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ACM Athletic Tournaments

90 Years of Competition and Collaboration

Athletic ties among ACM member institutions stretch back more than 90 years to 1921, when six colleges — Beloit, Carleton, Coe, Cornell, Knox and Lawrence — formed the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference and held the new league's first competition in track and field.

2014 ACM Invitational Tournaments


Sept. 5-7, 2014

Macalester, Carleton,

& St. Olaf Colleges


Sept. 12-14, 2014

Grinnell College

By 1958, the conference had grown to include ten colleges, which joined together to create the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, thereby adding collaboration in academic areas to the connections they already had through sports.

Today, the 14 ACM institutions compete on the NCAA Division III level as members of several different athletic conferences. In recent years, though, the ACM Athletic Directors have taken the lead in fostering new athletic competitions among the ACM colleges through invitational tournaments.

Jackie Slaats

ACM competition provides a great venue to showcase the talents and abilities of our student-athletes beyond the classroom and also helps bring recognition to our highly respected consortium of institutions that share similar academic and athletic goals.

- Jackie Slaats, Director of Athletics, Lake Forest College



A New Era Begins

Luther College volleyball

Luther College hosted teams from 12 ACM colleges for the 2013 ACM Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

  • The 2014 ACM Soccer Invitational Tournament will be hosted by Macalester, with assistance from Carleton and St. Olaf, on September 5-7. Participants will include five men's teams (Coe, Knox, Lake Forest, Macalester, and St. Olaf) and six women's teams (Carleton, Coe, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, and Macalester).
  • Grinnell College will be the venue for the 2014 ACM Volleyball Invitational Tournament on September 12-14, with teams from Carleton, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, Luther, and Macalester participating.

Joe Thompson

Luther College is proud to be a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) where institutions with similar missions, philosophies, and core values demand excellence and are committed to expanding the overall quality of the educational experience. The advent of ACM-sponsored athletic events provides an opportunity for student-athletes to compete in an environment in which athletic participation plays an integral part in the student-athlete’s educational experience.

- Joe Thompson, Director of Athletics, Luther College



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