. [12] On January 7, 2022, the MVC announced that Murray State would officially join the conference on July 1 of that year. [13] UT Arlington would soon remove itself from the list of candidates by announcing a 2022 move to the Western Athletic Conference. [14]

Shortly before Murray State was officially announced as an incoming MVC member, Matt Brown of the Extra Points college sports blog reported that the MVC was also in membership discussions with the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), then a member of the Horizon League. On the same weekend that Murray State's arrival was officially announced, MVC officials made a site visit to UIC. Brown's sources indicated that an invitation to UIC was likely. Brown noted that with the MVC losing Loyola, league officials believed that maintaining a presence in the city was a top priority, stating (emphasis in original): [15]

Throughout this process, multiple administrators at MVC institutions stressed the importance of getting access to new urban areas to recruit more students, not just athletes. With so many schools depending heavily on Chicago, and especially Chicago's suburbs, for enrollment, continuing to have a presence in the city was seen as a major priority.

On January 22, 2022, Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com reported that UIC's July entry to the MVC was "a done deal", with his sources indicating that the MVC wanted to announce the move before the Conference Commissioners Association held its annual meeting in Naples, Florida in early February. [16] UIC's entry was officially announced on January 26. [17]

On May 10, 2024, Missouri State announced they would leave the MVC to transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and join Conference USA, effective for the 2025-26 season. [18]

Member schools

Current full members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollment [19] Endowment
(millions)
NicknameColors
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 18902022 [lower-alpha 1] Private

(Christian)

8,700$356.8 Bruins      
Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 18971948,
1955 [lower-alpha 2]
Private5,451$350 Braves    
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 18811907,
1956 [lower-alpha 2]
Private5,270$219.8 Bulldogs    
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 18541994Private

(UMC)

2,526$93.4 Purple Aces      
University of Illinois Chicago Chicago, Illinois 19462022Public30,539$3,380 [lower-alpha 3] Flames    
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 18571981Public20,683$204 Redbirds    
Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana 18651976 [lower-alpha 4] Public13,584$79.6 Sycamores    
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 19051990Public26,000 [20] $193 Bears
Lady Bears [lower-alpha 5]
   
Murray State University Murray, Kentucky 19222022Public10,495$100.2 Racers    
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 18761991Public12,273$163 Panthers    
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois 18691975Public11,695$171.8 Salukis    
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 18592017 [lower-alpha 6] Private

(Lutheran)

2,900$254.2 Beacons [lower-alpha 7]    
Notes
  1. Belmont had been an MVC affiliate in men's soccer for the 2000 fall season (2000–01 school year).
  2. 1 2 Bradley and Drake both withdrew from the MVC during the 1951–52 school year in protest over the Johnny Bright incident, a racially motivated on-field attack by an Oklahoma A&M football player against Drake player Johnny Bright in a 1951 game. Bradley returned to the MVC for non-football sports in the 1955–56 school year, with Drake doing the same a year later (1956–57 school year). However, Bradley never returned to MVC football, dropping the sport after the 1970 fall season (1970–71 school year), and Drake did not return for football until the 1971 fall season (1971–72 school year).
  3. Entire U of I system.
  4. The Indiana State men's basketball team joined the MVC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (1977–78).
  5. In beach volleyball, a sport not sponsored by the MVC, Missouri State uses Beach Bears instead of Lady Bears.
  6. Valparaiso had been an MVC affiliate in women's soccer from the 1996 to the 1998 fall seasons (1996–97 to 1998–99 school years).
  7. Valparaiso officially adopted the "Beacons" nickname shortly before the start of classes in the 2021–22 school year after abandoning its previous nickname of Crusaders due to unfavorable connotations.


Affiliate members

Note: In the case of spring sports, the year of joining is the calendar year before the start of competition.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary
conference
MVC
sport(s)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 19272013–14Public13,167 Trojans OVC women's swimming
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 19102023–24 [lower-alpha 1] Public18,142 Falcons MAC men's soccer
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 189516,769 Huskies
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 190319,887 Broncos

Future affiliate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoiningTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary
conference
MVC
sport(s)
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 19182024–25Public21,597 Cardinals MAC men's swimming and diving
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 180918,880 RedHawks
Notes
  1. Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan's full-time home of the Mid-American Conference suspended men's soccer as a conference sport after the conclusion of the 2022 season. [21] [22]

Former members

Former full members (25)

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameCurrent
conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 185519321934Private4,667 Bulldogs Big East
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 181919571970Public42,421 Bearcats Big 12
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 18781928,
1976 [lower-alpha 1]
1948,
2013
Private7,730 Bluejays Big East
University of Detroit [lower-alpha 2] Detroit, Michigan 187719491956Private5,450 Titans Horizon
Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa 184619181939Private1,688 Pioneers Midwest
(NCAA Division III)
University of Houston Houston, Texas 192719511959Public39,820 Cougars Big 12
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 184719071908Public30,328 Hawkeyes Big Ten
Iowa State College [lower-alpha 3] Ames, Iowa 185819071928Public29,887 Cyclones Big 12
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 186519071928Public29,462 Jayhawks Big 12
Kansas State College [lower-alpha 4] Manhattan, Kansas 186319131928Public23,863 Wildcats Big 12
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 17981963 [lower-alpha 5] 1975Public19,743 Cardinals ACC
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, Illinois 187020132022Private16,437 [23] Ramblers Atlantic 10
Memphis State University [lower-alpha 6] Memphis, Tennessee 191219681973Public23,031 Tigers The American
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 183919071928Public33,805 Tigers SEC
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska 18691907,
1921
1919,
1928
Public24,593 Cornhuskers Big Ten
New Mexico State University [lower-alpha 7] Las Cruces, New Mexico 188819701983Public18,497 Aggies C-USA
North Texas State University [lower-alpha 8] Denton, Texas 189019571975Public35,694 Mean Green The American
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 189019191928Public30,303 Sooners Big 12
(SEC in 2024)
Oklahoma A&M College [lower-alpha 9] Stillwater, Oklahoma 189019251956Public21,419 Aggies/Cowboys [lower-alpha 10] Big 12
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 181819371974Private13,785 Billikens Atlantic 10
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 189419351996Private4,165 Golden Hurricane The American
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 186519351942Public7,303 Ichabods MIAA
(NCAA Division II)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 185319071942Private14,070 Bears UAA
(NCAA Division III)
West Texas State University [lower-alpha 11] Canyon, Texas 191019721986Public7,843 Buffaloes Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas 189519492017Public14,495 Shockers The American
Notes
  1. Creighton previously withdrew from the MVC from 1948–49 to 1975–76.
  2. Currently known as the University of Detroit Mercy.
  3. Currently known as Iowa State University.
  4. Currently known as Kansas State University.
  5. The Louisville men's basketball team joined the MVC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (1964–65).
  6. Currently known as the University of Memphis.
  7. The New Mexico State football team joined the MVC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (1971–72); while its men's basketball team joined the MVC two years after (1972–73).
  8. Currently known as the University of North Texas.
  9. Currently known as Oklahoma State University–Stillwater.
  10. During Oklahoma A&M's tenure in the MVC, the nicknames "Aggies" and "Cowboys" were used interchangeably. When the school adopted its current name in 1957, the "Cowboys" nickname was exclusively adopted.
  11. Currently known as West Texas A&M University.

Former affiliate members

This list does not include current full members Belmont and Valparaiso. As noted above, the Bruins played men's soccer in the MVC for the 2000 fall season (2000–01 school year), and the Beacons, then known as the Crusaders, played women's soccer in the MVC from the 1996 to 1998 fall seasons (1996–97 to 1998–99 school years).

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary
conference
MVC
sport(s)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 19271998–991999–2000Public13,167 Trojans OVC women's soccer
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 19072010–112018–19Public13,863 Bears ASUN men's soccer
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 18982013–142022–23Private5,545 Patriots Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
(C-USA for baseball)
baseball
Drury University Springfield, Missouri 18731999–20002004–05Private5,474 Panthers GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
women's soccer
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 18951996–972010–11Public11,651 Panthers OVC men's soccer
University of Hartford Hartford, Connecticut 18772014–152015–16Private6,935 Hawks CCC
(NCAA Division III)
men's tennis [lower-alpha 1]
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 18372022–23 [24] [lower-alpha 2] 2023-24Public11,926 Thundering Herd Sun Belt women's swimming
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland 19662014–152015–16Public13,908 Retrievers America East men's tennis [lower-alpha 3]
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville [26] Edwardsville, Illinois 19572010-11
2021–22
2017-18
2023-24
Public14,000 Cougars OVC men's soccer
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 19112000–012004–05Private12,000 Mustangs The American
(ACC in 2024)
men's soccer
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 19572014–152022–23Public24,594 Seawolves CAA men's tennis (until 2016–17), women's tennis [lower-alpha 4]
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 18732000–012000–01Private9,518 Horned Frogs Big 12 men's soccer [lower-alpha 5]
University of Tulsa [lower-alpha 6] Tulsa, Oklahoma 18942000–012004–05Private4,165 Golden Hurricane The American men's soccer
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 18731997–982005–06Private12,714 Commodores SEC men's soccer [lower-alpha 7]
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 19061997–982007–08Public21,048 Hilltoppers C-USA men's soccer [lower-alpha 8]
Notes
  1. Hartford dropped men's tennis after the 2015–16 school year.
  2. Marshall will be an MVC affiliate for the 2022–23 season only. Marshall's full-time home of the Sun Belt Conference will add women's swimming & diving in 2023–24. [25]
  3. UMBC dropped men's tennis after the 2015–16 season.
  4. Stony Brook dropped men's tennis after the 2016–17 season. The school's women's tennis team remained an MVC affiliate, but left when it joined the CAA in July 2022. [27]
  5. TCU dropped men's soccer after the 2002 fall season (2002–03 school year).
  6. Tulsa was a full member from 1935–36 to 1995–96, but re-joined the MVC as a men's soccer associate from the 2000 to 2004 fall seasons (2000–01 to 2004–05 school years).
  7. Vanderbilt dropped men's soccer after the 2005 fall season (2005–06 school year).
  8. Western Kentucky dropped men's soccer after the 2007 fall season (2007–08 school year).

Membership timeline

University of Illinois ChicagoMurray State UniversityAtlantic 10 ConferenceLoyola University ChicagoOhio Valley ConferenceAtlantic Sun ConferenceBelmont UniversityHorizon LeagueMid-Continent ConferenceValparaiso UniversityUniversity of EvansvilleUniversity of Northern IowaConference USAMissouri State UniversityIllinois State UniversityIndiana State UniversitySouthern Illinois University CarbondaleLone Star ConferenceNCAA Division II independent schoolsWest Texas A&M UniversityConference USAWestern Athletic ConferenceSun Belt ConferenceBig West ConferenceNew Mexico State UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USAMetro ConferenceUniversity of MemphisAtlantic Coast ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Conference USAMetro ConferenceUniversity of LouisvilleAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USASun Belt ConferenceBig West ConferenceSouthland ConferenceUniversity of North TexasBig 12 ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Conference USAGreat Midwest ConferenceMetro ConferenceNCAA Division I independent schoolsUniversity of CincinnatiBig 12 ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USASouthwest ConferenceUniversity of HoustonHorizon LeagueHorizon LeagueUniversity of Detroit MercyBradley UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceWichita State UniversityWichita State UniversityAtlantic 10 ConferenceConference USAGreat Midwest ConferenceHorizon LeagueMetro ConferenceSaint Louis UniversityMid-America Intercollegiate Athletics AssociationCentral States Intercollegiate ConferenceGreat Plains Athletic Conference (1972–1976)Rocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceCentral Intercollegiate ConferenceWashburn UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceUniversity of TulsaBig East ConferenceAtlantic 10 ConferenceHorizon LeagueHorizon LeagueIndiana Collegiate ConferenceIndiana Intercollegiate ConferenceButler UniversityBig East ConferenceCreighton UniversityBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceOklahoma State University–StillwaterSoutheastern ConferenceBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceUniversity of OklahomaMidwest ConferenceGrinnell CollegeBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceKansas State UniversityUniversity Athletic AssociationSouthern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceWashington University in St. LouisBig Ten ConferenceBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceUniversity of NebraskaSoutheastern ConferenceBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceUniversity of MissouriBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceUniversity of KansasBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceIowa State UniversityBig Ten ConferenceUniversity of IowaNCAA Division I independent schoolsDrake UniversityMissouri Valley Conference

Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (other sports) Other Conference Other Conference 

Commissioners

  1. C. E. McClung (1907–19??) [28]
  2. Arthur (Artie) E. Eilers (1925–1957) [28]
  3. Norvell Neve (1957–1969) [28] [29]
  4. DeWitt T. Weaver (1969–1972) [28]
  5. Mickey Holmes (1972–1979) [30] [28]
  6. David Price (1979–1981) [31] [28]
  7. Richard D. Martin (1981–1985) [28]
  8. James A. Haney (1985–1988) [32] [28]
  9. Doug Elgin (1988 – 2021) [28] [33]
  10. Jeff Jackson (2021 – Present)

Sports

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Former Missouri Valley Conference logo

The Missouri Valley Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [34] Little Rock and Marshall are affiliates for swimming and diving and SIU Edwardsville is an affiliate in men's soccer.

The next change to the roster of sports will come in the 2024–25 school year, when the MVC will reinstate men's swimming & diving after a 22-year absence. There will be 7 sponsoring members in the inaugural season, with full members Evansville, UIC, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, and Valparaiso being joined by new affiliates Ball State and Miami (OH)— previously, all these programs were housed in the Mid-American Conference. [35]

Teams in Missouri Valley Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
10
Basketball
12
10
Cross country
11
10
Golf
10
10
Soccer
9
9
Softball
10
Swimming & Diving
9
Tennis
7
Track and field (indoor)
10
10
Track and field (outdoor)
10
10
Volleyball
10

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total MVC
Sports
BelmontYesYesYesYesYesYesYes7
BradleyYesYesYesYesYesYesYes7
DrakeNoYesYesYesYesYesYes6
EvansvilleYesYesYesYesYesYesYes7
UICYesYesYesNoYesYesYes6
Illinois StateYesYesYesYesNoYesYes6
Indiana StateYesYesYesNoNoYesYes5
Missouri StateYesYesNoYesYesNoNo4
Murray StateYesYesYesYesNoNoNo4
UNINoYesYesYesNoYesYes5
Southern IllinoisYesYesYesYesNoYesYes6
ValparaisoYesYesYesYesNoYesYes6
Totals101211106+3 [lower-alpha 1] 101069+3
  1. Men's soccer associates Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:

SchoolFootballRifle [lower-alpha 1] Swimming & Diving [lower-alpha 2] TennisWrestling
BelmontNoNoNo Horizon No
Drake Pioneer League NoNo Summit No
EvansvilleNoNo MAC NoNo
Illinois State MVFC NoNo Summit No
Indiana State MVFC NoNoNoNo
Missouri State MVFC No MAC NoNo
Murray State MVFC OVC [lower-alpha 3] NoNoNo
UNI MVFC NoNoNo Big 12
Southern Illinois MVFC No MAC NoNo
UICNoNo MAC MAC No
Valparaiso Pioneer League No MAC [lower-alpha 4] NoNo
  1. Rifle is a fully coeducational sport, though the NCAA treats it as a men's sport for purposes of its sports sponsorship regulations.
  2. The MVC will add men's swimming & diving in the 2024-25 academic year with Ball State and Miami (OH) as affiliate members.
  3. Murray State fields a single coeducational rifle team.
  4. Valparaiso does not include diving in its intercollegiate aquatics program.

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerSoftballSwimmingTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal MVC
Sports
BelmontYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes9
BradleyYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes8
DrakeYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes9
EvansvilleYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes9
UICYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
Illinois StateYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
Indiana StateYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes9
Missouri StateYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
Murray StateYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes9
UNIYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
Southern IllinoisYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes8
ValparaisoYesYesYesYesYesYes [lower-alpha 1] YesYesYesYes10
Totals12121211127+1 [lower-alpha 2] 912121292+1
  1. Valparaiso does not include diving in its intercollegiate aquatics program for either men or women.
  2. Swimming & diving associate Little Rock

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:

SchoolBeach volleyballBowlingGymnasticsRifle [lower-alpha 1] Rowing
DrakeNoNoNoNo MAAC
Illinois StateNoNo MIC NoNo
Missouri State C-USA NoNoNoNo
Murray StateNoNoNo OVC [lower-alpha 2] No
ValparaisoNo C-USA NoNoNo
  1. Rifle is a fully coeducational sport, though the NCAA treats it as a men's sport for purposes of its sports sponsorship regulations.
  2. Murray State fields a single coeducational rifle team.

Facilities

SchoolSoccer stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacitySoftball fieldCapacityBaseball fieldCapacity
Belmont E. S. Rose Park 300 Curb Event Center 5,085Cheryl Holt Field300 E. S. Rose Park 750
Bradley Shea Stadium 3,800 Peoria Civic Center (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
11,433
4,200
Petersen Hotels Field [36] 1,000 Dozer Park 7,500
Drake James W. Cownie Soccer Complex2,000 Knapp Center 6,424Ron Buel Field500Non-baseball school
Evansville Arad McCutchan Stadium 2,500 Ford Center (men)
Meeks Family Fieldhouse (women)
10,000
1,087
James & Dorothy
Cooper Stadium
650 Charles H. Braun Stadium 1,200
Illinois State Adelaide Street Field1,000 Redbird Arena 10,200Marian Kneer
Softball Stadium
1,050 Duffy Bass Field 1,200
Indiana State Non-soccer school Hulman Center 10,200Price Field At
Eleanor Forsythe St. John
Softball Complex
700 Sycamore Stadium 2,500
Missouri State Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium1,000 Great Southern Bank Arena 11,000Killian Softball Stadium1,200 Hammons Field 7,986
Murray State Cutchin Field250 CFSB Center 8,600Racer Field500 Johnny Reagan Field 800
Northern Iowa Cedar Valley Soccer Complex McLeod Center 7,018Robinson-Dresser
Sports Complex
Non-baseball school
Southern Illinois Lew Hartzog Complex500 Banterra Center 8,339Charlotte West Stadium502 Itchy Jones Stadium 2,000
UIC Flames Field 1,000 Credit Union 1 Arena 8,000 Flames Field 500 Curtis Granderson Stadium 2,000
Valparaiso Brown Field 5,000 Athletics–Recreation Center 5,000Valpo Softball Complex Emory G. Bauer Field 500
Affiliate members
Bowling Green Mickey Cochrane Stadium 1,500Men's soccer-only member
Northern Illinois NIU Soccer Complex 1,500Men's soccer-only member
Western Michigan WMU Soccer Complex 1,000Men's soccer-only member
Note
  1. For the football venues of schools who participate in the sport, see Facilities of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Facilities of the Pioneer Football League.

Basketball tournament champions by year

The Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament is often referred to as Arch Madness, in reference to the Gateway Arch at the tournament's present location of St. Louis, Missouri, and a play on "March Madness". The women's tournament is currently promoted as Hoops in the Heartland.

SeasonMen's ChampionWomen's Champion
1977 Southern IllinoisNo Tournament
1978 CreightonNo Tournament
1979 Indiana StateNo Tournament
1980 BradleyNo Tournament
1981 CreightonNo Tournament
1982 TulsaNo Tournament
1983 Illinois StateIllinois State
1984 TulsaNo Tournament
1985 Wichita StateNo Tournament
1986 TulsaNo Tournament
1987 Wichita StateSouthern Illinois
1988 BradleyEastern Illinois
1989 CreightonIllinois State
1990 Illinois StateSouthern Illinois
1991 CreightonMissouri State
1992 Missouri StateMissouri State
1993 Southern IllinoisMissouri State
1994 Southern IllinoisMissouri State
1995 Southern IllinoisDrake
1996 TulsaMissouri State
1997 Illinois StateIllinois State
1998 Illinois StateIllinois State
1999 CreightonEvansville
2000 CreightonDrake
2001 Indiana StateMissouri State
2002 CreightonCreighton
2003 CreightonMissouri State
2004 UNIMissouri State
2005 CreightonIllinois State
2006 Southern IllinoisMissouri State
2007 CreightonDrake
2008 DrakeIllinois State
2009 UNIEvansville
2010 UNIUNI
2011 Indiana StateUNI
2012 CreightonCreighton
2013 CreightonWichita State
2014 Wichita StateWichita State
2015 UNIWichita State
2016 UNIMissouri State
2017 Wichita StateDrake
2018 Loyola ChicagoDrake
2019 BradleyMissouri State
2020 BradleyCanceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Loyola ChicagoBradley
2022Loyola ChicagoIllinois State
2023DrakeDrake

NB: Missouri State was known as Southwest Missouri State until August 2005.

Postseason History Multiple Bids

NCAA tournament
YearMVC Rep.
1979 (1) Indiana State(10) New Mexico State
1981 (6) Wichita St(8) Creighton
1984 (4) Tulsa(8) Illinois State
1985 (6) Tulsa(9) Illinois State(11) Wichita St
1986 (7) Bradley(10) Tulsa
1987 (11) Wichita St(11) Tulsa
1988 (9) Bradley(12) Wichita St
1994 (11) Southern Illinois(12) Tulsa
1995 (6) Tulsa(10) Southern Illinois
1996 (8) Bradley(11) Tulsa
1999 (10) Creighton(12) Southwest Missouri State(11) Evansville
2000 (10) Creighton(12) Indiana State
2001 (10) Creighton(13) Indiana State
2002 (11) Southern Illinois(12) Creighton
2003 (6) Creighton(11) Southern Illinois
2004 (9) Southern Illinois(14) Northern Iowa
2005 (7) Southern Illinois(10) Creighton(11) Northern Iowa
2006 (7) Wichita St(10) Northern Iowa(11) Southern Illinois(13) Bradley
2007 (4) Southern Illinois(10) Creighton
2012 (5) Wichita St(8) Creighton
2013 (7) Creighton(9) Wichita St
2015 (7) Wichita St(5) Northern Iowa
2016 (11) Wichita St(11) Northern Iowa
2021 (8) Loyola Chicago(11) Drake

National team titles by institution

School – Number – NCAA Championships

  • Belmont
  • Bradley – 2 [37]
  • Drake – 3 [37]
  • Evansville – 0+5* [37]
  • Illinois State – 0+1* [37]
  • Indiana State – 1 [37]
  • Missouri State – 0 +2* [37]
  • UNI – 1+2* [37]
  • Southern Illinois – 5+3* [37]
  • Valparaiso – 0 [37]

NCAA Championships as of March 2013

(*-Titles won by schools in Division II/College Division prior to their moving to Division I in the late 1960s or early 1970s.)

Football poll, Helms and AIAW titles are not included in the NCAA Championship count.

Men's basketball attendance

Sources: [38] [39] [40]

The Valley is well known for having some of the most dedicated fanbases in all of college basketball, with several members regularly selling out their large arenas on a nightly basis throughout the year. Former member (Creighton) had the sixth highest attendance for Division I in 2012–13 while Bradley, Illinois State, Missouri State, and Indiana State were all among the NCAA's top 100 teams in home attendance.

In 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13, the Valley maintained its position as the eighth ranked conference in average attendance.

The Valley made history in March 2007 with record attendance for four days at St. Louis' Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA conference tournaments in 2007. [41]

Football champions by year

MVC Network

Since at least 1993, the MVC has produced an in-house package of sports as part of the MVC Network. [42] Since 1996, these telecasts have been produced, in part, by Bally Sports Midwest (formerly Fox Sports Midwest). These games are distributed to regional sports networks including Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Indiana and NBC Sports Chicago. [43] Until the 2020-21 season, these telecasts also aired on Fox College Sports. Outside of regional networks these telecasts were also available on ESPN3 until the 2018-19 season. These telecasts are now available on ESPN+. [44] The MVC Network is home to the first two rounds of Arch Madness, the nickname for the MVC men's basketball tournament.

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