Beginning June 27, 2012 the Mid-Central College Conference
is the Crossroads League. The Crossroads League is a 10-institution athletic
conference in the NAIA and offers 15 year round sports throughout Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio.
League Commissioner J.D. Collins initiated the re-brand
effort to update the identity of the Central-Indiana-based athletic conference.
Several factors were considered; the conference's location in the Midwest, each
institution being faith-based and communicating elite athletics.
"Our League now communicates, both visually and through
the name, all of the things our institutions hold dear; our unique faith,
top-flight athletics, and our foundation in the Midwest", said J.D. Collins.
The League will continue to compete regularly in the NAIA's
national tournaments as well as continuing to produce the nation's top Academic
“I am extremely
excited about the new name and logo of our Athletic Conference,” said Athletic
Director Mark DeMichael. “The name,
Crossroads League, represents not only our geographic location, but also our
Christian university heritage that is so critically important to our IWU athletic
“As a member of the
Branding Committee, I know how much time and work our Conference Commissioner,
JD Collins, put into making this historical change a positive one for every
institution in the league and he should be congratulated for his outstanding
leadership,” said DeMichael. “IWU athletics is excited to partner with our
league institutions with the goal of making the Crossroads League the most
recognizable and respected conference in the NAIA.”
Crossroads League consists of: Bethel College (Mishawaka,
IN); Goshen College (Goshen, IN); Grace College (Winona Lake, IN); Huntington
University (Huntington, IN); Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN); Marian
University (Indianapolis, IN); Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon,
OH); University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, IN); Spring Arbor University
(Spring Arbor, MI); and Taylor University (Upland, IN).