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San Diego State Aztecs
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 19 (6 men's, 13 women's)
Football stadium SDCCU Stadium
Basketball arena Viejas Arena
Baseball stadium Tony Gwynn Stadium
Softball stadium SDSU Softball Stadium
Soccer stadium SDSU Sports Deck
Other arenas Aztec Aquaplex
Aztec Lacrosse Field
Aztec Tennis Center
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Peterson Gymnasium
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

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

Varsity sports

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) ).

SDSU is 8-8 all time in post-season bowl games. They first went to a bowl game in 1948 and first won a major-college bowl game in 1969.[7]


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.[8]

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.[9]

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

Cross country

The San Diego State Aztecs women's cross country team appeared in the NCAA Tournament one time, with that appearance being 7th place in the 1981-82 school year.[10]


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.

The San Diego State Aztecs men's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 5-8 through eight appearances.[11]


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

The San Diego State Aztecs women's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 4-7 through seven appearances.[12]


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.


The San Diego State Aztecs women's volleyball team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 13-14 through fourteen appearances.[13]

Notable non-varsity sports

Men's Rugby

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.[14] 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,[15] 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.[16] The Aztecs won the 2012 California 7s tournament, beating Cal Poly 36-12 in the finals.[17] 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.

Athletic facilities



The San Diego State Aztecs competed in the NCAA Tournament across 16 active sports (6 men's and 10 women's) 184 times at the Division I level.[18]

NCAA Tournament Appearances
Baseball (14): 1979 o 1981 o 1982 o 1983 o 1984 o 1986 o 1990 o 1991 o 2009 o 2013 o 2014 o 2015 o 2017 o 2018
Men's basketball (12): 1975 o 1976 o 1985 o 2002 o 2006 o 2010 o 2011 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2015 o 2018
Women's basketball (9): 1984 o 1985 o 1993 o 1994 o 1995 o 1997 o 2009 o 2010 o 2012
Women's cross country (1): 1981
Football (16): 1947 o 1951 o 1966 o 1967 o 1969 o 1986 o 1991 o 1998 o 2010 o 2011 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2015 o 2016 o 2017
Men's golf (23): 1960 o 1962 o 1965 o 1966 o 1967 o 1970 o 1976 o 1977 o 1978 o 1979 o 1980 o 1981 o 1982 o 1983 o 1984 o 1999 o 2003 o 2005 o 2008 o 2011 o 2012 o 2015 o 2016
Men's soccer (8): 1969 o 1982 o 1987 o 1988 o 1989 o 2005 o 2006 o 2016
Women's soccer (7): 1998 o 1999 o 2009 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2017
Softball (11): 2001 o 2003 o 2006 o 2008 o 2009 o 2010 o 2011 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2015
Women's swimming and diving (7): 1982 o 2010 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2015 o 2017
Men's tennis (7): 1998 o 1999 o 2000 o 2002 o 2003 o 2005 o 2015
Women's tennis (22): 1982 o 1983 o 1984 o 1985 o 1986 o 1989 o 1990 o 1991 o 1992 o 1993 o 1996 o 1997 o 1998 o 1999 o 2000 o 2002 o 2003 o 2005 o 2006 o 2007 o 2009 o 2013
Women's indoor track and field (9): 2006 o 2008 o 2009 o 2010 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2017 o 2018
Women's outdoor track and field (21): 1982 o 1983 o 1984 o 1985 o 1986 o 1998 o 1999 o 2001 o 2003 o 2004 o 2005 o 2007 o 2008 o 2009 o 2011 o 2012 o 2013 o 2014 o 2016 o 2017 o 2018
Women's volleyball (14): 1981 o 1982 o 1983 o 1984 o 1985 o 1986 o 1988 o 1989 o 1990 o 1994 o 1995 o 1996 o 2001 o 2012
Women's water polo (3): 2007 o 2008 o 2016


The Aztecs of San Diego State have earned 1 NCAA championship at the NCAA Division I level.[19]


School year Sport Opponent Score
1972-73 Men's volleyball Long Beach State 3-1

San Diego State won 7 national championships at the Division II level.[19]

  • Men's cross country: 1965, 1966, 1967
  • Men's outdoor track and field: 1965, 1966
  • Men's swimming and diving: 1965, 1966

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):

Below are nine national club team championships:

  • Men's badminton (1): 1976 (ABA)
  • Co-ed flowboarding (1): 2011 (CBS)
  • Men's rugby (1): 1987 (USA Rugby)
  • Co-ed sailing (2): 1968, 1969 (ICSA)
  • Co-ed surfing (2): 2007, 2013 (NSSA)
  • Co-ed water skiing (2): 1979, 2006 (NCWSA)


San Diego State had 15 individuals win NCAA individual championships at the Division I level.[19]

At the NCAA Division II level, San Diego State garnered 14 individual championships.[19] 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).


Fresno State

San Diego State has a longtime rivalry with California State University, Fresno, primarily stemming from the American football rivalry dating back to the 1920s. The two schools have competed against each other in over 55 football, 50 men's basketball, and 190 baseball matches.[23][24][25] The two institutions are popular choices and top-tier schools in the California State University system, and often compete for national attention in athletics from conference play to the postseason across many sports.[26]

San Diego

The Aztecs have a local rivalry with the University of San Diego, emphasizing the competition in college men's basketball. The city of San Diego heavily relies on this rivalry, which features many competitions in a neutral location such as Petco Park across many sports.[27] The two schools, approximately separated by 9 miles, have different cultures yet fiercely compete for city visibility, like San Diego State's chants "LITTLE SISTERS!"', "WE RUN SD!", and "WE RUN CALI!'" after each victory in the college rivalry.[28]

Aztec Hall of Fame inductees

See: Hall of fame and footnote[29]

o Laurel Brassey - W. Volleyball (1974-1981)
o Willie Buchanon - Football (1970-71)
o John Butler - Football (1933-35)
o Don Coryell - Football Coach (1961-72)
o Fred Dryer - Football (1967-68)
o Gary Garrison - Football (1964-65)
o Gene Littler - M. Golf (1949-52)
o Haven Moses - Football (1966-67)
o Graig Nettles - Baseball (1964-65); M. Basketball (1964-65)
o C.E. Peterson - Football Coach (1921-29); M. Bball Coach (1921-26); Track Coach (1922-46)
o Milton Phelps - M. Basketball (1939-41)
o Art Preston - Football (1949-51); Baseball (1950-52)
o Arnie Robinson - M. Track (1970-71)
o Dennis Shaw - Football (1968-69)
o Brian Sipe - Football (1969-71)
o Willie Steele - M. Track (1947-48); M. Basketball (1947); Baseball (1949)
o Kevin Crow - Soccer (1979-82)
o Morris Gross - Football, Baseball, M. Basketball Coach (1929-42)
o Tony Gwynn - Baseball (1979-81); M. Basketball (1978-81)
o Don Horn - Football (1965-66)
o Jack Rand - M. Track (1934-35); Football (1932-34)
o Tim Delaney - Football (1968-70)
o Art Linkletter - M. Basketball (1932-34); M. Swimming (1932-34)
o Judy Porter - W. Basketball (1980-83)
o Tom Reynolds - Football (1969-71)
o Steve Copp - M. Basketball (1973-76)
o Chuck Courtney - M. Golf (1960-61)
o Tom Dahms - Football (1947-49)
o Monte Jackson - Football (1973-74)
o Angela Rock - W. Volleyball (1981-84)
o Barbara Barrow - W. Golf (1974-77)
o Bud Black - Baseball (1978-79)
o Tony Pinkins - M. Basketball (1955-57)
o Bob Smith - M. Track (1949-50)
o Charlie Smith - Baseball Coach (1934-64)
o Deby LaPlante - W. Track (1979-80)
o Tom Ables - Honorary
o Michael Cage- M. Basketball (1981-84)
o Vidal Fernandez - M. Soccer (1977-79)
o Ann Lebedeff - W. Tennis (1972-74)
o Tom Nettles - Football (1966-68)
o LaTanya Sheffield - W. Track (1983-86)
o Patricia Mang - Softball (1987-88)
o Chris Marlowe - M. Volleyball (1972-73); M. Basketball (1970-73)
o Bill Schuttee - Football Coach (1947-55)
o Nate Wright - Football (1967-68)
o George Ziegenfuss - M. Basketball Coach (1948-69)
o Marcelo Balboa - M. Soccer (1988-89)
o Bob Brady - M. Basketball (1952-54)
o Claudie Minor - Football (1972-73)
o Micki Schillig - W. Tennis (1980-83)
o Frank Scott - M. Golf Coach (1948-83)
o Paul Mott - Football, M. Basketball, M. Track (1925-28)
o Ramona Pagel - W. Track (1983-84)
o Todd Santos - Football (1984-87)
o Eric Wynalda - M. Soccer (1987-89)
o Vicki Cantrell - W. Volleyball (1980-83)
o Kenny Hale - M. Basketball (1941, 1946-47)
o Joel Kramer - M. Basketball (1974, 1976-78)
o Duncan McFarland - M. Volleyball (1973)
o Marshall Faulk - Football (1991-93)
o Chris Gwynn - Baseball (1983-85)
o Mary Holland - W. Volleyball (1979-82)
o Dick Mitchell - M. Basketball (1940-42)
o Chana Perry - W. Basketball (1988-89)

o Lennie Clements - M. Golf (1976-79)
o Laura DeSnoo - W. Track (1983-86)
o Harry Hodgetts - M. Basketball (1937-41)
o Carol Plunkett - W. Tennis Coach (1976-94)
o Wendy Wheat - W. Volleyball (1977-80)
o 1940-41 Men's Basketball Team
o 1987 Men's Soccer Team
o Joe Gibbs - Football (1961-63); Football Coach (1965-66)
o Norm Nygaard - Football (1952-54)
o Falisha Wright - W. Basketball (1992-95)

o 1973 Men's Volleyball National Champions
o Al Skalecky - Men's Basketball (1966-67-68)
o Nicole Storto - Women's Tennis (1990-93)
o Marla Runyan - Track and Field (1988-91)
o Mike Douglass - Football (1976-77)
o Rod Dowhower - Football (1963-64)
o Claude Gilbert - Football coach (1967-80, 1995-99)
o Travis Lee - Baseball (1994-96)
o Ron Reina - Broadcaster (1969-86)
o Carrie McLaughlin Stathas - Track and Field (1981-83)
o 1987 Men's Rugby National Champion
o Hank Allison - Football (1969-70)
o Kern Carson - Football (1961-63)
o Bernie Finlay - Basketball (1958-60)
o Lynn Kanuka - Cross Country/Track and Field (1980-82)
o Bob Breitbard - Football (1938-40 Player, 1945 Coach)
o Kim Goetz - Men's Basketball (1978-79)
o Cynthia MacGregor - Women's Tennis (1983-86)
o Neal Petties - Football (1961-63)
o Craig Scoggins - Football (1965-66)

o Bob Cluck Baseball (1966-67)

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

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

o Steve Duich Football (1966-67)

o Jay Gutowski Football (1953-56)

o Bobby Meacham Baseball (1979-81)

o Rachel Scott W-Water Polo (1995-98)


o Isaac Curtis Football (1972)

o John Farris Football (1962-64)

o Kieishsha Garnes W-Basketball (1991-92)

o Mark Grace Baseball (1985)

o Bobby Howard Football (1965-66)


o 1966 Wire Service College Division Football National Champions Football

o Toni Himmer W-Volleyball (1980-83)

o Oliver Maiberger M-Tennis (2000-03)

o Mario Mendez Football (1961-63)

o Jeff Staggs Football (1965-66)

o Ralph Wenzel Football (1964-65)

 oTonette Dyer  W-Track & Field (2002-05) 
 oKabeer Gbaja-Biamila  Football (1996-99)
 oLa'Roi GloverFootball (1992-95)
 oDoug Harvey (umpire) Baseball (1955-56)
 oJohn Hyden  M-Volleyball (1992-95)
 oFred Miller  Director of Athletics (1985-95)
 oDick Barnes  M-Basketball (1946, 1948-50) 
 oSandra Durazo  Softball (1998-2001)
 oKyle Turley  Football (1994-97)
 oQuentin Wheeler  Track & Field (1975-76) 
 o1958 NAIA Baseball National Champions  Baseball (1958)
 oDr. O. Kenneth Karr, Jr.  Director of Athletics (1969-78)
 oRandy Holcomb  M-Basketball (2001-02)
 oMike Malano  Football (1996-99)
 oLiane Sato  W-Volleyball (1985-86)
 oJ. R. Tolver  Football (1999-2002)
 oBrandon Heath  M-Basketball (2003-07)
 oMark Reynolds  Sailing (1975-79)
 oChoc Sportsman  Track & Field Coach (1947-66)
 oMichelle Suman  W-Basketball (1991-95)
 oDon Warren  Football (1976-79)
 oKirk Morrison Football (2000-04)
 oStephen Strasburg Baseball (2007-09)
 oPete Inge Football (1976-79)
 oKyle Whittemore M-Soccer (1984-88)
 oShayla Balentine Track & Field (2002-05)
 oBilly Blanton Football (1994-96)
 oEd Imo Football (1976-77)
 oLarry Godfrey Track & Field (1965)
 oKaroline Koehler Track & Field (2007-10)
 oAnthony Watson Men's Basketball (1983-86)

The Show

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.[30]

Notable athletes

See also the List of San Diego State University people


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