Fresno State Bulldogs
University California State University, Fresno
Conference(s) Mountain West Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Thomas Boeh
Location Fresno, CA
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium Bulldog Stadium
Basketball arena Save Mart Center
Baseball stadium Pete Beiden Field
Mascot Time Out / Victor E.
Nickname Bulldogs
Fight song Fight Varsity
Colors Cardinal and Blue



The Fresno State Bulldogs represent California State University, Fresno (commonly referred to as Fresno State) in 19 NCAA Division I sports. The teams are members of the Mountain West Conference. Before that, it had been a member of the Western Athletic Conference since the 1992-93 before leaving for the Mountain West during the 2012-2013 season. Fresno State had also been a member of the Big West Conference since the 1969-70 (the conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association at that time until 1988). Fresno State was also a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association from its beginning in the 1939-40 season (when Fresno State was in NCAA Division II).

On August 18, 2010, it was announced that Fresno State, alongside fellow WAC member Nevada, would accept an offer to move to the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State and Nevada made the move, effective July 1, 2012.

The university has won two NCAA Division I Championships in both Softball (1998) and Baseball (2008).

Varsity sports[edit | edit source]

Fresno State fields 19 varsity sports teams; 7 men's and 12 women's:

Men's sports

Women's sports

Softball[edit | edit source]

The perennial national power Bulldog women's softball team has had a lengthy tradition of winning since the inception of the sport. The softball team owns the distinction of winning the school's first team NCAA National Championship in 1998. Fresno State defeated then-top ranked Arizona 1–0 in the 1998 NCAA championship game in Oklahoma City due to the strong arm of All-American pitcher Amanda Scott and the bat of All-American Nina Lindenberg, who scored the game's only run on a solo home run. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 52–11 record and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Arizona entered the 1998 national championship game against Fresno State with a 67–3 overall record.

Through the 2010 season, Fresno State continues to be the nation's only softball team to have earned bids to all 30 NCAA Division I championship tournaments. In addition to Fresno State's 1998 NCAA championship, the Bulldogs have reached the NCAA championship game four other times (1984, 1988, 1989, 1990), and the College World Series 12 times. The Bulldogs are coached by Margie Wright, the nation's winningest Division I coach in the sport. Wright, who has led Fresno State to 10 Western Athletic Conference championships in the last 13 years and 18 league crowns overall, finished her 25th season as the head coach Bulldogs in 2010. She entered the 2009 season having won 1,307 games in her career.

National Championships[edit | edit source]

  • Track and Field – 1964 (Division II)
  • Softball – 1998
  • Baseball – 2008

Sports Facilities[edit | edit source]

Traditions[edit | edit source]

  • Red & Blue: When Fresno State was choosing the school colors, the women's teams wanted blue and white while the men's teams wanted red and white; the school decided to choose red and blue (officially, cardinal and navy blue) as a compromise.[1]

The Cardinal was in emulation of the colors of Stanford University and the Blue in emulation of the colors of the University of California.

  • Victor E. Bulldog: The bulldog mascot was chosen when, in 1921, a white bulldog appeared on campus and immediately took to the student body president and his friends.[1] His name is Victor E. [2][3][4]
  • V is for Valley: The green "V" featured on Fresno State uniforms is a tribute to the agricultural community of the San Joaquin Valley, the world's richest agricultural area in export dollars in which Fresno is located. The tribute began in 1997 when new football head coach Pat Hill instituted the green V on the back of the helmets (a tradition later adopted by the other programs) as a means of integrating the school and the community.[5]

Fight Song[edit | edit source]

Fight Varsity
On your toes dig in and hit that line!
We're all pulling hard for you
So fight and give the best there is in you
Fight Varsity
On your toes dig in and hit that line!
We'll fight on to victory
We're always true to Fresno State!
Fight Varsity
On your toes dig in and hit that line!
We're all pulling hard for you
So fight and give the best there is in you
Fight Varsity
On your toes dig in and hit that line!
We'll fight on to victory
We're always true to Fresno State!

Alma Mater[edit | edit source]

Let us in song, our voices raise
In cloistered courts, to sound thy praise.
Each voice and heart that sings is true
To thee, oh, Cardinal and Blue.
For thee, our hopes and memories;
For thee, our hearts and loyalties.
Thy sons and daughters hail thee great,
Our Alma Mater, Fresno State!

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