Rio athletics announces return to KIAC

December 5, 2013

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande has been unanimously approved for membership into the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Rio Grande’s 11 scholarship sports – baseball, softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer and track and field – begin play as a member of the KIAC with the 2014-15 school year.

“Athletics serve as an extension of the Rio Grande mission and values,” RedStorm Athletic Director Jeff Lanham said. “The institutions within the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference align well with our beliefs, and Rio Grande is thankful for this opportunity. As many of our alumni remember, this conference was our home prior to 1971.”

Rio Grande will remain a member of the Mid-South Conference through the 2014 spring season, which includes track and field, baseball and softball.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the athletes of the University of Rio Grande and our students,” Rio Grande President Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley said. “I really appreciate the warm welcome from KIAC Conference leadership and its presidents.”

Beginning in 2014-15, the KIAC will feature 12 teams in four states. Alice Lloyd College, Asbury University, Berea College, Brescia University and Midway College are located in Kentucky. Indiana has Indiana University-East, Indiana University-Southeast and Indiana University-Kokomo. Pennsylvania features Carlow University and Point Park University. Cincinnati Christian University and Rio Grande represent Ohio.

The RedStorm have been members of the MSC since the 2009-10 school year. Rio Grande competed in the America Mideast Conference from 1998 to 2009, and the Mid-Ohio Conference from 1971 to 1998. Prior to 1971 the then-Rio Grande College Redmen were members of the KIAC.

“I remember when Rio was a member of the KIAC in the 1960’s,” KIAC Commissioner Bill Melton wrote in an email. “I played baseball at Berea College during that time and competed against Rio teams. It is good to have you back in the KIAC.”