ACM Athletic Tournaments
ACM's Invitational Athletic Tournaments continue in 2014 with competitions in soccer and volleyball in September. The tournaments are organized by the ACM Athletics Directors to promote consortial athletic ties to complement the strong academic connections among the 14 member institutions.
2014 ACM Soccer Showcase
Macalester, Carleton, and St. Olaf colleges will host a tournament on September 5-7 bringing together five ACM college men's soccer teams (Coe, Knox, Lake Forest, Macalester, and St. Olaf) and six ACM college women's soccer teams (Carleton, Coe, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, and Macalester).
In addition to two days of matches, the Showcase will include an urban immersion experience in which the student-athletes and their coaches will tour the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis to learn about the area's history as a major producer of flour.
Visit the 2014 Soccer Showcase webpage for the schedule and links to live webcasts of selected matches.
2014 ACM Volleyball Invitational Tournament
For the second year in a row, ACM volleyball teams will take the court for consortial competition. Grinnell College will be the venue on September 13-14 for this year's ACM Volleyball Invitational, which will feature teams from Carleton, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, Luther, and Macalester. The event will include an evening banquet for the student-athletes and coaches from the six colleges.
Visit the 2014 Volleyball Tournament webpage for the schedule and links to live webcasts of selected matches.
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
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.
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.
Luther College hosted teams from 12 ACM colleges for the 2013 ACM Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
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.
A New Era Begins
The Athletic Directors of the ACM colleges have committed to hosting an ongoing schedule of ACM tournaments in selected sports.
A volleyball tournament will be a yearly fixture on the sports schedule and soccer tournaments will be scheduled every two years. Occasional tournaments in other sports are possible, as well.
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