ACCA changes for NIAC member schools

Free Lutheran Bible College to Host 2024-2026 ACCA Basketball Tournaments
The Board of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) announces significant organizational changes that will result in the annual spring basketball tournaments being moved to Minneapolis, MN for the 2024 through 2026 seasons.

The tournaments will be hosted by Free Lutheran Bible College in Plymouth, MN, with the 2024 dates of March 12-15, aligning with the date and Minneapolis-area location for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) basketball tournaments. Fall sports tournaments, including men’s soccer and women’s volleyball, will continue to be held by Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO.

Additionally, member schools will no longer pay dues, but will pay a per-tournament entry fee. Schools participating in the tournaments must meet ACCA guidelines, including teams comprised of full time students and programs that require at least 20 credits of Bible. ACCA Board members made these changes in order to serve more colleges and to emphasize the Christian character of participating institutions:

“The goal of this decision is to serve more like mission institutions that perhaps have run out of year end options for their athletes,” said Dan Hovestol, ACCA Board Vice Chairman. “Strategically moving our dates and location to align with our friends at the NCCAA will provide a secondary championship alternative for those schools who have no national affiliation or fail to qualify for the NCCAA national tournament.”

FLBC President Wade Mobley, who also serves on the ACCA, noted the anticipation of the campus for such an event.

“We opened the Student Life Center in 2021 and have enjoyed the venue very much. Our conference tournament is a highlight every year, and we are thrilled to serve as the new home for the spring ACCA basketball tournaments for the next three years.”

Further inquiries may be addressed to ACCA Board Chair Chris Lahm at (417) 626-1262, or

Founded in 1964 by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (, the Free Lutheran Bible College and Seminary ( includes a two-year post-secondary program (FLBC) and a four-year Master of Divinity pastoral training program Level (FLS). The Free Lutheran Bible College and Seminary gained accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS, in 2018.

For further information or clarification, please contact Director of Recruiting and Communications Mr. Josh Johnson at (763) 544-9501, or

Established in 1983 as the National Bible College Athletic Association (NBCAA), the Association for Christian College Athletics (ACCA) exists to provide a national organization to hold championships, name All-Americans and scholar athletes, and promote member colleges. For more information contact ACCA Board Chair Chris Lahm at (417) 626-1262, or


2022 NIAC Awards Announced


Coach of the Year – Jordan Nowell (TBC)

Player of the Year – Deontray Anderson (OHCC)

All Conference –

Deontray Anderson (OHCC)
Khalil Bolden (TBC)
Andrew Carlson (FLBC)
Wyatt Enno (TMCC)
Kobe Gourneau (TMCC)
Jarrell Jacobs (LLTC)
Colten Jensen (OHCC)
Arnold Kingbird (LLTC)
Marcellus Mencarini (TBC)
Micah Moan (FLBC)
Jamison Pratt (SWC)
Kane Rabbithead (NHSC)
TJ Shellman (SWC)
Tyrik Ward (TBC)
Quincy Wilson (OHCC)

All Conference Honorable Mention –

Ethan Brown (LLTC)
Jonas Fairrow (FLBC)
Johnny German III (SWC)
Jonah Jackson (NHSC)
James Keplin (TMCC)
Mitch Marr (FLBC)
Austin Molan (TBC)
Jex Nwalor (OHCC)
Shooter Stewart (NHSC)


Coach of the Year – Rachael Nowell (TBC)

Player of the Year – Stacia West (TBC)

All Conference –

Brenna Anderson (TBC)
Caitlyn Davis (TMCC)
Kailee Fineday (LLTC)
Shayla Gayton (NHSC)
Shelby Greven (FLBC)
Kobi Keplin (TMCC)
Jordyn LaBlanc (SWC)
Abby Molan (TBC)
Chelsey Quick Bear (NHSC)
Lydia Rieschl (FLBC)
Hailey Shepherd (SWC)
Brooke Tuttle (TMCC)
Madison Wells (SWC)
Grace West (TBC)
Stacia West (TBC)

All Conference Honorable Mention –

Jonna Brady (NHSC)
Cora Oltman (FLBC)
Danae Wilson (LLTC)

2020 NIAC Awards Announced


Coach of the Year – Scott Kirkpatrick (RRC)

Player of the Year – Torrez McKoy (RRC)

All Conference

Nathan Armstrong (LLTC)
Isaiah Cole (CMU)
Kieler Counts (TMCC)
Ronnie Jackson (OHCC)
Arnold Kingbird (LLTC)
Logan Klitzke (TBC)
Jordan Lawson (PUC)
Micah Moan (FLBC)
Jamerick Moton (SWC)
Mikah Olson (FLBC)
D’Laino Paige (SWC)
Bryce Rader (TMCC)
Mark Ridd (RRC)
Frank Tocci (RRC)
DJ White (SWC)

All Conference Honorable Mention

Kieran Baydock (CMU)
Khalil Bolden (TBC)
Tanner Brien (TMCC)
Jared Brown (LLTC)
Waedon Dueck (PUC)
Joseph Looking Horse (NHSC)
Seth McKenzie (CMU)
Austin Molan (TBC)
Trezon Morcilla (RRC)
Collin Mossett (NHSC)
Will Richmond (OHCC)
Terrell Shellman (SWC)
Bryant Smith (PUC)
Luther Zeltinger (FLBC)


Coach of the Year – Joe DiCursio (CMU)

Player of the Year – Julia Schatkowsky (CMU)

All Conference

Shirliz Apiyo (CMU)
Kyla Clarke (RRC)
Caitlyn Davis (TMCC)
Grace Dryburgh (FLBC)
Falynn Ferris (TMCC)
Lacey Finnbogason (RRC)
Jessica Marx Houndle (CMU)
Jodene Kowalchuk (RRC)
Kennedy Nofziger (TBC)
Mhaddie Poitra (TMCC)
Natalya Reimer (PUC)
Katelin Thiessen (PUC)
Madison Trussoni (FLBC)
Hannah Van Schie (PUC)
Stacia West (TBC)

All Conference Honorable Mention

Hannah Boyer (FLBC)
Alena Collier (PUC)
Willow Eastman (SWC)
Larissa McKay (TMCC)
Raquel Perez (SWC)
JoAnna Smith (NHSC)

2019 NIAC Awards Announced

All Conference – (Men)

Coach of the Year – Thomas DeJoseph (SWC)


Player of the Year – Malik Norfleet (SWC)


All Conference –

Taven Azure (TMCC)
Benjamin Dryburgh (AFLBS)
Riley Ens (CMU)
Nathan Howard (LLTC)
Arnold Kingbird (LLTC)
Ronnie Jackson (OHCC)
Jordan Lawson (PUC)
Torrez McKay (RRC)
Seth McKenzie (CMU)
Micah Moan (AFLBS)
Jamerick Moton (SWC)
Kendall Perpall (PUC)
Mark Ridd (RRC)
Elwood Tomlinson (SWC)
Jamal Williams (TBC)


Honorable Mention –

Keegan Beer (CMU)
Cash Blanca (PUC)
Phillip Harris (OHCC)
Logan Klitzke (TBC)
Taylor Peltier (TMCC)
DJ White (SWC)
Steve Williamson (RRC)
Alvin Wind (LLTC)
Luther Zeltinger (AFLBS)



All Conference – (Women)

Coach of the Year – Joel Coursey (PUC)


Player of the Year – Julia Schatkowsky (CMU)


All Conference

Shirliz Apiyo (CMU)
Emily Cuellar (SWC)
Carlie Decoteau (TMCC)
Chambre Droste (TBC)
Grace Dryburgh (AFLBS)
Taylor Goodbrandson (PUC)
Kalei Kerby (AFLBS)
Jessica Marx-Houndle (CMU)
Cyzelle Mas (RRC)
Kennedy Nofzinger (TBC)
Delicia Payer (SWC)
Mhaddie Poitra (TMCC)
Katelin Thiessen (PUC)
Hannah Van Schie (PUC)


Honorable Mention –

Joanne Schwarz (PUC)
Chandler Lee (SWC)
Faith Dionne (TMCC)
Bobbi Jo Alverson (AFLBS)


Contest Winners – 

3-Point Champion (Men) – Seth McKenzie (CMU)
3-Point Champion (Women) – Kennedy Nofzinger (TBC)


Slam Dunk Champion – Brentyn McKinney (SWC)
Slam Dunk Runner-Up – Anthony Douglas (SWC)









NIAC Expansion Continues with NHSC

The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (New Town, ND) as its 11th active member, beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

“We are very much looking forward to the addition of NHSC as a NIAC member and feel their inclusion will further strengthen what’s become a very competitive conference,” said Dan Hovestol, NIAC President. “Additionally, we’re aggressively pursuing further expansion as it relates to future NIAC sport and sanctioned tournament options. With 11 colleges, the opportunity to serve our athletes with additional sport offerings becomes more likely in the future.  We’re not only encouraged by the continued addition of NIAC member institutions but also with recent developments of a more intentional relationship with the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC).  Future partnership with the MCAC can potentially expand our athletic opportunities beyond just basketball which I believe is a win-win for all involved.”

The upcoming NIAC postseason basketball tournament will be held February 15-17, 2019 on the Sisseton Wahpeton College campus. Existing members of the NIAC are: Association Free Lutheran Bible School (Plymouth, Minnesota), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, North Dakota), Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, Minnesota), Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji, Minnesota), Providence University College (Otterburne, Manitoba), Red River College (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Sisseton Wahpeton College (Agency Village, SD), Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, North Dakota) and Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, North Dakota).

NIAC Community Service Gift – 2018

NIAC Community Service
Cankdeska Cikana Community College Athletic Director, Herb Hofer (right), presented a check and collected non perishable food items to Louis Garcia, representative for the Bdecan Presbyterian Church Food Shelf on behalf of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC). The NIAC held their annual post season basketball championships in Fort Totten, ND on the Cankdeska campus from February 15-17, 2018. The donations are part of the NIAC’s community support initiative that gives back to the communities that host and welcome NIAC athletes and teams during tournament action.