Cal State Fullerton Titans
|Cal State Fullerton Titans|
|University||Cal State Fullerton|
|Conference(s)||Big West Conference|
|NCAA||NCAA Division I|
|Athletics director||Dr. Stephan Walk (interim)|
|Varsity teams||7 men's & 9 women's|
|Basketball arena||Titan Gym|
|Baseball stadium||Goodwin Field|
|Soccer stadium||Titan Stadium|
|Colors||Navy, Orange, and White
The Cal State Fullerton Titans are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Cal State Fullerton, located in Fullerton, California. The Titans are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level. The Titans compete within the Big West Conference (BWC) for most sports, wrestling competes as a member of the Pacific-10 Conference (PAC-10) and gymnastics competes as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). CSUF has won 13 national championships in eight different sports.
The Cal State Fullerton Athletic Department sponsors the following intercollegiate sports:
Men's intercollegiate athletic teams
Women's intercollegiate athletic teams
- See also: The National Classic (high-school tournament at CSUF)
Baseball is Cal State Fullerton's strongest athletic program. The Titans are consistently rated among the nation's elite baseball programs. They have won four national championships in the NCAA Men's Baseball College World Series since 1979: 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004. Home games are played on campus at Goodwin Field. The team is currently coached by Rick Vanderhook. As of the end of the 2007 season, there had been 43 MLB players who played for the school.
In 1978, the Men's Basketball team - coached by Bobby Dye - made it to the Elite 8 in basketball in the NCAA Tournament and were considered the year's Cinderella story as a #7 seed (out of 8). The team defeated New Mexico at Tempe, AZ, and then defeated USF before losing to Arkansas in regionals at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fullerton was led by Greg Bunch, a CSUF Hall of Famer. Since then, the team has been to the NIT three times. In 2008, the team finished the season 24-9, defeated UC Irvine 81-66 in the Big West Conference Championship. They qualified for their second NCAA tournament (first in 30 years), where they faced the (#3) Wisconsin Badgers as a #14 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing the game 71-58.
CSUF also has a women's basketball team, which won the national championship in 1970.
On February 3, 2013, assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, was found dead on a parking structure at a condominium complex.
To prepare the upcoming 2013/2014 season Dedrique Taylor was name head coach of the Basketball team. Dedrique Taylor has been with Herb Sendek at ASU since 2006. Prior to that, Taylor had coached at Nevada, Portland State,Loyola Marymount and UC Davis. He played at UC Davis as well as two junior colleges and is a native of California, growing up in Pomona.
Taylor replaces Fullerton interim coach Andy Newman, who guided the Titans to a 14-18 record overall, 6-12 in the Big West. Newman was the interim coach, replacing Bob Burton last season.
Taylor has long been respected as one of the top recruiters in the West with strong ties to the Los Angeles area, thought to be a key component in winning at Fullerton.
The CSU Fullerton football program, discontinued in 1992, set NCAA Division 1-A records for most fumbles (73) in a single season and Most Fumbles Lost (41) in a single season. Several Titans moved on to the NFL, including NY Giants standout Mark Collins. It also produced three Canadian Football League players: Mike Pringle who is the league's all-time leading rusher, Damon Allen, the league's all-time leading passer until October 2011, and Allen Pitts, the league's all-time leading receiver until 2008 when he was passed by Milt Stegall. There is currently an effort, including a petition, to reinstate the football team.
The Dance Team
The Dance Team performs at men and women's home basketball games and is also very successful at a competitive level. From 2000-06, they won the Universal Dance Association National Championship 6 out of 7 years. The CSUF Dance Team has won the past 4 consecutive years from 2010-2013 and currently holds 12 National Titles for UDA Division 1 Jazz.
They have 13 national championships in eight different sports, a portion of which were won in the College Division of the NCAA (now known as Division II): 1970, Women's Basketball (CIAW); 1971, 1972, 1974 Men's Gymnastics; 1971 Cross country team; 1973 Women's Fencing; 1989, Men's Bowling; 1979, Women's Gymnastics; 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004 Baseball; 1986; Softball.
The Sports Complex is a multipurpose stadium created in conjunction with the Fullerton Marriott and the City of Fullerton. The complex includes: the 10,000-seat Titan Stadium, the Goodwin Baseball Field that seats more than 4,000, two lighted softball diamonds and a lighted track. The Titan Gymnasium can hold about 4,000 people for the school's home basketball (men’s and women’s), wrestling, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball events. It also holds an outdoor swimming complex, Renovated in 1992 12 Outdoor Collegiate Tennis Courts for Men's and Women's NCAA Division 1 Teams, racquetball courts, weight-training facilities, a gymnastics practice facility, facilities for wrestling, fencing rooms, an indoor archery range, and dance studios.
Because of the proximity to California State University, Long Beach, the schools are considered rivals. The rivalry is especially heated when it comes to baseball with Long Beach State also having a competitive college baseball program. This of one of few sports where at least two teams from the Big West Conference appear in the NCAA national tournament. Fullerton also has with Big West stablemate UC Irvine; the two are the only Orange County schools in Division I.
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