Sonoma State Seawolves
|Sonoma State Seawolves|
|University||Sonoma State University|
|Conference||California Collegiate Athletic Association
Western Water Polo Association (water polo only)
Pacific West Conference (tennis only)
|Athletic director||Bill Fusco|
|Location||Rohnert Park, California|
|Basketball arena||The Wolves' Den|
|Baseball stadium||Seawolf Diamond|
|Soccer stadium||Seawolf Soccer Field|
|Mascot||Lobo the Seawolf|
|Colors||Navy Blue, White, and Columbia Blue
The Sonoma State Seawolves are the athletic teams that represent Sonoma State University, located in Rohnert Park, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Seawolves compete as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association for all 13 varsity sports except for women's water polo, which competes in the Western Water Polo Association and men's and women's tennis, which compete in the Pacific West Conference.
Three NCAA national championships won by women's soccer in 1990, men's soccer in 2002, and men's golf in 2009 also highlight SSU's athletic achievements. In 2008, the athletics department created the Seawolf Sports Network, allowing home basketball games to be broadcast via streaming video over the internet in an effort to further increase interest in its sports programs.
From the school's opening in 1962 until 2002, the school's teams were known as the Cossacks, a nod to the Russian settlers at Fort Ross. The Cossacks name was deemed offensive because of the group's "fanatical intolerance of non-Christians. Cossack-led pogroms through the ages left hundreds of thousands of Jews and others dead." In November of 2000, Sonoma State's academic senate voted 24-3 in favor of renaming the mascot, this time without any reference to a human group. The student senate subsequently passed a nearly identical resolution.
Then-school president Ruben Armiñana formed a "naming committee" composed of students, athletic department members, faculty and others. After many months of surveying thousands of students, staff, faculty and alumni, the group presented Arminana with two possible alternatives—Condors (for California's state bird, which does not live in Sonoma County) and Seawolves, a nod to Sonoma's own Jack London, author of The Sea-Wolf. Armiñana chose the latter.
|NCAA||Division II||Women's Soccer||1990||Keene State||2–0|
Sonoma State's baseball team is particularly noteworthy with repeated conference championships, 28 players drafted to major league teams since the year 2000, and 68 players drafted since records began in 1975.
Sonoma State's softball team has continued to show its relentless fight to be at the top. In the past four seasons Coach Jennifer Bridges has led the softball team to four straight NCAA tournament appearances and a pair of CCAA tournament championships.
Sonoma State's volleyball team has come very far to become 16th in the nation for Division II schools. Head coach, Bear Grassl, had received Coach of the Year this last year. The Women's volleyball team is expected to finish third in the CCAA in their 2014 season.
Sonoma State also has a strong club sports program led by lacrosse, 2002 USLIA National champions, and rowing. In 2008, the Men's Volleyball Club finished as runner-up at the National Championships. In 2010, the Men's Volleyball Club won the division II NIRSA National Championship, and senior setter Scott Fontana was named MVP.
- "Sonoma State University Quick Facts". Retrieved April 16, 2017.
- "Division II Women's Soccer Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved January 16, 2016.