GLIAC To Launch Football Website Thursday

GLIAC To Launch Football Website Thursday

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) will unveil its 2011 preseason poll and season preview in conjunction with the launch of a special website on Thursday (Aug. 18).

The 2011 GLIAC Football Media Day Website is expected to go live tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (ET) and include information on the upcoming campaign with video comments from respective head coaches, video highlights of top returning players and links to team media guides and information in addition to the preseason poll.  The GLIAC Football media guide and record book will also be published to the site.

Additionally, the league's annual preseason preview will be featured and was written by Sandy Gholston.

This year marks the second-straight season in which the league has launched a media day website to promote the conference. Each head coach was present earlier this month for the conference's annual head coaches meeting and filmed a short video segment discussing their respective teams and the upcoming season.

The video interviews with the head coaches were conducted in the campus television studio at Saginaw Valley State University prior to the start of fall camp and each coach was interviewed by SVSU radio play-by-play announcer J.J. Boehm.

The website, which was created by Presto Sports, will be available live online thru the official conference website at

The 2011 GLIAC football season officially kicks off with six non-conference games on Thursday, Sept. 1.  Five other games will be contested on opening weekend, including Ferris State's non-league home tilt against Hillsdale on Friday, Sept. 2. 

The league schedule begins the following week with all 14 schools in action on Saturday, Sept. 10.  The final week of GLIAC regular-season play will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Grand Valley State is ranked second in The Sporting News Division II 2011 Preseason Top 25 Poll, Wayne State is listed ninth in the poll and Hillsdale is ranked 19th in the nation. That is a snapshot of the strength of the GLIAC on the national level as the start of the 2011 season is just around the corner.