California State University, East Bay - Student Life - Athletics


California State University, East Bay is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. The Pioneers compete within the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in 15 sports and the Western Water Polo Association for water polo. The university offers six men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and Track; as well as nine women's sports, including: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, track, volleyball and water polo. Cal State East Bay began Division II competition in 2008 as part of a transition to the NCAA and had previously been a dual member of NCAA Division III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with ten sports competing as NCAA Division III independents and five sports in the NAIA's California Pacific Conference. Historically, Cal State East Bay was a member of Division II from 1961-1998.

Awards & Honors

  • In 2010, the Western Water Polo Association WWPA named Claire Pierce as Newcomer of the Year
  • Women's Water Polo Head Coach Lisa Cooper was named as the WWPA 2010 Coach of the Year.
  • Tristan Kennedy-Donohue earned the WWPA Player of the Week for the week of April 7, 2010.
  • Charlie Sharrer, Baseball, won California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) 2010 Freshman of the Year.
  • Devin Grigg, Stephen Gatehouse and Nick McManus, Baseball, were named to 2010 All-California CCAA team.
  • Third baseman Nick McManus took home Player of the Week award on April 5, 2010 by the Wilson/CCAA.
  • Right-hander Paul Jinkens was named Wilson/CCAA Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 12, 2010.
  • Women's basketball player Lauren Lucchesi was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) 2010 Freshman of the Year.
  • Women's volleyball player Roxanne Neely was named the Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of October 25, 2010.

National Championships

  • From 1961 until their closing in 1993, the Pioneers football team won a total of six national collegiate championships. Cal State East Bay has produced over 160 All-Americans and has won 77 conference championships in NCAA Divisions II and III, as well as in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • In 1972 and 1981, the women's outdoor track and field team won national championships. The first was an outright championship, and the second was as a member of the AIAW Division III. In 1979 and 1980 the women's cross country team won AIAW Division III national championships. In 1989 the women's soccer team won the NCAA Division II National Championship.
  • In 2008, the women's water polo team won the Division III National Championship.

Hall of Fame

The California State University, East Bay Athletics Hall of Fame includes Major League Baseball players, an Olympian, several national record holders, and many All-Americans.

  • Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame Baseball Player, 1990
  • Frank Amdur, Water Polo, Swimming, 4-time Division II All-American Water Polo, 1975–78
  • Michele Aubuchon, Track & Field, Cross Country 2-time All-American Cross Country, National Champion 10,000 Meters, 1979–81
  • Delphina Banks-Jones, Track & Field 3-time Division II All-American 200 Meters, 1981–84
  • Kermit Bayless, Track & Field 3-time All-American 400 Meters, 1969–72
  • Greg Blankenship, Football, Track 2-time All-American Football & Track, National Champion Hammer, 1972–76
  • Kim Bodily, Swimming All-American 200, 500 Meters Freestyle, 1972–74
  • Barbara Brand, National Collegiate Taekwondo Champion 1984, Silver Medal U.S. Nationals 1982 & 1984, California State Champion from 1981 through 1987, 1981–87
  • Don Chu, Assistant Men's Track & Field Coach and Athletic Trainer, coached 8 National Champions and 25 All-Americans in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump in NCAA Division II Track and Field, 1972–83
  • Edward Ray Clark, Track & Field, 4-time All-American 100 Meters, 1974–77
  • Michael Dean, Basketball, holds seven school records including most points in a season (656) and most points in a game (45), NAIA All-American, 1997–99
  • Willie Eashman, Track & Field All-American Division I & Division II 1500 Meters, 1969–72
  • George Fernandez, Soccer Division II All-American, 1979–83
  • Glenna Ford, Track & Field 2-time National Champ Discus, 1981–83
  • Douglas Garner, Track and Field 2-time National Champion Triple Jump, 1977–79
  • Archie Gilbert, Baseball, Holds nearly every single-season and career record in CSUH history
  • Dave Haber, Track & Field 3-time National Champion, 4-time All-American High Jump, 1975–78
  • Jana Wilson Halle, Men's and Women's Diving, All Conference honors on the 3-meter springboard while a member of the men's swimming and diving team, as a diver for the women's swimming and diving team, Wilson was the 1978 Golden State Conference runner-up in 1-meter and 3-meter diving. 1973-77
  • Rhonda Colvin Hopson, Women's Track and Field 8-time All-American Hurdles, NCAA II record holder in 100 meter hurdles, 1988–92
  • Marilyn King, Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball three-time Olympian, 3-time All-American Pentathlon, 1971–74
  • Jay Kleven, Baseball, two-time First Team All Far Western, 1967–71; MLB catcher with New York Mets
  • Kathy Koudela, Track and Field-Cross Country, two-time All-American in cross country and track and field, 1982–84
  • Sandy Labeaux, Football, Track & Field All-American & National Champion Division II 400 Meters, 1979–82
  • John Lodin, Track & Field, Cross Country All-American in the 3-mile (4.8 km) and 6-mile (9.7 km) events; held the school record in the 1-mile (1.6 km), 2-mile (3.2 km), 3-mile (4.8 km) and 6-mile (9.7 km) runs, 1964–66
  • Jim Moran, Track & Field, Basketball 2-time National Champion, 3 Time All-American High Jump, 1981–85
  • Susan B. Neuman, Former US Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education 2001-2003, prominent literacy researcher and educator at University of Michigan; MA in Education, 1974; Honorary Doctoral Degree in 2002
  • Bernard Oliver, Football Division II All-American, rushed twice for 1000 yds, 4,135 career, 1967–70
  • George Osterberg, Men's Swimming, 7-time NCAA Division II All-American and school record holder in the 100 backstroke, 1977–81
  • Diane Oswalt-Jones, Track & Field, 3-time National Champion Discus, 1982–85
  • Randy Ready, Major Baseball Player 13 seasons, professional coach
  • Debi "Cis" Schafer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball, Member of 1972 Track & Field Championship Team, 2 Time National Champion 800 Meters, 1971–74
  • Jim Santos, Track & Field coach, first coach to win National Championship in both Men's & Women's Track & Field, 1970–79
  • Mark Sawyer, Track & Field 3-time Division II All-American, National Champion Hammer, 1975–78
  • Lori Stilson, Women's Swimming & Diving Three-time NCAA Division II All American in 1 and 3 meter diving
  • Cathy Sulinski, Women's Track & Field and Basketball 4-time AIAW Division I All-American and 2-time National Champion in the javelin, 1977–79
  • Barbara Pickel Whitfield, Track & Field, Volleyball, Basketball Member National Championship Team 1972, 1971–74
  • Rolf Wiedermeyer, Tennis, 4-time Division II All-American Singles, 1982–85
  • Colette Winlock, Track & Field 2-time All-American Long Jump and 400 Meter Hurdles, 1975–78
  • Cal Caplan, Hall of Fame Waterpolo & Diving Coach, 1966–1981
  • Jerry Cvecko, Hall of Fame Waterpolo & Swimming, 1975

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