Cal State Fullerton Titans

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Cal State Fullerton Titans
UniversityCalifornia State University, Fullerton
ConferenceBig West Conference (primary)
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (swimming & diving)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorJim Donovan
LocationFullerton, California
Varsity teams6 men's & 8 women's
Basketball arenaTitan Gym
Baseball stadiumGoodwin Field
Softball stadiumAnderson Family Field
Soccer stadiumTitan Stadium
Other venuesTitan Courts
Titan Track Complex
MascotTuffy the Titan (Elephant)
Fight songFor our dear old Fullerton!
ColorsNavy blue, white, and orange[1]
Big West logo in Cal State Fullerton's colors

The Cal State Fullerton Titans (also known as CSUF or Fullerton Titans) are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Fullerton.

The Titans are a member of the NCAA Division I level. The Titans compete within the Big West Conference (BWC) for most sports.


The Cal State Fullerton official team nickname is the "Titans."[2] The nickname was chosen in a vote by the students.[2]


CSUF has won 13 national championships in eight different sports.

Sports sponsored[edit]

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


Goodwin Field, home to CSUF Titan's baseball team.

Baseball is Cal State Fullerton's strongest sport based on winning the most national championships at the university and consistently being rated among the nation's elite baseball programs. They have won four national championships in the NCAA Men's Baseball College World Series since 1979: 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004.

Fullerton home games are played at on-campus Goodwin Field, and the team is currently coached by Rick Vanderhook.


Men's basketball[edit]

A topiary on the north side of Titan Gym

The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team competes in the Big West Conference and has been led by head basketball coach Dedrique Taylor since the 2013–14 season. The team plays at Titan Gym.

The Titans men's basketball team has appeared in four NCAA Division I men's basketball tournaments in 1978, 2008, 2018, and 2022. Their combined record is 2–4.

The men's team has also played in three National Invitation Tournaments in 1983, 1997 and 2005.

Women's basketball[edit]

The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team competes in the Big West Conference and plays at Titan Gym.

The team began play during the 1969–70 season under head coach, Billie Moore. During that season, the Titans were invited to the national tournament sponsored by the CIAW (a predecessor to the AIAW.) The Titans defeated West Chester to win the women's national championship 50–46 in their first year of existence.[3]

Cross country[edit]

Head Coach John Elders has directed the men's and women's cross country programs since 1988.

Men's cross country[edit]

  • 1971 NCAA Division II Championship Team Title
  • 1970 NCAA College Division Individual Championship winner – Mark Covert '73
  • Seven-Time All-American – Mark Covert '73
  • 1992 Individual Big West Champion (8K) – Mike Tansley, Time – 25:53.00
  • 1993 Individual Big West Champion (8K) – Mike Tansley, Time – 24:33.00
  • 1992 & 1993 Big West Athlete of the Year – Mike Tansley

Women's cross country[edit]

  • 1994 All-American Heather Killeen, distance runner
  • 2019 Big West Team Champions

Women's golf[edit]

In 1967, Martha Wilkinson won the women's national intercollegiate individual golf championship (an event conducted by the Division of Girls' and Women's Sports, which evolved into the current NCAA women's golf championship).


Men's soccer[edit]

The Titans men's soccer team competes in the Big West Conference and has been coached by George Kuntz since 2014. The team plays at Titan Stadium.

The Titans men's soccer team's first season was in 1965 and the first Head Coach was Dr. Azmy Ibrahim. There were five Head Coaches from 1965 to 1974 before they became a Division I soccer program.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans men's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament appearance of 7–10 through ten appearances.[4]

Year Round Opponent Result
1975 Second Round
Colorado College
San Francisco
W 1–0
L 2–3
1986 First Round UCLA L 0–3
1993 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Fresno State
San Diego
San Francisco
South Carolina
W 4–0
W 3–2
W 1–0
L 0–1
1994 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
San Diego
San Francisco
W 3–1
W 1–0
L 1–2
1996 First Round
Second Round
W 2–1
L 0–1
1998 First Round San Diego L 1–2
2000 First Round Stanford L 0–4
2014 First Round San Diego L 1–2
2015 First Round Santa Clara L 0–3
2017 First Round Pacific L 1–2

Titans on the United States Olympic Men's Soccer squads

Women's soccer[edit]

The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team competes in the Big West Conference and plays at Titan Stadium.

Demian Brown has been head women's soccer coach since 2007. He has led the team to three Big West Conference championships and was named Big West Conference soccer coach of the Year twice in 2007 and 2012. Brown led the Titans to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007 as a first year head coach and again in 2013 after winning the Big West Conference championship.

As a Titans assistant coach, Brown helped the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Once in 2005 and a "Sweet 16" tournament berth in 2006. The team also won two Big West Conference championships with Brown as assistant coach.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans women's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 3–7 through seven appearances.[5]

Year Round Opponent Result
2001 First Round UCLA L 0–3
2005 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
W 1–0
W 3–1
L 1–2
2006 First Round
Second Round
Loyola Marymount
W 3–0
L 1–3
2007 First Round UCLA L 1–3
2013 First Round Stanford L 0–1
2014 First Round Stanford L 2–5
2015 First Round USC L 3–4
2017 First Round Pepperdine L 0–1


The Cal State Fullerton Titans softball team competes in the Big West Conference and plays at Anderson Family Field. Since 2013, the team has been coached by Kelly Ford.

Titans softball won the 1986 NCAA Division I Softball National Championship. The team has also appeared in eight Women's College World Series, in 1980, 1981, 1982 (NCAA), 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1995.[6] As of the 2019 season, the Titans have made twenty-five NCAA postseason appearances in their history.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, "Titans Three-Time All-American," Jenny Topping, won a gold medal as a member of the team in Athens, Greece.

Former head coaches

  • Head Coach Judi Garman directed the team from 1980 to 1999 with overall record 913–376–4.
  • Head Coach Michelle Gromacki directed the team from 2000 to 2012 and had an overall record of 424–302–1.

Women's tennis[edit]

Head Coach Dianne Matias has been leading the Cal State Fullerton women's tennis program since 2013. She is the fifth women's tennis head coach to lead the program since the 1983 season.

The team has competed in the Big West Conference starting with the 1987 season.

Track and field[edit]

Men's track and field[edit]

Head coach John Elders has directed the Titans men's track program since 1988. Starting in the 2021–22 academic year, Cal State Fullerton began competing in men's indoor track and field in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.[7] Previously, only the women's team competed indoors.

Men's outdoor track and field records
Event Athlete Time/Distance/Points Year
100M Jon Pratter 10.46 2007
200M Kevin Howard 21.23 1999
400M Brandon Campbell 46.98 2000
800M Nate Heggenberger 1:51.42 1997
1500M Steve Frisone 3:48.98 1994
3000M Jordan Horn 8:17.13 2007
3000M SC Mike Tansley 8:41.27 1994
5000M Jordan Horn 14:06.09 2005
10,000M Jordan Horn 29:02.57 2007
110m Hurdles Lamar Jackson 14.34 2007
400m Hurdles Richard Adams 51.28 2001
4 × 100 m Relay McCullum F., Williams, Brown, Campbell 40.15 2002
4 × 400 m Relay Brown, McCullum F., Campbell, Ortega 3:10.46 2002
Long Jump Brandon Campbell 25'4.5" 2001
Triple Jump Joe Thomas 51'11.25" 2004
High Jump Brandon Campbell 7'4.5" 2001
Pole Vault Giovanni Lanaro 18'4.5" 2004
Shot Put Don Turri 59'11" 1973
Discus Throw Fritz Coffman 176'4" 1974
Javelin Throw Rob Vazquez 228'11.5" 1991
Javelin Throw (Old Table) Jim Feeney 243'4" 1972
Hammer Throw Scott Hutchinson 189'9" 2007
Decathlon Brandon Campbell 6,637 Points 2000
Decathlon (Old Table) Paul Fink 7,067 Points 1974
Men's imperial distance records
Event Athlete Time/Distance/Points Year
100YDS. Sam Small 9.6h 1975
220YDS. Sam Small 21.4h 1975
440YDS. Steve Wennerstrom 47.1h 1970
880 YDS. Mike Eck 1:49.2h 1968
One-Miles Jim Woodward 4:05.9h 1973
Two-Miles John Casco 8:47.7h 1972
Three-Miles John Casco & Dave White 13.42.0h 1971/1973
Six Miles Mark Covert 28:08.3h 1971
Marathon Doug Schmenk 2:16.33 1972
120 YD. Hurdles Ed Hill 14.4h 1967
440 YD. Hurdles Jerry Huss 52.4h 1973
440 YD. Relay Small, Everage, Lloyd, Tavie 41.2h 1975
880 YD. Relay Maikisch, Tiscaareno, Titus, ? 1:27.4h 1971
One-Mile Relay Ankerman, Bryan, Thomas, Lloyd 3:14.6h 1975
Sprint Medley Eck, Ochoa, Smith, Stratton 3:26.5h 1968
Two-Mile Relay Love, Tubb, Keane, Payan 7:36.0h 1971
Distance Relay Wilson, Wooley, Baird, Tubb 9:55.4 1972

Women's track and field[edit]

Head coach John Elders has led the Titans women's track program since 1988.

Women's outdoor track and field records
Event Athlete Time/Distance/Points Year
100M Ciara Short 11.58 2011
200M Ciara Short 23.28 2011
400M Ciara Short 51.85 2011
800M Lakeysha McClenton 2:09.75 2002
1500M Mary Kenney 4:28.50 1989
3000M Mary Kenney 9:43.83 1987
3000M SC Juliane Masciana 10:15.96 2009
5000M Carolyn Ellis 16:33.72 2010
10,000M Grace Gonzales 35:02.16 2008
100m Hurdles Lauren Williams 13.22 2009
400m Hurdles Destany Cearley 1:00.51 2006
400m Relay Short, Williams, Evans, Chang 45.52 2010
1600m Relay Wilson, Blake, McClellan, Hudson 3:39.18 2007
Long Jump Anna Doty 19'5 1/4 2002
Triple Jump Anna Doty 41'5 3/4 2001
High Jump Loren Gualco 5'7 3/4 1998
Pole Vault Jennifer Clarke 12'10 1/4 2003
Shot Put Jameena Hunt 48'10 3/4 2009
Discus Throw Jameena Hunt 173'9 2009
Javelin Throw Karen Bardsley 135'4 2007
Hammer Throw Jameena Hunt 185'1 2010
Heptathlon Lacey Welborn 4,508 Points 2003
6k XC Grace Gonzales 20:42.20 2008
5k XC Grace Gonzales 17:06.10 2008

Women's volleyball[edit]

The Cal State Fullerton women's volleyball team competes in the Big West Conference and has been coached by head women's volleyball coach Ashley Preston since 2015.

During the 2010 season, Fullerton won the conference championship with a record of 26–6. That year, head coach Carolyn Zimmerman won the Big West Conference coach of the year and Erin Saddler won Big West Conference player of the Year. In 2008, Brittany Moore also won the Big West Conference player of the Year.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans women's volleyball team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–1 through one appearance.[8]

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 First Round Colorado State L 2–3

Titans on USA Women's Volleyball rosters

  • 2009–10 Brittany Moore, Women's US national team
  • 2013 Bre Moreland, USA U23 beach national team[9]

Former head coaches

  • Kristi Conklin (1976) (5–10–3)
  • Jill Goldberg (1977–79) (24–50)
  • Fran Cummings (1980–88) (84–216)
  • Jim Huffman (1989–91) (25–80)
  • Mary Ellen Murchison (1992–2001) (76–211)
  • Carolyn Zimmerman (2002–2014) (162–169)

Former varsity sports[edit]

  • The fencing Intercollegiate Program for Men and Women was discontinued in 2008 due to budget constraints.
  • Football was discontinued in 1992 due to budget constraints.
  • Gymnastics and wrestling were both dropped at the same time after the 2010–2011 season due to budget constraints.[10]
  • Men's tennis was discontinued after the 1987 season due to budget constraints.


The CSUF football program, discontinued in 1992, set NCAA Division I-A records for most fumbles (73) in a single season and most fumbles lost (41) in a single season.[11] Several Titans moved on to the NFL, including New York Giants standout Mark Collins. It also produced three Canadian Football League players: Mike Pringle who is the league's all-time leading rusher, Damon Allen, the league's all-time leading passer until October 2011, and Allen Pitts, the league's all-time leading receiver until 2008 when he was passed by Milt Stegall.

Men's tennis[edit]

Cal State Fullerton fielded a men's tennis team from 1960 to 1987.


Wrestling dates to 1968 at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans never won a team championship but boast 31 conference champions, 12 Div. I and 3 Div. II All-Americans and 87 NCAA Div. I national qualifiers including at least one in each of the last 26 seasons. Titan Wrestling competed in Division I in the PAC-10 conference, as the Big West Conference did not support wrestling. Cal State Fullerton's intercollegiate wrestling program was discontinued after 43 years at the conclusion of the 2010–11 season. The program was given the opportunity to continue operating if it could fund its own annual budget. An action was considered at the end of the 2009–10 season, an extensive fund-raising campaign for the 2010–11 season came up short of the $196,145 cash deposited goal by the Aug. 2 deadline.[12] Two former Titan wrestler's include former UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw and former Pride/Strikeforce/UFC Champion Dan Henderson.



The CSU Fullerton Titans competed in the NCAA Tournament across 10 active sports (5 men's and 5 women's) 99 times at the Division I level.[13]

  • Baseball (40): 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Men's basketball (3): 1978, 2008, 2018
  • Women's basketball (2): 1989, 1991
  • Men's soccer (10): 1975, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Women's soccer (8): 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019
  • Softball (29): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Men's indoor track and field (1): 2003
  • Men's outdoor track and field (4): 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Women's outdoor track and field (1): 2011
  • Women's volleyball (1): 2010


The Titans of CSU Fullerton earned 5 NCAA championships at the Division I level.[14]


School year Sport Opponent Score
1978–79 Baseball Arkansas 2–1
1983–84 Baseball Texas 3–1
1985–86 Softball Texas A&M 3–0
1994–95 Baseball USC 11–5
2003–04 Baseball Texas 3–2

CSU Fullerton won 4 national championships at the NCAA Division II level.[14]

  • Men's cross country: 1971
  • Men's gymnastics: 1971, 1972, 1974

Below are six national championships that were not bestowed by the NCAA:

  • Women's (4)
    • Basketball (AIAW) (1): 1970
    • Fencing (NIWFA) (1): 1974
    • Golf (AIAW) (1): 1967 (individual: Martha Wilkinson)
    • Gymnastics (AIAW) (1): 1979[Note 1]
  • Below are two national club team championships:
    • Men's bowling (USBC) (1): 1989
    • Co-ed roller hockey, Div. II (NCRHA) (1): 2014
  1. ^ Prior to NCAA sponsorship, 1 individual champion


CSU Fullerton had 3 Titans win NCAA individual championships at the Division I level.[14]

NCAA individual championships
Order School year Athlete(s) Sport Source
1 1975–76 Sam Shaw Men's gymnastics [15]
2 1982–83 Julie Goewey Women's gymnastics [16]
3 1986–87 Li Xiaoping Men's gymnastics [15]

At the NCAA Division II level, CSU Fullerton garnered 12 individual championships.[14]

Athletic facilities[edit]

The Sports Complex is a multi-purpose stadium complex created in conjunction with the Fullerton Marriott and the City of Fullerton. The complex includes a dance studio, fencing rooms, an indoor archery range, an outdoor swimming complex, racquetball courts, weight-training facilities and wrestling facilities.

Current facilities[edit]

Former facilities[edit]



As of 1962, a mascot hadn't been chosen to represent the nickname, "Titans."[2] In what began as a practical joke turned into the “First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History.”[2] The event attracted elephants from universities around the United States and even one from England.[2] To publicize the event, an elephant called "Tuffy the Titan" was used and it began appearing on items around campus.[2] A crowd estimated at over 10,000 turned out for the event in Spring 1962.[2] As a result of hosting the race and with no other mascot, the elephant, "Tuffy the Titan," was adopted as the university mascot.[2]

School colors[edit]

The school colors were chosen as a result of a vote by the student body.[2] The colors chosen were royal blue and white, but the athletic equipment manager at the time of the vote thought orange was appropriate on uniforms for a college then known as Orange County State College.[2] The unofficial color was adopted, but wasn't officially acknowledged by the Athletics Council until 1987.[2] In 1992, a change from royal blue to navy blue was initiated.[2]


Because of the proximity to Long Beach State, the schools are considered rivals. The rivalry is especially heated in baseball with the Long Beach State baseball team also having a competitive college baseball program.[17] This of one of few sports where at least two teams from the Big West Conference frequently make the NCAA national tournament.[17] Fullerton also has an intense rivalry with Big West stablemate UC Irvine; the two schools are the only Division I universities in Orange County.[18][19][20]

Titans Athletic Hall of Fame members[edit]

Titans Athletic Hall of Fame
Member Sport Year inducted
Kurt Suzuki Baseball 2017
George Horton Baseball 2017
Kathy Van Wyk Softball 2017
Tiffany Boyd Softball 2017
Mel Franks Sports Information Director 2017
Mark Covert Cross Country 2015
Paul Folino Athletics Supporter 2015
Ted Silva Baseball 2015
Jenny Topping Softball 2015
Neale Stoner Athletic Director 2015
Associated Students, Inc. Athletics Supporter 2015
Bobby Dye Men's Basketball Head Coach 2013
Mike Fox Men's Soccer 2013
Carol Johnston Women's Gymnastics 2013
1995 NCAA national championship Team Baseball 2013
Bruce Bowen Men's Basketball 2011
Brent Mayne Baseball 2011
Lynn Rogers Women's Gymnastics Head Coach 2011
Susan Lewis-Newton Softball 2011
Merilyn & Jerry Goodwin Athletics Supporters 2011
Damon Allen Football 2009
Connie Clark Softball 2009
Barbie Myslak-Roetert Women's Gymnastics 2009
Gene Murphy Head Football Coach 2009
Dan Boone Baseball 2009
Mark Collins Football 2007
Judi Garman Softball 2007
Heather Killeen-Frisone Cross Country/Track & Field 2007
Mark Kotsay Baseball 2007
Phil Nevin Baseball 2007
Leon Wood Men's Basketball 2007
Greg Bunch Men's Basketball 2005
Nancy Dunkle Women's Basketball 2005
Tami Elliott-Harrison Women's Gymnastics 2005
Augie Garrido Baseball 2005
Susan LeFebvre Softball 2005
Eugenia Miller-Rycraw Women's Basketball 2005
Tim Wallach Baseball 2005

Cal State Fullerton Athletic Directors[edit]

  • Jim Donovan (Dec. 2012–present)
  • Dr. Steve Walk (July 2012–Dec. 2012) – Interim
  • Brian Quinn (2002–2012)
  • John Easterbrook (1994–2001)
  • Bill Schumard (1991–1994)
  • Ed Carroll (1985–1991)
  • Lynn Eilefson (1982–1985)
  • Mike Mullally (1979–1981)
  • Neale R. Stoner (1972–1979)
  • Dr. John Caine (1968–1972)
  • Dr. Elmer L. Johnson (1965–1968)
  • Ernest Becker (1963–1964)


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  14. ^ a b c d "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
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  16. ^ "National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Rivalry between Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton should reach new heights with a trip to Omaha on the line". Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine Rivalry To Be Showcased On ESPNU". Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Less Grudge in Matchup These Days : Basketball: Cal State Fullerton-UC Irvine rivalry has cooled somewhat, but bragging rights are still at stake. They play tonight at UCI". Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "Bragging rights at stake vs. UCI". Retrieved May 17, 2019.

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