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|San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs|
|University||San Diego State University|
|Conference||Mountain West Conference|
|Athletics director||Jeff Schemmel|
|Location||San Diego, CA|
|Colors||Scarlet and Black
The SDSU Aztecs are the collegiate athletics and sports teams for San Diego State University (SDSU).
The SDSU Aztecs compete in NCAA Division I (I-A for football). Its primary conference is the Mountain West Conference; its women's water polo team participates in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and its men's soccer team participates as an Associate Member of the Pacific Ten Conference (the "Pac-10" Conference). Crew's championship regatta is the WIRA (Western International Rowing Association).
News reports (especially on local radio) often mention "Montezuma Mesa" or "news from the mesa" when discussing SDSU-related sports events. The SDSU 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, California.
- SDSU President Dr. Stephen L. Weber's discussion of the Importance of Athletics
"The mission of the San Diego State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Team is to provide student-athletes the finest educational and athletic experience. We develop the leaders of tomorrow by instilling the core values and work ethic that inspires a passion for success in the classroom, on the field of competition, in the community, and in all future endeavors."
 School colors
 Sports facilities
A detailed listing of the SDSU athletics facilities, including photographs and descriptions, is found here: SDSU Athletics Facilities.
- Aztec Athletic Center
- Cox Arena
- Qualcomm Stadium
- Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC)
- Tony Gwynn Stadium
- Peterson Gymnasium
- Aztec Aquaplex (recent news article)
- SDSU Sports Deck
- SDSU Softball Stadium
- SDSU Tennis Stadium
- SDSU Practice Facility & Fields
Total as of 2006 = three (3)
- 1941 - The men's basketball team won the NAIB (now NAIA) Division I National Championship in 1941.
- 1973 - The men's volleyball team won the NCAA Championship in 1973, but the team has since been disbanded.
- One of the team stars was Chris Marlowe.
- 1987 - The men's rugby team (a club sport) won the College rugby national championship in 1987.
- See SDSU Football
San Diego State University (SDSU) has an esteemed college football team. SDSU is part of the highest level of American collegiate football, NCAA "Football Bowl Subdivision" of Division 1 (which was formerly known as Division 1 A). Traditionally, the team, clad in all-black uniforms and red helmets, has played its home games at night, a tradition started during the days of former head coach Don Coryell before the stadium was even opened. There have been attempts in the past to change from "The Look," but all have led to poor play by the Aztecs and a reversion back to the traditional look.
Current Head Coach: Chuck Long
SDSU athletics have contributed richly to the National Football League (NFL). Distinguished NFL head coaches were proud members of the Aztec Football program:
- Joe Gibbs - Hall of Fame NFL head coach of the Washington Redskins,NASCAR team owner, former Aztec player and assistant coach.
- John Madden - Hall of Fame AFL/NFL head coach of the Oakland Raiders, former Aztec assistant coach.
- Don Coryell - NFL head coach of the San Diego Chargers, former Aztec head coach.
- Ted Tollner - former NFL offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers, former Aztec head coach.
- Herman Edwards - NFL head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, former Aztec player.
- John Fox - NFL head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
Some of the more famous SDSU students to later star in the NFL are:
- Marshall Faulk - 7-time Pro Bowl running back for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams.
- Brian Sipe - Famous NFL quarterback; part of the "Kardiac Kids" for the Cleveland Browns.
- Isaac Curtis - 4-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- See List of SDSU Football Players
- See SDSU Basketball
Current Head Coach (men's team): Steve Fisher
Current Head Coach (women's team): Beth Burns
- Michael Cage - All star NBA player with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Philadelphia 76ers, and New Jersey Nets.
- See SDSU baseball
Current Head Coach: Tony Gwynn
Some of the more famous SDSU students to later star in the MLB are:
- See SDSU soccer
Current Head Coach (men's team): Lev Kirshner
Current Head Coach (women's team): Michael Giuliano
Some of the more famous SDSU students soccer stars are:
- See SDSU Traditions
- Hail Montezuma
- We with loyal hearts our homeage pay:
- Proud working and glorying,
- In the spirit of the Aztec name.
- To thee, San Diego
- And the fond Traditions old and new
- A tribute raise of lasting praise and steadfast faith,
- Hail Montezuma.
- Hail Montezuma
- We salute thy glorious destiny:
- Far seeing in company days,
- Men and women strong who live in truth.
- To thee, San Diego
- And the Black and Scarlet we'll be true
- An echo comes from Aztec drums through all the years,
- Hail Montezuma!
- Fight on and on ye Aztec men,
- Sons of Montezuma,
- We will win again,
- Keep your spirits high,
- Never bow a knee,
- We will fight till victory.
- Fight on and on ye Aztec men,
- Proudly raise your banners high,
- For it's the Red and Black,
- Hail to our team,
- San Diego Aztecs fight!
- Monty's Maniacs
- The Show is the loud and vocal lower rows of the student section at men's basketball games. They are known for heckling visiting teams and taunting them with the large celebrity faces. Shownana, a student dressed in a banana costume, has become a celebrity at games.
The San Diego State Marching Aztecs, and Pep and Varsity Bands are often seen at many sporting events including Football, Basketball and even Volleyball.
San Diego State University is sometimes referred to as the "Montezuma Mesa" because of its location upon a hill overlooking Mission Valley.
 Notable athletes
- Marcelo Balboa, World Cup and Major League Soccer (MLS) soccer star
- Bud Black, former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and current manager of the San Diego Padres
- Jim Campbell, former MLB pitcher
- Isaac Curtis - former National Football League (NFL) receiver
- Jeff DaVanon, MLB baseball player (Anaheim Angels)
- Fred Dryer, actor-producer and former NFL player
- Herm Edwards, current Kansas City Chiefs head coach
- Marshall Faulk, NFL star and broadcaster
- John Fox, current Carolina Panthers head coach
- Mark Grace, retired MLB player and World Series Champion
- Tony Gwynn, current Baseball Hall of Famer (and current SDSU baseball Head Coach)
- Az-Zahir Hakim, NFL wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints
- Armen Keteyian, Sports Journalist, HBO Sports, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
- Kirk Morrison, current Oakland Raiders starting linebacker
- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, current Green Bay Packers player
- Joe Gibbs, current NFL head coach of the Washington Redskins and NASCAR team owner.
- Travis Lee, MLB player with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
- Chris Marlowe, Sportscaster, former Olympic volleyball player
- Haven Moses, former NFL receiver with Denver Broncos
- Kassim Osgood, San Diego Chargers receiver
- Noel Prefontaine, Toronto Argonauts kicker
- Jimmy Raye, former NFL player
- Darnay Scott, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
- Don Shaw, former MLB pitcher
- Brian Sipe - former NFL quarterback
- Webster Slaughter, former American football wide receiver
- Dave Smith, former MLB pitcher
- Carl Weathers, Actor/former NFL player, Apollo Creed
- Eric Wynalda, well-known World Cup and MLS soccer star, and current ABC Sports broadcaster
- Jeanne Zelasko, Sports Journalist, Fox Sports
 External links
Official SDSU Athletics website:
The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper:
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Related Pages: MountainWest Sports Network (mtn.)
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People: List of San Diego State University alumni and faculty
Media: KPBS (TV/DT/FM) • KCR (AM) • San Diego State University Press
Research: SDSU Research Foundation • Facilities: Biological Field Stations • Mount Laguna Observatory
Athletics: SDSU Aztecs • Arenas/Stadiums: Qualcomm Stadium • Cox Arena • Tony Gwynn Stadium