The Midwest Athletic Conference was
founded during the 1972-73 school year and began
athletic competition in the fall of 1973. The original
members of the conference included Ansonia, Bradford,
Coldwater, Marion Local, Minster, New Bremen, Parkway
and St. Henry. The conference recognized five varsity
sports (all boys) at the onset including football, cross
country, basketball, track and field, and baseball.
It wasn’t until the next school year that the Ohio High
School Athletic Association, as well as the MAC, began
to recognize girl’s sports at the varsity level. The MAC
added volleyball, basketball, and track and field to
their athletic line up. Following the 1977-78 school
year, Ansonia and Bradford elected to drop out of the
conference, leaving the MAC with just six schools.
Beginning in the fall of 1977, Fort Recovery,
Mendon-Union, and New Knoxville joined in all varsity
sports except for football, as none of the schools
fielded a team. Prior to the kickoff of the 1982-83
school year, Delphos St. John’s was invited and accepted
membership into the league. In addition that year,
girl’s cross country was added as a varsity sport.
Things remained consistent until shortly after the
1991-92 school year, when Mendon-Union schools closed.
Boy’s golf was added as a conference sport beginning in
1994, while softball began varsity competition before
the start of the 1996-97 season. In the fall of 1995,
Fort Recovery officially began their football program as
a member of the league.
Before the start of the 1999 fall season, league
officials entertained adding Versailles, Sidney Lehman,
and Lima Central Catholic to the league. Following a
vote, Versailles was the only school accepted, and they
began competition in the fall of 2001. Since then, the
only notable changes in the conference were adding
girl’s golf in 2005 and during the same fall, the Anna
Rockets were added for football competition only.
Through the years, the Midwest Athletic Conference has
proudly crowned close to 100 state champions in nearly
all sports in which it has competed. The conference has
also produced many “dynasties” in numerous sports that
are recognized for their accomplishments around the
state and every year produced many college-level
athletes from NCAA Division I to NAIA. Along with
tremendous athletes, the conference has also been
fortunate to be home to many Ohio Hall of Fame coaches
as well as some of the best small-school athletic
facilities in the state.