American Mideast Conference

American Mideast Conference
American Mideast Conference
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Established 1949
Association NAIA
Division Division II
Members 8
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region Region IX of the NAIA
Former names Mid-Ohio League (1949–1962)
Mid-Ohio Conference (1962–1998)
Headquarters Findlay, Ohio
Commissioner James D. Houdeshell
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The American Mideast Conference (AMC) is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics that includes eight member institutions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Founded in 1949, it was known as the Mid-Ohio League, and named the Mid-Ohio Conference from 1962 until 1998, when it adopted its current moniker. The name change was the first step in a multi-phase expansion that extended the conference into states beyond Ohio.

Over the past five years the conference has experienced a number of changes, with numerous members moving to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Current members: Roberts Wesleyan and Walsh University have received admission to the NCAA and are in the process of transferring athletics into Division II, Houghton College will transition to Division III and join the Empire 8 conference in 2012–13. Daemen, Roberts Wesleyan and Point Park applied for NCAA Division II status in June 2011 and in July 2011 Roberts Wesleyan was approved for membership. In June 2011 former AMC members Cedarville, Notre Dame College, Urbana and Ursuline College announced the creation of a new NCAA DII conference that hopes to develop and expand for an anticipated lifting of the moratorium on new NCAA DII conferences in 2013.[1] In July 2011, Cedarville, and Notre Dame were awarded NCAA provisional status, while Malone University and Ursuline College were granted candidacy year two,[2][3][4] all three left the NAIA and AMC for the 2011–12 academic year. With the addition of Fisher College from the collapsed Sunrise Athletic Conference, there are reports that the AMC will operate as an eight team conference in 2011–12 with the eight teams being - Carlow, Daemen, Fisher, Houghton, Point Park, Roberts Wesleyan, Wilberforce, and Walsh.



The AMC sponors 15 sports:


Current members

The AMC has eight members, all private institutions:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year
Carlow University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1929 Private (Catholic) 2,400 2001 Celtics
Daemen College Amherst, New York 1947 Private (Nonsectarian) 2,100 2001 Wildcats
Fisher College Boston, Massachusetts 1903 Private (Nonsectarian) 1,121 2011 Falcons
Houghton College** Houghton, New York 1883 Private (Wesleyan) 1,300 2001 Highlanders
Point Park University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1960 Private (Nonsectarian) 3,376 1999 Pioneers
Roberts Wesleyan College* Chili, New York 1866 Private (Free Methodist) 2,000 2001 Raiders
Walsh University* North Canton, Ohio 1958 Private (Catholic) 2,500 1976 Cavaliers
Wilberforce University Wilberforce, Ohio 1856 Private (HBCU) 900 1999 Bulldogs

* Transitioning to NCAA Division II
** Transitioning to NCAA Division III

Past members [5]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year
Current Conference
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio 1878 Private (Brethren) 6,500 1949 1966 Eagles Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Bluffton University Bluffton, Ohio 1899 Private (Mennonite) 1,149 1949 1971 Beavers Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Cedarville University Cedarville, Ohio 1887 Private (Baptist, Evangelical) 3,077 1949 2011 Yellow Jackets NCAA Division II Independent
Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio 1887 Private (HBCU) 2,799 2000 2002 Marauders NCAA Division II Independent
Defiance College Defiance, Ohio 1850 Private (United Church of Christ) 1,000 1949 1971 Yellow Jackets Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 Private (Churches of God) 4,600 1949, 67, 93 1962, 71, 97 Oilers Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Geneva College Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 1848 Private (Reformed Presbyterian) 1,791 1998 2007 Golden Tornadoes Presidents' Athletic Conference
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 Private (Evangelical) 2,385 1965 2011 Pioneers NCAA Division II Independent
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, Ohio 1968 Private (Nazarene) 2,675 1975 2011 Cougars Mid-Central College Conference
University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, Ohio 1920 Private (Nonsectarian) 4,200 2008 2010 Racers Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1927 Private (Catholic) 2,000 1998 2011 Falcons NCAA Division II Independent
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 Private (Catholic) 3,052 1971 2009 Panthers Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Ohio Northern University Ada, Ohio 1871 Private (United Methodist) 3,721 1950 1962 Polar Bears Ohio Athletic Conference
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 Private (United Methodist) 2,300 1971 2009 Red Storm Mid-South Conference
Seton Hill University Greensburg, Pennsylvania 1883 Private (Catholic) 2,014 1999 2007 Polar Bears West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio 1986 Public 4,600 1991 2010 Bears Mid-South Conference
Saint Vincent College Latrobe, Pennsylvania 1846 Private (Catholic) 1,840 1998 2006 Bearcats Presidents' Athletic Conference
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 Private (Nonsectarian) 4,942 1973 2007 Dragons Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Private (Nonsectarian) 1,505 1971 2008 Blue Knights NCAA Division II Independent
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio 1871 Private (Catholic) 1,103 2001 2011 Arrows NCAA Division II Independent
Wilmington College Wilmington, Ohio 1870 Private (Quakers) 1,200 1955 1971 Quakers Ohio Athletic Conference


Presidents of member institutions maintain active rolls of governance over the organization by way of the Council of Presidents.[6]

Additionally, the AMC includes a staff of conference officials:

  • James D. Houdeshell, Commissioner
  • Mark Womack, AMC Administrative Assistant
  • Deron Brown, Supervisor of Umpires, Baseball
  • Linda Cairney, Supervisor of Umpires, Softball
  • Bill Ek, Supervisor of Officials, Basketball
  • Karen Fulks, Treasurer
  • James Phipps, Eligibility Chair
  • Diane Plas, Supervisor of Officials, Women's Basketball, Volleyball
  • Kim Vieira, Supervisor of Officials, Men's and Women's soccer

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