Arizona State Sun Devils

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Arizona State Sun Devils
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University Arizona State University
Conference Pac-12 Conference (primary)
Independent (ice hockey)
NCAA Division I / FBS
Athletic director Ray Anderson
Location Tempe, Arizona
Varsity teams25
Football stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Basketball arena Wells Fargo Arena
Baseball stadium Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Mascot Sparky
Fight song"Maroon & Gold"
ColorsMaroon and Gold [1]

The Arizona State Sun Devils are the athletic teams that represent Arizona State University. ASU has nine men's and eleven women's varsity teams competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The mascot was adopted in 1946; earlier nicknames were the Normals and later, the Bulldogs. The Sun Devil mascot, Sparky, was designed by former Disney illustrator Bert Anthony. ASU's chief rival is the University of Arizona Wildcats. [2]

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Arizona State University Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Arizona State University is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.

Varsity is an alteration and shortening of the term university. The meaning differs depending on the region, but is usually related to sporting activity.


Notable athletic achievements

ASU has 24 NCAA team national championships, including baseball (five times), women's tennis (three times), men's gymnastics (one), men's track and field (one), men's indoor track and field (one), women's outdoor track and field (two times), women's indoor track and field (one), wrestling (one), men's golf (two times), women's golf (eight times), and softball (two times). ASU also has numerous individual NCAA national champions in different sports. Additionally, the baseball team has appeared in the College World Series 22 times, the men's basketball team has participated in 13 NCAA tournaments, and the ASU football team won the Rose Bowl in 1987 and the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1982.

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

College World Series College baseball tournament conducted by the NCAA

The College World Series (CWS) is an annual June baseball tournament held in Omaha, Nebraska. The CWS is the culmination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Baseball Championship tournament—featuring 64 teams in the first round—which determines the NCAA Division I college baseball champion. The eight participating teams are split into two, four-team, double-elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket playing in a best-of-three championship series.

Rose Bowl Game American college football tournament

The Rose Bowl Game is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the game is played on Monday, January 2. The Rose Bowl Game is nicknamed "The Granddaddy of Them All" because it is the oldest bowl game. It was first played in 1902 as the Tournament East–West football game, and has been played annually since 1916. Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game. It is a part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association's "America's New Year Celebration", which also includes the historic Rose Parade.

ASU varsity teams won national championships in men's archery 15 times, women's archery 21 times, mixed archery 20 times, men's badminton 13 times, women's badminton 17 times and mixed badminton 10 times, all of which are not recognized by the NCAA.

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Men's sportsWomen's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach Volleyball
Cross countryCross country
Football Golf
Ice hockey Lacrosse
Track and field Softball
WrestlingSwimming & diving
Track and field
Water polo
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Arizona State University currently sponsors teams in 9 men's and 14 women's NCAA sanctioned sports, following the 2015 elevation of the men's ice hockey club team to varsity status: [3] In the fall of 2015, Arizona State announced the addition of women's triathlon and women's lacrosse. Triathlon will begin competition in the fall of 2016, with lacrosse starting competition in the spring of 2018. [4] In spring 2016, ASU announced the reinstatement of men's tennis, which had been dropped after the 2007–08 school year, but did not set a definite date for the resumption of play. [5]


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Arizona State Football Team in September 2011

The Sun Devils played in the Border Conference between 1931 and 1961, before joining the Western Athletic Conference. Led by legendary head coach Frank Kush, the Sun Devils posted a remarkable 64–9 record between 1970 and 1975, culminating in a 17–14 upset of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl.

Western Athletic Conference

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is an American collegiate athletic conference formed on July 27, 1962 and affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The WAC covers a broad expanse of the western United States, with member institutions located in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington, along with the "non-western" states of Missouri and Illinois, as well as Texas.

Frank Joseph Kush was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1979, compiling a record of 176–54–1. Kush was also the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1981, the National Football League's Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982 to 1984, and the Arizona Outlaws of the United States Football League in 1985. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1995. Kush is of Polish descent and was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

The 1975 Fiesta Bowl matched the Arizona State Sun Devils of the Western Athletic Conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference. This was the fifth Fiesta Bowl, played on December 26 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, ASU's home venue.

In 1978, both ASU and the University of Arizona joined the Pacific-8 Conference, causing the conference to become the Pacific-10 (which grew again in 2011 to become the Pac-12). The Sun Devils suffered some down years due to a number of head coaching changes, but were still able to make it to the 1983 Fiesta Bowl and 1987 Rose Bowl winning both. The 1996 football team went 11-0 in the regular season and were ranked #2 heading into the 1997 Rose Bowl versus #4 Ohio State. The Sun Devils went ahead with 1:40 left in the 4th quarter 17-14 but ended up losing 20-17 after OSU scored with 19 seconds remaining. Had ASU won they would have most likely had at least a share of the National Championship due to #1 Florida State losing to #3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl.[ citation needed ]

University of Arizona Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of 2017, the university enrolls 44,831 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group.

After the 2006 season, Dirk Koetter was fired after six seasons, and on December 6, 2006, athletic director Lisa Love hired Dennis Erickson to become the head coach at ASU. Erickson, in his first year as coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils, led the team to 10 wins, a share of the Pac-10 title with USC, and the Holiday Bowl against the University of Texas Longhorns. Dennis Erickson was fired on November 28, 2011 after five seasons with the Sun Devils. He was replaced by coach Todd Graham on December 14, 2011. Lisa Love was fired from her position as Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on March 28, 2012 and was immediately replaced by Steve Patterson. The current Athletics Director since 2014 has been Ray Anderson, who selected former NFL player and coach Herm Edwards to replace Todd Graham as Arizona State's head coach in 2018.

Notable football alumni include Terrell Suggs, Jim Jeffcoat, Mike Pagel, Jake Plummer, Todd Heap, J.R. Redmond, Danny White, Randall McDaniel, David Fulcher, Darren Woodson, Pat Tillman, Eric Allen, Zach Miller, Shaun McDonald, John Jefferson, Paul Justin, Jimmy Verdon, Mike Haynes, Al Harris, Vontaze Burfict, Ryan Torain, Brock Osweiler, Jaelen Strong, and N'Keal Harry.


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James Harden makes contact with Alfred Aboya inside.

The Arizona State Sun Devils have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 13 times, including 3 Elite Eights (1961, 1963, 1975). They have won 8 conference championships (4 WAC and 4 BOR) and finished in the final AP rankings 7 times. The highest national ranking the Sun Devils have achieved was No. 3 under Ned Wulk during the 1980–81 season when the starting lineup included Byron Scott, Fat Lever, and Alton Lister. Ned Wulk was the men's basketball coach from 1958 to 1982 and remains the most successful coach in the history of the program with a record of 406 – 272 (.599).

Arizona State appeared in the NAIA Men's Basketball National Tournament two years (1948 and 1953). Both years losing in the second round, leaving the NAIA with a tournament record of 2–2.

Bobby Hurley is the current head coach of the Sun Devils, leading Arizona State to a 12-0 non-conference record in 2017, and a signature win over the #1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks on December 22, 2018. Herb Sendek stepped down as head coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack and accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State in 2006. Sendek took the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments and also won ACC coach of the year in 2004. Sendek was credited for bringing a "basketball atmosphere" and level of excitement to the ASU campus that had been absent for years. In his first four seasons at ASU, Sendek led the Sun Devils to three consecutive 20 win seasons, the 2009 Pac-10 conference tournament finals, and the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Thirty-six ASU Sun Devils have been selected in the NBA Draft, including future NBA Most Valuable Player James Harden, Byron Scott, Isaac Austin, Mark Landsberger, Lafayette Lever, Alton Lister, Lionel Hollins, Sam Williams, Jeff Ayres (known as Jeff Pendergraph when he played at ASU), Stevin "Hedake" Smith, Mario Bennett, Tommy Smith, Ike Diogu, Eddie House. Freddie Lewis, and Joe Caldwell. [6] Paul Stovall was a Charles Barkley type standout with a dominating presence on the court but his non-conducive actions off the court limited his notoriety.


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Ike Davis, former first baseman for
the New York Mets, current first baseman for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

ASU has one of the most successful baseball programs in the country. The Sun Devils have won five national championships (1965, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1981), the fourth most by any school, and have the third most College World Series victories with 61. [7]

ASU baseball has won 21 conference championships (including four consecutive Pac-10 titles from 2007–2010) and reached the College World Series 22 times. The Sun Devils have also reached the NCAA tournament 39 times, most recently in 2016.

Starting with Rick Monday as the No. 1 pick of the first ever Major League Baseball draft in '65, ASU leads all schools with 368 total picks.[ citation needed ] ASU also has the third most alumni to ever play in Major League Baseball. Notable baseball alumni include Barry Bonds, Paul Lo Duca, Fernando Viña, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Leake, Andre Ethier, Willie Bloomquist, Bob Horner, Sal Bando, Ike Davis, Jason Kipnis, Brett Wallace, Ian Kinsler, Hubie Brooks, and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

Beach Volleyball

Arizona State began their Sand Volleyball program in 2014. It officially became an NCAA Championship sport in 2016, as they changed the sport's name to Beach Volleyball. ASU is currently one of nine schools to play Beach Volleyball in the Pac-12 Conference, along with Arizona, California, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, and Washington. In their first four seasons, the Sun Devils have had three head coaches. Jason Watson led ASU for two seasons from 2014-2015, Jackie Bunker for one season in 2016, and Brad Keenan starting in 2017.

Home matches are hosted at the PERA Club, which is located on 1 E. Continental Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281. The PERA Club (short for Project Employees Recreation Association) is a private country club for employees and families of the Salt River Project, the major water and power utility in Phoenix and surrounding cities. It now holds three volleyball courts after completing major renovations to accommodate the Sun Devil Volleyball team.

During their inaugural season in 2014, the Sand Devils finished (6-4) overall under Coach Watson. The Sun Devils completed the 2015 campaign (7-13) overall under Coach Watson. ASU finished the 2016 season (12-13) overall under Coach Bunker. Bianca Arellano was named Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team and earned Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Whitney Follette earned Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team and was named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. Frances Giedraitis was named Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Kwyn Johnson received Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Sydney Palmer was named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. Mia Rivera earned Pac-12 All-Academic 2nd Team. The Sun Devils completed the 2017 campaign (16-16) overall under Coach Keenan. ASU entered the AVCA Beach Volleyball poll for the first time in school history, reaching as high as # 10. The Maroon & Gold was ranked in five of the eleven weeks for the AVCA poll. Bianca Arellano was named Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team and earned Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Whitney Follette earned Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team and received Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Kwyn Johnson claimed Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Oluoma Okaro received Pac-12 All-Conference 2nd Team. Cassidy Pickrell earned Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team. Mia Rivera was awarded Pac-12 All-Academic 2nd Team. Arizona State finished (11-20) overall during the 2018 season. Frances Giedraitis, Kwyn Johnson, & Ellyson Lundberg received 1st Team All-Academic Pac-12 honors. Katie Cross earned 2nd Team All-Academic Pac-12 honors. Katelyn Carballo & Mia Rivera claimed Honorable Mention All-Academic Pac-12 honors.


Led by 30+ year legendary coach John Spini, the Sun Devils women's Gymnastics team has had many fine dominating years in his reign with many all American Gymnasts to Spinis credit as well as a first class facility named after Coach John Spini who has been the face of the Girls program as he continues to recruit great gymnasts from around the country. Below is the history of top qualifiers coach has had as well as his predecessors at ASU.

Listed by YEAR, DUAL CONF., NAT'L and HEAD COACH. 1995–96 8–4 2nd DNQ John Spini 1994–95 10–4 2nd DNQ John Spini 1993–94 13–4 3rd 10th John Spini 1992–93 12–2 4th 12th John Spini 1991–92 10–5 4th 7th John Spini 1990–91 13–8 4th 9th John Spini 1989–90 8–6–1 3rd DNQ John Spini 1988–89 7–13 3rd 7th John Spini 1987–88 13–7 2nd 8th John Spini 1986–87 11–7 4th 5th John Spini 1985–86 18–1 1st 2nd John Spini 1984–85 20–2 1st 2nd John Spini 1983–84 19–4 2nd 4th John Spini 1982–83 20–1 1st 2nd John Spini 1981–82 10–3 1st 5th John Spini 1980–81 9–1 3rd 5th John Spini 1979–80 22–6 2nd 9th Marie Bilski 1978–79 7–9 2nd DNC Marie Bilski 1977–78 12–5 1st 7th Marie Bilski 1976–77 9–2 1st 7th Marie Bilski 1975–76 10–2 1st 6th Monique Sublette

Jay Santos is currently the head coach, while his wife, Jessica Santos is an associate coach for Sun Devil Gymnastics.


Arizona State University began their Women's Lacrosse program during the 2018 season. ASU is currently one of six schools to play Women's Lacrosse in the Pac-12 Conference, along with California, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, and USC. Courtney Martinez Connor became Head Coach starting with the 2018 campaign. Home games for the Arizona State Sun Devils are played at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. During their inaugural season in 2018, the Sun Devils finished (6-12) overall, (1-9) in Pac-12 play, (1-6) at home, (5-5) on the road, and (0-1) in neutral site games. ASU completed the 2019 campaign (6-12) overall, (2-8) in Pac-12 play, (4-6) at home, (2-5) on the road, and (0-1) in neutral site contests.


One of the nation's founding programs, the two-time NCAA national champion Sun Devils are in their 45th season on the diamond. ASU has recorded twenty-seven seasons of 30 or more wins and twelve with 40 or more, including an all-time high of 66 wins in 2008. The Sun Devils have appeared in 23 NCAA tournaments (33 postseason bids overall) and have made nine trips to the Women's College World Series. Prior to the current NCAA format, ASU went to seven WCWS, claiming back-to-back national tiles in 1972 and 1973. Arizona State's storied tradition of softball excellence continues to flourish under head coach Clint Myers, who has led the Sun Devils to two NCAA national championships. Myers joined Linda Vollstedt (women's golf – 7), Greg Kraft (women's track & field indoor – 2, women's track & field outdoor – 1, men's indoor track & field – 1), Bobby Winkles (baseball – 3) and Jim Brock (baseball – 2) as Sun Devil coaches with more than one NCAA title.

The Sun Devils capped off the 2008 season with their first WCWS NCAA national championship on June 3, 2008. Kaitlin Cochran hit a three-run home run, Katie Burkhart pitched a four-hitter and Arizona State routed Texas A&M 11–0 to win the title. Cochran slammed the first pitch from Megan Gibson over the left field fence in the fifth inning to give the sixth-seeded Sun Devils a 4–0 lead in the fifth inning. The margin ended up matching the second-most lopsided game in Women's College World Series history.

On June 7, 2011, the Sun Devils captured their second NCAA national championship by defeating the Florida Gators. ASU pitcher, Dallas Escobedo, became the first freshman pitcher to lead a team to the NCAA title since 1990.

Track and Field

Entering his 19th season, Greg Kraft is the current head coach of the Track and Field team. During his tenure the Sun Devils have won 4 NCAA Championships, 32 NCAA individual titles and produced 13 Olympians. [8] As part of being in the Pac-12 Conference, ASU competes with UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Stanford, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Arizona, and other schools that are in Pac-12. Among the all-time Pac-12 records, three of the top ten times in the men's 4x400 relay are held by ASU (2004, 2004, 2005). The women currently hold three of the top ten spots in the 400m (1991, 2004, 2015). [9] Notable Sun Devil alumni include Olympian Dwight Phillips (Long Jump Gold Medal at 2004 Olympic games). ASU has a history producing top competitive athletes to compete in the Olympics even before 2004.


The Arizona State golf teams uses the ASU Karsten Golf Course as their home course.

In 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1970, JoAnne Gunderson, Carol Sorenson, Jane Bastanchury and Cathy Gaughan, respectively, won the women's intercollegiate individual golf championship (an event conducted by the Division of Girls' and Women's Sports, which was succeeded by the current NCAA women's golf championship). In 1975, the ASU women's golf team won the AIAW national championship. Monica Vaughn won the NCAA women's individual golf championship in 2017.

The women's golf team has won 8 national championships (1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2009, & 2017). There have been 10 women's individual champions in school history (1960 Joanne Gunderson-Carner, 1962 Carol Sorenson, 1969 Jane Bastanchury-Booth, 1970 Cathy Gaughan, 1985 Danielle Ammaccapane, 1994 Emilee Klein, 1995 Kristel Mourgue d'Algue, 1999 Grace Park, 2008 Azahara Munoz, & 2017 Monica Vaughn).

ASU women's golf has had 5 winners of the Honda Award (1994 Wendy Ward, 1995 Wendy Ward, 1998 Kellee Booth, 1999 Grace Park, & 2017 Monica Vaughn). Arizona State has had 5 coaches win the WGCA National Coach of the Year (1989 Linda Vollstedt, 1994 Linda Vollstedt, 1995 Linda Vollstedt -(Co-Winner), 2009 Melissa Luellen, & 2017 Missy Farr-Kaye). The Sun Devils have also claimed 5 winners of the Golfweek National Coach of the Year (1993 Linda Vollstedt, 1994 Linda Vollstedt, 1995 Linda Vollstedt, 1997 Linda Vollstedt, & 2017 Missy Farr-Kaye).

The men's golf team has won 20 conference championships: [10]

They won NCAA regional championships in 1991 (co-champions), 1995, 1998 (co-champions), 1999, 2001, and 2009. [10]

They won the NCAA Division I Championship in 1990 and 1996 [10] while claiming six individual titles: Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990, 1992), Todd Demsey (1993), and Alejandro Cañizares (2003). [11] The ASU women's golf program is the most successful is NCAA history with eight NCAA Division I national championships, most recently in 2017.

Notable golf alumni include Paul Casey, Bob Gilder, Matt Jones, Billy Mayfair, Phil Mickelson, Mike Morley, Tom Purtzer, Jeff Quinney, Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie, Howard Twitty, JoAnne Carner, Heather Farr, Giulia Molinaro, Azahara Muñoz, Anna Nordqvist, Grace Park, and Wendy Ward.


ASU has had a very successful wrestling team. The Sun Devils have captured one NCAA team national championship (1988) beating powerhouse Iowa, followed by two years of national runners-up in 1989 & 1990 losing out to Oklahoma State both years. Also, the Sun Devil Wrestling team produced eight individual championships, and 100 total All American honors. [12] Notable wrestling alumni include several Mixed Martial Arts stars, such as: Dan Severn (inductee to UFC Hall of Fame), Don Frye, Cain Velasquez (UFC Heavyweight Champion), Ryan Bader, Aaron Simpson, Dan Henderson, John Moraga, Clifford Starks, C.B. Dollaway, and Bubba Jenkins (157 lbs NCAA Champion).

Eight Sun Devils have participated in the Olympic games, most recently in the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. There have been two silver medalists; Zeke Jones and Townsend Saunders. [13]

Six Sun Devils have participated in the World Championships of Wrestling since 1985 (a total of 16 entries). Those wrestlers placed in the top 10 a total of ten times, including Zeke Jones, the 1991 champion at 114.5 pounds.

During the 1992–1993 season ASU set a Pacific-10 Conference record for most points in a championship meet. [14]

On May 13, 2008, the university announced it will drop the sport of Wrestling as well as Men's Tennis and Men's Swimming to save more than $1 million in operational costs. Just 10 days after the announcement to drop three sports, Arizona State announced it was reinstating the varsity wrestling program. The announcement came as local and civic sponsorship was announced as the reason to bring the sport back.

In 2011, one-legged wrestler Anthony Robles won a national championship at 125 pounds.

In 2017, brothers Zahid and Anthony Valencia St. John Bosco, California signed with Arizona State. Along with heavyweight Tanner Hall, Zahid became an All-American in 2017.

In 2018, Zahid Valencia won the National title at 174 pounds, defeating the defending national champion, Mark Hall Penn State. Along with Jason Tsirtsis at 149 pounds and Josh Shields at 157 pounds, Arizona State placed 10th at the NCAA National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ice hockey

ASU announced plans to transition their ACHA men's hockey program to an NCAA varsity program on November 18, 2014. The Sun Devils will continue play in the ACHA in 2014–15, play a hybrid schedule in 2015–16 with a mix of NCAA and ACHA competition, play as a Division I independent in 2016–17 and join a conference in 2017–18. [15] The National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and Big Ten [16] have been seen as potential landing spots for Arizona State. [17]

The ASU hockey team has a proud history of ACHA hockey. The highlight included winning the 2013–2014 ACHA National Championship, beating Robert Morris 3–1 to win its first national championship in hockey. The team is led by Coach Greg Powers. Coach Powers enters his eighth overall season on the Sun Devil coaching staff and his first as head coach of ASU's NCAA Division I Hockey program. In the 2013–14 Season Coach Powers helped guide the Sun Devils to their 1st ever ACHA Division I National Championship. He holds a 164–27–9 career record, and his team ended the 2014–2015 season ranked No. 3 in the ACHA with a 35–4–1 record, qualifying for the team's third-straight ACHA Division I Final Four. Since taking the reins as head coach, Greg has also coached eight ACHA Div. I All-Americans and 15 ACHA Academic All-Americans. [18]

Coach Powers has helped lead Sun Devil Hockey to five consecutive ACHA National Tournament appearances, starting with his first year as head coach in 2010. In 2012–13, he led ASU to a new program best record and first ever 30 plus win season with a record of 35–8–1, its first ever Final Four Appearance, first ever National Ranking of No. 1, and a benchmark win over NCAA DI Penn State. During the 2013–2014 season, ASU Hockey won the ACHA DI National Championship, with Powers named ACHA DI National Coach of the Year. The Sun Devils were also named WCHL Conference Champions both for 2013–2014 and 2014–2015, and Powers was named WCHL Coach of the Year for 2013–2014. Powers was also named an ACHA Division I National Coach of the Year finalist in 2012–13, and 2014–15. [18]

Since 2009, Coach Power's ASU hockey teams held a 37-game winning streak over the rival college hockey team located in Tucson, AZ. [19]

Notable non-varsity sports


Founded in 1975, the Arizona State University Men's Rugby Team plays college rugby in the Division 1 PAC Rugby Conference, where its rivals include Pac-12 foes such Arizona and UCLA. [20] With 98 registered players, Arizona State was ranked as the largest college rugby program in the United States in 2009. [21] Arizona State has been led by head coach Gary Lane since 2001. [22] Arizona State is regularly ranked in the Top 25 in the country. Arizona State's rugby sevens program has been successful in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile college rugby tournament in the country, where they finished tenth in the 2010 tournament. [23] Arizona State also participated in the 2013 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, where they went 5–1 and finished 9th. [24]


Arizona State has a club soccer team called ASU FC. [25] They play in the United Premier Soccer League. The UPSL is an American adult amateur soccer league based in Southern California that is under the United States Adult Soccer Association, within the larger American soccer pyramid. ASU FC also compete in Region IV of NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association). They compete in the NIRSA during the fall and the semi professional UPSL during the winter/spring season. In 2014, ASU FC where the Aztec Cup Champions. [26]


NCAA team championships

Arizona State has won 24 NCAA team national championships. [27]

Other national team championships

Arizona State has 18 DGWS/AIAW team national championships:

Below are 104 national team titles won by varsity and club sports teams at the highest collegiate levels in other non-NCAA competition:


A strong academic and athletic rivalry exists between the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Arizona State University fields the more accomplished baseball team with five College World Series national championships (1965, 1967, 1969, 1977 and 1981) to the University of Arizona's four College World Series national championships (1976, 1980, 1986, and 2012). As of May 2010, the schools have met 432 times on the baseball diamond, dating back over 100 years to the first contest in 1907. Arizona, recognizing victories against club teams (ASU did not adopt varsity baseball until 1959) [28] claims the all-time series 241–208–1. [29] ASU, recognizing only varsity baseball competition (beginning in 1959), claims a 189–123 edge in the all-time series (as of June 2013). [28]

The annual football rivalry game between the two schools is known as "The Duel in the Desert." It is one of the most heated rivalries in college football. The University of Arizona has the all-time series lead with a record of 49–40–1 dating back to the time when ASU was the Tempe Normal Owls and Teacher's College Bulldogs. The school adopted the moniker, the Sun Devils, on November 20, 1946. [30] Since Arizona State became a university in 1958, the Sun Devils lead the rivalry series over the Arizona Wildcats by a record of 30–24–1. The trophy awarded after each game, the Territorial Cup, is one of the nation's oldest rivalry trophies. It is currently held by the University of Arizona.

In 2009, State Farm introduced the sponsored "State Farm Territorial Cup" for the two schools. Arizona won the inaugural season of the series 10.5 points to 7.5.

The ASU wrestling team has been dominant over the UA Wildcats with a record of 28–8 all time. [31] The University of Arizona no longer has a wrestling program.

ASU athletic facilities

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The Arizona State Sun Devils football team represents Arizona State University in the sport of American football. The Sun Devils team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Arizona State University has fielded a football team since 1897. The Sun Devils are currently led by head coach Herm Edwards and play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils have won seventeen conference titles, including three Pac-12 titles.

Eastern Michigan Eagles intercollegiate sports teams of Eastern Michigan University

The Eastern Michigan Eagles, formerly known as the Hurons, are the athletic teams for Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States. The Eagles compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The only exception is the women's rowing program, which is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Altogether, the Eagles have won three NCAA Division II national championships and 13 NAIA Division I national championships in five different sports ; moreover, EMU has been NCAA Division I national runner-up twice. In 1940, the men's cross country team finished second to Indiana University at the national meet hosted by Michigan State University.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies

The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies are the athletic teams that represent Oakland University (OU) in the Horizon League and Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The school fields 16 teams: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's and women's track, and women's volleyball.

Ned W. Wulk was an American basketball and baseball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1982, compiling a record of 406–272. His 406 wins are the most of any head coach history of the Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball program. Wells Fargo Arena's basketball court was named after him in 1999. At the time of his 400th victory, he was one of only four active coaches to win 400 or more games at one school. He led Arizona State to 17 winning seasons in his 25 years and a record of 39–15 against rival Arizona.

Appalachian State Mountaineers intercollegiate sports teams of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian State Mountaineers are the athletic teams that represent Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, United States. The Mountaineers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and were a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon) between 1972 and 2014. On July 1, 2014, Appalachian State moved to the Sun Belt Conference. Appalachian State fields varsity teams in 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. The football team competes in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly I-A, as a result of the transition to the Sun Belt. The wrestling team remains in the Southern Conference because the Sun Belt does not sponsor the sport. In field hockey, another sport not sponsored by the Sun Belt, Appalachian State joined the Mid-American Conference for the 2017 season after playing two seasons as an independent following the demise of its former league, the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac). Appalachian State has Sun Belt rivalries with all of the East Division schools. Appalachian State's main Sun Belt rivals are Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern.

Grand Valley State Lakers intercollegiate sports teams of Grand Valley State University

The Grand Valley State Lakers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan, United States. The GVSU Lakers compete at the NCAA Division II level and are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Pac-12 Conference.

Central Oklahoma Bronchos

The Central Oklahoma Bronchos, often referred to as Central Oklahoma, Central State or UCO, are the intercollegiate athletic teams representing University of Central Oklahoma, located in Edmond, Oklahoma. The 14 men's and women's varsity teams are called the "Bronchos", with a unique use of the letter H. The school's identification as Bronchos dates back to 1922, when the wife of football coach Charles W. Wantland suggested it for the schools mascot. The official colors of the teams are bronze and blue, which the institution adopted in 1895. The Bronchos compete in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in all sports except women's rowing, which competes as an independent. The Bronchos have won eighteen national championships, with the most recent coming in 2018 as the women's rowing program won the NCAA Division II Rowing Championship. The university's current athletic director is Eddie Griffin who has served in the position since 2017.

The Arizona State Sun Devils softball team represents Arizona State University in NCAA Division I College softball. The team competes in the Pac-12 Conference, and plays its home games at Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Clint Myers, former head coach of the Sun Devils, guided the team to the Women's College World Series in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The 2008 Sun Devils team won the National Championship for the third time in school history and first in 25 years.

The 2014–15 Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team represented Arizona State University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Sun Devils were led by ninth-year head coach Herb Sendek and played their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona. They were members of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the regular season 17–14, 9–9 in Pac-12 play to finish in a tie for fifth place. The Sun Devils lost in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament to USC. ASU was invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they won at UConn in the first round, before losing in the second round at Richmond.

The Arizona State Sun Devils ice hockey team is the second of only two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs in the United States Sun Belt.

The Arizona–Arizona State men's basketball rivalry is a college basketball rivalry between the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

The 2017–18 Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team represented Arizona State University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Sun Devils were led by third-year head coach Bobby Hurley, and played their home games at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona as members of Pac–12 Conference. They finished the season 20–12, 8–10 in Pac-12 play to finish in a tie for eighth place. They lost in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament to Colorado. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Four to Syracuse.

Greg Powers is a former ice hockey goaltender who currently the head coach at his alma mater Arizona State.

The 2018–19 Arizona State Sun Devils women's basketball team represents Arizona State University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Sun Devils, led by twenty second year head coach Charli Turner Thorne, play their games at Wells Fargo Arena and were members of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 22–11, 10–7 in Pac-12 play to finish in fifth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Women's Tournament where they lost to UCLA. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament where they defeated UCF and Miami (FL) in the first and second rounds before losing to Mississippi State in the sweet sixteen.

Linda Vollstedt is the development director for the Arizona Sun Devils since 2001. Before holding her executive position, Vollstedt was the women's golf coach for the Sun Devils from 1980 to 2001. During her tenure as golf coach, she was the winning coach in six NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships during the 1990s. Vollstetdt was named to the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor in 2018.


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