Storm finds home with GLIAC
Lake Erie College accepted into GLIAC Conference for 2010-11 academic year
(June 17, 2009) – For the past three years, Lake Erie College has been in the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II athletics and trying to find a conference for its teams to call home. After a Presidents’ Council vote, the Storm has been accepted into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contingent upon its acceptance as a full-fledged, active Division II member, which is expected to occur for the 2009-2010 year.
Membership will take effect in the 2010-11 academic year. The move will affect 18 of the College's 20 varsity sports, which are currently competing as a provisional member of Division II. Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Football, Men's and Women’s Golf, Men's and Women's Soccer, Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field and Women’s Volleyball will all move to the GLIAC. Men's and Women’s Lacrosse will join the East Coast Conference (ECC) for its inaugural season of varsity competition during the 2009-10 academic year.
“The process of transitioning and acquiring league affiliation has been a long one, but it’s been well worth the effort,” said Griz Zimmermann, director of athletics. “The GLIAC has a reputation for outstanding competitive athletics and I believe we have found the perfect setting for our teams to thrive – both as athletes and individuals.”
"Lake Erie College is delighted to become a member of the premier Division II conference in the nation," said President Michael T. Victor. "We’ve had many initiatives in recent years, but I truly believe the move to the GLIAC and Division II will be one of our most successful enrollment endeavors and help propel us to the next level.”
Ohio Dominican University will be joining the Storm in the move to the Michigan-based conference, elevating the GLIAC to 14 full members and two associate members, five of which are located in Ohio and nine in Michigan. According to Jeff Ligney, GLIAC director of media relations, the plan is to eventually expand the conference to 16 full members, which would make scheduling easier as well as cut down on travel costs.
“The addition of the these two institutions is the result of tremendous partnership with Presidents Council, the GLIAC office, the GLIAC member institutions and our new members,” stated Grand Valley State University President and chair of the GLIAC Presidents Council Thomas Haas, Ph.D. “This expansion will definitely help us achieve our goals of reducing missed class time for our student-athletes and reducing travel costs, while strengthening our league both academically and athletically.”
“We are very excited about the addition of Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican as provisional members,” stated new GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “The institutions are an amazing fit within our geographical footprint and the growth of our conference in the state of Ohio will provide exposure in untapped media markets for the GLIAC.” Robinson added “The growth will also help offer access and opportunity for prospective student-athletes throughout the state of Ohio within the region and throughout their respective communities.”
Founded in 1972, the GLIAC has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 37 years. The league’s other Ohio institutions include Ashland University, the University of Findlay and Tiffin University, which just completed its first year of membership. 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 GLIAC conducts championships in 20 sports, 10 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.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its student’s to, “get in and stand out” in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 34 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie’s innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.