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Grand View to Join Heart of America Athletic Conference


Grand View University is excited to announce that it will compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) beginning in 2015-16 announced today.  Grand View’s application was approved by the HAAC Council of Presidents on Thursday.

The HAAC currently consists of the following institutions: Avila University (Kansas City, Mo.), Baker University (Baldwin City, Kan.), Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.), Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.), Culver-Stockton College (Canton, Mo.), Evangel University (Springfield, Mo.), Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa), MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, Kan.), Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.), and Peru State College (Peru, Neb.).

William Penn University was also accepted in to the HAAC on Thursday, expanding the HAAC from its current membership of 10 institutions to 12, marking the greatest number of schools to be a part of the conference during any point of its 43-year history.

“I was instructed over the last four to five years to expand the conference and its geographic footprint," said commissioner Larry Lady. "The addition of Grand View University and William Penn University are a great geographic addition and are both excellent institutions to join the HAAC, which we believe is one of the finest conferences in the NAIA.

Grand View will compete in conference play in the following sports: men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, baseball, softball, men's and women's outdoor track and field, and men's and women's golf.

"Grand View University is extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Heart of America Athletic Conference," said Grand View Director of Athletics Troy Plummer. "As Grand View athletics has grown over the years and has added sports, we felt that it was necessary to look for a conference where all of our sports would have the opportunity to operate under the same umbrella. We feel the Heart of America Athletic Conference will allow us to enjoy the same quality competition and collegiality in which we have become accustomed to in the Midwest Collegiate Conference."

For more information on the HAAC, click here.