BELLEVILLE — The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx have been accepted into the American Midwest Conference, league administrators announced Wednesday.
The move comes a year after Lindenwood-Belleville was accepted into NAIA as an independent institution.
Lindenwood-Belleville will begin a full competition schedule in the AMC during the 2014-15 season.
"Lindenwood University-Belleville's acceptance into the AMC is not only a major benchmark in the development of a first-rate NAIA collegiate sports program, but also a sign that long-standing Midwest liberal arts colleges comprising the AMC's membership recognize our Belleville campus as one of them,'' Lindenwood University President Dr. James Evans said.
Other members of the 12-school conference are Benedictine-Springfield, Columbia, Hannibal-LaGrange, Harris-Stowe, Lyon, Missouri Baptist, Park University, Stephens College, William Woods and Williams Baptist.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy also was recently accepted to the conference.
McKendree University was a longtime member of the AMC before making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
"The AMC will provide a tremendous environment of competition and sportsmanship for our student-athletes," Lindenwood-Belleville Athletic Director Scott Spinner said.
"After meeting with members and representatives of the AMC, it quickly became clear that their goals and values align with those of Lindenwood-Belleville. We knew at that point, that this was the conference for us."
In just four years of existence, Lynx athletics have had proven success with men's golf, men's soccer and softball winning USCAA National Championships.