River States Conference

River States Conference
CommissionerMichael Schell (since March 15, 2018)
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
No. of teams14 (13 in 2024)
HeadquartersMiddletown, Ohio
Official websitewww.riverstatesconference.com
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The River States Conference (RSC), formerly known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Although it was historically a Kentucky-only conference, it has now expanded to include members in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and at various times in the past has also had members in Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia.


River States Conference
Location of RSC members: current (East Division), current (West Division), departing, and future

In March 2016, the KIAC announced it would change its name to the River States Conference, effective July 1, 2016, to better reflect its membership, which has expanded beyond Kentucky and now includes members in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Current members

The River States currently has fourteen full members, all but six are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, Kentucky 1923 Nondenominational 600 Eagles 1983;
Brescia University Owensboro, Kentucky 1925 Catholic
1,100 Bearcats 1984
Indiana University East (IU East) Richmond, Indiana 1971 Public 2,700 Red Wolves 2007
Indiana University Kokomo (IU Kokomo) Kokomo, Indiana 1945 Public 3,719 Cougars 2013
Indiana University Southeast (IU Southeast) New Albany, Indiana 1941 Public 6,840 Grenadiers 1994
Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Columbus, Indiana 1970 Public 1,411 Crimson Pride 2023
Midway University Midway, Kentucky 1847 Disciples of Christ 1,800 Eagles 1991
Oakland City University Oakland City, Indiana 1885 Baptist 2,350 Mighty Oaks 1968;
Ohio Christian University Circleville, Ohio 1948 C.C.C.U. 300 Trailblazers 2015
Point Park University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1960 Nonsectarian 3,376 Pioneers 2012
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 Nonsectarian 1,893 RedStorm 1964;
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana 1840 Catholic
(Sisters of Providence)
1,700 Pomeroys 2021
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio 1986 Public 4,300 Bears 2023
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Beckley, West Virginia 1895 Public 2,252 Golden Bears 2015
  1. ^ Represents the calendar year when fall sports competition begins.
  2. ^ Alice Lloyd left the KIAC after the 1991–92 school year before re-joining effective the 2005–06 school year.
  3. ^ The Brescia men's and women's basketball teams joined the RSC 25 years after becoming a full member for other sports (2009–10).
  4. ^ a b c d Part of the Indiana University System.
  5. ^ The IU East women's basketball team joined the KIAC/RSC seven years after becoming a full member for other sports (2014–15).
  6. ^ The IU Kokomo women's basketball team joined the KIAC/RSC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (2014–15).
  7. ^ Through the 2023–24 school year, IUPUC is administered through Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). When IUPUI splits into two separate institutions in July 2024, IUPUC will be administered through the newly created Indiana University Indianapolis and will be renamed Indiana University Columbus.
  8. ^ Part of the Purdue University system through the 2023–24 school year.
  9. ^ a b This institution was a women's college, but has since then been a co-educational institution, therefore it does compete in some men's sports (Midway since 2016–17).
  10. ^ Oakland City had been a member until after the 1974–75 school year, during the conference's KIAC era.
  11. ^ Rio Grande left the KIAC after the 1970–71 school year before re-joining effective the 2014–15 school year.
  12. ^ Part of the West Virginia University System.

Former members

The River States has twenty-eight former full members, all but six were private schools. School names and nicknames reflect those used in the final school year each institution was a conference member:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
Asbury University Wilmore, Kentucky 1890 Christian 1,854 Eagles 1971 2021 D-III Independent
(CCS in 2024)
Bellarmine College Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Catholic
(Archdiocese of Louisville)
3,369 Knights 1951 1964 Atlantic Sun (ASUN)
Berea College Berea, Kentucky 1855 Christian
1,613 Mountaineers 1916 2014 CCS
(HCAC in 2024)
Bethel College McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Cumberland
2,975 Wildcats 1999 2006 Mid-South (MSC)
Campbellsville College Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 Baptist 3,318 Tigers 1964 1995 Mid-South (MSC)
Carlow University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1929 Catholic
2,400 Celtics 2012 2023 Allegheny Mountain (AMCC)
Centre College Danville, Kentucky 1819 Presbyterian
1,415 Colonels 1916 1962 Southern (SAA)
Clinch Valley College Wise, Virginia 1954 Public 2,000 Highland
1971 1994 South Atlantic (SAC)
Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 Christian N/A Eagles 2008 2019 Closed in 2019
Cumberland College Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 Nondenominational 1,743 Indians 1966 1995 Mid-South (MSC)
Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College Richmond, Kentucky 1906 Public 16,959 Colonels 1927 1948 Atlantic Sun (ASUN)
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 Baptist 1,400 Tigers 1916 1995 Mid-South (MSC)
Kentucky Wesleyan College Winchester, Kentucky 1858 United Methodist 830 Panthers 1916 1955 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky 1903 United Methodist 2,677 Blue Raiders 1984 2000 Mid-South (MSC)
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Public 22,640 Cardinals 1916 1948 Atlantic Coast (ACC)
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Baptist N/A Cougars 2000 2006 Closed in 2014
Morehead State Teachers College Morehead, Kentucky 1922 Public 10,748 Eagles 1931 1948 Ohio Valley (OVC)
Mountain State University Beckley, West Virginia 1933 Nonsectarian N/A Cougars 2007 2012 Closed in 2012
Murray State Teachers College Murray, Kentucky 1922 Public 10,495 Racers 1933 1948 Missouri Valley (MVC)
Ogden College Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Nonsectarian N/A Eagles 1916 1927 N/A
Ohio Valley University Vienna, West Virginia 1960 Churches of Christ N/A Fighting Scots 2021 2021 Closed in 2021
Pikeville College Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 Presbyterian
1,156 Bears 1958 2000 Appalachian (AAC)
St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, Missouri 1864 Nonsectarian 1,260 Eutectics 2003 2014 American Midwest
Spalding University Louisville, Kentucky 1814 Catholic
1,692 Golden Eagles 1992 2007 St. Louis (SLIAC)
Thomas More College Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 Catholic
(Diocese of Covington/
1,963 Saints 1955 1991 Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky 1780 Disciples of Christ 1,120 Pioneers 1916 2001 Heartland (HCAC)
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 United Methodist 1,368 Bulldogs 1933 1995 Appalachian (AAC)
Western Kentucky State Teachers College Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Public 19,456 Hilltoppers &
Lady Toppers
1916 1948 C-USA
  1. ^ Represents the calendar year when fall sports competition begins.
  2. ^ Represents the calendar year when spring sports competition ends.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  4. ^ Currently known as Bellarmine University since 2000.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Currently an NCAA Division I athletic conference.
  6. ^ Currently known as Bethel University since 2009.
  7. ^ Currently known as Campbellsville University since 1996.
  8. ^ Currently known as the University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA–Wise) since 1999.
  9. ^ UVA–Wise dropped "Highland" from its nickname in 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
  11. ^ Cincinnati Christian closed at the end of the 2019 fall semester, without completing the rest of the 2019–20 school year.
  12. ^ Currently known as the University of the Cumberlands since 2005.
  13. ^ Cumberlands (Ky.) changed its nickname to Patriots in 2002.
  14. ^ Later renamed as Eastern Kentucky State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and currently known as Eastern Kentucky University since 1966.
  15. ^ Kentucky Wesleyan moved to its current campus in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1956.
  16. ^ Later renamed as Morehead State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and currently known as Morehead State University since 1966.
  17. ^ Mountain State was a non-basketball member school on the women's side in their tenure in the KIAC/RSC.
  18. ^ The Mountain State men's basketball team joined the KIAC/RSC two years after becoming a full member for other sports (2009–10).
  19. ^ Later renamed as Murray State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and currently known as Murray State University since 1966.
  20. ^ Ogden was merged into Western Kentucky University in 1927.
  21. ^ Ohio Valley closed at the end of the 2021 fall semester, without completing the rest of the 2021–22 school year.
  22. ^ Currently known as the University of Pikeville since 2011.
  23. ^ Currently known as the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis since 2020.
  24. ^ Currently known as Thomas More University since 2018.
  25. ^ Later renamed as Western Kentucky State College immediately after leaving the KIAC, and currently known as Western Kentucky University since 1966.

Membership timeline

Indiana University–Purdue University ColumbusShawnee State UniversitySaint Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeOhio Valley UniversityWest Virginia University Institute of TechnologyOhio Christian UniversityIndiana University KokomoPoint Park UniversityCarlow UniversityCincinnati Christian UniversityMountain State UniversityIndiana University EastUniversity of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. LouisMid-Continent UniversityBethel University (Tennessee)Indiana University SoutheastSpalding UniversityMidway UniversityLindsey Wilson CollegeBrescia UniversityAlice Lloyd CollegeUniversity of Virginia's College at WiseAsbury UniversityOakland City UniversityUniversity of Rio GrandeCampbellsville UniversityUniversity of PikevilleThomas More UniversityBellarmine UniversityUnion College (Kentucky)Murray State UniversityMorehead State UniversityEastern Kentucky UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityTransylvania UniversityOgden CollegeUniversity of LouisvilleKentucky Wesleyan CollegeCentre CollegeCentre CollegeBerea College

 Full member (non-football)   Associate member (sport)   Other conference 

Conference sports

The River States Conference currently sponsors 17 sports (8 men's and 9 women's).

A divisional format is used for men's & women's basketball, and women's volleyball.
  • Alice Lloyd
  • Carlow
  • Ohio Christian
  • Point Park
  • Rio Grande
  • West Virginia Tech
  • Brescia
  • IU East
  • IU Kokomo
  • IU Southeast
  • Midway
  • Oakland City
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
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Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

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