San Diego State Aztecs


San Diego State Aztecs
San Diego State University Aztecs
SDSU athletics logo larger.png
University San Diego State University
Conference(s) Mountain West Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Jim Sterk
Location San Diego, CA
Varsity teams 17
Football stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Basketball arena Viejas Arena
Mascot Aztec Warrior
Nickname Aztecs
Fight song
Colors ScarletBlack, and Gold

              

Homepage www.GoAztecs.com

The San Diego State Aztecs are the collegiate athletics and sports teams for San Diego State University (SDSU).

San Diego State has organized programs for baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf, gymnastics, rowing (crew), softball, tennis, track, swimming, diving, women's volleyball, and water polo.

The Aztecs compete in NCAA Division I (FBS for football). Its primary conference is the Mountain West Conference. The women's water polo team participates in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The men's soccer team participates as an associate member of the Pacific-12 Conference (or "Pac-12"). The crew team is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA).

News reports (especially on local radio) often mention "Montezuma Mesa" or "news from the mesa" when discussing San Diego State-related sports events. The San Diego State campus is known as "Montezuma Mesa", as the university is situated on a mesa overlooking Mission Valley and is located at the intersection of Montezuma Road and College Avenue in the city of San Diego.

Contents

Purpose

San Diego State University athletics
San Diego State President Dr. Stephen L. Weber's discussion of the Importance of Athletics
See San Diego State press release of August 29, 2006

"The mission of the San Diego State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Team is to provide student-athletes the finest educational and athletic experience. We develop the leaders of tomorrow by instilling the core values and work ethic that inspires a passion for success in the classroom, on the field of competition, in the community, and in all future endeavors."

San Diego State Athletics Mission Statement

School colors

The school colors are scarlet (red), black and Gold.

Sports facilities

A detailed listing of the San Diego State athletics facilities, including photographs and descriptions, is found here: San Diego State Athletics Facilities.

  1. Aztec Athletic Center
  2. Viejas Arena
  3. Qualcomm Stadium
  4. Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC)
  5. Tony Gwynn Stadium
  6. Peterson Gymnasium
  7. Aztec Aquaplex
  8. San Diego State Sports Deck
  9. San Diego State Softball Stadium
  10. San Diego State Tennis Stadium
  11. San Diego State Practice Facility & Fields

Championships

Total as of 2011 = nine (9)

NOTE: In 1957,[2] San Diego State left the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and moved into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the top intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States
In 1966, SDSU had perfect undefeated 11-0-0 season.
NOTE: In 1969, San Diego State left the NCAA College Division and moved into the University Division, now known as Division I
One of the team stars was Chris Marlowe.
  • 1987 - The men's rugby union team (a club sport) won the College rugby national championship in 1987.
  • 2009 - The cheer team won the College Cheerleading National Championships in the all women's division in 2009.
  • 2011 - The cheer team won the College Cheerleading National Championships in the all women's division in 2011.
  • 2011 - The dance team won the dance national championship

Highlights

Football

Interior of Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego State football game)

Current Head Coach: Rocky Long

San Diego State University's football team is part of the highest level of American collegiate football, NCAA "Football Bowl Subdivision" of Division 1 (which was formerly known as Division 1 A). Until the 2010 season, the Aztec football team had not won a bowl game in the past 37 years.[3] In his second year as head coach, Brady Hoke led the team to an 8-4 record in the 2010 regular season and a win in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl, before accepting the Head Coaching job at the University of Michigan.

San Diego State athletics have contributed richly to the National Football League (NFL). Distinguished NFL head coaches were proud members of the Aztec Football program:

Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in the NFL are:

See List of San Diego State football players

The football team plays at Qualcomm Stadium (formerly known as "Jack Murphy" Stadium). See also The Q.

Basketball

Current Head Coach (men's team): Steve Fisher

Current Head Coach (women's team): Beth Burns

San Diego State has both men's and women's college basketball teams. Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in the NBA and WNBA are:

Other Aztecs basketball alumni who became more famous outside the sport are 1930s player Art Linkletter, who went on to an illustrious entertainment career that spanned more than 70 years, and Tony Gwynn, who also played baseball at San Diego State and opted for that sport professionally, ending up in the Hall of Fame.

The basketball teams play at Viejas Arena (see also Viejas Arena website) on the San Diego State campus.[4]

The team has had moderate success since Fisher was hired as head coach. The Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2011 earning automatic bids to the NCAA basketball tournament. The Aztecs were also the regular season Mountain West champions in 2006. On March 19, 2007, a new National Invitation Tournament (NIT) attendance record was set, at 26,752, in a loss in the second-round men's basketball game against Syracuse. They also made the MWC Tournament Finals in 2009, losing the Championship to the Utah Utes, 52-50.

After being overlooked by the NCAA Selection Committee for the 2009 tournament, the Aztecs went on to win the first three rounds of the National Invitational Tournament. With a win against St. Mary's in the tournament's quarter finals the 2008-09 team set a school record for wins in a single season with 26.[5]

In 2010, both the Men's and Women's teams won the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA basketball tournament.

In the 2010–2011 Season, the Men's team had a phenomenal record of 32-2 to capture a share of the Mountain West Conference title, and winning the Conference Tournament outright for the automatic berth to the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament. The only losses of the regular season were to another top 10 ranked team, BYU, who the Aztecs beat to win the tournament. They earned a 2nd seed in the National Championship Tournament.

Baseball

See: San Diego State baseball and College baseball

Current Head Coach: Tony Gwynn

Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in MLB are:

Soccer

See: San Diego State soccer and College soccer

Current Head Coach (men's team): Lev Kirshner

Current Head Coach (women's team): Michael Giuliano

Some of the more famous San Diego State students soccer stars are:

The men's and women's soccer teams play at Sports Deck on the San Diego State campus. The women compete in the Mountain West Conference while the men compete in the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12)

In 1987, the San Diego State men's soccer team lost in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship finals by a score of 0-2 to Clemson.

Lacrosse

The San Diego State men's lacrosse team competes in MCLA Division I of the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. The women's Lacrosse teams begins play during the 2011 season in NCAA Division I of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Both teams play (or will play) their home games at the Sports Deck on the San Diego State campus.

Aztec Hall of Fame inductees

See: Hall of fame and footnote[6]

1988
• Laurel Brassey - W. Volleyball (1974–1981)
• Willie Buchanon - Football (1970–71)
• John Butler - Football (1933–35)
Don Coryell - Football Coach (1961–72)
Fred Dryer - Football (1967–68)
• Gary Garrison - Football (1964–65)
Gene Littler - M. Golf (1949–52)
Haven Moses - Football (1966–67)
Graig Nettles - Baseball (1964–65); M. Basketball (1964–65)
• C.E. Peterson - Football Coach (1921–29); M. Bball Coach (1921–26); Track Coach (1922–46)
• Milton Phelps - M. Basketball (1939–41)
• Art Preston - Football (1949–51); Baseball (1950–52)
• Arnie Robinson - M. Track (1970–71)
Dennis Shaw - Football (1968–69)
Brian Sipe - Football (1969–71)
• Willie Steele - M. Track (1947–48); M. Basketball (1947); Baseball (1949)
1989
• Kevin Crow - Soccer (1979–82)
• Morris Gross - Football, Baseball, M. Basketball Coach (1929–42)
Tony Gwynn - Baseball (1979–81); M. Basketball (1978–81)
• Don Horn - Football (1965–66)
• Jack Rand - M. Track (1934–35); Football (1932–34)
1990
• Tim Delaney - Football (1968–70)
Art Linkletter - M. Basketball (1932–34); M. Swimming (1932–34)
• Judy Porter - W. Basketball (1980–83)
• Tom Reynolds - Football (1969–71)
1991
• Steve Copp - M. Basketball (1973–76)
Chuck Courtney - M. Golf (1960–61)
• Tom Dahms - Football (1947–49)
• Monte Jackson - Football (1973–74)
• Angela Rock - W. Volleyball (1981–84)
1992
• Barbara Barrow - W. Golf (1974–77)
Bud Black - Baseball (1978–79)
• Tony Pinkins - M. Basketball (1955–57)
• Bob Smith - M. Track (1949–50)
• Charlie Smith - Baseball Coach (1934–64)
• Deby LaPlante - W. Track (1979–80)
1993
• Tom Ables - Honorary
• Michael Cage - M. Basketball (1981–84)
• Vidal Fernandez - M. Soccer (1977–79)
• Ann Lebedeff - W. Tennis (1972–74)
• Tom Nettles - Football (1966–68)
LaTanya Sheffield - W. Track (1983–86)
1994
• Patricia Mang - Softball (1987–88)
• Chris Marlowe - M. Volleyball (1972–73); M. Basketball (1970–73)
• Bill Schuttee - Football Coach (1947–55)
• Nate Wright - Football (1967–68)
• George Ziegenfuss - M. Basketball Coach (1948–69)
1995
Marcelo Balboa - M. Soccer (1988–89)
• Bob Brady - M. Basketball (1952–54)
• Claudie Minor - Football (1972–73)
• Micki Schillig - W. Tennis (1980–83)
• Frank Scott - M. Golf Coach (1948–83)

1996
• Paul Mott - Football, M. Basketball, M. Track (1925–28)
• Ramona Pagel - W. Track (1983–84)
• Todd Santos - Football (1984–87)
Eric Wynalda - M. Soccer (1987–89)
1997
• Vicki Cantrell - W. Volleyball (1980–83)
• Kenny Hale - M. Basketball (1941, 1946–47)
• Joel Kramer - M. Basketball (1974, 1976–78)
• Duncan McFarland - M. Volleyball (1973)
1998
Marshall Faulk - Football (1991–93)
• Chris Gwynn - Baseball (1983–85)
• Mary Holland - W. Volleyball (1979–82)
• Dick Mitchell - M. Basketball (1940–42)
• Chana Perry - W. Basketball (1988–89)
1999
• Lennie Clements - M. Golf (1976–79)
• Laura DeSnoo - W. Track (1983–86)
• Harry Hodgetts - M. Basketball (1937–41)
• Carol Plunkett - W. Tennis Coach (1976–94)
• Wendy Wheat - W. Volleyball (1977–80)
2002
• 1940-41 Men's Basketball Team
• 1987 Men's Soccer Team
Joe Gibbs - Football (1961–63); Football Coach (1965–66)
• Norm Nygaard - Football (1952–54)
• Falisha Wright - W. Basketball (1992–95)
2003
• 1973 Men's Volleyball National Champions
• Al Skalecky - Men's Basketball (1966–67-68)
• Nicole Storto - Women's Tennis (1990–93)
• Marla Runyan - Track and Field (1988–91)
2004
• Mike Douglass - Football (1976–77)
• Rod Dowhower - Football (1963–64)
• Claude Gilbert - Football coach (1967–80, 1995–99)
Travis Lee - Baseball (1994–96)
• Ron Reina - Broadcaster (1969–86)
• Carrie McLaughlin Stathas - Track and Field (1981–83)
2005
• 1987 Men's Rugby National Champion
• Henry Allison - Football (1969–70)
• Kern Carson - Football (1961–63)
• Bernie Finlay - Basketball (1958–60)
• Lynn Kanuka - Cross Country/Track and Field (1980–82)

Spirit

See San Diego State Traditions

San Diego State's athletic teams are nicknamed "Aztecs", and its current mascot is the Aztec Warrior, historically referred to as "Monty - Montezuma".[7]

ALMA MATER
Hail Montezuma
We with loyal hearts our homage pay:
Proud working and glorying,
In the spirit of the Aztec name.
To thee, San Diego
And the fond Traditions old and new
A tribute raise of lasting praise and steadfast faith,
Hail Montezuma.
Hail Montezuma
We salute thy glorious destiny:
Far seeing in company days,
Men and women strong who live in truth.
To thee, San Diego
And the Black and Scarlet we'll be true
An echo comes from Aztec drums through all the years,
Hail Montezuma!
FIGHT SONG
Fight on and on ye Aztec men,
Sons of Montezuma,
We will win again,
Keep your spirits high,
Never bow a knee,
We will fight till victory.
Fight on and on ye Aztec men,
Proudly raise your banners high,
For it's the Red and Black,
Hail to our team,
San Diego Aztecs fight!
Cheerleading
San Diego State Cheerleading squad homepage
Students
The Show is the loud and vocal student section at men's basketball games. They are known for heckling visiting teams and taunting them with the large celebrity faces. Shownana, a student dressed in a banana costume, has become a celebrity at games.

Band

The San Diego State Marching Aztecs, and Pep and Varsity Bands are often seen at many sporting events including Football, Basketball and even Volleyball.

San Diego State University Bands

Notable athletes

See also the List of San Diego State University alumni and faculty

Notes

External links

Coordinates: 32°46′32″N 117°04′22″W / 32.77544°N 117.072823°W / 32.77544; -117.072823


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