San Francisco State Gators

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San Francisco State Gators
University San Francisco State University
Conference California Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Charles Guthrie
Location San Francisco, California
Varsity teams 12
Basketball arena Main Gym at Don Nasser Family Plaza
Baseball stadium Maloney Field
Softball stadium SFSU Softball Field
Soccer stadium Cox Stadium
Nickname Gators
Fight song "State Victory Song"
Colors Purple and Gold[1]

The San Francisco State Gators are the athletic teams that compete at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, the nickname applies to the college's intercollegiate NCAA Division II teams. The nickname was published in the student newspaper, "The Leaf",[2] but was long referred to in media alternatively as the "Staters"[3] and the "Golden Gaters",[4] the use of Gaters eventually evolved into the Gators as known today.

The Gators have had a total of 275 athletes earn All-American honors and 32 athletes earn Academic All-American honors. 14 Gators have earned an individual national title in their respective sport.[5]

The University has men's teams in basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, and wrestling; and women's teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.[6] SF State competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association while wrestling competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The University also offers a number of club and rec sports.


Men Women
Basketball Basketball
Cross Country Cross Country
Soccer Soccer
Baseball Softball
Wrestling Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)


In 2016-17, the men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships for the first time since the 1993-94 season, the Gators won 25 games, were ranked as high as No. 13, and finished ranked No. 22 in the nation.[7] Junior guard Warren Jackson was named a D2 Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention.[8]

In the late 1970s and early 80s, the women’s basketball team had a string of nine straight postseason appearances.[5]


San Francisco State Baseball has a long history going back well into the 1930s when coached by Hal Harden and having a "record-breaking" season in 1938 according to the Berkeley Daily Gazette[9] Maloney Field, which opened in 1984, saw extensive upgrades ahead of the 2017 season that included field work including the construction of a new pitcher's mound, new windscreens, and the installation of new foul poles.

Track and Field[edit]

At the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the quartet of Atiya Harvey, Vanessa Koontz, Kennedy Hardemion, and Timarya Baynard ran a time of 3:37.80, the second fastest time in program history, and captured the National Championship in the 4x400. Additionally, Baynard finished the 400m in sixth place with a time of 54.18 to earn All-American honors. Harvey also earned individual All-American honors in the 200m dash with a fourth-place finish and time of 23.75.[10]

At the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 11 at the Birmingham Crossplex, the SF State 4x400 relay team garnered All-American Honors, taking sixth place with a time of 3:44.58.[11]

In 2014, Tiana Wills earned All-American honors in the high jump at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.


Wrestling competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. With the announcement of California Baptist moving to NCAA Division I,[12] SF State becomes the only Division II wrestling program in California, the Gators wrestling program has seen success over the years, having sent a qualifier to the NCAA Division II National Championships from 1965-2017.[13] In 1997, Head Coach Lars Jensen led the first-ever NCAA Division II national championship team at SF State.[14]


San Francisco State fielded a football program from 1931 until it was discontinued in 1994,[15] the SF State Men's Football team were Far Western Conference Champions in '51, '54, '56, '57, '58, '59, '62, '63, '65, and 1967.[16]

Club sports[edit]


San Francisco State has fielded a co-ed club rugby side, the Gators Rugby Football Club, founded in 2005,[17] the Gators side hope to be accepted into the Northern California Rugby Football Union division, needing to play every weekend with a full team, receive a unanimous vote in by all coaches in the division in order to be brought in. After meeting all the requirements thus far, with a current record of 16–2 this season,[when?] the side is expecting to be inducted into the Division II NCRFU. After a long effort to achieve activation through affiliation with the university as a club sport, competing at Ocean View Park,[18] both the men's and women's' sides were able to attain affiliation by 2009,[19] the student-run clubs compete against both university and non-university sides, including the SF Fog, St. Mary's, USF, and Santa Clara.[20]


In the 1980s, SFSU had a Sailing team that consisted of two Flying Junior FJ Collegiate racing boats made by Vanguard, the boats were kept on a trailer in the "Corp Yard", behind the Arts building.

SFSU sailed as a member of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference

Sailing at SFSU was recognized as a "club sport", however the team was eligible to compete at the varsity level with other schools in the area and enjoyed strong representation from 1983-1988. Collegiate racing at the time had a rule that to race two boats in Varsity, one skipper had to be female. SFSU had a rotation of female skippers throughout the mid-1980s racing seasons.

SFSU participated in the "Northern Series" which included racing against UC Berkeley (CAL), California Maritime Academy (CMA), Stanford, Sonoma State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and UC Davis.


  1. ^ "Color System | Identity System | San Francisco State University". Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "SFSU Centennial History: 1931". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dave Cox Resigns as Staters Coach". Berkeley Daily Gazette. Aug 31, 1935. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ UP (Dec 19, 1939). "San Jose Plans Casaba Tourney". Berkeley Daily Gazette. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "San Francisco State University Intercollegiate Athletics" (PDF). Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "SF State Gators". Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  7. ^ "MBB | Historic season concludes for No. 22 SF State at NCAA Tournament". SF State Athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  8. ^ "MBB | Jackson named D2 Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention". SF State Athletics. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  9. ^ "S.F. Staters Start Baseball Campaign". Berkeley Daily Gazette. Feb 22, 1939. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "TF | Gators Soar to New Highs on Final Day of NCAA Championships". SF State Athletics. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  11. ^ "TF | 4x400 Earns All-American Honors at Indoor Championships". SF State Athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  12. ^ "CBU Announces D1, WAC Move". California Baptist University. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  13. ^ "WRE | Season concludes at NCAA Regionals". SF State Athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  14. ^ "SFSU Wrestling DII". San Francisco State University Athletics. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  15. ^ "San Francisco St. (CA) Records by Year". Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
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  17. ^ McFadden, Matt (March 16, 2010). "Rugby team fights for union spot". Golden Gate Xpress. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Goldman, Chelena (October 29, 2008). "SFSU rugby lacks funding". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  19. ^ Goldman, Chelena (May 6, 2009). "SF State rugby: Not just a boys' club". Golden Gate Xpress. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  20. ^ Peoples, Katie (October 19, 2006). "Rugby Club Makes Contact at SF State". Goden Gate Xpress. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

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