Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
|Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference |
|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)|
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Although officially instituted during the 1998-1999 season, the HCAC actually traces its history to the formation of the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) in 1987.
Original members of the HCAC included Anderson, Bluffton, Franklin, Hanover, Manchester, Mount St. Joseph, Wabash, and Wilmington. Of the ten current members, six were founding members of the former ICAC.
Former members include DePauw (1987-1998),Taylor (1988-1991), Wabash (1987-1999), and Wilmington (1998-2000). Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology (1988-1998) re-joined as of July 1, 2006.
The Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) was formed in June 1987, with 1990-1991 being the first full season of competition (all eight teams competing in eight varsity sports).
Charter members in 1987 included Anderson University, DePauw University, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester College, and Wabash College. Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology and Taylor University later joined in 1988.
The addition of three Ohio schools (Bluffton College, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Wilmington College) and the departure of two Indiana schools (DePauw and Rose–Hulman) during the 1998-1999 season prompted a change in name to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Wabash and Wilmington later departed in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons respectively. Transylvania University joined in 2001. Rose–Hulman would re-join the HCAC, effectively for the 2006-07 season.
All of the conference's members throughout its history have been private schools. All have a religious affiliation except current member Rose-Hulman and former member Wabash.
(all in Ohio)
|Anderson University||Anderson, Indiana||Ravens||1917||Private / Church of God (Anderson)||2,565||1987|| Orange and Black|
|Bluffton University||Bluffton, Ohio||Beavers||1899||Private / Mennonite||1,094||1998|| Purple and White|
|Defiance College||Defiance, Ohio||Yellow Jackets||1850||Private / United Church of Christ||1,000||2000|| Purple and Gold|
|Earlham College||Richmond, Indiana||Quakers||1847||Private / Quaker||1,194||2010|| Maroon and White|
|Franklin College||Franklin, Indiana||Grizzlies||1834||Private / Baptist||1,047||1987|| Navy Blue and Old Gold|
|Hanover College||Hanover, Indiana||Panthers||1827||Private / Presbyterian (USA)||1,068||1987|| Red and Blue|
|Manchester University||North Manchester, Indiana||Spartans||1860||Private / Church of the Brethren||1,250||1987|| Black and Gold|
|Mount St. Joseph University||Cincinnati, Ohio||Lions||1920||Private / Catholic||1,889||1998|| Blue and Gold|
|Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology||Terre Haute, Indiana||Fightin' Engineers||1874||Private / Nonsectarian||1,970||1988|| Old Rose and White|
|Transylvania University||Lexington, Kentucky||Pioneers||1780||Private / Disciples of Christ||1,120||2001|| Crimson and White|
|DePauw University||Greencastle, Indiana||Tigers||1837||Methodist||2,350||1987||1998||NCAC|
|Taylor University||Upland, Indiana||Trojans||1846||Interdenominational Christian||1,887||1988||1991||Crossroads|
|Wabash College||Crawfordsville, Indiana||Little Giants||1832||Nonsectarian||910||1987||19991||NCAC|
|Wilmington College||Wilmington, Ohio||Quakers||1870||Quaker||990||1998||2000||OAC|
- Wabash left the HCAC for all-sports after the 1998-99 season except for football (which later left following the 1999-2000 season).
Member teams compete in women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball and men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field.
The conference does not sponsor lacrosse, but some Heartland schools partnered with some Presidents' Athletic Conference schools to form the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conference, which sponsors both men's and women's play.