BAY CITY, Mich. — The Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has offered affiliate
membership status to Notre Dame College (Ohio) in the sports of
football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and wrestling.
Notre Dame will officially begin its affiliate membership in the
conference on July 1, 2012.
“The GLIAC is excited to have Notre Dame College as an affiliate member in the sports of football, men’s and women’s soccer, and wrestling,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “This partnership will help enhance the student-athlete experience for both NDC and the GLIAC, while strengthening these four sports at regional and national levels. The GLIAC is looking forward to establishing a great relationship with Notre Dame College.”
The Falcons will compete as GLIAC members in football, men’s and women’s soccer, and wrestling beginning next fall. The GLIAC currently includes five other Ohio schools — Ashland University, the University of Findlay, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University and Tiffin University. Two more Ohio institutions, Malone University and Walsh University, were recently accepted as full members and will begin competition in the GLIAC in the Fall of 2012. In most sports, including football, the highly successful circuit is split into two divisions, North and South. Notre Dame will compete as a member of the South Division in football and women’s soccer. Men’s soccer and wrestling currently do not have divisions.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate with peer institutions in the GLIAC,” said Notre Dame President Dr. Andrew P. Roth. “We feel it is a good fit for our athletic programs in many ways. The spirit of healthy competition, the respect for high-caliber sportsmanship, and the priority placed on the “student” part of our student-athletes complement our College’s mission of preparing students for personal, professional and global responsibility. We eagerly anticipate beginning conference competition.”
Notre Dame’s football, soccer and wrestling programs currently compete as independents. Overall, NDC sponsors 24 varsity collegiate athletic teams. In 2011-12, the College is in its provisional year in the NCAA membership process, which was initiated in 2008.
That same year — 2008 — is when Notre Dame announced it would add football as a varsity sport; in football the Falcons have gone 7-15 in their first two varsity seasons (2010-11). The College has had women’s soccer since 1995, men’s soccer since 2001 and wrestling since 2006. The NDC Men’s Soccer and Wrestling programs have each earned national acclaim in recent years. In men’s soccer, Notre Dame has gone 42-1 over the last two seasons (2010-11). In 2010 the team advanced to the championship game of the NAIA National Tournament. On the mats, the Wresting Falcons won back-to-back NAIA championships the last two seasons (2010-11), and individually seven wrestlers have won titles in the program’s short history.
“Notre Dame is looking forward to membership in this conference,” said NDC Athletic Director Dr. John P. Galovic. “The GLIAC has a reputation for being a very competitive conference and a leader in the promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to join such a conference.”
Notre Dame College is located in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The College was founded in 1922 as a private, Catholic, four-year liberal arts institution for women. In 2001, NDC admitted men, paving the way for record growth through the addition of new academic programs and an expansion of athletic programs.
Founded in 1972, the GLIAC has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 40 years. The league boasts 14 full members, nine of which are located in Michigan, and five in Ohio. The GLIAC’s members in Michigan include: Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Wayne State University. The league’s Ohio institutions include: Ashland University, the University of Findlay, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University and Tiffin University.
The GLIAC conducts championships in 21 sports, 11 for men and 10 for women. The GLIAC Executive Council is comprised of three representatives from each institution - its director of athletics, senior woman administrator, and faculty athletics representative.