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Heartland Conference
Established 1999
Members 10
Sports fielded 13 (6 men's, 7 women's)
Region Central United States
States 5 - Texasmarker, Missourimarker, Oklahomamarker,
Arkansasmarker, Kansasmarker
Headquarters Waco, Texasmarker

The Heartland Conference is an NCAA Division II college athletic conference founded in 1999. The majority of members are in Texas, with additional members in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

Member schools

The Heartland Conference includes the following schools:
Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined Nickname
University of Arkansas - Fort Smithmarker Fort Smith, Arkansasmarker 1928 Public 7,000 2009 Lions
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texasmarker 1898 Private/Baptist 5,089 2002 Patriots
University of the Incarnate Wordmarker San Antonio, Texasmarker 1881 Private/Catholic 4,800 1999 Cardinals
Lincoln Universitymarker Jefferson City, Missourimarker 1866 Public 3,600 1999 Blue Tigers
Newman Universitymarker Wichita, Kansasmarker 1933 Private/Catholic 2,200 2006 Jets
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Oklahomamarker 1909 Public 1,200 2002 Aggies
St. Edward's Universitymarker Austin, Texasmarker 1885 Private/Catholic 5,400 1999 Hilltoppers
St. Mary’s Universitymarker San Antonio, Texasmarker 1852 Private/Catholic 4,500 1999 Rattlers
Texas A&M International Universitymarker Laredo, Texasmarker 1969 Public 4,298 2006 Dustdevils
University of Texas of the Permian Basinmarker Odessa, Texasmarker 1973 Public 3,400 2006 Falcons


The conference was formed in 1999 by founding members Drury University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lincoln University, Rockhurst University, St. Edwards University, and St. Mary’s University. Dallas Baptist joined as a non-baseball member in 2002; DBU's baseball team competes as a D-I independent. Founding members Drury Universitymarker and Rockhurst University left the Heartland Conference to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2005. Western New Mexico University and Montana State University - Billings joined in 2005. However, WNMU transferred to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2006 and MSUB joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2007. Newman Universitymarker, Texas A&M International Universitymarker and the University of Texas of the Permian Basinmarker joined the conference in 2006, making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. The University of Arkansas - Fort Smithmarker joined the conference in the Fall of 2009 after transitioning from the NJCAA. In 2010, Lincoln University will join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Incarnate Word will join the Lone Star Conference.


The Heartland Conference sponsors 13 sports, 7 for women and 6 for men. Both men and women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Men compete in baseball and women compete in softball and volleyball.

National championships

Sport School Year(s)
Baseball St. Mary’s Univ. 2001
Softball St. Mary’s Univ. 2002
Men’s Golf (Individual champion) Jamie Amoretti, St. Mary’s Univ. 2006

  • St. Mary's won NAIA national championships in Softball (1986) and Men's Basketball (1989) prior to joining the Heartland Conference.


  1. - About the Heartland Conference
  2. University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Accepts Invitation to Join Heartland Conference - - March 2, 2009
  3. Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009
  4. LSC to add Incarnate Word in 2010 - - January 20, 2009
  5. Rattler Athletics Timeline

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