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Gator Athletics has a proud tradition of competitive success within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The department offers 12 intercollegiate sports programs to 350 students: Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Softball, Women's Track & Field, Women's Volleyball and Men's Wrestling. Our program places great emphasis on academic performance as well as athletic achievement and offers student athletes the opportunity to reach educational goals and pursue athletic accomplishments.

All donations to San Francisco State University Athletics are directed towards scholarships. In the 2017-2018 academic year, the department awarded more than $650,000 in donor-funded scholarships to our athletes. These funds allow our students to focus on studying and training, and give our teams a competitive edge. Scholarships offered to student athletes can inspire students to complete their degrees at SF State, instead of transferring to colleges that offer athletes full tuition remission. Your support enables our student athletes to reach their potential in the classroom, community and on the playing field.


Vic Rowen (1919-2013) was the esteemed head coach of San Francisco State University’s football team from 1961-1989. His early tenure established SF State as a West Coast football powerhouse. In his honor, the Gator Gridiron Club created the Vic Rowen Scholarship in 2001. To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the inception of the fund, the Club is now spearheading a fundraising campaign to permanently endow the fund with $150,000.


Fall 2021



Athletics News and Events

"I am thrilled that Dr. Taylor has agreed to join us in this vital role as our ADID," said Director of Athletics Stephanie Shreive-Hawkins. "I am so grateful that her intelligence, passion, and support will be spread to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. We are beyond fortunate to have such a resource on our team."

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While studying to obtain his degree in business marketing, SF State alumnus Mike Fanelli (B.S., ’85) was a record-holding member of the University’s track team. He and his wife Renay are responsible for establishing the first Gator Athletics endowed scholarship, which was received in 2020 by senior Jake Garrissere.

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Monisha Lewis of the No. 9 San Francisco State track & field team was named the CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2018. She becomes the first honoree in SF State's program history to win the award.

An ardent investor in SF State athletics, Judy Marcus (B.A., '62) serves on the SF State Foundation’s athletics committee and, with her husband, established the Judy and George Marcus Athletics Scholarships. The Marcus family also generously supported the rehabilitation of the former fieldhouse next to Cox Stadium, transforming it into a world-class workout facility for student-athletes. 


Women Soccer Team Player

Women’s Soccer Team 2018-2019

• Reached post season for the first time since 2010
• Goalie sophomore Nicki Rucki CCAA goalkeeper of the year 
• Three all-conference members
• Reached CCAA conference semi-finals by winning in penalty kicks
• Sophmores Nicki Rucki and Tami Kwong named to United Soccer Coaches NCAA D2 All-West Region Team

Men’s Soccer Team 2018-2019

• Last season ended post-season drought that began in 1978
• Reached post season in back-to-back years
• Senior Aiden Bowers named CCAA conference Defensive Player of the year and 3rd Team National All-American
• Goalie and Sophomore Peter Swinkels led the nation in D2 for goal save percentage
• Head Coach Javier Ayala-Hil was named 2017 CCAA Men's Soccer Coach of the Year

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Women volleyball team

Women’s Volleyball Team 2018-2019

• First winning season since 2014
• Reached post season for the first time since 2015
• Set program record for attack percentage
• Best season start since 2012 (6-2)
• Sophomore Jessica Haynie named to all-conference 2nd Team
• Senior Olivia Tabron received All-Conference Honorable Mention

Wrestling Team 2018-2019

• Finished 17 in NCAA D2 Nationals; first top-20 finish since 2013
• First top-20 finish since 2013
• Senior Jordan Garolla was an all-American and finished 4th— highest finish for a Gator since 2013
• Junior Justin Pichedwatana finished 7th, was an all-American, and was invited to join the national Thai team
• Sophmores Kurtis Clem, Mason Boutain, Angelo Reyes and Elias Rosales were named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Honor Roll
• Mason Boutain, Angelo Reyes and Tony Margiotta were invited to join the national Pilipino team

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Men basketball team player

Men’s Basketball Team 2018-2019

• Made 4th consecutive post-season appearance
• Graduate student Jiday Ugbaja, seniors Ryne Williams and Chiefy Ugbaja made all-CCAA Conference Team
• Senior Chiefly Ugbaja broke all-time school record for career steals

Women’s Basketball Team 2018-2019

• Six game win streak was the longest since 1984-1985
• Most victories since 2015-16 season
• Reached post season for the first time in six years
• Senior Jhaina Stephens named to All-Conference 2nd Team
• Senior Toni Edwards named to All-Conference Team and had the most assists since the 2001-2002 season
• Coach Tasha Smith had the third most wins for a first-year coach in Gator History

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Baseball team player

Baseball Team 2018-2019

• Last year was first CCAA post-season appearance in program history! Join Men's Soccer for back-to-back post season appearances.
• Ranked #17 nationally in D2 and 4th in Region
• Senior Jackson Kritch named Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team
• Seniors Brady Dorn and Jackson Kritsch named to ABCA/Rawlings NCAA D2 All-West Region Team in 2018

Softball Team 2018-2019

• First post-season appearance in 2007
• Fourth most wins in program history and most since 2006
• First NCAA Tournament appearance 2006
• Ranked 4th in region
• One win away from 800th program victory
• Freshman Brylynn Vallejos is on Top 25 national player of the year watch list, set record for most hits in a season breaking with 90 hits (record stood at 83)

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Women Track & Field Team

Women’s Track & Field Team 2018-19

• Back to Back CCAA Conference Championship
• Five Gators earned All-American status, the most in program history
• Took 10th at NCAA Indoor Championships, program best finish
• 4X100 relay took 2nd place at indoor national championships
• Tom Lyons named USTF CCAA Coach of the Year
• Climbed to #2 nationally in outdoor
• Courtney Massengale is 2X Conference Field Athlete of the Week

Men’s Cross Country Team 2018-19

• Took 2nd at CCAA Championships
• Placed 53rd at NCAA D2 National Championship, the 3rd best result in last 14 seasons
• Senior John Lawson earned USTF CCAA All-Academic Award

Men's Cross Country Team

For more information about donating to Athletics:

David Fierberg, MNA, CFRE

Director of Development
Gator Athletics
Phone: (415) 405-3966