Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners

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Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
University CSU Bakersfield
Conference Western Athletic Conference
MPSF (water polo)
Pac-12 (wrestling)
Big West Conference (beach volleyball)
NCAA NCAA Division I
Athletic director Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried [1]
Location Bakersfield, California
Varsity teams 18(7 men's, 11 women's)
Basketball arena Icardo Center (3,800)
Baseball stadium Hardt Field (2,000)
Soccer stadium Main Soccer Field (2,000)
Mascot Rowdy the Roadrunner
Nickname Roadrunners
Colors Blue and Gold[2]

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (also known as CSUB Roadrunners, and sometimes as the Bakersfield Roadrunners) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of California State University, Bakersfield, located in Bakersfield, California. The university is currently a NCAA Division I school, after previously competing at the Division II level. The Roadrunners began the transition process in 2006 and became a full Division I member in July 2010.[3] Following a period as one of a tiny number of Division I independents, CSU Bakersfield joined the Western Athletic Conference in July 2013 for most sports.[4]


CSU Bakersfield sponsors teams in seven men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[5]

  • * = Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which had its first national championship in the spring of 2016.[6] CSU Bakersfield currently competes in the Big West Conference.[7]
  • = The wrestling team competes in the Pac–12.
  • # = The water polo team competes in the MPSF.


On May 17, 2007, CSUB announced that Bill Kernen would be the school's first baseball coach,[8] with the school's first official season beginning in Spring of 2009.[9] The Roadrunners played their first baseball game on February 20, 2009 against Saint Louis University in an 8-7 loss,[10] and recorded the first win in program history on February 21 with a 4-2 win against the Billikens.[11] On September 20, 2011, the Roadrunners were invited to join the Western Athletic Conference as an affiliate member in baseball.[12] On October 5, 2012 the Western Athletic Conference extended an invitation to the Roadrunners to join on July 1, 2013 as full members.

The Roadrunners won the 2015 WAC Baseball Tournament Championship in Mesa, Arizona and earned their first bid to the NCAA Regionals. The Roadrunners were placed in the Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA. CSUB lost twice to the host Bruins but managed to win the program's first postseason game when they defeated 2014 College World Series participant Ole Miss 2-1.

Bill Kernen retired following the 2015 season. Assistant coach Bob Macaluso was promoted to head coach in August 2015.



CSUB Wrestling has competed in the Pac-12 conference since the beginning of the 1987-88 season. CSUB wrestling is the institution's original Division I sport and has placed as high as 3rd (1996) and 8th (1997 & 1999) in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.[13][14] The Roadrunner Wrestling team has produced 9 individual NCAA DI Champions beginning in 1980. Stephen Neal (156, 1996-99) is the all-time winningest wrestler at CSU Bakersfield with a record of 156-10 (the most wins of any CSUB wrestler), the most pins with 71 total, only 1 of 5 Roadrunner Wrestlers to be a 4-time All-American, as well as being a 2-time Division-I Champion in 1998 & 1999.[15] CSUB alum Mike Mendoza served as the Head Coach until 2016. Current Head Coach Manny Rivera will begin his first year in the 2016-17 season. He is a former All-American at the Univ of Minnesota and was a member of their National Championship team. The wrestling team practices on campus in the John B. Antonino Sports Center (specifically for wrestling) and competes at the Icardo Center also on campus.[16] Former Roadrunner wrestler and former UFC Champion Tito Ortiz set multiple UFC Light Heavyweight records.[17]


The Roadrunner men's soccer program won the 1997 Division II National Championship and has provided several MLS and international professionals to various rosters. Men's soccer was the first team to appear in a Division I postseason match when they earned an at-large spot in the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The most notable soccer alumni is Los Angeles Galaxy star and US Men's National Team striker Gyasi Zardes. Zardes competed for the Roadrunners from 2010-2012. He signed a MLS homegrown contract with the Galaxy in 2012.


The CSUB Roadrunners enjoyed a successful NCAA Division II history including a 1989 National Championship. Following the Division I reclassification and the hiring of Giovana Melo as head coach, the Roadrunners won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2014 with a 3-0 victory over Seattle U in a tournament hosted in Bakersfield. The Roadrunners drew top-ranked Stanford and fell in the first round 25-21, 25-21 and 25-18. CSUB has appeared in three-straight WAC Tournament championship matches dating back to the 2013 season.


National Division II Championships[edit]

CSUB won 30 national championships and received the Sears Directors Cup in 1998.[18]

  • Men's basketball: 1993, 1994, 1997
  • Men's swimming and diving: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Wrestling: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987
  • Men's soccer: 1997
  • Softball: 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Women's volleyball: 1989
  • Women's tennis: 1977 (AIAW)

Western Athletic Conference Championships

  • Volleyball, 2014
  • Baseball, 2015
  • Men's Basketball, 2016
  • Softball, 2016


  1. ^ "Siegfried Named Interim Athletics Director". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ CSU Bakersfield Identity Standards Manual: Visual System and Writing Guidelines (PDF). 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  3. ^ "The Move To NCAA Division I". Cal State Bakersfield. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
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  6. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Big West Conference Adds Beach Volleyball To Sports Lineup" (Press release). Big West Conference. June 26, 2015. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bill Kernen Bio". Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  9. ^ Kelly, Mason (August 6, 2007). "New CSUB baseball coach building foundation, future schedule". Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "CSUB Baseball: St. Louis University at CSU Bakersfield (Game 1)". CSU Bakersfield. Feb 20, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Billikens Drop Both Games of Doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield". St. Louis University. Feb 21, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "WAC adds Bakersfield and Dallas Baptist as Baseball schools". Las Cruces Sun-News. September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
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  15. ^ "History and Records Handbook" (PDF). CSUB Wrestling. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ "CSUB Athletics Facilties". CSUB Wrestling. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  17. ^ "Titio Ortiz Cal State Bakersfield". Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  18. ^ Loveless, Jaclyn. "AD is 4th CSUB Wang winner". Cal State Today. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 

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