Santa Clara Broncos
University Santa Clara University
Conference(s) West Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Dan Coonan
Location Santa Clara, CA
Varsity teams 19
Basketball arena Leavey Center
Baseball stadium Stephen Schott Stadium
Soccer stadium Buck Shaw Stadium
Mascot Bronco
Nickname Broncos
Fight song "Fight For Santa Clara"
Colors Red and White


Homepage Santa Clara Athletics Website

The Broncos is the nickname of the athletic teams at Santa Clara University. The athletic program currently has 19 varsity sports, 9 men's sports and 10 women's. Additionally there are 18 club sports teams that compete intercollegiately. The school colors are red and white. The mascot is a bucking bronco and the fans are referred to as the "Ruff Riders".


Current Sports Teams
Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Men Club Women Club Co-ed
Baseball Softball Ice hockey Field hockey Boxing
Basketball Lacrosse Cycling
Rowing Rugby Equestrian
Cross country Ultimate Paintball
Golf Volleyball Sailing
Outdoor track Shotokan Karate
Soccer Swimming
Tennis Triathlon
Water polo

University athletic membershipsEdit


Santa Clara vs. StanfordEdit

The Santa Clara vs. Stanford rivalry can be traced back to 1902 with the rivalry of their football teams with such events as the "The Big Game" in 1916. When Santa Clara discontinued their football team, the rivalry continued through their rugby athletic programs. From that point on the Santa Clara vs. Stanford rivalry has grown to include many of both schools' athletics programs, resulting in highly heated battles. In the sport of soccer the rivalry is one of the most competitive for both schools, with both teams often finding themselves competitors on the road to national titles. The rivalry is Stanford's longest uninterrupted rivalry with any team except Cal.

Santa Clara vs. CalEdit

The Santa Clara vs. Cal rivalry has existed for many decades as both schools are the two oldest schools on the West Coast. The rivalry first started with the competition between both schools football teams, and then rugby teams in response to dangers present in American football. The rivalry now includes many of the two schools' programs.

Conference RivalsEdit

Within the West Coast Conference, Santa Clara's bitterest rival is the University of San Francisco Dons. As comparably sized Jesuit schools within an hour's drive, these two schools have competed against each other for decades.[1] The Rivalry was originally rooted in the two schools' football programs, who both played home games at Kezar Stadium. After USF dropped football in 1952, the rivalry was most heated in men's basketball, as both teams were nationally ranked in the 1950s, with Santa Clara appearing in the tournament in 1952, 1953, and 1954 and USF winning the tournament in 1954 and 1955.

The Saint Mary's Gaels are considered, second only to USF, as Santa Clara's most heated rival. The school is located within an hour and a half drive and is also a member of the West Coast Conference. While Santa Clara and USF are comparable in size and are both Jesuit, Santa Clara and St. Mary's are very different. The more rural St. Mary's is a Christian Brothers school and is much smaller than Santa Clara. With USF dropping football in 1952, St. Mary's became Santa Clara's most heated football rival until both programs meet their end in the 1990s. The football game between the schools was known as the "Little Big Game", a reference to Stanford and Cal's "Big Game". The game may have been called little, but in the 1920s and 1930s, it was attended by more than 60,000 fans. Although the schools no longer meet on the gridiron, basketball games remain fierce and competitive.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs were not well known athletically until they made inspired runs in the NCAA tournament in the 1990s and 2000s. As an West Coast Conference opponent and a Jesuit institution, the Bulldogs are a natural rival for the Broncos on the hardwood. On February 12, 2007, the Bronco basketball team snapped Gonzaga's 50 game home winning streak. At the time, it was the longest ongoing home winning streak in the NCAA.

Varsity sportsEdit


Men's BasketballEdit

Men's Basketball played its first season in 1904. Since then, the men's basketball team has historically been a strong program within the West Coast Conference. The program has produced 13 All-Americans, with their first, Bob Feerick, coming in the 1942 season. The program has produced NBA stars Steve Nash, and Kurt Rambis, as well as college stars Ken Sears, and Bob Ferrick. The Team has played in the NCAA tournament in 11 different seasons, reaching the 1952 Final Four. The 1992-1993 Santa Clara team, led by future NBA MVP Steve Nash, was one of 6 #15 seeds to defeat a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

On February 12, 2007, the men's basketball team snapped Gonzaga's 50 game home winning streak. At the time, it was the longest ongoing home winning streak in the NCAA.

Women's BasketballEdit

Women's Basketball played its first season in 1963. Since then, the women's basketball team has historically been a strong program within the West Coast Conference. The Women's Basketball team won the WNIT in 1991.

Men's SoccerEdit

The men's soccer team is one of the nation's elite teams having since 2006 been among the top eight programs of the NCAA for developing professional players overall. The men's soccer team has reached the championship match of the College Cup three times. In 1989, they faced the University of Virginia and played to a 1-1 tie that was called due to darkness after 2 overtimes, earning both Santa Clara and Virginia a share of the National Championship. In 1991 they again faced Virginia and again tied after regulation, this time 0-0, but lost to the Cavaliers on penalty kicks. In 1999, they lost to Indiana University, 0-1.

Santa Clara, is the only school in NCAA history to twice have both its men's and women's soccer programs ranked No. 1 simultaneously.

Women's SoccerEdit

The women's soccer team is one of the nation's elite programs in the NCAA consistently ranking among the top ten teams nationally with twenty consecutive years in the Top 10. The program won the national title in the 2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, beating University of North Carolina 1-0. The team was mentioned several times in the film Bend It Like Beckham.

The team has had thirty three players in Women's Professional Soccer and has won seven Olympic Medals. The team's most famous player is Brandi Chastain who took the Broncos to two NCAA Final Four appearances in 1989 and 1990. She would later be on the American Olympic team that won the gold medal in 1996 and the American World's Cup team that won in 1999. Her husband Jerry Smith is the coach of the Santa Clara women's team.

Notable other sportsEdit

Former football programEdit

Santa Clara University fielded an intercollegiate football team from 1896 to 1992, competing against traditional arch-rivals the University of San Francisco and St. Mary's College, as well as maintaining what were then much more fierce rivalries with Stanford University and the University of California. The Broncos were the first team to play the Cal Bears in Memorial Stadium. In Santa Clara's football heyday, they drew crowds of up to 60,000 to Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, where they played home games. The Broncos competed favorably on a national scale, winning the 1937 and 1938 Sugar Bowls (both against Louisiana State) and the 1950 Orange Bowl against Paul "Bear" Bryant's Kentucky Wildcats, 21-13.

Combatting increased costs, rising enrollments at public universities and the advent of professional football, Santa Clara dropped football in 1952, never to return to national prominence. The team was reinstated in 1959 and competed favorably at the college division (later Division II) level until football was once again discontinued in 1992, due to new NCAA regulations which mandated all sports be played at the same level at each university. Santa Clara had fielded all Division I teams with the exception of the Division II football team, and elected not to field a team at the Division I-AA level.

There is no indication football will return to the school in the future, although rumors of the return of Bronco football have not been put to rest. Advocates for the reinstatement of the football program argue that major collegiate football will generate enormous media buzz surrounding the small university.


In 2008, the Santa Clara men's rugby club made it to national playoffs which were held that year in Orem, Utah. They ousted a powerful Western Washington club before falling to eventual division champion Utah Valley State. The Santa Clara University Touring Side (SCUTS) have built upon that success and followed with a strong 2009 campaign.[2]

In 2011, the Santa Clara Women's rugby team competed in the USA Rugby Women's College Sevens National Championships.

Other club sportsEdit

In 2008, the Santa Clara Paintball Team made it to the final rounds of the NCPA competition in Florida.

The Santa Clara Women's Lacrosse team has made it to nationals multiple years and ended up placing 3rd in the 2011 season.

Santa Clara Athletic Hall of FameEdit

Sport Hall of Fame Members
Baseball F. Rod Austin, Milton Axt, Ernest "Turk" Bedolla, Vince Bigone, John Boccabella, Bruce Bochte, Nelson Briles, John Casanova, Bill Connolly, John "Paddy" Cottrell, Tim Cullen, Gene Delyon, Augustin "Mike" Donovan, Jan Dukes, Robert Fatjo, Frank Fiscalini, Justin Fitzgerald(coach), Rick Foley, Mike Frank, Alan Gallagher, Robert Garibaldi, John Giovanola, Charles Graham, Gerald Graham, Raymond Henningsen, J. Thomas Kelly, Russell Lebeck, Frank Lico, Mike Macfarlane, Mickey McDermott, Frank Meagher, Louis Milburn, William Mullins, Joseph Nally, James O'Rourke, Marvin Owen, Duane Pillette, William Prentice, Thomas Randazzo, Neil Reese, William Renna, Richard Robertson, John J. Roche, John Ruso, Guido Simoni, J. Robert Spence, Sal Taormina, Harold Toso, Richard Troedson, Harry Wolter
Men's basketball William Ahern, Samuel Alaimo, Dennis Awtrey, Joanne Berscheidt, Charles Bannan, George Barsi, Eddie Joe Chavez, Bill Duffy, Harlen Dykes, Kevin Eagleson, Elden Eckman, Bob Feerick, Richard Garibaldi, Mike Gervasoni, Ralph "Toddy" Giannini, Gary Gillmor, John "Jack" Gough, Joseph Greenbach, Bruce Hale, Patrick Heffernan, Caren Horstmeyer, LeRoy Jackson, Harold Keeling, Steve Kenilvort, Frank Laney, Marshall Leahy, Dave Mariani, Robert Mckillop, Edward Nelson, Carlos "Bud" Ogden, Ralph Ogden, Richard T. O'Keefe, Jack Otten, Martin Passaglia, Stanley Patrick, Eric Paulson, Ray Pesco, Robert Peters, Nick Radunich, Kurt Rambis, James Rickert, Jim Russi, Frank Schuppert, Kenneth Sears, R. Gene Shields, Frank Sobrero, Jr., Mike Stewart, Robert Sunderland, Nick Vanos, Russ Vrankovich, John Vukota, Carroll Williams, James Young
Women's basketball Elizabeth Bruno, Melissa Fisher, Dorinda Shaffer, Trudy McCulloch, Terri Reade, Suzanne Seandel, Christine Silvernail
Men's crew James Farwell
Football Mickey Adza, David Alfaro, Edward Amaral, William Anahu, Lee Artoe, Jean Ashton, James Barlow, Richard Bassi, Alyn Beals, Don Bordenave, Raymond Calcagno, Ron Calcagno, James Canelo, Kenneth Casanega, Len Casanova, John Casanova, Roderick Chisholm, Robert Cicchi, Ronald Cook, Francis Cope, Doug Cosbie, James Coughlan, William Denser, Don DeRosa, Phil Dougherty, Gil Dowd, Al Dowd, Nello Falaschi, Lou Farasyn, Philip "Moose" Fawke, Marte Formico, Edwin Forrest, Manny Gomez, Michael Gonzales, Frank Hagan, John Hanna, Hall Haynes, John Hock, Gary Hoffman, Bart Jenks, James L. Johnson, Brent Jones, Ray Kaliski, James Lassart, Jim Leonard, John Logaan, George Malley, George "Pat" Malley, Rich Martig, Art McCaffray, J. Raymond McCarthy, William J. McPherson, Herman Meister (coach), Herman Mettler, Robert Miranda, Ron Modeste, Charles Molinari, Gern Nagler, Howard O'Daniels, Joseph Paglia, John Pasco, Louis "Butch" Pastorini, Dan Pastorini, Charles Pavelko, Thomas Payne, Bruno Pellegrini, William Prentice, Joe Romona, John J. Roche, Albert Ruffo, Joseph Salatino, Ron Sani, Albert R. Santucci, John Schiechl, Rudy Scholz, Lawrence (Buck) Shaw, Francis Slavich, Frank Sobrero, Vern Sterling, Nicholas Stubler, Albert Tassi, Al Terremere, John Thom, Harold Toso, Daniel Wallis, Ellery Williams, W. "Al" Wolff
Golf James L. Wiechers, |Margaret Leonard
Rugby James Fitzpatrick, Louis Milburn
Men's soccer Paul Holocher, David Palic, Cameron Rast, Terry Weekes, Eric Yamamoto
Women's soccer Brandi Chastain, Jennifer Meek, Jennifer Nielsen, Sue Ramirez, Jennifer Sneeringer
Swimming Catherine Imwalle
Tennis Joanne Berscheidt
Track and field Louis Milburn
Women's volleyball Joanne Berscheidt, Kris Gambelin, Trudy McCulloch, Stacey McDonough-Wolfe


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