Lindenwood University-Belleville has been accepted into the American Midwest Conference, as announced by league administrators on Wednesday. This comes one year after being accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as an independent institution.
“Lindenwood University–Belleville's acceptance into the AMC is not only a major benchmark in the development of a first-rate NAIA collegiate sports program, but also a sign that long-standing Midwest liberal arts colleges comprising the AMC's membership recognize our Belleville campus as one of them,” said Lindenwood University President Dr. James Evans. “I am very proud of the great strides the Lindenwood University–Belleville faculty, staff, coaches, and students have made in just four years since the launch of the day school program.”
Lindenwood–Belleville spent the first four years as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, while the 2013-14 season was spent as a dual-affiliate between the NAIA and USCAA. In the past four years LU–Belleville has had proven success, with men’s golf, men’s soccer and softball winning the USCAA National Championship.
“The AMC will provide a tremendous environment of competition and sportsmanship for our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Scott Spinner. “We are committed to providing the best possible athletic experience to our student athletes, and membership to the AMC is exemplary of that.”
As a member of the AMC, Lindenwood – Belleville will be joining Benedictine – Springfield, Columbia, Hannibal – LaGrange, Harris – Stowe, Lyon, Missouri Baptist, Park University, Stephens College, William Woods and Williams Baptist. St. Louis College of Pharmacy was also recently accepted, rounding out a 12-member conference.
“The AMC represents a blend of the very best in academics and intercollegiate athletics among some of the finest liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation,” said President of Lindenwood – Belleville Dr. Jerry Bladdick. “I am looking forward to the sportsmanship, competition and collegiality that our membership will bring to the conference.”
Lindenwood – Belleville will begin a full competition schedule during the 2014-15 season.
“After meeting with members and representatives of the AMC, it quickly became clear that their goals and values align with those of Lindenwood-Belleville,” said Spinner. “We knew at that point, that this was the conference for us.”