Cal State San Marcos Cougars

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Cal State San Marcos Cougars
University California State University, San Marcos
Conference California Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Jennifer Milo
Location San Marcos, California
Varsity teams 13
Basketball arena The Sports Center
Baseball stadium CSUSM Baseball Field
Nickname Cougars
Colors Medium Blue and White[1]

The Cal State San Marcos Cougars are the athletic teams that represent California State University, San Marcos, located in San Marcos, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Cougars compete as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association for all thirteen varsity sports.

On February 1, 2014, CSUSM accepted their invitation to join the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) while applying for NCAA Division II membership ranks.[2]


The school recently hired their first coaches in baseball and soccer; in baseball, Dennis Pugh, who coached at a local high school for decades, and soccer coach Ron Pulvers. In 2007, the softball program's second year, the school hired former UCLA All-American Kelly Warren who was previously the Associate Head Coach at nearby San Diego State University.

The university also has a surf team that competes in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). The surf team won the NSSA collegiate national championship in 2009.[3] For the academic year of 2011, women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball, have all been added to the campus.

In the 2011–2012 academic year, the Athletic Program has so far dominated the A.I.I. conference by having 6 teams emerge as conference champions.

Individual teams[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Golf Soccer
Soccer Softball
Track and field Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Men's basketball[edit]

Jim Saia is the men's basketball head coach, who led the team to its first-ever appearance in the NAIA Division I National Championship Tournament in 2012–13.

Women's basketball[edit]

On May 27, 2010, Cal State San Marcos hired former Palomar College head coach, Sheri Jennum, as their first women's basketball head coach.[4]

Cross country[edit]

Steve Scott (aka "The Miler") is the Cougars' cross country and track & field coach. In fall 2009, the women's cross country team won their first NAIA National Championship. They went on to defend their title the next year in fall 2010.



The CSU San Marcos Cougars competed in the NCAA Tournament across 2 active sports (2 women's) 2 times at the Division II level.[5]

NCAA Tournament Appearances
Women's cross country (1): 2017
Women's outdoor track and field (1): 2018


Below is one national club team championship:

  • Co-ed surfing (1): 2009 (NSSA)


  1. ^ "2018–19 Athletics Brand Guide" (PDF). Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cal State San Marcos Cougars". Cal State San Marcos. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "CSUSM Surf Team Claims National Championship" (Press release). California State University, San Marcos. September 15, 2009. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "California State University San Marcos Athletics – 2011–12 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  5. ^ "NCAA Championships Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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