Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (also known as CSUB Roadrunners, and sometimes as the Bakersfield Roadrunners) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of California State University, Bakersfield, located in Bakersfield, California. The university is currently a NCAA Division I school, after previously competing at the Division II level. The Roadrunners began the transition process in 2006 and became a full Division I member in July 2010.[3] Following a period as one of a tiny number of Division I independents, CSU Bakersfield joined the Western Athletic Conference in July 2013 for most sports.[4] On November 27, 2017, CSUB announced that it would leave the WAC and join the Big West Conference on July 1, 2020.[5]

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
Logo
UniversityCSU Bakersfield
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Pac-12 (wrestling)
Big West Conference (beach volleyball)
NCAANCAA Division I
Athletic directorZiggy Siegfried[1]
LocationBakersfield, California
Varsity teams16 (6 men's, 10 women's)
Basketball arenaIcardo Center (3,800)
Baseball stadiumHardt Field (2,000)
Softball stadiumCSUB Softball Complex
Soccer stadiumMain Soccer Field (2,000)
Other arenasBarnes Beach Volleyball Complex
Hillman Memorial Aquatic Center
MascotRowdy the Roadrunner
NicknameRoadrunners
ColorsBlue and Gold[2]
         
Websitewww.gorunners.com

Sports

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Soccer Cross country
Swimming and diving Golf
Track and field Soccer
Wrestling Softball
Swimming and diving
Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
WAC logo in Cal State Bakersfield colors
Western Athletic Conference in Cal State Bakersfield's colors

All varsity reams representing California State University, Bakersfield compete in the Western Athletic Conference except beach volleyball (Independent) and wrestling (Pac-12 Conference).

Baseball

On May 17, 2007, CSUB announced that Bill Kernen would be the school's first baseball coach,[6] with the school's first official season beginning in Spring of 2009.[7] The Roadrunners played their first baseball game on February 20, 2009 against Saint Louis University in an 8-7 loss,[8] and recorded the first win in program history on February 21 with a 4-2 win against the Billikens.[9] On September 20, 2011, the Roadrunners were invited to join the Western Athletic Conference as an affiliate member in baseball.[10] On October 5, 2012 the Western Athletic Conference extended an invitation to the Roadrunners to join on July 1, 2013 as full members.

The Roadrunners won the 2015 WAC Baseball Tournament Championship in Mesa, Arizona and earned their first bid to the NCAA Regionals. The Roadrunners were placed in the Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA. CSUB lost twice to the host Bruins but managed to win the program's first postseason game when they defeated 2014 College World Series participant Ole Miss 2-1.

Bill Kernen retired following the 2015 season. Assistant coach Bob Macaluso was promoted to head coach in August 2015.

Wrestling

CSUB Wrestling has competed in the Pac-12 conference since the beginning of the 1987–88 season. CSUB wrestling is the institution's original Division I sport and has placed as high as 3rd (1996) and 8th (1997 & 1999) in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.[11][12] The Roadrunner Wrestling team has produced 9 individual NCAA DI Champions beginning in 1980. Stephen Neal (156, 1996-99) is the all-time winningest wrestler at CSU Bakersfield, with a record of 156-10 (the most wins of any CSUB wrestler), the most pins with 71 total, only 1 of 5 Roadrunner Wrestlers to be a 4-time All-American, as well as being a 2-time Division-I Champion in 1998 & 1999.[13] CSUB alum Mike Mendoza served as the head coach until 2016. Current head coach Manny Rivera will begin his first year in the 2016–17 season. He is a former All-American at the Univ of Minnesota and was a member of their National Championship team. The wrestling team practices on campus in the John B. Antonino Sports Center (specifically for wrestling) and competes at the Icardo Center also on campus.[14] Former Roadrunner wrestler and former UFC Champion Tito Ortiz set multiple UFC Light Heavyweight records.[15]

The Cal State Bakersfield men's wrestling team appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament thirty times, with their highest finish being 3rd place in the 1995–96 school year.[16]

Year Gender Ranking Points
1988 Men No. 53 2
1989 Men No. 28 14​12
1990 Men No. 12 30​12
1991 Men No. 9 38​12
1992 Men No. 36 5​12
1993 Men No. 54 2​12
1994 Men No. 49 4
1995 Men No. 28 13
1996 Men No. 3 66
1997 Men No. 8 43​12
1998 Men No. 11 42​12
1999 Men No. 8 58​12
2000 Men No. 23 20​12
2001 Men No. 28 12​12
2002 Men No. 52 3
2003 Men No. 39 7​12
2004 Men No. 29 15​12
2005 Men No. 22 27
2006 Men No. 47 4​12
2007 Men No. 44 7
2008 Men No. 53 2
2009 Men No. 36 16
2010 Men No. 35 16
2011 Men No. 62 1
2013 Men No. 60 1
2014 Men No. 47 5
2015 Men No. 58 1
2016 Men No. 36 9​12
2017 Men No. 53 1​12
2018 Men No. 33 9​12

Soccer

The Roadrunner men's soccer program won the 1997 Division II National Championship and has provided several MLS and international professionals to various rosters. Men's soccer was the first team to appear in a Division I postseason match when they earned an at-large spot in the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The most notable soccer alumni is Los Angeles Galaxy star and US Men's National Team striker Gyasi Zardes. Zardes competed for the Roadrunners from 2010-2012. He signed a MLS homegrown contract with the Galaxy in 2012.

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–1 through one appearance.[17]

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round Saint Mary's L 0–1

Volleyball

The CSUB Roadrunners enjoyed a successful NCAA Division II history including a 1989 National Championship. Following the Division I reclassification and the hiring of Giovana Melo as head coach, the Roadrunners won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2014 with a 3-0 victory over Seattle U in a tournament hosted in Bakersfield. The Roadrunners drew top-ranked Stanford and fell in the first round 25-21, 25-21 and 25-18. CSUB has appeared in three-straight WAC Tournament championship matches dating back to the 2013 season.

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's volleyball team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–2 through two appearances.[18]

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round Stanford L 0–3
2017 First Round Stanford L 0–3

Championships

Appearances

The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners competed in the NCAA Tournament across 7 active sports (5 men's and 2 women's) 37 times at the Division I level.[19]

Team

CSU Bakersfield has never won a national championship at the NCAA Division I level.[20]

CSUB won 30 national championships and received the Sears Directors Cup in 1998 at the NCAA Division II level.[21]

  • Men's basketball: 1993, 1994, 1997
  • Men's swimming and diving: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Wrestling: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987
  • Men's soccer: 1997
  • Softball: 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Women's volleyball: 1989
  • Women's tennis: 1977 (AIAW)

Individual

CSU Bakersfield had 9 Roadrunners win NCAA individual championships at the Division I level.[20]

NCAA individual championships
Order School year Athlete(s) Sport Source
1 1979–80 John Azevedo Wrestling [22]
2 1979–80 Joe Gonzales Wrestling [22]
3 1980–81 Dan Cuestas Wrestling [22]
4 1981–82 Dan Cuestas Wrestling [22]
5 1982–83 Adam Cuestas Wrestling [22]
6 1983–84 Jesse Reyes Wrestling [22]
7 1990–91 Paul Keysaw Wrestling [22]
8 1997–98 Stephen Neal Wrestling [22]
9 1998–99 Stephen Neal Wrestling [22]

At the NCAA Division II level, CSU Bakersfield garnered 209 individual championships, where the Roadrunners are No. 4 in total NCAA Division II championships after the 2017–18 school year.[20]

Conference championships

Western Athletic Conference Championships

  • Volleyball, 2014
  • Baseball, 2015
  • Men's Basketball, 2016
  • Softball, 2016

References

  1. ^ http://www.gorunners.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13300&ATCLID=210280893
  2. ^ CSU Bakersfield Identity Standards Manual: Visual System and Writing Guidelines (PDF). October 12, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Move To NCAA Division I". Cal State Bakersfield. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8482600/western-athletic-conference-adds-cal-state-bakersfield-utah-valley
  5. ^ "CSU Bakersfield Accepts Invitation To Join Big West Conference". Cal State Bakersfield. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bill Kernen Bio". GoRunners.com. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  7. ^ Kelly, Mason (August 6, 2007). "New CSUB baseball coach building foundation, future schedule". Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "CSUB Baseball: St. Louis University at CSU Bakersfield (Game 1)". CSU Bakersfield. Feb 20, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "Billikens Drop Both Games of Doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield". St. Louis University. Feb 21, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  10. ^ "WAC adds Bakersfield and Dallas Baptist as Baseball schools". Las Cruces Sun-News. September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.wrestlingstats.com/ncaa/pdf/brackets/NCAA%201996.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.wrestlingstats.com/ncaa/pdf/brackets/NCAA%201999.pdf
  13. ^ "History and Records Handbook" (PDF). CSUB Wrestling. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "CSUB Athletics Facilities". CSUB Wrestling. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Tito Ortiz Cal State Bakersfield". Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Division I Wrestling Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "NCAA Championships Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  20. ^ a b c "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  21. ^ Loveless, Jaclyn. "AD is 4th CSUB Wang winner". Cal State Today. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Division I Wrestling Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved July 1, 2018.

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