MIAA announces additions to men’s soccer, wrestling

Posted 1 year ago

By Dave Riggert

riggertMIAAThe MIAA has announced that the University of Sioux Falls has accepted an invitation to become an Associate Member of the MIAA for the purpose of participating in Men’s soccer. The Sioux Falls Cougars will participate in the MIAA men’s soccer schedule beginning in the fall of 2013.

“Men’s soccer is on the rise in the MIAA” stated MIAA Commissioner Dr. Bob Boerigter. “The addition of the Sioux Falls will keep the number of men’s programs sponsoring that sport at eight. In addition our teams will find competing in the outstanding University of Sioux Falls facilities, a fine experience.”

“We are very pleased and happy to be joining with the soccer playing members of the MIAA and the other affiliates to make MIAA men’s soccer one of the best leagues in the country,” said Sioux Falls director of athletics Kevin Hesser. “It is a great honor to be invited to join a conference with a national reputation, strong regional presence and whose members reflect the same strong academic reputation and rich intercollegiate athletic traditions as USF.”

MIAA members that currently sponsor men’s soccer include Harding, Fort Hay State, Lindenwood,  Northeastern State, Southwest Baptist, Southern Nazarene and Upper Iow.

Lindenwood won both the 2012 regular season and conference tournament championships.

In 2013 MIAA men’s soccer teams will play a modified round robin schedule of 10 league games.  The top four regular season finishers qualify for the MIAA post-season tournament that will be held in Olathe, Kan., Nov. 7 and 9, 2013.

The MIAA has announced that Newman University has accepted an invitation to become an Associate Member of the MIAA for the purpose of participating in men’s wrestling. The Neman Jets will participate in the MIAA wrestling dual meet schedule and Championship Tournament beginning in the 2013-14 season.

“I am delighted that Newman University has accepted the invitation from our CEO Council to become an Associate Member in men’s wrestling” stated MIAA Commissioner Dr. Bob Boerigter. “Although wrestling is fairly new to the MIAA, our league is quickly becoming one of the most competitive and respected in all of Division II.”

“Newman University is honored and excited for our wrestling team to have this opportunity to become an associate member of the MIAA,” Newman Athletic Director Vic Trilli said. “We are looking forward to long working relationship with the MIAA. We appreciate the MIAA’s interest in Newman University becoming an associate member of the MIAA.”

MIAA members that currently sponsor wrestling include defending National Champion the Nebraska-Kearney, Central Missouri, Central Oklahoma, Fort Hays State, Lindenwood and Truman. Truman will continue to wrestle in the MIAA in 2013-14 as an Associate MIAA Member.

The 2013 MIAA Tournament championship will be held February 10 on the campus of the Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

— MIAA Press Release —