INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) officially welcomed home Lindenwood University and Southwest Baptist University as its two newest member institutions on Monday. The GLVC now boasts 16 NCAA Division II schools across four Midwest states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri.
Southwest Baptist was formally admitted to the GLVC with the support of the GLVC Council of Presidents on May 31, 2018, while Lindenwood University was welcomed to the GLVC family on October 4.
“The GLVC is most pleased to welcome Lindenwood University and Southwest Baptist University to the league as full members beginning this academic year,” said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich. “The key stakeholders in our Conference have been diligent in their efforts to address membership and have identified two like-minded institutions in our geographic footprint to compete as our 15th and 16th members in 2019-20. We look forward to the competition with the Lions and Bearcats while working with the administration and coaches at both institutions to further advance their intercollegiate athletic programs as well as expanding the GLVC membership.”
Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a private, four-year comprehensive evangelical Christian university. Its main campus, which boasts 1,392 students of the school’s 2,822 total undergraduate enrollment, is located in Bolivar, Missouri, just 25 miles north of Springfield, Missouri, and GLVC member Drury University.
Founded in 1827, Lindenwood is a private, four-year university with over 4,000 undergraduate students on its campus in St. Charles, Missouri. The Lions reside within 15 to 60 minutes of three GLVC member institutions (University of Missouri-St. Louis, Maryville University and McKendree University), three hours of eight Conference campuses, and 300 miles of all league schools.
Southwest Baptist currently sponsors 17 of the GLVC’s 24 sports, including all seven of the league’s core sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball. SBU will also compete in men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. Additionally, the Bearcats sponsor a men’s and women’s program in eSports, as well as women’s cheer and STUNT, which began in 2018-19.
Lindenwood currently fields teams in 23 GLVC-sponsored sports, in addition to field hockey, under the NCAA Division II banner. The Lions also sponsor men’s volleyball and women’s ice hockey and gymnastics at the NCAA National Collegiate level, as well as 25 non-NCAA sports.
Southwest Baptist had been competing in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) since 1986, although the Bearcats had been playing football as an associate member of the GLVC since 2014. Lindenwood joined the MIAA in 2012-13, which was its provisional season in NCAA Division II after reclassifying from NAIA.