2016 NIAC Awards Announced

Coach of the Year (Men) – Tim Sowden (AFLBS)

Coach of the Year (Women) – Rachael Nowell (TBC)

Player of the Year (Men) – Sean Jay (TMCC)

Player of the Year (Women) – Jaylen Newman (TBC)

All Conference – (Men)

Aaron Arneson (AFLBS)
Travis Haugen (AFLBS)
Chris Papillon (AFLBS)
Jeremy O’Brien (LLTC)
Ezekiel Cook (OHCC)
Friscoe Erdahl (TBC)
Jaden Shockley (TBC)
Aaron Stemen (TBC)
Kolten Keplin (TMCC)
Dante Pearson (TMCC)

Honorable Mention –

Travis Dow (LLTC)
Aiden Guthrie (OHCC)

All Conference – (Women)

Katie Berge (AFLBS)
Ciara Fineday (LLTC)
Justine Jourdain (LLTC)
Janae Droste (TBC)
Rebecca Olsson (TBC)
Shayian Davis (TMCC)
Claudia Santiestban (TMCC)
Whitney Wallette (TMCC)

Honorable Mention –

Amy Pflughaupt (AFLBS)
Daniell Jourdain (LLTC)
Tonya Morris (LLTC)
Shakiya Chase (TMCC)



NIAC Expands “North Of The Border”

NEWS RELEASE: (2/5/16) The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) continues expansion of conference membership by adding a new member college, beginning in 2016-17. Canadian Mennonite University out of Winnipeg, MB was recently approved as the league’s eighth team and only Canadian representative.  CMU will be providing men’s and women’s basketball to league play.


“This is an exciting development for our conference” said Dan Hovestol, NIAC President. “Many of our NIAC colleges have had a longstanding relationship with CMU so bringing them on board as a league member made a lot of sense.  Canadian Mennonite University has a solid athletics program in addition to being an exemplary institution of higher learning. Their inclusion makes our conference immediately stronger.”  The NIAC conference now includes eight institutions from Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba.

NIAC Adds New Member College for 2016-17

NEWS RELEASE: (9/22/15) The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) has added a new member college, beginning in 2016-17. Cankdeska Cikana Community College out of Fort Totten, ND was approved at a recent NIAC Meeting as the newest member college, providing men’s and women’s basketball to league play.bb4

Dan Hovestol, NIAC President, released a statement regarding the merger; “It is with great pleasure that the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference welcomes Cankdeska Cikana Community College as our newest member institution, beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Cankdeska was unanimously received as a member which reflects the overall enthusiasm from league schools for the partnership between the NIAC and CCCC.”

NIAC Men’s Tournament Field Set

Oak Hills Christian To Host NIAC Basketball Tournament

Oak Hills WolfPack
Oak Hills Christian College WolfPack

The 2013-14 regular season in the NIAC has been played with each school playing a 10-game conference schedule. Now all six men’s basketball teams will meet in Bemidji this week for the first NIAC post-season conference tournament. Oak Hills Christian College is the host institution.

Leech Lake Tribal College
Leech Lake Tribal College

Leech Lake Tribal College (8-2) were crowned regular season champs after a tight season-long chase. The Lakers receive a bye into the tournament semifinals. AFLBS and Trinity Bible College tied for second place, each finishing at 7-3 in conference play. AFLBS are the second-seed in the tournament and also receives a first round bye.

Trinity Bible College will play the six-seeded Red Lake Nation College in a quarterfinal on Thursday. Host school Oak Hills Christian College, the fifth-seed, will play fourth-seeded Turtle Mountain Community College in the final Thursday game. All games will be played at the OHCC gymnasium.

Tournament bracket can be found here.


4 PM: Trinity Bible vs Red Lake Nation

8 PM: Turtle Mountain vs Oak Hills Christian


noon: 5th Place game

4:00 PM: AFLBS vs Trinity Bible/Red Lake Nation winner

8:00 PM: Leech Lake Tribal vs Turtle Mountain/Oak Hills Christian winner


noon: 3rd Place game

4:00 PM: Championship game

All games will stream live here.