Cal State San Marcos Cougars

The Cal State San Marcos Cougars are the athletic teams that represent California State University, San Marcos, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Cougars compete as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association for all 13 varsity sports.

Cal State San Marcos Cougars
UniversityCalifornia State University, San Marcos
ConferenceCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJennifer Milo
LocationSan Marcos, California
Varsity teams13
Basketball arenaThe Sports Center (inside Clarke Field House)
Baseball stadiumCSUSM Baseball Field
Softball stadiumCSUSM Softball Field
Soccer stadiumThe Cage
Other arenasMangrum Track
MascotCrash the Cougar
ColorsMedium blue and white[1]


In baseball, the school has Dennis Pugh, who coached at a local high school for decades, and for soccer coach Ron Pulvers. In 2007, the school hired former UCLA All-American Kelly Warren who was previously the Associate Head Coach at fellow San Diego County CSU, San Diego State University.

The university's surf team competes in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). The team won the NSSA collegiate national championship in 2009.[2] The school also has women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.

As of 2012, the Athletic Program has so far dominated the A.I.I. conference by having 6 teams emerge as conference champions.

Individual teams and Graduation InformationEdit

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.

Women's and Men's basketballEdit

Jim Saia is the men's basketball head coach, who led the team to the NAIA Division I National Championship Tournament in 2012–2013.

In 2010, Cal State San Marcos hired former Palomar College head coach, Sheri Jennum, as their women's basketball head coach.[3]

Cross CountryEdit

Track legend Steve Scott was the Cougars' cross country and track & field coach for 20 years. They train and/or compete on the Mangrum Track and Field when outdoors. 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.

Graduation InformationEdit

Every year, the NCAA releases the Academic Success Rate (ASR) of all Division II institutions publicly. The graduation-rate statistics are founded on a six-year cohort model implemented by the U.S. Department of Education.



The Cal State San Marcos Cougars competed in the NCAA Tournament across 2 active sports (2 women's) 2 times at the Division II level.[4]

NCAA Tournament Appearances
Women's cross country (1): 2017 (Team)
Women's outdoor track and field (2): 2018 (Individual), 2019 (Individual)
Women's golf (1): 2019 (Team)


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. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "California State University San Marcos Athletics – 2011–12 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  4. ^ "NCAA Championships Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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