San Diego State Aztecs
|San Diego State University Aztecs|
|University||San Diego State University|
|Conference(s)||Mountain West Conference
Big West Conference (women's water polo)
Pacific-12 Conference (men's soccer, until 2015)
|Athletics director||Jim Sterk|
|Location||San Diego, CA|
|Football stadium||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Viejas Arena|
|Colors||Scarlet, Black, and Gold
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 Big West Conference. The men's soccer team participates as an associate member of the Pacific-12 Conference (or "Pac-12"). The women's rowing team is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA), but will move to Conference USA in 2013. San Diego State's football team had intended to move to the Big East Conference beginning in 2013 with the remainder of its current Mountain West sports moving to the Big West, but on January 17 it was reported that all of San Diego State's athletic teams would be readmitted to the Mountain West. The women's water polo team had in fact joined the Big West a year earlier in July 2012.
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.
- Aztec Athletic Center
- Viejas Arena
- Qualcomm Stadium
- Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC)
- Tony Gwynn Stadium
- Peterson Gymnasium
- Aztec Aquaplex
- San Diego State Sports Deck
- San Diego State Softball Stadium
- San Diego State Tennis Stadium
- San Diego State Practice Facility & Fields
Total as of 2011[update] = nine (9)
- 1941 – San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team won the 1941 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
- NOTE: In 1957, 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
- 1966, 1967 & 1968 – The football teams won the NCAA "Small College" (a.k.a. Division II) National Football Championships in 1966 and 1967, and shared the title in 1968.
- In 1966, SDSU had perfect undefeated 11–0–0 season.
- 1973 – The men's volleyball team won the NCAA Championship in 1973, but SDSU has since defunded Men's Volleyball.
- 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.
Current Head Coach: Rocky Long
San Diego State University's football team is part of the highest level of American collegiate football, the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I (which was formerly known as Division I-A). Until the 2010 season, the Aztec football team had not won a bowl game in the past 37 years. 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 to the National Football League (NFL). NFL head coaches were members of the Aztec Football program:
- Brian Billick – NFL former head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, He returned to coaching with San Diego State University, serving as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons (1981–1985). After being named the offensive coordinator of Utah State University, Billick improved the second-worst offense in Division I-A into a top-ten offense in only three seasons (1986–1988).
- Don Coryell – former NFL head coach of the San Diego Chargers, former Aztec head coach.
- Herman Edwards – NFL head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, former Aztec and Philadelphia Eagles player. Fondly remembered for the "Miracle in the Meadowlands" play against the rival New York Giants.
- John Fox – former NFL head coach of the Carolina Panthers, former Aztec player.
- Joe Gibbs – Hall of Fame NFL head coach of the Washington Redskins,NASCAR team owner, former Aztec player and assistant coach.
- John Madden – Hall of Fame AFL/NFL head coach of the Oakland Raiders, former Aztec assistant coach.
- Ted Tollner – former NFL offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers, former Aztec head coach.
- Sean Payton – Head coach of the New Orleans Saints
Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in the NFL are:
- Willie Buchanon – 1972 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and three-time Pro Bowl cornerback.
- Ken Burrow −1971 2nd round draft choice [Atlanta Falcons]Holds team record for Avg per catch 22.5 in a year.
- Isaac Curtis – 4-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Mike Douglass – A three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, "Mad Dog" played nine seasons in the NFL, eight of them with the Green Bay Packers.
- Marshall Faulk – 7-time Pro Bowl running back for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams. Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
- Gary Garrison – Nicknamed "The Ghost", an AFL All-Star in 1968 with the Chargers and a three-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver.
- La'Roi Glover – In his 13-year NFL career as a defensive tackle with four teams, he was a Pro Bowl selection 6 times. After playing two games in his rookie season and 15 in his 2nd year, Glover did not miss a game in his final 11 seasons. Led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2000.
- Robert Griffith – NFL Strong Safety for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals. Played 13 seasons, in which he started 164 of his 195 games played. Executive member of the NFL Players Association for six years.
- Joe Lavender – NFL cornerback for the Washington Redskins
- Dan McGwire – QB was the 16th pick in 1991 by the Seattle Seahawks, playing six years in the NFL. Dan is the brother of former Major League slugger Mark McGwire.
- Kassim Osgood – Three-time Pro Bowl selection on special teams for the Chargers, who signed him as an undrafted free agent wide receiver in 2003.
- Dennis Shaw – QB for the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Cardinals. Set an NCAA record for touchdown passes in a single game (nine) in 1969. was named offensive rookie of the year.
- Brian Sipe – NFL quarterback; part of the "Kardiac Kids" for the Cleveland Browns. Drafted in the 13th round in 1972, Sipe did not play in the NFL until 1974, but went on to be named the Associated Press Most Valuable Player in 1980. He played 10 seasons in the NFL and two in the USFL.
- Kyle Turley – Offensive tackle was one of the highest drafted players in Aztec history (7th overall by the Saints in 1998). An All-Pro selection in 2000.
The football team plays at Qualcomm Stadium (formerly known as "Jack Murphy" Stadium).
Current Head Coach (men's team): Steve Fisher
Current Head Coach (women's team): Beth Burns
- Michael Cage – All star NBA player with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Philadelphia 76ers, and New Jersey Nets.
- Brandon Heath – Los Angeles D-Fenders
- Marcus Slaughter – Miami Heat and Eisbären Bremerhaven
- Kawhi Leonard–San Antonio Spurs
- Malcolm Thomas, Chicago Bulls
- Jené Morris–Indiana Fever
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 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.
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 later beat to win the tournament. They earned a 2nd seed in the National Championship Tournament.
Current Head Coach: Tony Gwynn
Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in MLB are:
- Quintin Berry
- Bud Black
- Mark Grace
- Chris Gwynn
- Tony Gwynn, the namesake of SDSU's Tony Gwynn Stadium, where the baseball team plays at Smith Field. A baseball and basketball player at SDSU, Gwynn is now a Baseball Hall of Fame member.
- Tony Gwynn, Jr.
- Aaron Harang
- Doug Harvey
- Travis Lee
- Justin Masterson
- Bobby Meacham
- Graig Nettles
- Al Newman
- Addison Reed
- Dave Smith
- Stephen Strasburg
- Mark Williamson
- As of 15 Nov 2012
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation ERA (2000–2002):
2000 6-12-1 record, CONFERENCE 0-5-0
2001 7-9-4 record, CONFERENCE 3-4-0
2002 4-13-2 record, CONFERENCE 3-2-3
2003 9-8-3 record, CONFERENCE 0-5-1
2004 4-13-2 record, CONFERENCE 2-4-2
Pacific-10 ERA (2005–Present):
2005 9-4-6 record, CONFERENCE 3-7-1
2006 9-6-4 record, CONFERENCE 3-4-4
2007 8-7-4 record, CONFERENCE 5-4-3
2008 6-9-3 record, CONFERENCE 3-4-3
2009 6-6-6 record, CONFERENCE 3-4-3
2010 10-7-2 record, CONFERENCE 2-4-1
2011 10-6-3 record, CONFERENCE 4-5-1
2012 7-9-3 record, CONFERENCE 1-7-2
Overall: 68-94-37, CONFERENCE 32-59-24
|Lev Kirshner||Head Coach|
|Matt Hall||Assistant Coach|
|Ryan Carruth||Assistant Coach|
|Oliver Petersen||Assistant Coach|
|Paul Holohan||Director of Operations|
Current Head Coach (women's team): Michael Giuliano
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.
Notable Non Varsity Sports
Founded in 1956, the Aztecs college rugby team competes in Division 1-A in the California conference. The team is coached by US national rugby team player Matt Hawkins. The Aztecs won the 1987 national championship, defeating Dartmouth in the semifinals, and beating Air Force 10–9 in the finals.
The Aztecs have had recent success competing in their conference and nationally. The Aztecs gained national attention by finishing second at the 2010 Collegiate Rugby Championship, a tournament that was broadcast live on NBC. The Aztecs reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, before losing to eventual champions Life University. The Aztecs won their conference in 2012, and reached the semifinals of the 2012 national playoffs by defeating Santa Clara 59–14 in the round of 16 and beating UC Santa Barbara 47–25 in the quarterfinals. The Aztecs won the 2012 California 7s tournament, beating Cal Poly 36–12 in the finals. This victory qualified the Aztecs for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, where they notched a 4–2 record including a win against rival Cal.
Aztec Hall of Fame inductees
- 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!
SDSU Show is the name of the student section at all SDSU sporting events.
The San Diego State Marching Aztecs, and Pep and Varsity Bands are often seen at many sporting events including Football, Basketball and even Volleyball.
- Marcelo Balboa, World Cup and Major League Soccer (MLS) soccer star
- Bud Black, former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and current manager of the San Diego Padres
- Jim Campbell, former MLB pitcher
- Joe Corona, current U.S. international soccer player
- Isaac Curtis – former National Football League (NFL) receiver
- Jeff DaVanon, MLB baseball player (Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Fred Dryer, actor-producer and former NFL player
- Herm Edwards, former Kansas City Chiefs head coach
- Marshall Faulk, Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL running back and broadcaster
- John Fox, current Denver Broncos head coach
- Mark Grace, retired MLB player and World Series Champion
- Tony Gwynn, current Baseball Hall of Famer (and current San Diego State baseball Head Coach)
- Az-Zahir Hakim, NFL wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins
- Armen Keteyian, Sports Journalist, HBO Sports, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
- Kirk Morrison, current Buffalo Bills starting linebacker
- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, former NFL player with the Green Bay Packers
- Joe Gibbs, former NFL head coach of the Washington Redskins and current NASCAR team owner
- Travis Lee, MLB player with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
- Chris Marlowe, Sportscaster, former Olympic volleyball player
- Haven Moses, former NFL receiver with Denver Broncos
- Kassim Osgood, Jacksonville Jaguars receiver
- Noel Prefontaine, Toronto Argonauts kicker
- Jimmy Raye, former NFL player
- Darnay Scott, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
- Don Shaw, former MLB pitcher
- Brian Sipe – former NFL quarterback
- Webster Slaughter, former American football wide receiver
- Dave Smith, former MLB pitcher
- Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals pitcher
- Carl Weathers, Actor/former NFL player, Apollo Creed
- Eric Wynalda, well-known World Cup and MLS soccer star, and current ABC Sports broadcaster
- Jeanne Zelasko, Sports Journalist, Fox Sports
- "C-USA Rowing Welcomes Sacramento State and San Diego State" (Press release). Conference USA. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- NAIA Championship History, San Diego State's last NAIA tournament appearance was in 1956.
- Schrotenboer, Brent (February 22, 2008). "Football shy of dollar goal at San Diego State". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-25
- Anderson, Kelli (February 28, 2011). "Madness on the Mesa: The unprecedented success of sixth-ranked San Diego State has whipped the once-feeble fan base into a frenzy. And it's not even March yet". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
-  at goaztecs.com
- Bleacher Report, Utah Upsets Cal To Win Sevens Title, June 7, 2010, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/402408-college-rugby-utah-upsets-cal-to-win-sevens-championship
- Rugby Mag, Aztecs Win Rematch Big, Take PMW, April 15, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4191:aztecs-win-rematch-big-take-pmw&catid=48:mens-di-college&Itemid=208
- Rugby Mag, Men's D1-AA Elite Eight Update, April 29, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4335:mens-di-aa-sweet-16-update&catid=48:mens-di-college&Itemid=208
- Rugby Mag, San Diego State Wins California 7s, Nov. 11, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/news/colleges/collegiate-sevens/6397-san-diego-state-wins-california-7s.html
- Traditions: Aztec Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego State Aztec Athletics official website. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
- Tony Perry (December 12, 2003). "Aztec Warrior Is New San Diego State Mascot". LA Times. Retrieved March 1, 2011.