KIAC TO ADD INDIANA UNIVERSITY KOKOMO FOR 2013-14 SEASON
May 7, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) has accepted Indiana
University Kokomo beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year. KIAC athletic
directors and presidents unanimously voted to approve the IUK application
for membership. All IU Kokomo teams will be eligible immediately for
conference championships, as well as automatic bids to the NAIA
"We are delighted to have IUK join the other members of the KIAC," said KIAC
Commissioner Bill Melton. "IUK brings an enthusiastic approach to athletics
and an understanding of the role athletics plays in the development of a
"The campus is honored to join the KIAC," said Interim Chancellor Susan
Sciame-Giesecke. "It complements our entry into the NAIA and it was the next
step in our campus plan to create a competitive athletic program. I know our
athletes will excel and compete in this new arena."
The KIAC, founded in 1916, will see its membership increase to 12
institutions with the addition of IU Kokomo. Those schools now include Alice
Lloyd (Ky.) College, Asbury (Ky.) University, Berea (Ky.) College, Brescia
(Ky.) University, Carlow (Pa.) University, Cincinnati Christian (OH)
University, Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana
University Southeast, Midway (Ky.) College, Point Park University (Pa.) and
St. Louis (Mo.) College of Pharmacy.
"The KIAC is a great fit for us considering the quality of the member
schools and the stability of the conference," said Todd Gambill, vice
chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management. "We are excited
about the platform that the NAIA and the KIAC provides for us to showcase
our institution and our students. We look forward to developing partnerships
and rivalries with our member schools."
The KIAC sponsors 15 sports, including, baseball, men's and women's
basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's
and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's
track and field and volleyball.
"By joining the KIAC, now we will have an opportunity to compare ourselves
to conference competition at the end of the season when we are in peak
shape," said Jason VanAlstine, head men's and women's cross country coach.
"It will be very exciting next year with many new faces, new facilities, and
a new conference."
IU Kokomo makes the move to the KIAC after having been a member of the
Association of Independent Institutions for the 2012-2013 season.