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NAIA Timeline-General

An ambitious attempt to document the NAIA's historical roster of schools, conferences and districts.

NAIA Timeline-General

Postby HowardSalwasser » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:59 pm

This is just a general outline of the NAIA's evolution.

1935-After a succesful 14-year run in Kansas City, the Amateur Athletic Union moves it's annual basketball tournament to Denve. Soon after, Emil S. Liston, athletics director, football coach and basketball coach at Baker University in Kansas, met up with Frank Cramer, a Kansas City businessman, and Dr. James Naismith, the founder of the game of basketball, and at the time, a physical education professor at the University of Kansas. The idea of a national tournament, tried only once before in 1921, is soon hatched, and would be implemented a few years later.
1937-The first National Small College Basketball Association Tournament was held at Kansas City's brand new Municipal Auditorium. The teams represented were:
Baker University of Baldwin, KS-Champions of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference;
Central Missouri State College of Warrensburg, MO(Currently the University of Central Missouri)-Champion of the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association;
Conway Teachers College of Conway, AR(Currently the University of Central Arkansas)-Champions of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference;
Dakota Wesleyan College of Mitchell, SD-Champions of the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference;
Luther College of Decorah, IA-Champions of the Iowa Conference;
Morningside College of Sioux City, IA-Champions of the North Central Conference;
St. Benedict's College of Atchinson, KS(Currently Benedictine University)-Unknown what conference title they held, presumably were independent;
Southwestern College of Winfield, KS-Champions of the Central Intercollegiate Conference.
3/11/37-Central Missouri State defeats Morningside 35-24 in the first championship game.
1938-NSCBAT is rebranded as the National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament, expands to 32 teams, and establishes the basic format still in use: 8 games a day for first 2 rounds, followed by quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place game(eliminated in 1989), and championship.
Central Missouri State defends it's title over Roanoke College and is awarded the Maude Naismith trophy, designed by Dr. Naismith who named it after his deceased wife. The trophy would be named for himself in 1948.
The National Invitation Tournament is first held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1939-The National Association of Basketball Coaches conducts it's first tournament; it would be taken over by the National Collegiate Athletic Association the next year.
3/10/1940-National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball is formed at a meeting at Kansas City's Phillips Hotel to administer operations of the NIBT. Emil Liston is appointed as executive secretary with offices located at Baker University. Approximately 100 schools are members.
1941-San Diego State becomes first current NCAA Division I team to claim an NAIB crown, defeated Murray State in the final.
1942-Hamline University of St. Paul wins the first of it's three NAIB titles.
1943-Southeast Missouri State College(later University) of Cape Girardeau defeats Northwest Missouri State College(later University) of Mayville in the championship game. It is the first time that two schools from the same conference have contested the Men's Division I championship(The other occured in 2002).
1944-The NAIB tournament is cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions. During World War II, a number of members had their membership lapse.
1945-The tournament resumes with 16 teams invited, due to the lack of colleges that fielded basketball teams.
1946-The tournament returns to the 32 team format. During the tournament, Kansas coach Phog Allen is allowed by tournament officials to play an experimental game to test his idea of 12-foot goals.
Fall 1946-Liston ends career at Baker due to declining health, but continues his NAIA duties,
1948-After being denied a chance to compete the year before, Clarence Walker of Indiana State College becomes first black player to participate in the tournament. The Sycamores, coach by John Wooden, lose to Louisville in the championship. The Cardinals are invited to the Olympic Trials to determine the U.S. team for the London Olympics.
1949-Although records of district playoffs go back to as early as 1938, they become more widely used to determine tournament teams.
Fall, 1949-Emil Liston passes away due to a heart attack; Al Duer, the head coach at Pepperdine College of Los Angeles(later moved to Malibu, CA), is named executive secretary for the orginaization. As a result, the executive offices are moved to Los Angeles.
1950-NAIB launches the NAIB News to provide coverage of the organization's activities.
1951-NAIB names it's first All-American team in association with the Helms Foundation and introduces it's first statistical report in basketball. 314 schools were members.
6/5/1951-Central State University of Wilberforce, Ohio becomes the first HBCU to attain membership, but on a provisional basis. They would join on a permanent basis the following spring.
Summer, 1951-By a mail-in vote, the NAIB votes to add championships in golf, tennis, and track and field.
March, 1952-At it's annual meeting, the NAIB evolves into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and votes to admit historically black colleges and universities as members on a full-time basis. Within a year, 36 such schools were accepted.
Spring, 1952-The inagural championships in golf, tennis and track and field are held in Abilene, TX. North Texas State College, Pepperdine College and Abilene Christian College are the respective winners.
Fall, 1952-The association produces it's first statistical reports for football.
1953-Tennessee State becomes first HBCU to qualify for the NAIA basketball tournament, making it to the quarterfinals before losing. Southwest Missouri State College(currently Missouri State University) wins it's second consecutive title.
1954-Bevo Francis, a guard from Rio Grande College in Ohio, becomes first bonafide NAIA star, averaging over 50 ppg in leading the Redmen to Kansas City.
Fall 1954-NAIA has 435 members, the NCAA 439. NAIA also releases it's first administrative handbook.
1956-In response to the NCAA adding a second basketball tournament for smaller schools, the NAIA adds cross-country to it's championship palate. South Dakota State University wins the meet, held in Omaha.
12/22/1956-NAIA conducts it's first football national championship game, the Aluminum Bowl in Little Rock, AR. Montana State University and St. Joseph's College of Indiana play to a scoreless draw, which was broadcast live to a national audience by CBS(and called by NFL legend Red Grange).
1957-NAIA executive offices move from the Pepperdine campus in Los Angeles and back to Kansas City, where it would remain for 36 years.
Winter, 1957-NAIA holds it's first swimming and diving championship, won by East Carolina College.
Spring, 1957-NAIA holds it's first baseball world series in Alpine, TX, won by Sul Ross State College, the host school.
1958-First NAIA wrestling championship is held with host Mankato State Teachers College(later MSU Mankato) winning the first event.
Fall, 1958-NAIA adopts a four-team football playoff.
1959-Tennessee State wins it's third straight national championship, tying it with Hamline for the most titles all time to that point.
Fall, 1959-NAIA conducts it's first soccer championship in Slippery Rock, PA. Pratt Institute of Brooklyn were the victors.
1960-An all-star team of NAIA players defeats NCAA champion Ohio State in the Olympic Trials. Despite the win, and subsequent fourth place finish, no NAIA player was named to the (eventual) gold-medal winning squad.
1962-NAIA adds bowling championship, first won by Gannon College of Erie, PA.
1964-NAIA adds gymnastics championship. Western Illinois were the first champions. Lucious Jackson of Texas' Pan American University is first true NAIA player to represent the United States in Men's Basketball at the Tokyo olympics.
1966-NAIA conducts it's first indoor track and field championship at Municipal Auditorium and won by Southern University of Louisiana.
1968-NAIA adds ice hockey championship. Bemidji State University wins title. NAIA all-stars win U.S. Olympic basketball tournament, with two members selected to the Olympic squad that won Gold in Mexico City.
1969-NAIA introduces the first national men's volleyball championship tournament. Earlham College of Richmond, Indiana are the first champions. It also held a water polo tournament, and a decathlon championship, held separately from the track and field championships.
1970-Kentucky State wins the first of three consecutive basketball national championships. A second championship is added for football, which is won by Westminster College of Pennsylvania.
1971/72-NAIA reaches it's membership peak of 561 schools.
August, 1973-NCAA restructures itself into three divisions.
3/10/1975- NAIA basketball tournament moves from the Municipal Auditorium to Kemper Arena.
1976-After the retirement of Al Duer the year before, Dr. Harry Fritz becomes the NAIA's third executive secretary(The title was renamed executive director the following year). In addition, the NAIA establishes a permanent headquarters in the Midland Building.
1977-For first time since 1959, NAIA football games are broadcast, for a short time, on national television.
Spring, 1978-NAIA holds last bowling championship.
Fall, 1978-NAIA football tournaments expand to include 8 teams.
1979-NAIA holds last men's volleyball championship.
12/8/79(?)-Fledgling ESPN airs the Division I Palm Bowl in McAllen, Texas.
Early 1980's-USA Network carries NAIA men's basketball championship game(unknown when it began).
Spring 1980-NAIA member schools, by a narrow margin approve adding a program of championships for women, to start in the fall of 1980.
1980/81-The NAIA offers it's first women's championships in basketball(Texas Southern), volleyball(Azusa Pacific), cross-country(Wisconsin-Parkside), swimming and diving(Simon Fraser), indoor(Jackson State) and outdoor(Texas Southern) track and field, gymnastics(Georgia College), tennis(Grand Canyon and Guilford tied for first), and softball(Sam Houston State).
1984-NAIA holds last men's gymnastics and ice hockey championships. NAIA adds women's soccer championship, hosted in St. Louis, and first won by St. Mary's College of California.
1985-NAIA restructures it's voting procedure at it's convention. All members in good standing receive a vote.
1986-Jeffrey Farris becomes the fourth executive director in the NAIA's history. Council of Presidents transitions from advisory role into the primary governing body.
March, 1987-ESPN carries the national semifinals and championship games of Men's Basketball. It would carry the championship game for the next several years.
Fall, 1987-NAIA football tournaments expand to 16 teams.
1988-NAIA holds last women's gymnastics championship.
1989-NAIA Division I football playoff reverts back to 8 teams.
1991-James Chasteen replaces Jeffrey Farris and becomes first stand alone president and CEO. The old presidency, in respects to that of the head of the National Executive Committee, is abolished, as the NEC itself.
1992-NAIA splits men's and women's basketball championships into two divisions. Grace College(Men) and Northern State(Women) won the inagural Division II crowns.
Fall, 1993-In a startling move, the NAIA moves it's executive offices and the Men's division I basketball tournament from Kansas City to Tulsa.
1994-District play is abolished first in basketball, then in all sports that fall. Qualifying would be based on conferences and independent groupings. Nine geographic regions are introduced in the fall.
Spring, 1995-NAIA adds women's golf championship. Lynn University were the first winners.
Fall, 1995-NAIA Division I football playoff reverts back to 4 teams.
1997-James Chasteen resigns and is replaced by Steve Baker. NAIA also launches it's first website.
Fall, 1997-Football championship is now held as a single division.
1999-NAIA restructures into 14 regions.
2000-NAIA introduces Champions of Character initiative.
2001-NAIA moves it's executive offices to Olathe, KS and returns the men's division I basketball tournament to the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium.
2003-NAIA begins partnership with CSTV(currently the CBS Sports Network) for coverage of football championship game and the basketball championships.
2005-Based on previous dissertations by Francis Lentz and Carroll Land(a former NAIA president) while adding events from 1977 onwards, John Wilson, a Vanguard University professor, writes The History of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the first publically published history of the organization.
2006-Steve Baker resigns and Jim Carr is named president and CEO of the NAIA.
2007-NAIA moves back into Kansas City proper, locating into the Bonfils Building near the Municipal Auditorium.
2008-NAIA disbands the regional structure. From now on, all conferences receive automatic bids to national championships.
2010-NAIA creates an eligibility center.
2012-NAIA celebrates the 75th playing of it's flagship national basketball championship.
2013-NAIA establishes partnership with ESPN to stream selected national championships online through ESPN3.com.
Last edited by HowardSalwasser on Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:10 pm, edited 15 times in total.
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Re: NAIA Timeline-General

Postby dcfaught » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:14 pm

This article states the NAIA held 1st baseball tournament in 1957 and Southwestern Oklahoma won the championship. Check your records as the NAIA baseball
world series was won by Sul Ross State College who defeated Rollins College.
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