Ohio Athletic Conference

Ohio Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference logo
Established 1902
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 10
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)
Region Ohio
Headquarters Twinsburg, Ohio
Commissioner Tim Gleason (since 1991)
Website oac.org
Ohio Athletic Conference locations

The Ohio Athletic Conference was formed in 1902 and is the third oldest athletic conference in the United States. It competes in the NCAA's Division III. Through the years, 31 schools have been members of the OAC. The enrollments of the current ten member institutions range from 1,100 to 4,500. Member teams are located in Ohio.



Current members

The league currently has 10 full members:

Institution Location Team Name Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined
Baldwin–Wallace College Berea, Ohio Yellow Jackets 1845 Private/Methodist 4,680 1915
Capital University Bexley, Ohio Crusaders 1830 Private/Lutheran 3,895 1927
Heidelberg University Tiffin, Ohio Student Princes 1850 Private/United Church of Christ 1,600 1907
John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio Blue Streaks 1886 Private/Catholic 4,050 1932
Marietta College Marietta, Ohio Pioneers 1835 Private/Non-sectarian 1,350 1926
Mount Union College Alliance, Ohio Purple Raiders 1846 Private/Methodist 2,300 1914
Muskingum University New Concord, Ohio Fighting Muskies 1837 Private/Presbyterian 3,000 1922
Ohio Northern University Ada, Ohio Polar Bears 1871 Private/Methodist 3,526 1916
Otterbein University Westerville, Ohio Cardinals 1847 Private/Methodist 3,100 1921
Wilmington College Wilmington, Ohio Quakers 1870 Private/Quaker 1,666 2000

Notes: Baldwin–Wallace left the conference in 1919 but returned in 1923. In 1948 they left the conference again but rejoined in 1961. John Carroll left the conference in 1949 but returned in 1989. Ohio Northern left the conference in 1949 but returned in 1973.

Former members

Institution Location Team Name Founded Affilitation Enrollment Year Joined Year Left Current Conference
University of Akron Akron, Ohio Zips 1870 Public 24,704 1915 1966 Mid-American Conference
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio Eagles 1878 Private/Brethren 5,701 1931 1948 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Falcons 1910 Public 22,882 1933 1942 Mid-American Conference
Case Institute of Technology Cleveland, Ohio Scientists (Fall 1918 – Fall 1939), Rough Riders (Fall 1930 – Spring 1971) 1880 Private N/A Merged with Western Reserve University in 1967 1902 1948 University Athletic Association
Denison University Granville, Ohio Big Red 1831 Private/Non-sectarian 2,100 1907 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference
Hiram College Hiram, Ohio Terriers 1850 Private/Disciples of Christ 1,200 1920 1999 North Coast Athletic Conference
Kent State University Kent, Ohio Golden Flashes 1910 Public 34,056 1932 1951 Mid-American Conference
Miami University Oxford, Ohio RedHawks 1809 Public 20,126 1911 1928 Mid-American Conference
Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio Lords 1824 Private/Episcopal 1,640 1902 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference
Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio Yeomen 1833 Private/Non-sectarian 2,850 1902 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Buckeyes 1870 Public 52,568 1902 1912 Big Ten Conference
Ohio University Athens, Ohio Bobcats 1804 Public 20,437 1910 1928 Mid-American Conference
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio Battlin' Bishops 1842 Private/Methodist 1,850 1902 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Bearcats (after 1914) 1819 Public 39,667
(2009-2010 academic year)
1910 1924 Big East Conference
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio Rockets 1872 Public 19,706 1932 1949 Mid-American Conference
Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio Pioneers (Spring 1921 – Spring 1928), Red Cats (Fall 1928 – Spring 1971) 1826 Private N/A Merged with Case Institute of Technology in 1967 1902 1932 University Athletic Association
Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio Tigers 1845 Private/Lutheran 2,050 1909 1989 North Coast Athletic Conference
The College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio Fighting Scots 1866 Private/Presbyterian 1,827 1907 1984 North Coast Athletic Conference
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio Musketeers 1831 Private/Catholic 6,646 1921 1936 Atlantic 10 Conference

Notes: Akron left the OAC in 1936 but returned in 1944 before leaving for good in 1966. Denison left the OAC in 1928 but returned in 1933 before leaving for good in 1984. Hiram left the OAC in 1935 but returned in 1951. Hiram left the OAC again in 1971 but returned in 1989 before leaving for good in 1999. Ohio Wesleyan left the OAC in 1928 but returned in 1947 before leaving for good in 1984. Wittenberg left the OAC in 1928 but returned in 1934 before leaving for good in 1989.

Membership timeline

Sports sponsored

Member teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, lacrosse.


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