Chico State Wildcats

Chico State Wildcats
University California State University, Chico
Conference California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Anita Barker
Location Chico, CA
Varsity teams 13
Football stadium University Stadium
Basketball arena Art Acker Gymnasium
Baseball stadium Nettleton Stadium
Nickname Wildcats
Fight song Chico State Fight Song
Colors Cardinal and White

The Chico State Wildcats (also CSU Chico Wildcats, and Cal State Chico Wildcats) are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Chico, located in Chico, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Wildcats compete as an associate member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association for all 13 varsity sports. Since 1998, Chico State’s athletic teams have won 99 NCAA Championship berths, 40 CCAA titles, 24 West Region titles, and 15 National titles.[1] The school finished third in the 2004-2005 NACDA Director's Cup.

Varsity Sports


Men's sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field

Women's sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball


The Chico State baseball team plays at the 4,200-seat Nettleton Stadium, known as Ray Bohler Field until its 1997 renovation. The Wildcats won the Division II national title in 1997 and 1999, and was runner-up in 2002 and 2006; all four appearances in the finals were under head coach Lindsay Meggs.[2] The head coach since 2007 is Dave Taylor.[3]


The Wildcats softball team won the first AIAW Division III national championship in 1980, led by pitcher Kathy Arendsen.[4]

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer program lost in the title game in 2003.

National championships


Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score
NCAA Division II Men's Golf[5] 1966 Lamar Tech 1,206–1,207
Men's Swimming and Diving[6] 1973 UC Irvine 262–212
1974 UC Davis 285–227
1976 Cal State Northridge 428–283
Division III Men's Swimming and Diving[7] 1975 Johns Hopkins 465–209
AIAW Division III Softball[4] 1980 Trenton State[8] 2-0, 2-0

Former varsity sports


Chico State ended its football program in 1997, citing rising insurance costs, in addition to an increased bias in favor of other athletic programs.[9][10]

Swimming & Diving

CSU Chico won the NCAA Division II national championships in men's swimming and diving in 1973, 1974, and 1976. The program was eliminated several years after the 1976 season.

Other Sports


Chico State's team plays college rugby in Division I-AA in the Pacific West conference.

In 2001 the women's rugby team won a Division I national championship.

Fight song

Chico State Fight Song

Hail to Chico State
She's our dear old alma mater
Where our teams so great
lead us on to victory
Rah Rah Rah
Where our men are square
and our fair coeds are fairer
Come let us give a cheer
for dear old Chico State


  1. "Competing with NCAA Elite - Best of Chico State - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  2. "Taylor takes the reins at Chico State". Chico Enterprise-Record. July 26, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
  3. "Baseball media guide" (PDF). Chico State Athletics. 2014. pp. 1–8.
  4. 1 2 "The Hall of Fame Committee Salutes the 1980 Softball Team" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  5. "NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  6. "NCAA Division II Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  7. "NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  8. "Wildcats in the Postseason" (PDF). 2015 Chico State Softball Media Guide. p. 21. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  9. Murphy, Sean; Kinmartin, Patrick (February 3, 2007). "Chico State football: 10 years gone, and not likely to...". Chico Enterprise-Record. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
  10. Murphy, Sean (February 3, 2007). "Final coach looks back at the end". Chico Enterprise-Record. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
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