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San Jose State Spartans
Logo
UniversitySan Jose State University
ConferenceMountain West Conference
NCAADivision I / FBS
Athletic directorMarie Tuite
LocationSan Jose, California
Varsity teams20
Football stadiumCEFCU Stadium
Basketball arenaEvent Center Arena
Baseball stadiumSan Jose Municipal Stadium
Softball stadiumSpartan Softball Field
Soccer stadiumSpartan Soccer Field
Other arenasBud Winter Field
Pasatiempo Golf Club
SJSU Tennis Complex
Spartan Complex
Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center
West Valley College Beach Volleyball Complex
MascotSammy the Spartan
NicknameSpartans
Fight songSpartan Fight Song[1]
ColorsBlue, White, and Gold[2]
              
Websitewww.sjsuspartans.com
San José State Spartans wordmark.svg
San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West Conference

The San Jose State Spartans are the athletic teams that represent San José State University. SJSU sports teams compete in the Mountain West Conference at the NCAA Division I FBS level. San Jose State is one of seven universities in the state of California to participate in NCAA Division I FBS athletics, along with the University of California, Fresno State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, and USC. SJSU has participated in athletics since it first fielded a baseball team in 1890.

San José State University sports teams have won NCAA national titles in track and field, cross country, golf, boxing, fencing and tennis.[3] As of 2018, SJSU has won 10 NCAA national Division 1 team championships[4] and produced 50 NCAA national Division 1 individual champions.[3] SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning 51 National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) championships in 56 years (as of 2017).[5][6][7][8][9]

SJSU alumni have won 19 Olympic medals (including seven gold medals) dating back to the first gold medal won by Willie Steele in track and field in the 1948 Olympics. Alumni also have won medals in swimming, judo and boxing.

The track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San Jose the nickname "Speed City", and produced Olympic medalists and social activists Lee Evans, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Smith and Carlos are perhaps best remembered for giving the raised fist salute from the medalist's podium during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City.

San José State University sponsors teams in seven men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[10]

Nickname and mascot history[edit]

Due to the school's original designation as a teachers' college, SJSU's mascot changed many times before the school finally adopted the Spartans as the official mascot and nickname in 1922. Mascots and nicknames prior to 1922 included the Daniels, the Teachers, the Pedagogues, the Normals, and the Normalites. The school's mascot is Sammy the Spartan or Sammy Spartan for short.

After 1887, the official name of the San Jose campus was the State Normal School at San Jose. The school's athletic teams initially played under the "Normal" identity, but they gradually shifted to the State Normal School identity, as evidenced by images of the SNS football and basketball squads from this era. Despite the SNS identity, the school continued to be referred to as the California State Normal School, San Jose in official publications. A 2007 historical exhibit in the Martin Luther King Library on the San Jose State campus featured a number of pieces of State Normal School memorabilia, including an SNS pennant.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Gymnastics
Soccer Soccer
Track and field Softball
Water polo Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Water polo
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

All varsity teams representing San José State University compete in the Mountain West Conference except beach volleyball (Independent), gymnastics and women's water polo (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), men's soccer (Western Athletic Conference), and men's water polo (Golden Coast Conference).

Baseball[edit]

  • The Spartan baseball team made NCAA tournament appearances in 1955, 1971, 2000 and 2002. In 2000, the team advanced to the College World Series.[11]
  • From 1997–2013, the SJSU baseball team competed in the Western Athletic Conference, earning three WAC pennants in 1997, 2000 and 2009.[11]
  • Under head coach and SJSU alumnus Sam Piraro (1987–2012), the SJSU baseball team reached the 30-win mark 17 times (including five 40+ wins seasons) and appeared in the national rankings 47 times.[11]
  • The SJSU baseball team has fielded sixteen All-Americans including four first-team selections.[11]
  • Over 95 Spartans have been taken in the Major League Baseball draft since 1965. As of 2018, two former Spartans are active professional baseball players in both major and minor leagues.[11]

Basketball[edit]

  • The SJSU men's basketball team has garnered 10 conference championship titles beginning with a California Coast Conference championship victory in 1925. The Spartans' most recent conference championship victory occurred in 1996 when SJSU defeated Utah State in overtime to win the Big West championship tournament.[12]
  • The SJSU men's basketball team has made three NCAA tournament appearances (1951, 1980 and 1996). SJSU was defeated in the first round all three times.[12]
  • The SJSU men's basketball team has made one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance (1981), but was defeated in the first round.[12]
  • The SJSU men's basketball team has made one College Basketball Invitational (CBI) tournament appearance (2011), but was defeated in the first round.[12]
  • Eleven former SJSU men's basketball players have been drafted into the NBA.[12]
  • San Jose State began fielding a varsity women's basketball team in 1974.

Cross country[edit]

In 1962, the San José State University cross country team was the first national champion to represent racial integration in NCAA Division I men's cross country.[13]

The San Jose State men's cross country team appeared in the NCAA tournament six times, finishing first in the 1962–63 and 1963–64 school years. The team has garnered an unofficial record of 84–19 (.816).[14]

The San Jose State women's cross country team never made the NCAA tournament.[15]

Football[edit]

The State Normal School at San Jose football team in 1910. Jerseys display a large "N" for "Normal."

San Jose State first fielded a football team in 1893[16] and has won 16 conference championships dating back to 1932. During the 1930s and 1940s, the Spartan football program was considered a powerhouse, winning eight conference championships over an 18-year span. The 1932 team finished 7-0-2 and the 1939 team finished 13-0, marking the only undefeated seasons in school history.[16]

Additional Football Facts

San Jose State has made 10 bowl appearances and the Spartans have an overall bowl game record of 7–3.[20]

Golf[edit]

  • The SJSU women's golf team has garnered three NCAA championship titles (1987, 1989, 1992), one AIAW individual champion (Patty Sheehan in 1980), one NCAA individual champion (Pat Hurst in 1989), 17 conference championships, and 37 All-America honors. The team's most recent championship came in 2011, when the Spartans won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament for the third year in a row.[21]
  • The SJSU men's golf team has garnered one NCAA championship title (1948) and two NCAA individual champions, Bob Harris in 1948 and Terry Small in 1964.[22]
  • The SJSU men's golf team has won 10 conference championships:
  • The SJSU men's golf team has garnered 12 Western Intercollegiate tournament team championships and 12 individual Western Intercollegiate championships, thus earning its place as the winningest team in tournament history.[22]
  • The SJSU men's golf team has produced 33 All-America team members (including four 1st-team members) and seven different PGA Tour winners.[22]
  • In June 2017, the first phase of the Spartan Golf Complex was completed, which includes a 400-yard driving range, hitting positions for 80 golfers, as well as chipping and putting areas. Phase 2 of the facility is currently in the planning stages and is expected to include a clubhouse, locker rooms, meeting rooms and coaches' offices. [25]

Indoor track and field[edit]

The San Jose State men's indoor track and field team appeared in the NCAA Division I tournament six times, with their highest finish being 3rd in the 1968–69 school year.[26] The San Jose State women's indoor track and field team never made the NCAA Division I tournament.[27]

Soccer[edit]

  • The Spartans men's soccer team went an undefeated 18-0-1 during the 2000 regular season, finishing with a 20-1-1 overall record. The team concluded the regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in the country.
  • The Spartans men's soccer team has made a total of 14 NCAA championship appearances.
  • The Spartans men's soccer team won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship title in 2000 and 2003.
  • Two Spartans have been taken in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft since 1998.
  • The Spartans women's soccer team won the Western Athletic Conference championship title in 2000, 2009 and 2010, and won the Mountain West Conference championship title in 2015.

The San Jose State men's soccer team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 7–14 through fourteen appearances.[28]

The San Jose State women's soccer team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 0–3 through three appearances.[29]

Softball[edit]

  • The SJSU Spartan softball team earned NCAA appearances in 1990, 1992, 2013, and 2017.
  • Phases one and two of the new SJSU Spartan softball complex were completed in 2018. The final phase is currently in the planning stages and will add permanent bleachers, restrooms, a concession stand and press box. The final stadium will be an enclosed facility with seating for over 700. [30][31]

The San Jose State Spartans women's softball team has an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 1–8 through four appearances.[32]

Tennis[edit]

  • The San Jose State women's tennis team appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2013 and 2017.
  • A new San José State University tennis complex was completed in July 2018.
  • The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic professional tennis tournament was moved to the new SJSU tennis venue in 2018.[33]

Volleyball[edit]

  • The San Jose State women's volleyball team has made 12 NCAA tournament appearances since it first became recognized as a varsity sport at SJSU.
  • Spartan volleyball made it to the "final four" in the NCAA tournament in 1984.
  • The Spartan volleyball team joined the Western Athletic Conference in 1996 and is a part of the Mountain West Conference as of 2013.
  • Seven coaches have led the volleyball team, with Craig Choate compiling the best win-loss record.
  • Following Choate, coach Oscar Crespo led the Spartans for six years before retiring. The Spartan volleyball team is now coached by husband-and-wife team Jolene and Aaron Shepardson.
  • The Shepardsons were hired at the end of January 2014. They previously served as head coaches at California State University, Bakersfield. The Shepardsons left CSUB with a winning record of 21-12.
  • The Spartan volleyball team participated in its inaugural sand season in 2014. Following recognition by the NCAA as a championship sport, the team will continue as both an indoor and outdoor program.

The San Jose State women's volleyball team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 8–12 through twelve appearances.[34]

Water polo[edit]

The San Jose State men's water polo team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 5–4 through four appearances.[35]

Club sports[edit]

San Jose State has a very active club sport program consisting of 25 sports and 30 teams.[36] These sports include:

Archery, badminton, bowling, boxing, cycling, dance, ACHA Division II and Division lll ice hockey, judo, karate, MCLA Division III men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, mountain biking, power lifting, quidditch, roller hockey, men's rugby, salsa, men's & women's soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, track & field, triathlon, ultimate frisbee, men's & women's volleyball, men's water polo, and wrestling.[37]

Hockey[edit]

Founded in 1990, the San Jose State men's ice hockey team garnered one PCHA Division ll championship (1992) and four PCHA Division l championship titles (1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997), before withdrawing from the PCHA and becoming an independent American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division ll team in 1998.[38] SJSU won one additional PCHA Division 1 title as a non-member in 2017.

  • In 1992, the team went undefeated, finishing the season with a 17-0 record.[38]
  • The team finished 26-1-1 (18-0-1 at home) in 2006, and went undefeated through 42 consecutive home games from 2004–2007.[38]
  • The SJSU hockey team has qualified for the ACHA national championship tournament nine times, finishing as high as 10th in 2010.[38]
  • San Jose State hosted the 2011 ACHA national tournament.[38]
  • San Jose State's men's ice hockey team posted 26 consecutive winning seasons from 1991–2017.

Judo[edit]

The San Jose State judo program was established in 1937 for the Police Studies Department. In 1940, sophomore biology major Yosh Uchida was hired as the student-coach. The program was disbanded during World War II, and reestablished in 1946 upon Uchida's return to the college.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Uchida and University of California, Berkeley coach Henry Stone established rules to allow their students to compete with each other, including a weight class system. Uchida and Stone convinced the Amateur Athletic Union to sanction judo as a sport, and San Jose State hosted the first AAU national championship in 1953.

In 1962, the Spartans won the first National Collegiate Judo Championship. They would continue to dominate the event to the present day, winning their 51st national championship in 2017.[5][6]

In 2005, alumnus and coach Mike Swain announced the establishment of the Swain Scholarship, the first full athletic scholarship in judo at an American university. In 2008, the SJSU judo program was named one of six National Training Sites by USA Judo.

Notable SJSU Judoka (Olympic medalists, etc)

  • Yosh Uchida, head coach 1964 United States Olympic Judo Team
  • Ben Nighthorse Campbell, gold medalist, 1963 Pan American Games
  • Gerardo Padilla, gold medalist, 1979 and 1983 Pan American Games
  • Bobby Berland, silver medalist, 1984 Olympic Games
  • Kevin Asano, silver medalist, 1988 Olympic Games
  • Mike Swain, bronze medalist, 1988 Olympic Games; gold medalist, 1987 World Championships (first American male to win World Championships); head coach, 1996 U.S. Olympic judo team
  • Joe Wanang, gold medalist, 1991 Pan American Games
  • Marti Malloy, bronze medalist, 2012 Olympic Games; silver medalist, 2013 World Championships

Rugby

San Jose State Spartan Rugby was established in 1971 and competes in the Pacific Western Rugby Conference. The Pacific Western Rugby Conference plays at the Division 1AA level. The Spartans compete against Chico State, Fresno State, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, University of California Santa Cruz and University of Nevada. San Jose State competes for the USA Rugby National Championship in both 15's and in 7's. In 2013, SJSU finished first in the conference in 7's competition.[39] According to the published SJSU rugby team mission statement, "San Jose State Rugby teaches Spartans honesty, humility, and hard work through the game of rugby for Spartan success both on and off the field."[39]

Salsa[edit]

San Jose State's salsa team, "Spartan Mambo", was established in 2010 and competes at amateur and collegiate competitions across the country. Spartan Mambo holds two championship titles from the College Salsa Congress in 2011 and 2015 as well as the 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Salsa Open.[40][41] Spartan Mambo also won the Collegiate Teams division at the 2013 World Latin Dance Cup.

Table tennis[edit]

The table tennis team was formed in 2001. The year right after it was disbanded for unknown reasons. But in 2010, it was formed again and has since continually competed in tournaments of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. [42]The San Jose State table tennis team rose to No. 4 in the national rankings and competed in the NCTTA national championship tournament in 2012.[43][44] The team was led by Truong Tu and reached the semifinals.

Discontinued[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Wrestling has a history at San José State University dating back to the early 1930s, although SJSU has not sponsored a Division 1 wrestling program since the 1988 season.[45] Eddie Baza is one of three two-time All-America wrestlers in San Jose State University history and was inducted into the Spartan Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.[46]

Championships[edit]

Appearances[edit]

San José State University sports teams have competed in NCAA national tournaments across 16 active sports (9 men's and 7 women's) 170 times at the Division I level.[47]

NCAA Tournament Appearances
Baseball (4): 1955 • 1971 • 2000 • 2002
Men's basketball (3): 1951 • 1980 • 1996
Men's cross country (6): 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967
Football (10): 1946 • 1949 • 1971 • 1981 • 1986 • 1987 • 1990 • 2006 • 2012 • 2015
Men's golf (32): 1947 • 1948 • 1949 • 1950 • 1955 • 1956 • 1957 • 1959 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1987 • 1992 • 1994 • 1996 • 1997
Women's golf (21): 1982 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2010 • 2013 • 2019
Women's gymnastics (7): 2003 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2011 • 2012 • 2014
Men's soccer (14): 1963 • 1964 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1974 • 1976 • 1998 • 2000 • 2003
Women's soccer (3): 2000 • 2015 • 2018
Softball (4): 1990 • 1992 • 2013 • 2017
Women's swimming and diving (3): 1984 • 1985 • 1986
Women's tennis (2): 2013 • 2017
Men's indoor track and field (6): 1969 • 1977 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1987
Men's outdoor track and field (39): 1934 • 1937 • 1938 • 1946 • 1947 • 1948 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1971 • 1973 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986
Women's volleyball (12): 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1998 • 2000 • 2001
Men's water polo (4): 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973

Team[edit]

The San Jose State Spartans have earned 10 NCAA championships at the Division I level.[48]

Results

School year Sport Opponent Score
1947–48 Men's golf LSU 579–588
1957–58 Boxing Idaho State 33–21
1958–59 Boxing Idaho State 24–22
1959–60 Boxing Wisconsin 43–34
1962–63 Men's cross country Villanova 58–69
1963–64 Men's cross country Oregon 53–68
1968–69 Men's outdoor track and field Kansas 48–45
1986–87 Women's golf Furman 1,187–1,188
1988–89 Women's golf Tulsa 1,208–1,209
1991–92 Women's golf Arizona 1,171–1,175

Below are five SJSU national championship titles not granted by the NCAA:

  • Women's fencing (5): 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 (AIAW)

Below are 79 SJSU national club team championship titles:

  • Women's bowling (1): 1976 (USBC)
  • Women's fencing (5): 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 (NIWFA)
  • Co-ed flying (3): 1966, 1968, 1969 (NIFA)
  • Men's judo (50): 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (NCJA)
  • Women's judo (20): 1978, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017 (NJCA)

Individual[edit]

San Jose State has produced 50 NCAA Division I individual championship winners.[48]

At the NCAA Division II level, San Jose State has garnered two individual championship titles.[48] Additionally, Patty Sheehan is an individual champion in women's golf at the highest level for the AIAW.

Rivals[edit]

Fresno State[edit]

San Jose State's biggest rival is California State University, Fresno, due in large part to the two schools' geographic proximity and long history of competing in the same conferences.[55] Fresno State is San Jose State's most played opponent in the Mountain West Conference for college football and college basketball. Fresno State and San Jose State first started playing each other as members of the California Coast Conference in the 1920s.[56][57]

Stanford[edit]

San Jose State also has a natural athletics rivalry with the Stanford Cardinal of Stanford University, due in large part to the two school's geographic proximity.[58] The approximate physical distance between the two universities is 23 miles. Additionally, San Jose State and Stanford are each known for having a large alumni workforce presence in Silicon Valley.[59] The two schools first played each other in football in 1900.

Facilities[edit]

Utah @ San Jose State at CEFCU Stadium – 2009

The Event Center, Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center, and the Spartan Complex are the principal sports facilities on the main campus for athletes. Additional athletics facilities, including CEFCU Stadium (formerly known as Spartan Stadium), athletics department administrative offices and multiple training and practice facilities, are located on SJSU's 62-acre (25.1 ha) south campus approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) south of the main campus.

A CEFCU Stadium east-side building addition is in the planning stages and will cost approximately $40 million. The proposed facility will house a new football operations center, which will include locker rooms, offices, an auditorium and seating on the 50-yard line. The project will also include a major renovation of the stadium's entire east side.[60]

In April 2014, a new $75 million master plan to renovate the entire South Campus was unveiled. The estimated cost has since been increased to $150 million including the cost of the new football stadium addition. The plan calls for construction of a golf training facility, new baseball and softball stadia, new track and field facilities, new soccer and tennis facilities, and three beach volleyball courts. The golf and soccer facilities broke ground in 2016, and the tennis and softball facilities broke ground in 2017. The remaining projects are in the planning stages.[61]

In August 2015, a $55 million renovation of the Spartan Complex was completed. The Spartan Complex houses open recreation spaces, gymnasia, an indoor aquatics center, the kinesiology department, weight rooms, locker rooms, dance and judo studios, and other classroom space. The primary project objectives were to upgrade the structures to make them compliant with building codes, correct ADA deficiencies, correct fire safety deficiencies, expand and modify existing structures, and hazmat abatement.

A new student recreation and aquatic center is under construction. At a projected cost of $139 million, the new facility will house a gymnasium, weight and fitness center, exercise rooms, rock climbing wall, sports club organizations, and competition and recreation pools with support spaces. The new facility will be located on the main campus at the corner of 7th Street and San Carlos close to the existing aquatic and student recreation centers. The estimated project completion date is set for December 2018.[62]

In June 2017, the first phase of the Spartan Golf Complex was completed, which includes a 400-yard driving range, hitting positions for 80 golfers, and chipping and putting areas. Phase 2 of the facility is currently in the planning stages and is expected to include a clubhouse, locker rooms, meeting rooms and coaches' offices.[63]

Phases one and two of the new SJSU Spartan softball complex were completed in 2018. The final phase is currently in the planning stages and will add permanent bleachers, restrooms, a concession stand and press box. The final stadium will be an enclosed facility with seating for over 700.

Phase I of the San José State University tennis complex was completed in 2018 and includes six uncovered, USTA-sanctioned courts and a 4,000 seat spectator court. Phase II is slated to include six USTA covered courts and a clubhouse.[64]

Main Campus[edit]

South Campus[edit]

Off Campus[edit]

Notable sports alumni[edit]

SJSU Alumnus Bill Walsh and former Spartans Head Football Coach Dick Tomey
James Jones catches a touchdown pass against Stanford in 2006 at Spartan Stadium.

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Football[edit]

Golf[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Other[edit]

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