|San Jose State Spartans|
|University||San Jose State University|
|Conference||Mountain West Conference (primary)|
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (women's gymnastics, women's water polo)
GCC (men's water polo)
Southland (beach volleyball)
|NCAA||Division I / FBS|
|Athletic director||Jeff Konya|
|Location||San Jose, California|
|Football stadium||CEFCU Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Provident Credit Union Event Center|
|Baseball stadium||Excite Ballpark|
|Softball stadium||Spartan Softball Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||Spartan Soccer Complex|
|Other venues||Bud Winter Field|
Pasatiempo Golf Club
SJSU Tennis Complex
Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center
|Mascot||Sammy the Spartan|
|Fight song||Spartan Fight Song|
|Colors||Gold, white, and blue|
The San Jose State Spartans are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent San José State University. SJSU sports teams compete in the Mountain West Conference (MW) at the NCAA Division I level, with football competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). San Jose State is one of 20 Division I members in the state of California, seven of which are FBS members. The other FBS members are fellow MW conference mates Fresno State and San Diego State, plus Pac-12 Conference members University of California, Stanford, UCLA and USC. SJSU has participated in athletics since it first fielded a baseball team in 1890.
San José State sports teams have won NCAA national titles in track and field, cross country, golf, boxing, fencing and tennis. As of 2022, SJSU has won 10 NCAA national Division 1 team championships and produced 50 NCAA national Division 1 individual champions. SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning 51 National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) championships since 1962.
SJSU alumni have won 20 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, water polo and boxing.
The track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San Jose State the nickname "Speed City," and produced Olympic medalists and social activists Lee Evans, Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Smith and Carlos are perhaps best remembered for giving the raised fist salute from the medalists' podium during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
San José State University sponsors teams in eight men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Jeff Konya has served as the director of athletics since June 12, 2021.
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 current 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 athletics teams initially played under the "Normal" identity, but they gradually shifted to the "State Normal School" identity, as evidenced by images of SNS football and basketball squads from this era. In official publications, the school was referred to as the "California State Normal School, San Jose."
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Cross country|
|Track and field†||Softball|
|Water polo||Swimming and diving|
|Track and field†|
|† – 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 (Southland Conference), gymnastics and women's water polo (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), men's soccer (Western Athletic Conference), and men's water polo (Golden Coast Conference).
Main article: San Jose State Spartans baseball
Main articles: San Jose State Spartans men's basketball and San Jose State Spartans women's basketball
In 1962, the San José State University cross country team became the first racially integrated team to win the NCAA national championship.
The San Jose State men's cross country team has appeared in the NCAA tournament six times, finishing first in 1962 and 1963. The team has compiled an unofficial record of 84–19 (.816).
|1961||No. 2||82||Defeated Houston, Kansas, Iowa, Western Michigan, Southern Illinois, |
Penn State, Michigan State, Air Force, Army, Texas A&M,
Central Michigan, Ohio, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, and Buffalo
Lost to Oregon State
|1962||No. 1||58||Defeated Villanova, Western Michigan, Houston, Michigan State, Ohio, |
Colorado, Oregon State, Idaho, Kansas, Notre Dame,
Penn State, Iowa, and Texas A&M
|1963||No. 1||53||Defeated Oregon, Notre Dame, Kansas, Michigan State, Houston, |
Ohio, Miami (OH), Villanova, Western Michigan, Wisconsin,
Brown, Bowling Green, Providence, Syracuse, Drake,
William & Mary, Rutgers, Oklahoma City, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech
|1965||No. 11||277||Defeated BYU, Furman, Colorado, Michigan State, Army, |
Providence, and Houston
Lost to Western Michigan, Northwestern, Tennessee, Georgetown, Oklahoma State,
Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Wyoming
|1966||No. 3||183||Defeated Iowa, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon State, Southern Illinois, |
Western Michigan, Houston, New Mexico, Michigan State. Colorado State,
Abilene Christian, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma State, William & Mary,
Miami (OH), Providence, Notre Dame, Drake, Iowa State,
Tennessee, and Arkansas
Lost to Villanova and Kansas State
|1967||No. 7||152||Defeated Drake, BYU, Utah, Houston, Tennessee, |
Kansas, and Wyoming
Lost to Villanova, Air Force, Colorado, Western Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri
The San Jose State women's cross country team never made the NCAA tournament.
Main article: San Jose State Spartans football
San Jose State first fielded a football team in 1893 and has won 17 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.
More recent success includes an 11–2 finish in 2012 when SJSU achieved its first-ever BCS ranking and first national ranking since 1990. SJSU was ranked No. 21 in both the 2012 post-season Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
The football team had another successful season in 2020 when it cracked the AP Poll top-25 for the first time since 2012 and appeared in the College Football Playoff ranking at No. 24. The team also won its first conference championship title since 1991. The Spartans finished the 2020 season 7–1 and ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll.
Additional football facts
San Jose State has appeared in 12 bowl games and has an overall bowl record of 7-5.
|1946||Bill Hubbard||Raisin Bowl||Utah State||W 20–0|
|1949||Bill Hubbard||Raisin Bowl||Texas Tech||W 20–13|
|1971||Dewey King||Pasadena Bowl||Memphis||L 9–28|
|1981||Jack Elway||California Bowl||Toledo||L 25–27|
|1986||Claude Gilbert||California Bowl||Miami (OH)||W 37–7|
|1987||Claude Gilbert||California Bowl||Eastern Michigan||L 27–30|
|1990||Terry Shea||California Bowl||Central Michigan||W 48–24|
|2006||Dick Tomey||New Mexico Bowl||New Mexico||W 20–12|
|2012||Mike MacIntyre||Military Bowl||Bowling Green||W 29–20|
|2015||Ron Caragher||Cure Bowl||Georgia State||W 27–16|
|2020||Brent Brennan||Arizona Bowl||Ball State||L 34–13|
|2022||Brent Brennan||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Eastern Michigan||L 41-27|
Men's NCAA Championship Results
Women's NCAA Championship Results
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.
The San Jose State men's indoor track and field team appeared in the NCAA Division I national tournament six times, finishing as high as 3rd in 1969. The San Jose State women's indoor track and field team never made the NCAA Division I tournament.
The San Jose State men's soccer team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 7–14 through fourteen appearances.
|1963||First round||San Francisco||L 0–2|
|1966||First round||San Francisco||L 1–2|
|1970||Second Round||Denver||L 1–2|
|1971||Second Round||San Francisco||L 2–3|
|1974||Second Round||UCLA||L 2–3|
|1998||First round||Stanford||L 2–3|
|2000||First round||Indiana||L 0–4|
|2003||First round||California||L 0–2|
The San Jose State women's soccer team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 0–4 through four appearances.
|2000||First round||Stanford||L 1–4|
|2015||First round||Stanford||L 0–2|
|2018||First round||UCLA||L 0–5|
|2022||First round||Stanford||L 0–6|
The San Jose State Spartans women's softball team has an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 1–8 through four appearances.
|1990||0–2||.000||Eliminated by California in the No. 5 Regional|
|1992||0–2||.000||Eliminated by California in the No. 4 Regional|
|2013||0–2||.000||Eliminated by San Diego State in the Tempe Regional|
|2017||1–2||.333||Eliminated by CSU Fullerton in the Los Angeles Regional|
The San Jose State women's volleyball team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 8–12 through twelve appearances.
|UC Santa Barbara
|1983||First round||Cal Poly||L 1–3|
|Long Beach State
|1988||First round||San Diego State||L 1–3|
|1989||First round||Pacific||L 0–3|
|1990||First round||Long Beach State||L 0–3|
|1998||First round||Colorado||L 0–3|
|2000||First round||Long Beach State||L 1–3|
The San Jose State men's water polo team has an NCAA Division I tournament record of 5-4 through four appearances and played twice in the national championship match.
|1973||First round||USC||L 5–7|
San Jose State has a very active club sport program consisting of 25 sports and 30 teams. These sports include:
Archery, badminton, bowling, boxing, cycling, dance, ACHA Division II and Division lll ice hockey, judo, karate, MCLA Division II men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, mountain biking, power lifting, quidditch, roller hockey, men's and women's rugby, salsa, men's and women's soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, triathlon, ultimate frisbee, men's and women's volleyball, men's water polo, and wrestling.
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. SJSU won one additional PCHA Division 1 title as a non-member in 2017.
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.
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)
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. According to the published SJSU rugby team mission statement, "San Jose State Rugby teaches Spartans courage, commitment, and character through the game of rugby for success both on and off the field."
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. Spartan Mambo also won the Collegiate Teams division at the 2013 World Latin Dance Cup.
The SJSU table tennis team regularly competes in National Collegiate Table Tennis Association tournaments. 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. The team was led by Truong Tu and reached the semifinals.
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. 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.
San José State University sports teams have competed in NCAA national tournaments across 16 active sports (9 men's and 7 women's) 171 times at the Division I FBS level.
The San Jose State Spartans have earned 10 NCAA championships at the Division I level.
|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|
Below are five SJSU national championship titles not granted by the NCAA:
Below are 79 SJSU national club team championship titles:
San Jose State has produced 50 NCAA Division I individual championship winners.
|NCAA Individual Championships|
|1||1936–37||Lowell Todd||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|3||1945–46||Robert Likins||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|4||1946–47||Bob Harris||Men's golf|||
|5||1946–47||Robert Likins||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|9||1951–52||Bob McMullen||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|10||1951–52||Bill Priddy||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|12||1952–53||Lang Stanley||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|20||1958–59||Ray Norton||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|21||1958–59||Whitney Reed||Men's tennis|||
|22||1958–59||Errol Williams||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|24||1959–60||Charlie Clark||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|29||1960–61||Dick Gear||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|30||1963–64||Terry Small||Men's golf|||
|31||1963–64||Danny Murphy||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|Men's outdoor track and field|||
|33||1965–66||Craig Fergus||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|34||1966–67||Tommie Smith||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|35||1967–68||Lee Evans||Men's outdoor track and field|||
Ronnie Ray Smith
|Men's outdoor track and field|||
|37||1968–69||John Carlos||Men's indoor track and field|||
|38||1968–69||John Carlos||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|39||1968–69||John Carlos||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|40||1974–75||Ron Livers||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|41||1975–76||Dedy Cooper||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|42||1976–77||Ron Livers||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|43||1977–78||Ron Livers||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|44||1979–80||Curt Ransford||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|45||1981–82||Joy Ellingson||Women's fencing|||
|46||1981–82||Peter Schifrin||Men's fencing|||
|47||1982–83||Felix Böhni||Men's indoor track and field|||
|48||1982–83||Felix Böhni||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|49||1986–87||Fred Schumacher||Men's indoor track and field|||
|50||1988–89||Pat Hurst||Women's golf|||
At the NCAA Division II level, San Jose State has garnered two individual championship titles. Additionally, Patty Sheehan is an individual champion in women's golf at the highest level for the AIAW.
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. 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.
See also: Bill Walsh Legacy Game
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. 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. The two schools first played each other in football in 1900.
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 currently under construction at a projected cost of $57.6 million. Known as the Spartan Athletics Center, the 55,000 square-foot, multi-story facility will house a new football operations center, locker rooms, offices, meeting and training rooms and a sports medicine center. The facility will also include soccer team offices and locker rooms, as well as dining and hospitality facilities, event spaces and premium viewing areas. Along with construction of the SAC, a major renovation of the stadium's entire east side is currently underway.
The east-side stadium renovation has temporarily reduced seating capacity at CEFCU Stadium from just over 30,000 to 21,520. Approximately 9,000 seats were removed from the stadium in 2019 to make way for the new building. This includes virtually all of the east-side stadium seating and some of the north end zone bleachers. The north end zone bleachers were removed to make way for construction of a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard and outdoor bar and lounge area. The new scoreboard was completed in 2020. SAC construction and the east and north-side stadium renovations are projected to be completed in August 2023.
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 stadiums, new outdoor recreation and intramural facility, new soccer and tennis facilities, three beach volleyball courts and a new multilevel parking garage. The new golf, soccer and tennis facilities opened in 2017. The new softball facility opened in 2018, and the beach volleyball courts were completed in 2019. The intramural facility and parking garage were completed in 2021. Remaining projects are either under construction or still in the planning stages.
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 was completed in 2019. At a cost of $139 million, the new facility houses 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 is 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.
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.
Phases one and two of the new SJSU Spartan softball complex were completed in 2018. As of 2021 the final phase is under construction 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.
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