- Ohio Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference
Established 1902 Association NCAA Division Division III Members 10 Sports fielded 21 (men's: 11; women's: 10) Region Ohio Headquarters Twinsburg, Ohio Commissioner Tim Gleason (since 1991) Website oac.org Locations
The Ohio Athletic Conference was formed in 1902 and is the third oldest athletic conference in the United States. It competes in the NCAA's Division III. Through the years, 31 schools have been members of the OAC. The enrollments of the current ten member institutions range from 1,100 to 4,500. Member teams are located in Ohio.
The league currently has 10 full members:
Institution Location Team Name Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined Baldwin–Wallace College Berea, Ohio Yellow Jackets 1845 Private/Methodist 4,680 1915 Capital University Bexley, Ohio Crusaders 1830 Private/Lutheran 3,895 1927 Heidelberg University Tiffin, Ohio Student Princes 1850 Private/United Church of Christ 1,600 1907 John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio Blue Streaks 1886 Private/Catholic 4,050 1932 Marietta College Marietta, Ohio Pioneers 1835 Private/Non-sectarian 1,350 1926 Mount Union College Alliance, Ohio Purple Raiders 1846 Private/Methodist 2,300 1914 Muskingum University New Concord, Ohio Fighting Muskies 1837 Private/Presbyterian 3,000 1922 Ohio Northern University Ada, Ohio Polar Bears 1871 Private/Methodist 3,526 1916 Otterbein University Westerville, Ohio Cardinals 1847 Private/Methodist 3,100 1921 Wilmington College Wilmington, Ohio Quakers 1870 Private/Quaker 1,666 2000
Notes: Baldwin–Wallace left the conference in 1919 but returned in 1923. In 1948 they left the conference again but rejoined in 1961. John Carroll left the conference in 1949 but returned in 1989. Ohio Northern left the conference in 1949 but returned in 1973.
Institution Location Team Name Founded Affilitation Enrollment Year Joined Year Left Current Conference University of Akron Akron, Ohio Zips 1870 Public 24,704 1915 1966 Mid-American Conference Ashland University Ashland, Ohio Eagles 1878 Private/Brethren 5,701 1931 1948 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Falcons 1910 Public 22,882 1933 1942 Mid-American Conference Case Institute of Technology Cleveland, Ohio Scientists (Fall 1918 – Fall 1939), Rough Riders (Fall 1930 – Spring 1971) 1880 Private N/A Merged with Western Reserve University in 1967 1902 1948 University Athletic Association Denison University Granville, Ohio Big Red 1831 Private/Non-sectarian 2,100 1907 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference Hiram College Hiram, Ohio Terriers 1850 Private/Disciples of Christ 1,200 1920 1999 North Coast Athletic Conference Kent State University Kent, Ohio Golden Flashes 1910 Public 34,056 1932 1951 Mid-American Conference Miami University Oxford, Ohio RedHawks 1809 Public 20,126 1911 1928 Mid-American Conference Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio Lords 1824 Private/Episcopal 1,640 1902 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio Yeomen 1833 Private/Non-sectarian 2,850 1902 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Buckeyes 1870 Public 52,568 1902 1912 Big Ten Conference Ohio University Athens, Ohio Bobcats 1804 Public 20,437 1910 1928 Mid-American Conference Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio Battlin' Bishops 1842 Private/Methodist 1,850 1902 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Bearcats (after 1914) 1819 Public 39,667
(2009-2010 academic year)
1910 1924 Big East Conference University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio Rockets 1872 Public 19,706 1932 1949 Mid-American Conference Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio Pioneers (Spring 1921 – Spring 1928), Red Cats (Fall 1928 – Spring 1971) 1826 Private N/A Merged with Case Institute of Technology in 1967 1902 1932 University Athletic Association Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio Tigers 1845 Private/Lutheran 2,050 1909 1989 North Coast Athletic Conference The College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio Fighting Scots 1866 Private/Presbyterian 1,827 1907 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio Musketeers 1831 Private/Catholic 6,646 1921 1936 Atlantic 10 Conference
Notes: Akron left the OAC in 1936 but returned in 1944 before leaving for good in 1966. Denison left the OAC in 1928 but returned in 1933 before leaving for good in 1984. Hiram left the OAC in 1935 but returned in 1951. Hiram left the OAC again in 1971 but returned in 1989 before leaving for good in 1999. Ohio Wesleyan left the OAC in 1928 but returned in 1947 before leaving for good in 1984. Wittenberg left the OAC in 1928 but returned in 1934 before leaving for good in 1989.
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