San Jose State’s Historic Feet

SJSU’s Historic Feet

San Jose State’s Historic Feet

Fifty years ago, the Spartans fielded the first integrated cross country team to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I title (photo courtesy of Spartan Athletics).

Fifty years ago, the Spartans fielded the first integrated cross country team to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I title. The NCAA has posted a web feature paying tribute to the team, including current SJSU Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track Coach Ron Davis. Keep in mind this happened six years before Spartan sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took a stand at the 1968 Olympics.

“A unique group of young men coached by a motivational mentor captured something they didn’t even realize was special at the time. On Nov. 26, 1962, this collection of speedy Spartans became the first integrated team to win the Division I (then called the University Division) title. As incredible as it was then, the feat may be even more remarkable upon reflection, given the racially charged atmosphere amid a civil rights movement that was dividing the country,” says NCAA writer Gary Brown.

“It was always believed that Blacks couldn’t run anything over 400 meters,” Davis told Brown. “What we did was a major surprise to the country … Looking back, that experience taught us about life, about getting to know people, and about working hard for accomplishments. We were young athletes who struggled in high school to be good enough to receive a scholarship. We were fortunate that all three of us ended up at San Jose State and were recruited not for our color but for our ability.”

Read the NCAA story.

2012 Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist Comes Home

2012 Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy Celebrates Homecoming

2012 Olympics bronze medalist Marti Malloy greets SJSU Judo Head Coach Yosh Uchida (Christina Olivas photo).

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

SJSU judo bronze medalist Marti Malloy, ’12 Advertising, flew straight from London to the Bay Area last night just in time for dinner following the 22nd Annual Yosh Uchida Golf Classic at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club. “I would like to thank every single person who helped me along the way,” she said before several hundred judo supporters. “Judo is an individual sport, but this medal is ours.” Malloy presented a special coaches’ medal to fellow Spartan Yosh Uchida, 92, saying, “There is no one more deserving of this than you, Mr. Uchida.” Widely credited with elevating judo to an Olympic sport, Uchida still attends nearly every SJSU judo practice as he has done for the past 66 years. Malloy visited each table at the event for photos, reuniting with teammates, SJSU judo Olympians from years past, and assistant coaches including Shintaro Nakano. “Shintaro Sensei, I felt you standing on the podium with me,” Malloy said. She is SJSU judo’s first female Olympic medal winner, and only the second U.S. female Olympic medal winner in the sport. Later in the evening, Sean Clerkin of Pasadena-based architecture firm Clerkin & Clerkin, shared plans for a new dojo (judo practice hall) that will be part of the Spartan Complex Renovation and Seismic Upgrade. The complex, which houses most of SJSU’s kinesiology programs, includes Yoshihiro Uchida Hall. SJSU plans to break ground on the $56 million project in spring 2013.

SJSU President Names New Athletics Director

SJSU President Names New Athletics Director

SJSU President Names New Athletics Director

Gene Bleymaier and President Qayoumi (Christina Olivas photos)

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, University Media Relations, (408) 656-6999
Lawrence Fan, Athletics Media Relations, (408) 768-3424

SAN JOSE, CA – San José State University President Mohammad Qayoumi has appointed Gene Bleymaier as SJSU’s new athletics director, effective June 30, 2012.

“I am thrilled Gene Bleymaier has agreed to bring his tremendous leadership skills and record of success to San José State, especially at a time when our football team is showing such strong potential,” President Qayoumi said. “We are also fortunate he will arrive at SJSU as we move to the Mountain West from the Western Athletic Conference, a transition he navigated with great success at Boise State.”

As Boise State’s athletics director for nearly three decades, Bleymaier is widely credited with transforming the Broncos football team into a national phenomenon, with a top-10 ranking in the past three seasons. His staff built or expanded nearly every athletics facility on campus, and he added four women’s sports without dropping any men’s sports, noted the Idaho Statesman newspaper.

“I see the same great potential in San José State that I saw in Boise State when I first arrived there,” Bleymaier said. “I am pleased to accept President Qayoumi’s offer, and to have the opportunity to take the reins at Spartan Athletics at such an exciting time. My wife Danell and I are looking forward to joining our four children, all of whom now reside in the Bay Area.”

After graduating from Borah High School in Boise, Bleymaier went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA in 1975, where he played football for legendary coaching great and SJSU alumnus Dick Vermeil. Bleymaier earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1978, and served as a UCLA assistant athletics director before returning to Idaho. He joined the Boise State athletics department as an assistant athletics director in 1981, and was promoted to athletics director in 1982.

Bleymaier has been recognized nationally for his leadership. He received the prestigious Bobby Dodd Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2011. He was one of five nominees for the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily Athletic Director of the Year for 2010, and the only nominee from a non-automatic qualifying Bowl Championship Series school. Bleymaier left Boise State in September 2011, after the NCAA uncovered compliance violations.

“I know people will raise concerns about NCAA compliance issues during Gene’s tenure at Boise State,” President Qayoumi said. “Let me assure you I shared those same concerns. After thoroughly discussing these issues with the NCAA and Gene, and considering Gene’s extraordinary 30-year career, I am confident he is the right choice for San José State.”

Bleymaier, 58, has signed a five-year contract setting his state salary at $220,092, the same amount as his predecessor. Bleymaier will also receive an annual supplement of $102,000 from the Tower Foundation, which will raise funds from private donors for this purpose.

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

ESPN to Profile Judo Legend and Alumnus Yoshihiro Uchida

Marti Malloy

Marti Malloy

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

With the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, and Asian-Pacific Heritage Month in full swing, ESPN recently sent a camera crew to San Jose State to interview judo legend and alumnus Yoshihiro Uchida. Slated to air at 8 p.m. May 20 on ESPN, the segment (now available here) will focus on Uchida’s leadership role in elevating judo to an Olympic sport, and his many years of coaching at SJSU. After enrolling at San Jose State in 1940, Uchida served in World War II, graduated with a degree in biological sciences, and founded and later sold a chain of medical laboratories to Unilab, all the while coaching and advocating for a sport he learned as the child of Japanese immigrants to California. Uchida’s legacy includes recent SJSU graduate Marti Malloy, an American judoka set to make her Olympic debut in London. The ESPN segment follows up on a New York Times profile.

SJSU Accepts Mountain West Membership Offer

 

SJSU Accepts Mountain West Membership Offer

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, University Media Relations Director, (408) 924-1748 (office), (408) 656-6999 (cell)

Lawrence Fan, Athletics Media Relations Director, (408) 924-1217 (office), (408) 768-3424 (cell)

SAN JOSE, CA – Continuing its long-standing participation in NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletics, San José State University has accepted an offer to change its conference affiliation by joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013.

“Joining the Mountain West in 2013 is an exciting opportunity for San José State University’s student-athletes, coaches and our many supporters,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make this happen. The Mountain West and San José State are a great match.

“We are not joining this conference simply to compete. We are joining to win, and to build upon our current record of success reflecting San José State’s role as a leader in the classroom, in research and in athletics.”

Beginning in 2013-14, San José State will share Mountain West membership with the Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colo.), Fresno State (Fresno, Calif.), Nevada (Reno, Nev.), UNLV (Las Vegas, Nev.), New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.), Utah State (Logan, Utah), Wyoming (Laramie, Wyo.) in many of its sports and Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii) in football only.

“Today is a historic day for San José State University athletics. We are proud to join the Mountain West in 2013 and continue our long and rich history of offering our student-athletes and coaches the opportunity to compete at the Division I-A level. In addition, our fans and alumni will continue enjoying the best in major college athletics,” said San José State University Interim Athletics Director Marie Tuite.

“We will join familiar opponents in competition, gain a better geographic fit when we travel to away games and provide a level of stability, particularly for our improving football program led by Coach Mike MacIntyre, with additional opportunities to grow all of our sports programs.”

With the recent addition of women’s outdoor track, 14 of San José State’s 17 NCAA Division I programs will compete for Mountain West championships. Presently, the Mountain West does not sponsor conference championships in men’s soccer, women’s gymnastics and women’s water polo. SJSU has a total of 450 student-athletes.

The Spartans will be exiting the Western Athletic Conference after securing membership in July 1996.

“As we look forward to becoming a Mountain West member, we want to thank the WAC for its support of San José State University athletics and providing our student-athletes a positive Division I athletics environment,” Tuite said. “On behalf of everyone affiliated with San José State athletics, we look forward to the challenges ahead, and embrace them willingly, as we enter the Mountain West.”

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San José State University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Affiliations

  • 1890 – San José State plays its first intercollegiate athletics contest in baseball.
  • 1950 – San José State philosophically commits to competing in major college athletics. The football team competes as an independent. Baseball and men’s basketball later join the West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC).
  • 1969 – San José State is a founding member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA).
  • 1982 – San José State’s women’s athletics teams relinquish AIWA membership to compete as NCAA programs with conference affiliation in the NorPac Conference.
  • 1986 – San José State women’s athletics teams join the PCAA.
  • 1988 – The PCAA changes its name to the Big West Conference.
  • July 1, 1996 – San José State is one of six schools joining the Western Athletic Conference.
  • July 1, 2013 – San José State is one of two universities joining the Mountain West.

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

Women’s Golf Wins Fourth Consecutive WAC Title

Women's Golf Win's Fourth Consecutive WAC Title

Jennifer Brumbaugh (Scotts Valley), freshman Megan Osland (Kelowna, B.C.), senior Madeleine Ziegert (Halmstad, Sweden), sophomore Rachelle Reali (Livermore) and freshman Kathleen Rojas (Turlock).

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

The San Jose State women’s golf team scored its fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship April 25 after shooting a 295 in the final round at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., and winning the title by 13 shots. For the third time, John Dormann was honored by the WAC as Coach of the Year. “What made me the happiest was we took control of this tournament from day one and never let go,” said Dormann.  “From where this team was at the beginning of the year to where they are now is a testament to them.  This feeling, this winning feeling, is something I can never get enough of.” The Spartans 877 total was their best tournament score of the year. Jennifer Brumbaugh shot the low round of the day for the Spartans with a three-under 69, to finish third at one-under 215. A first-team All-WAC honoree, she led the tournament with 14 birdes including five in the final round. With the conference championship, the Spartans earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals May 10-12, at a site that will be announced April 30.

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SJSU Spartan Shield blue and gold in color.

Spartans Adding Women's Outdoor Track in 2013-14

By SJSU Athletics

SJSU Spartan Shield blue and gold in color.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics San Jose State's first women's track team will compete in 2014.

For the first time since 1997, San Jose State University is adding to its NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program. With a keen interest in enhancing its women’s cross country team, the Spartans plan to add outdoor track beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Since sponsoring women’s cross country in 1994, team members were limited to local races as individual entries during the traditional outdoor track season months of March through June. With the addition of women’s outdoor track, the Spartans can compete as a team locally, regionally and in conference competition, for a conference championship, and qualify for the NCAA Championships.

“We are in an advantageous position to enhance our women’s cross country team with the addition of women’s track as our newest NCAA Division I athletics program. This decision will give our existing cross country team members a better overall intercollegiate athletics experience and we will be able to attract a more diverse and talented pool of prospective female student-athletes from high schools and community colleges,” said Athletics Director Tom Bowen.

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Spartans Win WAC Swimming & Diving Championship

swim team group photo

Spartans also scored Coach of the Year and Swimmer of the Year awards (SJSU Athletics image).

By SJSU Athletics

SJSU won its first Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship on Feb. 25 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center. The Spartans finished the four-day championship with a 728 team score. Northern Arizona was second at 622 and Hawai’i was third with a 524 in the eight-team championship. San Jose State had first-place finishes in eight of the 21 events (four individual, four relay) during the four-day meet, including three winners on the final day. Following the conclusion of the championship, San Jose State’s Sage Hopkins was voted WAC Coach of Year. Marisa DeWames was named Swimmer of the Year, the first such award for a Spartan, in a vote by the conference’s eight coaches. Read more.

SJSU in the News: Athletics Department Raises Funds for Bill Walsh Center

SJSU in the News: Athletics Department Raises Funds for Bill Walsh Center

A rendering of the Bill Walsh Center exterior view (SJSU Athletics image).

San Jose State forges ahead with Bill Walsh Center

Posted by the San Jose Mercury News Feb. 10, 2012.

By Jon Wilner

The San Jose State athletic department is planning to build a massive football complex that will include a facility named in honor of its most famous alumnus.

The Bill Walsh Center will be the spiritual and intellectual heart of the 60,000-square-foot, two-building complex rising above the north end zone of Spartan Stadium. A football operations center also is in the works.

With an estimated cost of $9 million to $14 million, the project is expected to begin next winter and be completed by the start of the 2013 football season.

“We’re very excited,” said Walsh’s son, Craig. “There’s enough synergy in the community to get it done. It’s one thing to say you’re going to do it and another to get the financing. But they’ve closed that loop. They’ve worked hard.”

San Jose State president Mohammad Qayoumi supports the project provided that funding goals are met, according to university media relations director Pat Lopes Harris.

No state money will be used. The complex will be paid for by donations to Spartan athletics, which is using a committee of Walsh’s friends and former players to help raise money.

Athletic director Tom Bowen said enough money has been pledged to start the project but that fundraising is ongoing.

“The commitment by the university is there — this project will happen,” Bowen said. “We’ve been working on it for four years. This is the fulfillment of a promise that (former SJSU president) Don Kassing and I made to Bill. It’s something he wanted to do.”

According to at least one influential faculty member, it’s something the Spartans need to do.

“There are facilities needs in athletics to modernize, improve and expand in order to best serve current and future students at the highest levels, which includes the fact that we are a Division I institution,” said professor Annette Nellen, chair of the university’s Athletics Board, which serves as a liaison between the faculty and the athletic department.

“I think there has been appropriate research and input from many on-campus and off-campus sources to identify where fundraising efforts are needed.”

The football operations center will include offices for coaches, a locker room and player lounge, medical and training facilities and a dining hall.

It’s designed to allow SJSU to remain competitive in the Western Athletic Conference, where numerous schools have built new athletic facilities since the completion of SJSU’s last project, the Koret training center, more than a decade ago.

“We’re behind, and this will get up right there with them,” Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre said. “It will help in recruiting, in our daily function and help with the overall culture of the team and the community. People will realize football is important, and perception’s huge.”

But the centerpiece of Bowen’s plan is what SJSU is calling “The Bill Walsh Center: Institute for the Development of Human Potential.” It will hold lectures and seminars promoting Walsh’s vision of leadership.

San Jose State is the first Bay Area sporting institution to name a facility after the legendary coach, who played for the Spartans and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from SJSU.

Walsh’s wife, Geri, also attended the university, and they met there. Walsh died in 2007.

“It’s where Bill got his start, and it’s appropriate,” said Bill Ring, who played for Walsh with the 49ers and remains a close family friend.

“The embodiment of what San Jose State is trying to do is exactly what Bill wanted — (after his coaching career) he really turned his attention to mentoring people. He was in it to give of himself, to teach.”

SJSU’s plans call for an eight-foot bronze statue of Walsh outside the complex. The buildings will be connected by a second-floor walkway, with the Walsh Center overlooking the north end zone of Spartan Stadium.

The first floor will house San Jose State’s athletic Hall of Fame and Walsh memorabilia, including his 500-page thesis on the flank offense, which Craig Walsh described as the precursor to his father’s famed West Coast offense.

But the facility is not a museum.

The second floor will have an amphitheater and meeting rooms, allowing San Jose State to host conferences, clinics and seminars based on Walsh’s philosophy of sports psychology and management.

After retiring from coaching, Walsh taught classes at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is also the author of numerous books on coaching, organization and leadership.

“It’s going to be a think tank for leadership,” Craig Walsh said. “We want it to be a West Coast destination. Everything will be under the guise of innovation.”

For more on college sports, see Jon Wilner’s College Hotline at blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports. Contact him at jwilner@mercurynews.com or 408-920-5716.

THE CENTER
What it is: A 60,000-square-foot, two-building complex that will rise above the north end zone of Spartan Stadium and allow SJSU to stay competitive in the WAC.
Cost: $9 million to $14 million, paid for by donations to Spartan athletics

San Jose State Retires Darnell Hillman’s #45

 

Spartan alum Darnell Hillman stands with a white basketball uniform number 45

San Jose State University Athletics recently concluded a weekend celebration honoring Darnell Hillman with his #45 jersey being retired

 

San Jose State University Athletics recently concluded  a weekend celebration honoring Darnell Hillman with his #45 jersey being retired.

Hillman played for the Spartans’ freshman team in 1967-68 and the 1968-69 varsity squad that posted a 16-8 win-loss record. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, he became the first San Jose State player chosen in the first round of a NBA draft. In the 1971 draft, the Golden State Warriors made him the eighth pick overall. He played 682 professional games in the ABA and NBA for five different teams.

Today, he is the Indiana Pacers’ associate director for community relations and specializes in camps and clinics.

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Spartan Basketball’s Talvin Hester: Keeping the Faith, Staying Grounded

Coach Hester on the court with players.

“Black History symbolizes the people who laid the path for what our country was supposed to stand for. They fought for us so that now, we can all live in a society that is free and can join together.” (Dillon Adams photo)

(Editor’s note: In celebration of Black History Month, we profiled five campus leaders. Here’s the first in the series.)

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

 

Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Talvin Hester enjoys helping young people just starting out in life, and he hopes it means as much to them as it does to him.

“I always had a desire to help young men and I think that basketball is what I do best and so I use that as a vehicle,” he said.

After graduating in 2003 from Texas Wesleyan University, Arlington, with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and education, Hester worked as an assistant coach at Texas College and Prairie View A&M, where he spent six years.

When the Prairie View Panthers emerged as a defensive powerhouse, SJSU Head Coach George Nessman took note and persuaded Hester to come to San Jose State, where he has coached since 2010.

“It’s gratifying going to bigger situations as my career progressed,” Hester said. “The people I work with are like my family away from family.”

Hester has observed over the years that no matter where players are from, they need the same things.

“They all need the same growth and they all need the same mentorship or leadership to do the things they need to do,” Hester said.

The Best Advice

What Hester remembers the most from his mentors is that life is a marathon, not a sprint. The best advice, however, came from his mother.

“She’s taught me that if I can keep my faith and stay grounded, then I will stay blessed,” Hester said.

According to Hester, she stayed fast in her faith, which gave her the strength to raise three kids on her own.

“People complain all the time about what they don’t have,” Hester said. “She never did that in front of us. She always told us what we could do.”

His favorite quote reflects this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians  4:13.

A Lasting Impression

When asked who in history has impacted his life, Hester answered Ben Jobe, a basketball coaching icon at historically black colleges and universities.

He is best known for his 12-year tenure as the head coach at Southern University. He also served as head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.

“He was one of the first black coaches to coach at what had been an all-white university, and one of the only head coaches from among the historically black colleges and universities to win a national tournament,” Hester said.

Hester dreams of giving back and leaving a lasting impression, the same way Jobe did.

“Hopefully, some young man will look at me in that same manner, and say that I inspired him to do some of the things he wanted to do,” Hester said.

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Football Scores Academic All-WAC Awards

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Nearly 40 SJSU student-athletes earned honors.

The 2011 SJSU football program tied for second place for most Academic All-Western Athletic Conference awards among the conference’s 38 fall sports teams. Twelve Spartan football student-athletes met criteria including enrollment at SJSU for at least two semesters,  cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and participation in at least 50 percent of the team’s 12 games in the 2011 season. Only the Utah State football program with 16 awards topped SJSU football. The Idaho and Louisiana Tech women’s soccer teams matched Spartan football with 12 awards. The San Jose State women’s soccer also placed in the top-10 with 10 Spartans earning recognition. Overall, 39 San Jose State University student-athletes from football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball were named Academic All-WAC. View a complete list of SJSU’s 2011 Fall Sports Academic All-WAC Award Winners.

A female (left) and male (right) basketball player with Spartan head (center). Background is american flag.

Spartan Athletics: Military Appreciation Day

A female (left) and male (right) basketball player with Spartan head (center). Background is american flag.

Military Appreciation Day will be Dec. 19 & 20.

San Jose State University invites all active members of the military to join us for two upcoming Spartan basketball games on December 19 and 20 as we honor the men and women who serve our country.

Active service members can show their military ID and purchase discounted tickets for either the women’s basketball game against Air Force on December 19 or the men’s basketball game against UC Davis on December 20. Both games tipoff at 7:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for our servicemen and women to come out and enjoy some exciting college basketball action as we honor military personnel from every military branch throughout the game.

Tickets for these games are available now at the Spartan Athletics Ticket Office. For more information, call 408.924.7589 or stop by the ticket office located at 1393 South 7th Street across the street form Spartan Stadium.

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SJSU alumnus Adrian Oliver prepares to shoot a basketball with the American flag hanging behind him.

Adrian Oliver Signs With Sacramento Kings

SJSU Alum Adrian Oliver takes a shot in a Spartan uniform with the American flag hanging behind him.

Adrian Oliver is one of five Sacramento Kings rookies. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Sacramento, Calif.—–Adrian Oliver, second on the San Jose State career scoring list, signed a free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings. Geoff Petrie, the Kings’ President of Basketball Operations made the announcement.

Oliver completed his San Jose State career scoring 1,750 points in 80 games during the 2009 through 2011 seasons. He was a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection and the first Bay Area men’s college basketball player to finish in the top five nationally in scoring average twice.

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147 Student-Athletes Recognized For Academic Achievement

A group of SJSU students standing together receiving awards for outstanding academic achievement.

Women's gymnastics had the top GPA for the fall and spring semesters combined. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

San Jose State University recognized 147 student-athletes for success and excellence in the classroom at the 2011 Arm & Pat Hanzad Scholar-Athlete Celebration in the Event Center on Thursday, December 1.

Student-athletes who earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale for the 2010-11 academic year were eligible for recognition from the University’s athletics department.

“This event is one of our department’s finest,” Athletics Director Tom Bowen said.  “Seven years ago, when I arrived at San Jose State, we made a commitment to academic excellence.  I could not be prouder of what our athletes have accomplished in the classroom and on the field of play.”

Of the 147 Scholar-Athletes, 106 also received academic All-Conference honors from the Western Athletic Conference or the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. These Scholar-Athletes maintained a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average and participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests during the academic year.

Darci Anderson of the swimming and diving team; and Kelly Stewart, water polo, were cited as the five female student-athletes with the highest grade-point average. Basketball player Wil Carter; Luis Esparza, cross country, Blake McFarland, baseball, Nick Murphy, soccer and Joey Ruth, football, registered the top-five grade-point averages among the six men’s sports teams. Four of the ladies and one of the men have a cumulative grade-point average above 3.9.

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SJSU student Darcie Anderson is swimming in a pool wearing her SJSU swimming cap and goggles.

Andrerson, Trammell Qualify For Olympic Trials

SJSU Spartan Darcie Anderson is swimming in a pool wearing her SJSU swimming cap and goggles.

Darcie Anderson is headed to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Senior Kirsten Trammell and sophomore Darcie Anderson of the San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team swam qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team trials at the AT&T Winter National Championships.

Trammell (Goodyear, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) was timed in 1:11.30 and Anderson (Willows, Calif./Orland HS) in 1:11.31 in the long course preliminary heats at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The qualifying time for the Olympic Team trials next June in Omaha, Neb., is 1:12.19.

In the 100 breaststroke final (courtesy of USA Swimming & youtube.com) later in the day, Anderson posted a faster time of 1:11.29 to finish in 23rd place. Trammell placed in 26th place with a 1:12.04 time.

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SJSU Hoops for the Holidays

Picture of an SJSU basketball game being played at spartan stadium with a crowd of people watching in the audience.

Give the gift of SJSU basketball for the holiday season!

San Jose State Athletics celebrates this holiday season with the Hoops for the Holidays promotion. Fans of Spartan basketball can purchase $5 General Admission basketball tickets that will be donated, on your behalf, to one of three local  organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley or the YMCA of Silicon Valley; you may also purchase these discounted tickets and donate to your own organization. For every ticket purchased San Jose State Athletics will also match the number of tickets donated for each organization.

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Spartans Swimmers Rank Among Nation's Best

Swim Team Nationally Ranked

Spartans Swimmers Rank Among Nation's Best

The Spartans own 14 national top-50 times, including seven in the top-10, across 10 different individual and relay events (photo by SJSU Athletics).

A number of San Jose State swimmers find themselves among the nation’s best this week after an outstanding performance at the prestigious Arena Invitational in Long Beach. In addition, SJSU was recently ranked the number two Mid-Major Division I swim team in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com. The Spartans own 14 national top-50 times, including seven in the top-10, across 10 different individual and relay events. Seven different athletes represent San Jose State among the nation’s elite in individual events, while two more join forces with them to form some of the fastest relay teams in the country. “We’re very pleased with our early-season progress,” said Head Coach Sage Hopkins. “I think it’s a great indication of the progress the team has been making and the sacrifices they have made.” The group is led by the 200 freestyle relay team of Meghan McCurley, Marisa DeWames, Kiley Foster and Erika Harvey, which holds the fourth-best time in the country at 1 minute, 31.15 seconds. The team set a new school record and earned an NCAA “B” standard with the performance at last week’s Arena Invitational on Nov. 17.

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SJSU Spartans iPhone App Now Available

A screen shot of the new SJSU mobile app featuring the blue and gold Spartan helmet on a blue background.

The new SJSU Spartans App helps fans keep up with the latest in Spartan Athletics.

San Jose State Athletics and leading technology service provider NeuLion, Inc. launched San Jose State’s new mobile solution for the Apple iPhoneTM, SJSUSpartans.

“We are thrilled to offer Spartan fans a mobile sollution with the debut of the SJSUSpartans app. The iPhone app is just the next step in our commitment to enhance the way fans interact with Spartan Athletics, said Michael Beaubien, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia.

Powered by NeuLion technology, the app gives fans access to a complete repository of on-demand video that includes various highlight packages along with exclusive content. The San Jose State iPhoneTM solution has been specifically designed and developed with a suite of video, audio, statistics, content and more, all in one convenient app.

The functionality and features of the application includes: News, Schedules, Scores, Rosters, Photo Gallery, Live Stats, and includes Video On-Demand and Live Audio Streaming. All the development, testing and implementation of San Jose State’s mobile app was done in-house with NeuLion’s industry experts. The NeuLion mobile application provides San Jose State the ability to extend all the compelling content on SJSUSpartans.com to a mobile setting, and connect with fans at all times!

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SJSU Athletics and Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Drive

A banner showing the 2011 Holiday Foodfun featuring the icon of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Spartan helmet logo.

By participating in the 2011 Holiday Food and Fun Drive, participants will be rewarded with a coupon for discounted admission to various Spartan basketball games.

San Jose State Athletics and Second Harvest Food Bank want to thank you for helping those less fortunate this holiday season. As a reward for your donation we would like to make a contribution to you! If you participate in the Second Harvest Food Bank 2011 Holiday Food and Fund Drive in any manner you will be eligible to receive a coupon for discounted admission to one of the following Spartan Basketball games:

– Men’s Basketball vs. Holy Names (November 22, 7pm SJSU Event Center)

OR

– Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Illinois (November 23, 7pm SJSU Event Center)

Please visit your local Second Harvest Food Bank location to obtain a coupon. The Spartan Ticket Office located at 1393 S 7th ST, San Jose CA, 95112, will also have receptacles for donations and offer discounts to those who contribute on site.

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