San Jose State Spartans
University San Jose State University
Conference(s) Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Gene Bleymaier
Location San Jose, CA
Varsity teams
Football stadium Spartan Stadium
Basketball arena San Jose State Event Center
Baseball stadium San Jose Municipal Stadium
Other arenas Sharks Ice at San Jose
Mascot Sammy Spartan
Nickname Spartans
Fight song Spartan Fight Song
Colors Gold, Blue and White


Homepage SJSU Spartans

The San Jose State Spartans is the name of the athletic teams representing San Jose State University. SJSU sports teams compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) at the NCAA Division I level. (Football Bowl Subdivision formally known as Division 1-A for football.) The university has participated in athletics since it first fielded a baseball team in 1890.

San Jose State University sports teams have won NCAA titles in track and field, cross country, golf, and boxing. As of 2010, SJSU has won 10 NCAA team championships and produced 52 NCAA Division 1 individual champions. SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning 45 collegiate judo national championships in 51 years (as of 2012).[1]

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

The legendary 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.

As of 2010, current head coaches from the women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men's soccer, and women's soccer programs had all received conference “Coach of the Year” honors.[2]

Current athletics programs[edit | edit source]

As of 2012, San Jose State University competes at the Division 1 level in each of the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Men)
  • Basketball (Women)
  • Cross Country (Men)
  • Cross Country (Women)
  • Football
  • Golf (Men)
  • Golf (Women)
  • Gymnastics (Women)
  • Soccer (Men)
  • Soccer (Women)
  • Softball
  • Swimming/Diving (Women)
  • Tennis (Women)
  • Volleyball (Women)
  • Water Polo (Women)

On April 6, 2012, the school announced it will field its first women's track and field team starting with the 2013-2014 season.[3]

Nickname and mascot history[edit | edit source]

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 1925. Mascots and nicknames prior to 1925 included the Daniels, the Teachers, the Pedagogues, the Normals, and the Normalites.

After 1887, the official name of the San Jose campus was the State Normal School at San José. 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 José in official publications. A recent historical exhibit in the Martin Luther King Library on the San José State campus featured a number of pieces of State Normal School memorabilia, including a SNS pennant.

Baseball[edit | edit source]

  • The SJSU baseball team has earned three Western Athletic Conference (WAC) pennants in recent years (1997, 2000 & 2009).[4]
  • Under head coach Sam Piraro, the SJSU baseball team reached the 30-win mark 15 times and appeared in the national rankings 47 times.[5]
  • The SJSU baseball team has fielded sixteen All-Americans including four first-team selections.[5]

Basketball[edit | edit source]

  • The SJSU men's basketball team has garnered 12 conference 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.[6]
  • 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.[6]
  • Eleven former SJSU men's basketball players have been drafted into the NBA.[6]

Football[edit | edit source]

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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[7] 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.[7]

San Jose State shares football rivalries with Stanford and Fresno State. The annual game played between Stanford and San Jose State is titled the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, after distinguished SJSU alumnus, the late Mr. Bill Walsh. The Fresno State and San Jose State game is simply known as the Valley Rivalry game.

Additional Football Facts

  • SJSU earned more Big West Conference football championship titles than any other team in the history of the Big West conference.[8]
  • The SJSU football team has made nine bowl appearances. Its most recent bowl appearance occurred in 2012 when the Spartans defeated the Bowling Green Falcons in the Military Bowl.[9] [9]

Golf[edit | edit source]

  • The SJSU women's golf team has garnered three NCAA championship titles, one NCAA individual champion, 17 conference championship titles, and 37 All-America honors. The team's most recent championship title came in 2011, when the Spartans won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament for the third year in a row.[13]
  • The SJSU men's golf team has garnered one NCAA championship title and two NCAA individual champions.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • The SJSU men's golf team won the the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament championship in 2012.
  • The SJSU men's golf team has produced 26 All-America team members (including four 1st-team members) and seven different PGA tour winners.[15]

Hockey[edit | edit source]

  • 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.[16]
  • In 1992, the team went undefeated, finishing the season with a 17-0 record.[16]
  • The team finished 26-1-1 (18-0-1 at home) in 2006, and went undefeated through 42 consecutive home games from 2004-2007.[16]
  • The SJSU hockey team has qualified for the ACHA national championship tournament eight times, finishing as high as 10th in 2010.[16]
  • San Jose State hosted the 2011 ACHA national tournament.[16]

Judo[edit | edit source]

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 José 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 45th national championship in 2012.[17]

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

  • 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

Soccer[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • As of 2009, seven 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.

Additional SJSU athletics facts[edit | edit source]

  • SJSU garnered 17 NCAA boxing championship titles including three consecutive national team titles (1958–1960) before the NCAA banned the sport in 1961.
  • SJSU men's cross country team won the NCAA National championship in 1962 and 1963.
  • In July 2007, SJSU was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to serve as the primary processing center for all Team USA members bound for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. All team members used SJSU campus housing and dining facilities during at least two days of document checks, health exams, cultural briefings, portrait sittings, uniform fittings and last-minute workout sessions. The actual location of the processing center on the SJSU campus was kept secret for security reasons.
  • The SJSU women's water polo team has earned a top-10 postseason national ranking nine out of 12 seasons beginning in 1998, and earned a top-20 postseason national ranking 12 seasons out of 12 from 1998 through 2009.
  • The SJSU women's gymnastics team was named the Western Athletic Conference regular-season champion in 2012.
  • The SJSU women's swimming and diving team won two consecutive WAC championship titles in 2012 and 2013.

Notable sports alumni[edit | edit source]

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SJSU Alumnus Bill Walsh and former Spartans Head Football Coach Dick Tomey

Baseball[edit | edit source]

Basketball[edit | edit source]

Football[edit | edit source]

Golf[edit | edit source]

Olympic Games[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

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