Spartan Men’s Basketball Team Visits Rome

The Spartan men's basketball team is visiting Rome to sharpen their game by playing Italian college-age and professional teams (photos courtesy of Raymond Barbour).

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Ballard and Shamburger are two of the Spartans’ three returning starters from the 2011 team that recorded San Jose State’s first winning season since 1994 and advanced to post-season tournament play.

As of August 8, the Spartans had three games scheduled during their nine-day Italian tour: two games in Rome and one in Latina, Italy, 40 miles south of Rome.

“We are eagerly anticipating our trip to Italy. Our preparations have gone well, and we look forward to some exciting competition. It will be a privilege to compete against AB Latina, a franchise that has achieved considerable success in Italian professional basketball. Latina has routinely defeated American College teams through the years,” said San Jose State head coach George Nessman.

“We also get the great experience of competing against LottoMatica’s U20 team. LottoMatica, Virtus-Roma is literally one of the top clubs in Europe let alone Italy. In facing their U20 team, we will be competing against some of the best college-age basketball players in the country.”

The Spartans departed for Rome Aug. 13 and return Aug. 22.

Mark Hubbard right after hitting the golf ball out on the golf course.

Mark Hubbard – Two-Time All-America Scholar

Mark Hubbard right after hitting the golf ball out on the golf course.

Mark Hubbard won two tournaments in his senior season including the 2011 WAC Championship.

Superiority on the course and in the classroom have earned San Jose State University’s Mark Hubbard his second Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar award from Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

To be considered a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar the individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cu¬mulative grade-point average of 3.2.

As a senior, Hubbard led the Spartans with a 72.33 stroke average in 2010-11 and finished first individually in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational and the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

The three-time San Jose State Scholar-Athlete was also a 2011 Academic All-Conference honoree, an award he won in all four years wearing a Spartan uniform.

The Denver, Colo., native and 2011 WAC champion is one of three players in the conference to receive the award. Gaston De La Torre and Timothy Madigan of New Mexico State are the other honorees from the WAC.

Hubbard is one of just 138 Division I men’s golfers in the nation to receive the honors in 2011.

Click here for the full list of 2011 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar award winners.

SJSU football team in uniform running out to the field with coach leading the way.

Individual Game Football Tickets On Sale

SJSU football team in uniform running out to the field with coach leading the way.

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Individual game tickets for the 2011 Spartan Football season go on sale this Friday! Want a way to lock in your favorite seats for all the games you want to see? Beginning Thursday, July 21, at 9am, Spartan Football fans have the opportunity to purchase a 3-game pack for a special, one-time only, 2-for-1 price.  3-game packs include tickets to your choice of 3 home games Nevada (Sept. 17), New Mexico State (Sept. 24), Hawai’i (Oct. 14) Idaho (Nov. 5) or Navy (Nov. 19).   Prices for the 3 game pack are $90 reserved or $65 general admission. This exclusive deal is only available from 9am – 6pm on Thursday, July 21, by calling the Spartan Ticket office at 877.SJSU.TIX or 408.924.SJTX

Beginning Friday at 9am, Individual game tickets are available for purchase in any of the following ways:

  • By phone through the Spartan Ticket Office at 408.924.SJTX or toll-free 877.SJSU.TIX , or Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000
  • Online at or
  • At select Ticketmaster outlets
  • In person (without convenience charge) at either the Spartan Ticket Office, located at 1393 S. 7th Street – corner of 7th & Alma – directly west of historic Spartan Stadium, or at the Event Center Box Office, located at 290 South 7th Street.

Individual Game Ticket Prices (Advanced Sale) are:

Gold Zone Reserved $35

General Admission Adult $25

General Admission Youth (12-and-Under) $15

Spartan 4-Pack (all ages) for $80.

Season Tickets are still available; Reserved tickets are $150 per seat with General Admission tickets priced at $110 adult/$65 youth or the season 4-Pack for just $250.

George Nessman, wearing a suite, talks to a basketball player during a game who is wearing a grey jersey with blue stripes.

Nessman Gets New 3-Year Contract

George Nessman, wearing a suite, talks to a basketball player during a game who is wearing a grey jersey with blue stripes.

George Nessman has a hand up on taking the Spartans forward. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Following San Jose State University’s first men’s basketball post-season appearance in 15 years, head coach George Nessman agreed to a new three-year contract through the 2013-14 season. Athletics director Tom Bowen made the announcement.

Nessman directed the Spartans to the 2011 College Basketball Insiders (CBI) 16-team tournament and a first-round game against Creighton. To reach post-season play in 2011, San Jose State achieved a number of meaningful firsts:

  • A 17-win season for the first time since 1981,
  • A winning record for the first time since 1994,
  • Reaching the semifinal round of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 1996.


“George Nessman took over our men’s basketball program six years ago when it needed more than a cosmetic make-over. Systematically and methodically, he has put San Jose State on a sound footing that is realizing progress and success on and off the court,” says Bowen, who cites the program’s eight Academic All-WAC honors since 2006 compared to five in the University’s first 10 years of conference membership as one measure of academic achievement. “We are looking forward to our continued growth in men’s basketball with George in charge.”

“San Jose State is a great university. I am honored to continue serving as its head basketball coach. I am especially thankful to our student-athletes and basketball staff for putting their all into the program,” says Nessman. “It is important to note my deep appreciation as well for the support of (past) Presidents Kassing and Whitmore and Athletics Director Tom Bowen.”

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Vogt in pool holding up yellow water polo ball before throwing the ball.

Vogt To China With USA Water Polo

Vogt in pool holding up yellow water polo ball before throwing the ball.

Adriana Vogt is the first San Jose State women's water polo player to compete in the World University Games. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Adriana Vogt, San Jose State University’s career scoring leader in women’s water polo, is one of 13 players named to the 2011 USA Women’s Water Polo World University Games team.

Vogt completed her four-year San Jose State career in 2011. As a senior, she was a co-captain of the Spartan team that finished ranked fifth in the final national coaches poll. The Menlo Park, Calif., resident led San Jose State with 86 goals scored and was second in per game scoring in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). She was a first-team all-conference selection and was named to the MPSF all-tournament team.

Her four-year scoring of 245 goals is one of the top five totals by a MPSF women’s water polo player.

“For Adriana to have the opportunity to tryout for this team and then to make it is fantastic for Adriana and San Jose State water polo,” says San Jose State women’s water polo head coach Lou Tully. “After the fabulous senior year that Adriana had, this is like frosting on the cake!  All of us are very excited for her and wish her and the team the best of luck representing the United States at this world competition!”

Ten of the 13 USA players selected played for a MPSF school in 2010. Vogt is the first San Jose State player named to this team. One-time San Jose State assistant coach Matt Anderson, now the head coach at the University of Michigan, is the USA head coach.

Shenzhen, China is the host for the 26th World University Games beginning August 11 and concluding August 23.  The United States is one of nine countries bidding for a gold medal. Australia, France, Russia, Mexico, China, Canada, Germany and Italy have the same goal.

Matt Hovan carrying golf equipment walking. Wearing Blue sweater, baseball cap, and tan pants.

Hovan Eyes California State Amateur

Matt Hovan carrying golf equipment walking. Wearing Blue sweater, baseball cap, and tan pants.

Matt Hovan has a 73.91 career stroke average at San Jose State.

Soon-to-be senior Matthew Hovan is among 156 amateurs vying for a victory at the 100th California State Amateur Championship hosted at Olympic Club, June 20-25.

Hovan made the field after shooting a one-under 69 in a qualifying round at San Jose Country Club on April 18. It will be his fourth time playing at the California State Amateur.

“I’m feeling confident about my game going in,” Hovan said. “I’ve got my teammate Justin Estrada on the bag which was a big help at the qualifier. I want to go up, play well and have a good time.”

The Redwood City native and Serra High graduate has seven career top-20 finishes at San Jose State and had a career-best 73.46 stroke average during the 2010-11 season.

The tournament opens June 20 with 36 holes of stroke play on the Lake and Ocean courses. The top 32 players will advance to four straight days of match play.

“Olympic Club is a classic,” Spartans’ head coach John Kennaday said. “Matt’s length off the tee and outstanding putting make him capable of doing very well in this tournament.”

Hovan’s tee time for the opening round on the Lake Course is at 11:10 a.m. PDT.

Click here to view first and second round pairings.

Kelly Stewart holds a waterpolo ball ready to throw.

Kelly Stewart Tops MPSF All-Academic Team

Kelly Stewart holds a waterpolo ball ready to throw.

For the second year in a row, Kelly Stewart had the highest grade-point average among MPSF All-Academic honorees. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

San Jose State University’s Kelly Stewart leads the list with the highest grade-point average of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic women’s water polo players for the 2011 season.

Six Spartans were named to the 49-person MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athletes team.

“Getting notoriety for grades is important,” says Spartan head coach Lou Tully. “I am very proud of our student-athletes’ success and achievements in the classroom.”

Stewart, an economics major from Surrey, British Columbia, had a conference-best 3.949 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale. A 2011 San Jose State University President’s Scholar for earning a 4.00 grade-point average in at least two of her last three semesters, Stewart earned her second MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honor.

For the second consecutive year, she had the highest grade-point average among the MPSF’s honorees.

“Kelly is just a tremendous person and positive influence,” says Tully about his three-year letterwinner. “She is very successful in the classroom and she is a great role model.

“She has a tremendous work ethic in the classroom and has the same work ethic in the pool. That’s her persona and personality.”

Recent graduate Alyssa Friesen, a communications studies major from Clovis, Calif., earned her third MPSF All-Academic team honor.

Like Stewart, juniors Ally Waasted, a kinesiology major from Orange, Calif. and Dani Curran, an international business major from Chino, Calif., earned their second MPSF All-Academic honor.

Sophomores Kimber Methvin, a recreation and leisure studies major from Porterville, Calif. and Anna Natalizio, a justice studies major from Irvine, Calif., were named to the MPSF All-Academic team for the first time.

To be eligible for the MPSF All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average, achieve sophomore standing academically, complete at least one full year at the member school and participate in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests during the season.

Pitcher right after throwing a ball wearing SJSU jersey blue and gold with white pants.

Jones An Olerud Award Semifinalist

Pitcher right after throwing a ball wearing SJSU jersey blue and gold with white pants.

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San Jose State’s Zack Jones is among 10 athletes who are still competing for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

“Our voters will have another very difficult job as they choose between the ten semifinalists,” said Randy Norman, Olerud Award committee co-chair. “The players on the list have some great statistics.”

Jones, an infielder/designated hitter/right-handed pitcher, finished the 2011 season batting .316 (49-for-155) with seven doubles, three triples and three home runs.  He scored 29 runs and knocked in 26 more.  On the mound he racked up 10 saves while striking out 53 batters in 43.0 innings

Four of the Olerud Award semifinalists are playing for teams that advanced to the Super Regional round of the post-season, including Brian Hernandez of UC Irvine, Brian Johnson of Florida, Danny Hultzen of Virginia and Mike McGee of Florida State. McGee won the inaugural award in 2010.

The winner of the Olerud Award will be announced in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

The Brooks Wallace Award, National Pitcher of the Year Award, Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy will also be announced on the Night of Champions, plus the National College Baseball Hall of Fame class for 2011 will be inducted.

2011 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Semifinalists

Cody Fick (Evansville)
Brian Hernandez (UC Irvine)
Danny Hultzen (Virginia)
Brian Johnson (Florida)
Zack Jones (San Jose State)
Ben Koenigsfeld (Army)
Mike McGee (Florida State)
Nick Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton)
Bo Reeder (East Tenn. State)
Paul Snieder (Northwestern)

Roberto Padilla in mid throw wearing white pants and a blue baseball jersey.

Three Spartans Selected In MLB Draft

Roberto Padilla in mid throw wearing white pants and a blue baseball jersey.

Roberto Padilla is the 10th Spartan to be selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd).

Three members of the San Jose State baseball team were selected on day two of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft.

The first Spartan to be taken was left-handed starting pitcher Roberto Padilla.  He was chosen in the eighth round by the Colorado Rockies with the 258th overall pick.  He was followed by first baseman Danny Stienstra (12th round, 380th pick) and right-handed starting pitcher Esteban Guzman (17th round, 517th pick) who were taken in by the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals, respectively.

“Anytime an athlete is selected in the draft it shows a tremendous amount of respect for his talent and ability,” head coach Sam Piraro said.  “I’m so happy for these three young men first-and-foremost, but it also says we as an organization and a university are doing things right.”

Padilla led San Jose State with a 3.19 ERA and a 9-6 record.  In 98.2 innings he struck out 81 batters, both tops on the team.  A junior, he was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection and earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors for his complete game, 5-3 victory over No. 2 UCLA back in February.  Padilla is the 10th Spartan to be drafted in the top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft in the last 30 years.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now,” said Padilla, who was following the draft at a family get together.  “I guess relieved would be a good word.  I was drafted last year, so I kind of knew the drill, but until your name is called it is nerve-wracking.

“I knew I would go in the first 10 rounds and had talked with the (Baltimore) Orioles earlier today, but being selected by the Rockies really came out of the blue.  I had been in contact with them earlier this season, but didn’t think they were that interested.”

“I know Roberto is tremendously excited,” Piraro said.  “He is a special young man with a lot of talent and he has a bright future in front of him.”

Stienstra, a senior, was the Spartans leading hitter with a .349 average and led the WAC with 84 hits.  He was a first-team All-WAC selection and a CoSIDA/Capital One first-team Academic All-District 8 honoree.  Among his accomplishments on the diamond this season, Stienstra led San Jose State in runs (42), RBI (54) and doubles (15) while starting all 61 games.

“I got a call on my cell phone while I was working out and it was a scout from the Cardinals telling me I had been drafted,” Stienstra said.  “To be honest, I wasn’t even paying attention to the draft and was a bit surprised that I was taken in the 12th round.

“I am really glad that I have an opportunity to keep playing baseball.  I am so grateful to the Cardinals organization for giving me a chance.  I wasn’t sure what I would be doing next year, but now I know and I am real excited.”

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Nick Cukar wearing a jersey and in mid clap.

A Graduation Story – Fulfilling A Family’s First

Nick Cukar wearing a jersey and in mid clap.

Midfielder Nick Cukar scored 25 goals in his career as a Spartan. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Thousands graduated from college at the San Jose State University May 28 Commencement, and it was an extra special moment for Nick Cukar.

For Nick, earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is fulfilling on many levels as he is the first in his family to graduate from college.

“It means everything,” said the veteran San Jose State soccer midfielder. “Everything I worked for, coming in my freshman year and not expecting anything, came together. I’m the first person in my family to graduate. It’s a big deal.”

“My dad (Tony) went to trade school and my mom (Lysette) got an AA.”

“I think they’re pretty excited. They’ve been pushing this since the beginning of fall. ‘You’re graduating, you’re graduating.’ This is a big first step and they’re pretty happy.”

A three-time Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree, Nick wants to use his degree to continue a path in sports and work with a professional sports organization in the areas of management or marketing.

“I’m looking in the sports management side possibly with the (San Jose) Sharks,” said Nick when asked about his future plans. “I did an internship at the SAP Open (professional men’s tennis).”

Nick, who started in every soccer match of his career at San Jose State University, will take advantage of every experience both on and off the soccer field in getting his first job.

“I’m going to use every resource I can. I’m going to reach out to everybody I can.”

Lauren Lewis in the pool attempting to block the opposing team from scoring a goal, wearing a blue swimsuite.

A Graduation Story – A Goalkeeper’s Work Ethic

Lauren Lewis in the pool attempting to block the opposing team from scoring a goal, wearing a blue swimsuite.

Lauren Lewis gets ready to stop the opposing team from scoring. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

By Alyssa Friesen, SJSU Athletics Sports Information Undergraduate Intern

In her four years as a San Jose State water polo player, Lauren Lewis is best known for her work ethic. Her coaches and teammates agree that she is the hardest working athlete in the pool and inspires others around her.

The work ethic that Lauren has not only has helped her in the water but in the classroom as well. Getting an education and being an athlete proved to be challenging at times but earning her degree is priceless. “My diploma is much more than a piece of paper to me; it is a representation of all of my effort, sacrifice, and accomplishment,” says the 2011 graduate.

Coming into San Jose State, Lauren was declared a business major. For one of her classes, she was required to spend some time with elementary school students and it was then that she realized her love for teaching.

Ever since, the Upland, Calif., native spent countless hours in her mother’s second grade classroom. “When I am teaching it doesn’t seem like I’m working, it’s just fun,” says the three-time San Jose State Scholar-Athlete.

Lewis says she has enjoyed her time at San Jose State because of the people she has met and the experiences she’s had.  “I have met people here that will remain my friends forever. I can’t even imagine what life would be without them,” states the goalkeeper on the nationally-ranked San Jose State team.

Being a part of the water polo team was one of the most rewarding experiences for Lauren. Her greatest memory was back in her sophomore year when the team went down to Arizona for a 2009 tournament. “It was an amazing experience to be able to travel with the team and not only beat our rival (Arizona State), but also win three other games as well.” Lewis explains that the team chemistry was unmatched that weekend and the victories seemed effortless.

As for the future, Lauren hopes to earn both a Master’s in special education and her teaching credentials simultaneously. “Working in special education will allow me to work one-on-one with the students that need extra help.”

Known for her work ethic, it shouldn’t be long for Lauren Lewis to achieve her near-term goals. After all, she is a goalkeeper.

Adams, Doll Join Football Staff

Two portraits of the new assistant coaches both wearing suites.

Klayton Adams (left) and Kirk Doll are new San Jose State football assistant coaches.

Klayton Adams, the offensive coordinator at nearby Sacramento State, and long-time assistant coach Kirk Doll recently joined the San Jose State University football coaching staff. Mike MacIntyre, now in his second season with the Spartans, made the announcement.

Adams will be the tight ends coach. Doll will be the special teams coordinator and the running backs coach.

Adams spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Sacramento State. He was the tight ends/offensive tackles coach in 2009 and the offensive line coach in 2010. The 2005 Boise State graduate was promoted to offensive coordinator after last season.

“Klayton is a Northern California native who played his high school and junior college ball in the area. He was the offensive coordinator at Sacramento State and brings a lot to us football-wise, recruiting-wise and he is very familiar with the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) from being a player at Boise State,” says MacIntyre.

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Baseball Head To WAC Tournament As The Fifth Seed

Baseball team in uniform lined up for a group photo.

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San Jose State will face a very familiar foe in their opening game of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.  As the fifth seed, they take on the fourth seed Nevada Wolf Pack in the first game of the tournament which begins on Wednesday, May 25.


vs. #4 NEVADA (23-29, 12-12 WAC)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 – 3:00 P.M.
(San Jose State Leads The All-Time Series, 81-68)
(Nevada Leads The Season Series, 3-1)

The Wolf Pack enter the WAC Tournament with an overall record of 23-29, 12-12 in WAC regular season play.  By virtue of their three games to one series win over the Spartans last weekend, they finished in a tie with Louisiana Tech for third place in the conference.  With Louisiana Tech holding the tie-breaker over the Wolf Pack, Nevada is the fourth seed and take on the fifth seed Spartans at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Spartans hold an 81-68 lead in the all-time series and have a slim 4-3 lead in WAC Tournament games against the Wolf Pack.  SJSU has won the last three postseason meetings with Nevada (6-0 and 7-6 in 2010 and 5-3 in 2009).

The Wolf Pack offense is led by the No. 4 hitter in the WAC Brock Stassi, who is batting .376 (71-for-189) overall.  He leads the team in hits, doubles (19) and RBI (34).  Nick Melino is Nevada’s top run scorer (40) and is batting .312 (59-for-189).  His 59 knocks are good for second on the team as are his 18 doubles and four home runs.  As a team Nevada is batting .276, fourth best in the league.

As a pitching staff, the Wolf Pack has a 5.38 ERA.  The No. 6 staff in the WAC has tossed 437.0 innings, have given up 536 hits and 200 walks while striking out 271 batters.  Opponents are hitting .310 off of them.

The Spartans will likely face Troy Marks or Tom Jameson, Nevada’s starters from last Thursday and Friday, respectively.  Marks (2-5, 3.88 ERA) got the nod last Thursday at Fresno State.  He threw five innings and allowed five runs on six hits in a 7-1 loss.  It was his eighth start in 16 appearances.  He has been in there for 67.1 innings this season and surrendered 29 earned runs while striking out 50.  Opponents are hitting .238 off him.  Jameson (5-6, 5.05 ERA) was the Friday starter and earned the 11-4 victory over the Spartans.  In 76.2 innings he has struck out 36 and given up 43 earned runs.  Opponents hit .321 off him.

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The volleyball team poses for a group photo wearing their uniforms.

Spartans in Action: Women’s Club Volleyball

The volleyball team poses for a group photo wearing their uniforms.

In 2011 Gold Team was ranked #1 in the nation in March. Click on the photo to see more photos on SJSU's Facebook page.

By Michelle Terris, Public Affairs Assistant

SJSU’s Women’s Club Volleyball team had a fantastic year and they’ve got the wins to prove it. The team has won numerous awards and continues to play with dedication.  Check out some of the quick facts about the team and see more photos of these Spartans in action on our Facebook page.

  • Women’s Club Volleyball started four years ago.
  • The team competes in the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF). Gold Team is Division 1.
  • As part of the Northern California Collegiate Volleyball League (NCCVL) the team plays Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis, Santa Clara, Sac State, Stanford, Sonoma State, Chico,  and St. Mary’s.
  • In the past two years the club has had their best seasons to date.
  • In their 2010 nationals appearance the Gold Team finished fifth in the nation beating out 126 (D1) teams.
  • In 2011 Gold Team was ranked #1 in the nation after beating rival Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2010’s  #1 nationally rank team) at a mini tournament at University of the Pacific on March 12, 2011.
  • Head coach for Gold Team is Robert Stamps, assistant coach is Lisa Hernandez and club president is Chelsea Reilley, a second year grad student.
  • The team’s season begins in January and runs through the beginning of April. Pre-season conditioning and games start in October.
  • The Gold and Blue teams are seeking to continue their success at the NCVF National Championship in 2012.  Any potential players that are interested in playing for either team should contact club
    president Chelsea Reilley at
The swim team gathers for a group huddle.

Swimming and Diving Celebrates Banner Year

The swim team gathers for a group huddle.

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SJSU water polo team gets together for a group huddle.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics
Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

The athletes, their families and friends of the San Jose State Women’s Swimming and Diving program gathered in the Gold Room on Saturday night to celebrate the 2010-11 season and honor their highest achievements.

In 2010-11 Spartan swimmers and divers set 16 school records and swam 10 NCAA ‘B’ Cut times.  As a team they had 64 individual and eight relay wins.

Head coach Sage Hopkins handed out six awards and named the tri-captains for the 2011-12 season.

Senior Julia Koch, who set two school records and achieved two NCAA ‘B’ Cut qualifying time’s was honored with the Most Improved award.  At the WAC Championship, she swam a 4:50.81 in the 500 freestyle and was a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that came home in 7:19.51.  Both times were NCAA ‘B’ Cuts and both set new program records.  In addition, Koch, a native of San Diego, Calif., won six individual races on the season.

“Julia had the senior year that every athlete dreams of,” Hopkins said.  “At the WAC Championship she broke two of our oldest and most challenging team records, the 500 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay.  Both performances were just amazing.  Last spring she broke her arm and missed a significant amount of training.  But, over the summer she dedicated herself in an unparalleled way, to be the best swimmer she could be.  Running stairs in the football stadium, in addition to her work in the weight room and pool last summer was a great thing to be a part of.  It was the foundation for this year’s success.”

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San Jose State University ROME. 2011 Men's Basketball Tour Basketball used for the" O" in Rome.

Spartans Heading To Rome

The word Rome with a basketball in place of the O with a spartan logo on it.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

The San Jose State University men’s basketball team is headed to Rome, Italy for a 2011 Summer European Basketball Tour and you can join the Spartans!

The 10-day trip begins Saturday, August 13, 2011, and concludes Monday, August 22, 2011.

The InterContinental De La Ville Roma is designated as the team hotel for those wanting to stay at the same location as the team.  The cost is 225.00 Euros per room per night plus a Value Added Tax of 17.50%.  Contact to secure your reservation at the De La Ville.

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3rd Annual Sammys Honors Spartans

Group of students sitting and posing for a photograph dressed nicely.

hird Annual Sammys held at the Koret Athletic Training Center on South Campus, May 6. (Photo by Wendy Dunn)

The Sammys, hosted by the San Jose State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), recognizes San Jose State’s top achievements in competition, in the classroom and in the community during the year.

Photos from the award ceremony can be found here.

Head coach Wayne Wright and the gymnastics team took home top honors as the Spartan Cup Champion. The trophy is awarded to the team who collects the most points throughout the year in five Champs Life Skills areas: Athletic Excellence, Academic Excellence, Personal Development, Career Development and Community Involvement.

Softball was first runner-up and women’s basketball was second runner-up and both received recognition and gift certificates for their efforts.

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Mark Hubbard right after hitting a golf ball standing next to his bag of putters.

Spartans Remain At Third In WAC Championship

Mark Hubbard right after hitting a golf ball standing next to his bag of putters.

Mark Hubbard (71-72-143) climbed to third after 36 holes at Rio Secco Golf Club. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Four Spartans posted a Top 20 performance on Day 2, including Mark Hubbard‘s third place finish after 36 holes of the Club Glove 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championship at the Par-72 Rio Secco Golf Club.

The Spartans posted a second-round team score of 304, 16-over par and one stroke ahead of Fresno State’s 305. New Mexico State led the nine-team field with 7-over par 295 and slid past Fresno State for the overall lead.

The Aggies enter the final round with a top score of seven-over par 584. The Bulldogs dropped to second place with an overall score of 593 and the Spartans remain at third posting a 597.

Idaho’s Damian Telles remains the individual leader after shooting a 73 in the second round for a 139 overall score. In second, is Fresno State’s Bryan Hogan with a 142 after posting a second-round 74. Hubbard is the only other player under par for the tournament after posting a 72 on Day 2 for a 143.

Justin Estrada landed a second-round score of 76 for a 150 and a tie for 11th. Daniel Semmler and Jay Myers each shot a 78 tying for 19th place at 152 and Matthew Hovan finished the day at 33rd also posting a second-round 78 for 157.

The three-day tournament concludes on Wednesday with final-round tee times beginning at 7:00 a.m. Live stats are available here. Story on

Students look at a green chevrolet car.

Spartans in Action: Students Create Chevy 7th Street Invasion Campaign

SJSU students who are part of Dwight Bentel & Hall Communications, a public relations and advertising group on campus, host an event showcasing Chevrolet cars as part of a nation-wide competition for the best campaign and event on a university campus. On April 30 students were able to test drive cars, play games, and watch some salsa dancing.

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SJSU football team running out on to field behind coach. The team is suited up in their uniforms.

San Jose State Football Homecoming vs Hawaii will Air on ESPN

SJSU football team running out on to field behind coach. The team is suited up in their uniforms.

The Spartans will charge the Spartan Stadium field for the Hawaii game, Friday, October 14

This year’s San Jose State-Hawaii football game, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 15, now will take place, Friday, October 14, at the request of ESPN and the Western Athletic Conference.

The Spartans and the Warriors will meet in Spartan Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. (PDT) nationally-televised game on ESPN.

“We’re very excited, especially since it is a home game on a Friday night playing the University of Hawaii which is a very, very good football team. Our players are excited about the opportunity (to be on ESPN) in the middle of October. I’m looking forward to it,” says San Jose State football head coach Mike MacIntyre.

“This (the ESPN telecast) helps greatly with recruiting. You have a television audience locally, on the West Coast and all over the country getting to see us play. That’s exciting. Back East, they get to see it, which is fun, especially for all my family.

“And, I think it gives us a buzz for a Friday night which I think is a good deal.”

The football game will be part of the University’s Homecoming activities.

In 2007, these two teams played in front of a Friday night Spartan Stadium crowd and ESPN2 national audience. In a game that featured 847 combined passing yards by the two teams, Hawaii outlasted San Jose State, 42-35, in overtime.