West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference - History


The conference rates as one of the oldest in intercollegiate athletics dating back to its founding in 1924 by the West Virginia Department of Education. .

The WVIAC offers championships in 16 sports and is headquartered in Princeton, West Virginia. Men's championships are offered in football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, soccer, tennis, and golf. Women's titles are contested in volleyball, softball, basketball, cross country, soccer, track, tennis, and golf.

The WVIAC moved into the NCAA Division II in 1994 after that long affiliation with the NAIA

Its post-season basketball tournament, which was first conducted in 1936, is the oldest college post-season tournament in continuous existence—predating the NCAA tournament (1939) and the NIT (1938). The NAIA national championship was founded in 1937, and the Southeastern Conference men's tournament was founded even earlier, in 1933; however, neither tournament has been continuous. (The NAIA tournament was not held in 1944. The SEC tournament was not held in 1935, but returned the following year; it was then suspended after the 1952 edition and did not resume until 1979.)

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