Oct. 8, 2010

Courtesy of GLVC

The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced on Thursday that the associate membership applications of Central State University and Urbana University in the sport of football have been accepted. The addition of the two football-playing institutions was unanimously approved by the GLVC Council of Presidents at the Oct. 5 meeting.

The GLVC, which will begin sponsoring football as the leagues 18th championship sport in 2012, will have nine football-playing members for the leagues inaugural campaign.

The GLVC is pleased to welcome Central State University and Urbana University as the first two associate members in the 32-year history of the league,” said Jim Naumovich, GLVC Commissioner. Their inclusion in the GLVC will be instrumental in the creation of a viable football schedule for our member institutions when we begin competition in 2012.”

In addition to Central State and Urbana, six current members of the league sponsor football as well as McKendree University, which was admitted for full membership into the league on Tuesday.Joining the new members in the football schedule will be Kentucky Wesleyan College, Missouri S&T, Quincy University, Saint Josephs College, University of Indianapolis and William Jewell College.

The first GLVC football schedule will feature an eight-game slate between the nine institutions. It is anticipated the 2012 schedule will be finalized by the GLVC Winter Meeting on Jan. 14, 2011.

Central State, located just 18 miles east of Dayton in Wilberforce, Ohio, was established in 1887 and currently has an enrollment of over 2,100 undergraduate students. The athletic department, led by athletics director Kellen Winslow, currently participates as an NCAA Division II independent.

The Marauders have previously competed against several current GLVC football members in the Great Lakes Football Conference (GLFC) and reinstituted their football program in 2005 following a nine-year hiatus.

Central State is led by head coach E.J. Junior and plays its home contests in McPherson Stadium which seats 7,000. The Marauders began football in 1947 and have a storied history with three NAIA national championships to their credit in the last 20 years.

Urbana, founded in 1850 and located between Columbus and Dayton in Urbana, Ohio, boasts an enrollment of over 1,500 students and is in its first year as an active member of NCAA Division II.

The Blue Knights, led by athletics director Doug Young, are a member of the GLFC and are competing during the 2010 season against current GLVC members Missouri S&T, Saint Josephs and Kentucky Wesleyan.

Urbanas football program, which plays its home contests at the newly constructed Urbana University Stadium with a capacity of 3,000, is led by head coach David Taynor. The Blue Knights began football in the modern era in 1985.

The GLVC was established in 1978 and is the largest NCAA Division II conference in the country with 17 member institutions in five Midwestern states. The current membership includes Bellarmine University, Drury University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lewis University, Maryville University, McKendree University, Missouri S&T, Northern Kentucky University, Quincy University, Rockhurst University, Saint Josephs College, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Indianapolis, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Southern Indiana, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and William Jewell College.

With the addition of football in 2012, the GLVC sponsors championships in 18 sports that also includes mens and womens basketball, mens and womens cross country, mens and womens golf, mens and womens soccer, softball, mens and womens tennis, mens and womens indoor track & field, mens and womens outdoor track & field and volleyball.