San Diego State Aztecs

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San Diego State Aztecs
University San Diego State University
Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Division I/FBS
Athletic director John David Wicker
Location San Diego, California
Varsity teams 17
Football stadium SDCCU Stadium
Basketball arena Viejas Arena
Mascot Aztec Warrior
Nickname Aztecs
Fight song SDSU Fight Song
Colors Scarlet and Black[1]
San Diego State University athletics black wordmark logo.png
San Diego State is a member of the Mountain West Conference

The San Diego State Aztecs are the athletic teams that represent San Diego State University (SDSU). The Aztecs currently sponsor six men's and thirteen women's sports at the varsity level.

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 Golden Coast Conference after leaving the Big West Conference in July 2013.[2] The men's soccer team participates as an associate member of the Pac-12 Conference. The women's rowing team is a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American), following moves from the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) to Conference USA (C-USA) in 2013[3] and from C-USA to The American in 2014.[4] 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.[5]

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.

School colors[edit]

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

Varsity sports[edit]

All varsity teams representing San Diego State participate in the Mountain West Conference for conference play excluding lacrosse in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, men's soccer in the Pac-12 Conference, rowing in the American Athletic Conference, and water polo in the Golden Coast Conference.

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Soccer Rowing
Tennis Soccer
Swimming & diving
Track & field
Water Polo
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.


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, the 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.[6] 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:

The football team plays at SDCCU Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium and "Jack Murphy" Stadium) ).


Current Head Coach (men's team): Brian Dutcher

Current Head Coach (women's team): Stacie Terry

San Diego State has both men's and women's college basketball teams.

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 on the San Diego State campus.[7]

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.[8]

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.


See: San Diego State baseball and College baseball

Current Head Coach: Mark Martinez


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 Pac-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.[citation needed]


Current Head Coach (women's team): Mike Friesen


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[edit]


Founded in 1956, the Aztecs college rugby team competes in Division 1-A in the California conference. The team is coached by former player Alex Lichtig. 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.[9] 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,[10] 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.[11] The Aztecs won the 2012 California 7s tournament, beating Cal Poly 36–12 in the finals.[12] 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.

Sports facilities[edit]


NCAA team championships[edit]

San Diego State has won 1 NCAA team national championship at the highest level of competition.[13]

Other national team championships[edit]

Below are eight national team titles that were not bestowed by the NCAA (being awarded instead by sponsors of College Division football polls and other sports' governing bodies):


In 1975 Barbara Barrow won the women's national intercollegiate individual golf championship after a tie-breaker playoff (an event conducted by the AIAW, which was succeeded by the current NCAA women's golf championship).

Aztec Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

See: Hall of fame and footnote[14]

• 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)
• 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)
• 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)
• 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)
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)
• 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)
• 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)
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)
• 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)
• 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)
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)

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)
• 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)

• 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)
• 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)
• 1987 Men's Rugby National Champion
Hank Allison – Football (1969–70)
• Kern Carson – Football (1961–63)
• Bernie Finlay – Basketball (1958–60)
• Lynn Kanuka – Cross Country/Track and Field (1980–82)
• Bob Breitbard - Football (1938-40 Player, 1945 Coach)
• Kim Goetz - Men's Basketball (1978-79)
• Cynthia MacGregor - Women's Tennis (1983-86)
• Neal Petties - Football (1961-63)
• Craig Scoggins - Football (1965-66)

• Bob Cluck Baseball (1966-67)

Mike Dodd M-Basketball (1975-79), M-Volleyball (1978-80)

• John "Jake" Duich Football (1935, 1937-38)

• Steve Duich Football (1966-67)

• Jay Gutowski Football (1953-56)

Bobby Meacham Baseball (1979-81)

• Rachel Scott W-Water Polo (1995-98)


Isaac Curtis Football (1972)

• John Farris Football (1962-64)

• Kieishsha Garnes W-Basketball (1991-92)

Mark Grace Baseball (1985)

• Bobby Howard Football (1965-66)


• 1966 Wire Service College Division Football National Champions Football

• Toni Himmer W-Volleyball (1980-83)

• Oliver Maiberger M-Tennis (2000-03)

• Mario Mendez Football (1961-63)

• Jeff Staggs Football (1965-66)

• Ralph Wenzel Football (1964-65)

 •Tonette Dyer  W-Track & Field (2002-05) 
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila  Football (1996-99)
La'Roi GloverFootball (1992-95)
Doug Harvey (umpire) Baseball (1955-56)
 •John Hyden  M-Volleyball (1992-95)
 •Fred Miller  Director of Athletics (1985-95)
 •Dick Barnes  M-Basketball (1946, 1948-50) 
 •Sandra Durazo  Softball (1998-2001)
Kyle Turley  Football (1994-97)
 •Quentin Wheeler  Track & Field (1975-76) 
 •1958 NAIA Baseball National Champions  Baseball (1958)
 •Dr. O. Kenneth Karr, Jr.  Director of Athletics (1969-78)
 •Randy Holcomb  M-Basketball (2001-02)
 •Mike Malano  Football (1996-99)
 •Liane Sato  W-Volleyball (1985-86)
J. R. Tolver  Football (1999-2002)
 •Brandon Heath  M-Basketball (2003-07)
 •Mark Reynolds  Sailing (1975-79)
 •Choc Sportsman  Track & Field Coach (1947-66)
 •Michelle Suman  W-Basketball (1991-95)
 •Don Warren  Football (1976-79)
Kirk Morrison Football (2000-04)
Stephen Strasburg Baseball (2007-09)
 •Pete Inge Football (1976-79)
 •Kyle Whittemore M-Soccer (1984-88)
 •Shayla Balentine Track & Field (2002-05)
 •Billy Blanton Football (1994-96)
 •Ed Imo Football (1976-77)
 •Larry Godfrey Track & Field (1965)
 •Karoline Koehler Track & Field (2007-10)
 •Anthony Watson Men's Basketball (1983-86)

The Show[edit]

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.[15]

Notable athletes[edit]

See also the List of San Diego State University people


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  2. ^ "SDSU Water Polo to Move into Golden Coast Conference" (Press release). San Diego State Athletics. June 3, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ "C-USA Rowing Welcomes Sacramento State and San Diego State" (Press release). Conference USA. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The American adds Associate Members for Women's Rowing" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. March 25, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Big East Conference introduces Boise State Broncos, San Diego State Aztecs, Houston Cougars, SMU Mustangs, UCF Knights". 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  6. ^ Schrotenboer, Brent (February 22, 2008). "Football shy of dollar goal at San Diego State". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-25 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 1 second ago. "San Diego State-Saint Mary's Quarterfinal NIT Postgame Notes - San Diego State Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  9. ^ Bleacher Report, Utah Upsets Cal To Win Sevens Title, June 7, 2010,
  10. ^ Rugby Mag, Aztecs Win Rematch Big, Take PMW, April 15, 2012,
  11. ^ Rugby Mag, Men's D1-AA Elite Eight Update, April 29, 2012,
  12. ^ Rugby Mag, San Diego State Wins California 7s, Nov. 11, 2012,
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  14. ^ Traditions: Aztec Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego State Aztec Athletics official website. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  15. ^ "School of Music and Dance, San Diego State University". Retrieved 2016-02-20. 

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