Loyola Joins Atlantic 10 Conference
November 16, 2021
Dear Loyola Community,
I am delighted to announce that Loyola has accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic 10 Conference effective July 1, 2022. The A-10 is a 14-university, 21-sport league that is universally hailed as one of the best conferences in the country.
While we have with a deep, abiding appreciation for the Missouri Valley Conference, our move to the Atlantic 10 (A-10) will be an exciting one for the University and our student-athletes that will help grow our collective visibility on a national level. The move will also allow us to compete more with Jesuit institutions in the A-10—Fordham University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Saint Louis University—and renew rivalries with former Midwestern Collegiate Conference foes that include the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, La Salle University, and Saint Louis University.
Starting with the NCAA national championships in men’s volleyball in 2014 and 2015 and continuing on to the NCAA Final Four appearance in 2018 and a trip to the 2021 NCAA Sweet 16 in men’s basketball, our Loyola Ramblers are making names for themselves and our program—and the move to the A-10 will allow them to get more of the national recognition they have earned. Since the start of the 2014-15 academic year, Loyola teams have made 10 trips to the NCAA tournament, won 13 Missouri Valley Conference championships, and added a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season crown, while several of our student-athletes have gone on to compete as individuals at the NCAA championships in their respective sports.
In addition to that competitive success, Loyola has continued to score high marks in the classroom, and over the last seven seasons, has produced seven CoSIDA Academic All-America selections, while also ranking No. 1 in NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) three times in the last five years.
I want to congratulate our entire athletics department for the significant success we’ve seen both athletically and academically in their programs. They have helped make this a very exciting time to be a Rambler, and I look forward to watching their continued success.
Jo Ann Rooney JD, LLM, EdD