The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is the second-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.
|Missouri Valley Conference|
|MVC, The Valley|
|Region||Midwestern United States|
|Headquarters||St. Louis, Missouri|
The MVC was founded in 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association or MVIAA, 12 years after the Big Ten, the only Division I conference that is older. In 1928 the MVIAA split and most of the larger schools formed a conference that retained the MVIAA name and ultimately became the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools, plus Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, which joined the Big Eight in 1957), formed the MVC, which retained the old MVIAA's administrative staff. During the Big Eight's existence, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date. In 1996 the Big Eight merged with four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.
During the 2006–07 college basketball season, MVC teams held a 74–27 non-conference record, including a record of 44–1 at home. The Valley finished in the top six of the RPI and ahead of a BCS conference for the second consecutive year, while also garnering multiple NCAA bids for the ninth straight year and 12th of 14.
The MVC has not sponsored football since 1985, when it was a hybrid I-A/I-AA (now FBS and FCS), respectively. However, five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (known as the Gateway from 1985 to 2008) of Division I FCS, and a sixth and a seventh compete in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League. The Missouri Valley Conference shares its name with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the two also operate from the same headquarters complex in St. Louis. However, the two are separate administratively.
After weeks of speculation, it was announced on April 7, 2017 that Wichita State would be leaving the conference to join the American Athletic Conference starting with the 2017–18 season. On May 9, 2017, the Conference announced it had extended an invitation to Valparaiso University, and on May 25, the MVC announced that Valparaiso would officially join the following July 1.
|Bradley University||Peoria, Illinois||1897||1948,
|Drake University||Des Moines, Iowa||1881||1907,
|University of Evansville||Evansville, Indiana||1854||1994||Private||2,526||Purple Aces|
|Illinois State University||Normal, Illinois||1857||1981||Public||20,706||Redbirds|
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, Indiana||1865||1977||Public||13,584||Sycamores|
|Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||1870||2013||Private||16,437||Ramblers|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||1990||Public||26,000 ||Bears
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||1991||Public||12,273||Panthers|
|Southern Illinois University||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||1975||Public||15,987||Salukis|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||2017[b]||Private||4,500||Crusaders|
Note: In the case of spring sports, the year of joining is the calendar year before the start of competition.
|Dallas Baptist University||Dallas, Texas||1898||2013||Private||5,545||Patriots||Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
|University of Arkansas
at Little Rock
|Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||2013||Public||13,167||Trojans||Sun Belt||women's swimming|
|Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||1957||2016||Public||24,594||Seawolves||America East||women's tennis|
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||1932||1934||Private||4,667||Bulldogs||Big East|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||1957||1969||Public||42,421||Bearcats||The American|
|Creighton University||Omaha, Nebraska||1878||1928,
|University of Detroit[n 2]||Detroit, Michigan||1877||1949||1956||Private||5,450||Titans||Horizon|
|Grinnell College||Grinnell, Iowa||1846||1918||1939||Private||1,688||Pioneers||Midwest|
(NCAA Division III)
|University of Houston||Houston, Texas||1927||1951||1959||Public||39,820||Cougars||The American|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||1847||1907||1908||Public||30,328||Hawkeyes||Big Ten|
|Iowa State College[n 3]||Ames, Iowa||1858||1907||1928||Public||29,887||Cyclones||Big 12|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas||1865||1907||1928||Public||29,462||Jayhawks||Big 12|
|Kansas State College[n 4]||Manhattan, Kansas||1863||1913||1928||Public||23,863||Wildcats||Big 12|
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky||1798||1963||1974||Public||19,743||Cardinals||ACC|
|Memphis State University[n 5]||Memphis, Tennessee||1912||1968||1973||Public||23,031||Tigers||The American|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||1907||1928||Public||33,805||Tigers||SEC|
|University of Nebraska||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||1907,
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||1970||1983||Public||18,497||Aggies||WAC|
|North Texas State University[n 6]||Denton, Texas||1890||1957||1974||Public||35,694||Mean Green||C-USA|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma||1890||1919||1928||Public||30,303||Sooners||Big 12|
|Oklahoma A&M College[n 7]||Stillwater, Oklahoma||1890||1925||1956||Public||21,419||Aggies/Cowboys[n 8]||Big 12|
|Saint Louis University||St. Louis, Missouri||1818||1937||1974||Private||13,785||Billikens||Atlantic 10|
|University of Tulsa||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1894||1935||1996||Private||4,165||Golden Hurricane||The American|
|Washburn University||Topeka, Kansas||1865||1935||1942||Public||7,303||Ichabods||MIAA|
(NCAA Division II)
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, Missouri||1853||1907||1942||Private||14,070||Bears||UAA|
(NCAA Division III)
|West Texas State University[n 9]||Canyon, Texas||1910||1972||1985||Public||7,843||Buffaloes||Lone Star|
(NCAA Division II)
|Wichita State University||Wichita, Kansas||1895||1949||2017||Public||14,495||Shockers||The American|
This list does not include current full member Valparaiso. As noted above, the Crusaders played women's soccer in the MVC from 1996 to 1998 (ending in the 1998–99 school year).
|Institution||Location||Founded||Joined||Left||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||MVC Sport(s)|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||1998–99||1999–2000||Public||13,167||Trojans||Sun Belt||women's soccer|
|Belmont University||Nashville, Tennessee||1890||2000–01||2000–01||Private||6,374||Bruins||OVC
(Southern Conference for men's soccer)
|University of Central Arkansas||Conway, Arkansas||1907||2010–11||2018–19||Public||13,863||Bears||Southland
(Sun Belt for men's soccer)
|Drury University||Springfield, Missouri||1873||1999–2000||2004–05||Private||5,474||Panthers||GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
|Eastern Illinois University||Charleston, Illinois||1895||1996–97||2010–11||Public||11,651||Panthers||OVC
(Summit League for men's soccer)
|University of Hartford||Hartford, Connecticut||1877||2014–15||2015–16||Private||6,935||Hawks||America East||men's tennis[a]|
|Southern Illinois University
(MAC for men's soccer)
|Southern Methodist University||University Park, Texas||1911||2000–01||2004–05||Private||12,000||Mustangs||The American||men's soccer|
|Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||1957||2014–15||2016–17||Public||24,594||Seawolves||America East||men's tennis[b]|
|Texas Christian University||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||2000–01||2000–01||Private||9,518||Horned Frogs||Big 12||men's soccer[c]|
|University of Tulsa[d]||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1894||2000–01||2004–05||Private||4,165||Golden Hurricane||The American||men's soccer|
|University of Maryland,
|Catonsville, Maryland||1966||2014–15||2015–16||Public||13,908||Retrievers||America East||men's tennis[e]|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee||1873||1997–98||2005–06||Private||12,714||Commodores||SEC||men's soccer[f]|
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green, Kentucky||1906||1997–98||2007–08||Public||21,048||Hilltoppers||C-USA||men's soccer[g]|
Full members (non-football) (Full members) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (other sports)
The Missouri Valley Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Dallas Baptist is an affiliate for baseball, Little Rock is an affiliate for swimming and diving, and Stony Brook is an affiliate in women's tennis.
The most recent change to the roster of sports was the dropping of men's tennis after the 2016–17 school year due to a lack of participating teams. Two of the four full conference members that sponsored the sport in that season no longer play men's tennis in the MVC. Southern Illinois dropped both men's and women's tennis, and Wichita State joined the American Athletic Conference. Affiliate member Stony Brook dropped men's tennis after the 2016–17 season. The two remaining MVC men's tennis schools from 2016–17, Drake and Illinois State, joined the Summit League for that sport, and incoming MVC member Valparaiso also joined the Summit League in men's tennis.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
|Golf||Soccer||Track & Field
|Track & Field
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:
|School||Football||Swimming & Diving||Tennis||Volleyball||Wrestling|
|Golf||Soccer||Softball||Swimming||Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Softball field||Capacity||Baseball field||Capacity|
|Bradley||Shea Stadium||3,800||Peoria Civic Center (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
|Petersen Hotels Field ||1,000||Dozer Park||7,500|
|Drake||James W. Cownie Soccer Complex||2,000||Knapp Center||7,152||Ron Buel Field||500||Non-baseball school|
|Evansville||Arad McCutchan Stadium||2,500||Ford Center||10,000||James & Dorothy
|650||Charles H. Braun Stadium||1,200|
|Illinois State||Adelaide Street Field||1,000||Redbird Arena||10,200||Marian Kneer
|1,050||Duffy Bass Field||1,200|
|Indiana State||Non-soccer school||Hulman Center||10,200||Price Field At
Eleanor Forsythe St. John
|Loyola||Loyola Soccer Park||500||Joseph J. Gentile Arena||4,486||Loyola Softball Park||500||Non-baseball school|
|Missouri State||Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium||1,000||JQH Arena||11,000||Killian Softball Stadium||1,200||Hammons Field||7,986|
|UNI||Cedar Valley Soccer Complex||N/A||McLeod Center||7,018||Robinson-Dresser
|Southern Illinois||Non-soccer school||SIU Arena||8,339||Charlotte West Stadium||502||Abe Martin Field||2,000|
|Valparaiso||Brown Field||5,000||Athletics–Recreation Center||5,000||Valpo Softball Complex||N/A||Emory G. Bauer Field||500|
|Dallas Baptist||Baseball-only member||Horner Ballpark||2,000|
The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship is often referred to as Arch Madness, in reference to the Gateway Arch at the tournament's present location of St. Louis, Missouri, and a play on "March Madness".
|Season||Men's Champion||Women's Champion|
|1977||Southern Illinois||No Tournament|
|1979||Indiana State||No Tournament|
|1983||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|1985||Wichita State||No Tournament|
|1987||Wichita State||Southern Illinois|
|1990||Illinois State||Southern Illinois|
|1992||Missouri State||Missouri State|
|1993||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|1994||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|1997||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|1998||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|2001||Indiana State||Missouri State|
|2006||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|2014||Wichita State||Wichita State|
NB: Missouri State was known as Southwest Missouri State until August 2005.
School – Number – NCAA Championships
NCAA Championships as of March, 2013
(*-Titles won by schools in Division II/College Division prior to their moving to Division I in the late 1960s or early 1970s.)
Football poll, Helms and AIAW titles are not included in the NCAA Championship count.
The Valley is well known for having some of the most dedicated fanbases in all of college basketball, with several members regularly selling out their large arenas on a nightly basis throughout the year. Former member (Creighton) had the sixth highest attendance for Division I in 2012–13 while Bradley, Illinois State, Missouri State, and Indiana State were all among the NCAA's top 100 teams in home attendance.
In 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13, the Valley maintained its position as the eighth ranked conference in average attendance.
The Valley made history in March 2007 with record attendance for four days at St. Louis' Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA conference tournaments in 2007.
The 1908 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Missouri Valley Conference during the 1908 college football season. In their fifth season under head coach A. R. Kennedy, the Jayhawks compiled a perfect 9–0 record (4–0 against conference opponents), won the Missouri Valley Conference championship, shut out five of nine opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 131 to 20. The season is, as of 2018, the last season the Jayhawks finished undefeated without any ties. The Jayhawks have been undefeated four other seasons but in each season they tied in at least one game. The Jayhawks played their home games at McCook Field in Lawrence, Kansas. G. T. Crowell was the team captain.1920 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 1920 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1920 college football season. In their 16th year under head coach Bennie Owen, the Sooners compiled a 6–0–1 record (4–0–1 against conference opponents), won the Missouri Valley Conference championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 176 to 51.Two Sooners were recognized as All-Americans: tackle Roy "Soupy" Smoot and halfback Phil White.Five Sooners received All-Missouri Valley Conference honors: back Harry Hill; end Howard Marsh; guard Bill McKinley; tackle Roy Smoot; and back Sol Swatek. Marsh was the first Sooner to receive all-conference honors on three occasions, receiving the honors each year from 1920 to 1922.1924 Missouri Tigers football team
The 1924 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (Missouri Valley) during the 1924 college football season. The team compiled a 7–2 record (5–1 against Missouri Valley opponents), won the Missouri Valley championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 110 to 41. Gwinn Henry was the head coach for the second of nine seasons. The team played its home games at Rollins Field in Columbia, Missouri.1925 Missouri Tigers football team
The 1925 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during the 1925 college football season. The team compiled a 6–1–1 record (5–1 against Missouri Valley opponents), won the Missouri Valley championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 110 to 44. Gwinn Henry was the head coach for the third of nine seasons. The team played its home games at Rollins Field in Columbia, Missouri.1927 Missouri Tigers football team
The 1927 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (Missouri Valley) during the 1927 college football season. The team compiled a 7–2 record (5–1 against Missouri Valley opponents), won the Missouri Valley championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 129 to 90. Gwinn Henry was the head coach for the fifth of nine seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.1962 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team
The 1962 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. In their second year under head coach Glenn Dobbs, the Golden Hurricane compiled a 5–5 record (3–0 against Missouri Valley Conference opponents) and won the conference championship. The team's statistical leaders included Stu McBirnie with 1,169 passing yards, Hank Dorsch with 250 rushing yards, and John Simmons with 860 receiving yards.1966 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team
The 1966 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. In their sixth year under head coach Glenn Dobbs, the Golden Hurricane compiled a 6–4 record, 3–1 against conference opponents, and finished tied for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.The team's statistical leaders included Greg Barton with 1,673 passing yards, Gene Lakusiak with 330 rushing yards, and Neal Sweeney with 740 receiving yards.1976 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team
The 1976 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. In their fifth year under head coach F. A. Dry, the Golden Hurricane compiled a 7–4–1 record, 2–1–1 against Missouri Valley Conference opponents, and tied for the conference championship.The team's statistical leaders included Ronnie Hickerson with 1,554 passing yards, Rickey Watts with 464 rushing yards, and Cornell Webster with 622 receiving yards.1985 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team
The 1985 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first year under head coach Don Morton, the Golden Hurricane compiled a 6–5 record, 3–0 against conference opponents, and won the Missouri Valley Conference championship. The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Steve Gage with 1,069 passing yards, Gordon Brown with 1,201 rushing yards, and Ronnie Kelly with 379 receiving yards.2014 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, popularly referred to as "Arch Madness", as part of the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season was played in St. Louis, Missouri March 6–9 at the Scottrade Center. The championship game was televised on CBS on Sunday March 9 at 1:05 pm (central). The tournament's winner received the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.2015 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, popularly referred to as "Arch Madness", was an event held March 5–8, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It was part of the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, popularly referred to as "Arch Madness", was the Missouri Valley Conference's postseason tournament which was held March 3–6, 2016 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The tournament was won by Northern Iowa, who defeated Evansville in the championship game. As a result, Northern Iowa received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Tournament
The 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Tournament was the 26th edition of the tournament. It determined the Missouri Valley Conference's (MVC) automatic berth in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Missouri State University hosted the tournament at Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium on the Missouri State campus in Springfield, Missouri on November 8, 9, 11 &13, 2016.
The second-seeded SIUE Cougars won the tournament, beating the fifth-seeded Missouri State Bears 1–0 in the championship match. It was SIUE's second MVC championship.Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament
The Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament is the conference baseball championship of the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. All eight teams participate in the double-elimination tournament, which in 2014 was played at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium in Terre Haute, IN. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year
The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Missouri Valley Conference's most outstanding coach. The award was first given following the 1948–49 season.
As of 2017, among current members, Bradley and Drake are tied for the most all–time winners with eight. There have been three ties for the coach of the year (1969, 1973 and 1987); there have been fourteen repeat winners in the award's history. Two coaches have won the award three consecutive times—Maury John of Drake in 1968–1970 and Gregg Marshall of Wichita State in 2012–2014. Every current MVC member has had at least one winner except for Valparaiso, which played its first conference season in 2017–18.Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Larry Bird Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Missouri Valley Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1968–69 season. It was renamed to honor Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who played at Indiana State from 1977 to 1979 and led the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Championship game. Bird won every major player of the year award (including the Naismith and Wooden awards) in 1979.
Creighton had the most all-time winners with seven, but it left the conference in July 2013 to join the reconfigured Big East Conference. Among schools remaining in the conference beyond 2013, Bradley and Southern Illinois have the most winners, with six apiece. The only current conference member that has never had a winner is Valparaiso, who played its first MVC season in 2017–18. There have never been any ties for the player of the year, but there have been nine repeat winners in the award's history. Of the repeat winners, only Fred VanVleet of Wichita State won in non-consecutive years (2014 and 2016).Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, commonly called Arch Madness, is an annual basketball tournament which features the men's basketball teams of each of the Missouri Valley Conference member universities. The tournament, held in St. Louis since 1991, determines which MVC team receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Tournament
The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Tournament is the conference championship tournament in soccer for the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The tournament has been held every year since the MVC began men's soccer competition in 1991. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season conference records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship.Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
The Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, currently promoted as Hoops in the Heartland, is an annual basketball tournament which features the women's basketball teams of each of the Missouri Valley Conference member universities. The tournament determines which MVC team receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
First held at the end of the 1982–83 basketball season, the tournament was originally conducted by the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, a women's sports conference formed in that school year by six MVC members plus four members of what is now known as the Summit League. In 1985, the Gateway took on football as its only men's sport. Following the 1991–92 school year, the MVC absorbed the women's side of the Gateway (which by that time had eight MVC members) and spun off its football side into what is now the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The MVC maintains all historic records of Gateway women's sports.
Missouri Valley Conference
|Championships & awards|