General Athletics News
June 30, 2016
Fifty-Four Cal Poly Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Big West Praise
Fifty-Four Cal Poly student-athletes across 11 programs earned Academic All-Big West praise Thursday following the announcement of the conference’s winter and spring honors.
June 2, 2016
Chase Minter, Taylor Nelson Named Cal Poly's Athletes of the Year
Cal Poly men’s soccer senior midfielder Chase Minter, a two-time Big West Conference most valuable player, and women’s volleyball sophomore setter Taylor Nelson, a first-team All-Big West Conference selection both indoors and on the beach, have been selected as Cal Poly’s male and female athletes of the year for the 2015-16 academic year.
April 20, 2016
Thirteen Cal Poly Athletics Teams Achieve Perfect APR Rate Scores
Thirteen Cal Poly intercollegiate athletics teams achieved perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate scores, according to figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
April 13, 2016
Cal Poly Men’s, Women’s Golf Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards
Two Cal Poly intercollegiate athletics teams -- men's and women's golf -- have been recognized by the NCAA for outstanding performance in the classroom.
April 7, 2016
Cal Poly Student Startup Applied Silver Scores Big for Mustang Athletics
SilvaClean®, a product of Applied Silver, Inc., co-founded by Cal Poly graduates Sean Morham and Bill Morris, has been utilized by Cal Poly Athletics as a way to reduce bacterial contamination through its laundry equipment.
January 14, 2016
28 Cal Poly Student-Athletes Earn Big West All-Academic Honors
December 9, 2015
Cal Poly Athletics and Block P Raise Money for Angel Tree Program
The Cal Poly Athletics Department and Block P joined forces this year in an effort to raise money to purchase Christmas presents for kids whose families are unable to afford them through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
August 24, 2015
Cal Poly Athletics Launches Redesign of Website GoPoly.com
Cal Poly Athletics and Presto Sports have launched a redesign of GoPoly.com, featuring larger photos, easier navigation, crisp graphics and a cleaner design throughout the website.
August 25, 2015
Mustang Athletics Announces Fall 2015 Promotions Schedule
Cal Poly Athletics on Tuesday announced promotions for all Fall 2015 ticketed sports. Highlights include pink games for football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer, as well as giveaways for every home football game.
August 7, 2015
2015 Mustang Madness Breaks Records for Funds Raised, Attendance
Cal Poly's 16th Annual Mustang Madness Live and Silent Auction event in May at the Madonna Inn Expo Center broke all previous fund-raising records for the event.
June 30, 2015
39 Mustangs Earn Academic All-Big West Conference Distinction
A total of 35 student-athletes across seven Cal Poly sports programs were named to the 2015 Big West Conference Spring All-Academic Team and four Mustang student-athletes representing two sports were honored on the Winter All-Academic Team on Tuesday afternoon.
June 7, 2015
Van Gansen, Krieghoff Named Cal Poly Athletes of the Year
Cal Poly baseball junior shortstop Peter Van Gansen and women’s soccer junior forward Elise Krieghoff have been selected as Cal Poly’s male and female athletes of the year for the 2014-15 academic year.
June 1, 2015
Cal Poly Earns Fourth Place in Final Commissioner’s Cup Standings
Aided by second-place finishes in both men’s and women’s cross country and women’s soccer, the Cal Poly Athletic Department secured a fourth place finish in the final Big West Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
June 1, 2015
Eight to be Inducted into Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame in October
Cal Poly will induct eight former Mustang student-athletes, including one who became a Mustang coach, into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame in October.
May 28, 2015
Nine Cal Poly Athletics Teams Improve Multi-Year APR Scores
Led by men's basketball, men’s cross country, women’s tennis and women’s golf, nine of Cal Poly's 20 NCAA-affiliated intercollegiate athletics teams improved their multi-year rates during the 2013-14 academic year while men’s golf maintained its perfect score, according to Academic Progress Rate figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
May 21, 2015
Baggett Stadium Enhancement Project at Cal Poly Unveiled
With $4 million in pledges from private sources in hand, the $6 million Baggett Stadium Enhancement Project has been given the go-ahead to begin architectural design work and secure bids from contractors over the next 12 months.
May 11, 2015
Cal Poly Golf Programs Receive $1.1 Million From Pineaus
Cal Poly’s men’s and women’s golf programs recently received $1.1 million from local golf enthusiasts and philanthropists Michael and Sammy Pineau.
April 10, 2015
Oberhelman Appointed to Chair NCAA Division I Legislative Committee
Don Oberhelman, Director of Athletics at Cal Poly, has been appointed by the NCAA to chair the newly formed NCAA Division I Legislative Committee.
March 26, 2015
Cal Poly Tied for Third Place in Commissioner’s Cup Standings
Cal Poly occupies third place in the Big West Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings after the winter sports season, tied with central coast rival UC Santa Barbara.
March 5, 2015
Windsor, Minter Honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of Year
Cal Poly juniors Ashley Windsor (a distance runner) and Chase Minter (a midfielder in soccer) were announced as the Mustangs' female and male Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year. As such, both will be honored at a banquet on March 12 at Wyndham Hotel in Anaheim.
January 15, 2015
Cal Poly Hires Dr. Nick Pettit as Deputy Director of Athletics
Cal Poly Hires Dr. Nick Pettit as Deputy Director of Athletics -- Cal Poly Athletics -- Dr. Nick Pettit, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Operations at San Diego State for nearly seven years, has been named Deputy Director of Athletics at Cal Poly. The announcement was made Thursday by Cal Poly Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman.
January 15, 2015
22 Mustangs Land on 2014 Big West Fall All-Academic Team
A total of 22 student-athletes representing five Cal Poly sports programs were named to the 2014 Big West Conference Fall All-Academic Team on Thursday afternoon.
December 18, 2014
'We Are Mustangs' Holiday Video
Dear Mustangs: In this holiday season, we reflect on all the things we love about being a part of the Cal Poly community. Whether you're a student, an alumnus, a staff or faculty member, or a parent, we're sure you'll agree that there is something very special about being a Mustang. As the year comes to a close, we hope you'll enjoy and share this video celebrating our distinctive community. On behalf of Cal Poly, we want to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. Sincerely, President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Mrs. Sharon D. Armstrong
December 14, 2014
Former Baseball, Football and Golf Coach Bill Hicks Passes at Age 92
Bill Hicks, who coached football, baseball and golf while working as a professor in Cal Poly’s physical education (now kinesiology) department for over 26 years, passed away Friday night, December 12, 2014, after a bout with pneumonia.
December 8, 2014
Oberhelman Appointed to Newly Created NCAA Division I Council
Cal Poly Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman has been appointed by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to the newly created Division I Council.
December 2, 2014
Cal Poly Fourth in Commissioner's Cup Following Fall Sports Season
Cal Poly sits in fourth place in the Big West Conference’s Commissioner’s Cup standings after the fall sports season.
October 21, 2014
New Scoreboard in Use at Anderson Aquatic Center for USC Dual
Cal Poly Athletics unveiled its $100,000 scoreboard at the Anderson Aquatic Center on Friday (Oct. 17, 2014) during the men’s swimming and diving dual meet against Southern California.
September 23, 2014
Former Outfielder Brown Set for National University Lifting Championships
After a four-year letterwinning career with the Cal Poly softball program, former Mustang outfielder Cami Brown continues action in her second sport when competing at the 2014 National University Weightlifting Championships Sept. 25-28 in Albuquerque.
September 9, 2014
Cal Poly, KSBY Renew Three-Year Sponsorship Agreement
Cal Poly Athletics and KSBY-TV have agreed to another three-year sponsorship package for advertising and promotions through Learfield Sports, including live broadcasts of three Mustang football games this fall.
August 23, 2014
Tim Walsh, Larry Lee Accept Ice Bucket Challenges
Cal Poly head football coach Tim Walsh and baseball mentor Larry Lee accepted Ice Bucket Challenges this week.
August 20, 2014
Mott Athletics Center Ready for Enhanced Upgrades in 2014
Mustang fans headed to the Mott Athletics Center this fall will receive an upgraded game-night experience as the Cal Poly Athletics Department recently announced an interactive rebranding initiative that will introduce a new competition floor, video board and scoreboard, LED courtside signage tables and improved courtside seating to the complex for the 2014-15 sports season.
July 2, 2014
Director of Athletics: A 'Fantastic' Year for Athletics in 2013-14
Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman shares with Mustang fans some of the fantastic successes the Mustangs enjoyed in 2013-14, and things to keep an eye on for 2014-15.
July 1, 2014
39 Student-Athletes Earn Big West Conference All-Academic Honors
A total of 39 student-athletes representing 10 Cal Poly winter and spring sports programs were named to the 2013-14 Big West Conference All-Academic Team on Tuesday afternoon.
May 28, 2014
Cal Poly Finishes With Its Best Big West Commissioner's Cup Score Ever
Cal Poly ended the regular season with its highest score ever achieved in the history of the Big West Commissioner's Cup, and the Mustangs' second-place status also matched the school's best finish since the annual conference competition began in 1998-99.
May 14, 2014
14 Cal Poly Intercollegiate Athletics Teams Improve APR Multi-Year Rates
Led by men's basketball and men's swimming and diving, 14 of Cal Poly's 20 intercollegiate athletics teams improved their multi-year rates during the 2012-13 academic year, according to Academic Progress Rate figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
May 7, 2014
Four Cal Poly Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards
Four Cal Poly athletics teams -- men's tennis, men's golf, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving -- have earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for exceptional academic achievement.
April 2, 2014
Cal Poly Stays in Lead for Big West Commissioner's Cup
Cal Poly's basketball teams helped the school remain in the No. 1 spot in the Big West Conference Commissioner's Cup standings following the winter, as the Mustangs held onto the lead they had grabbed in the fall.
March 6, 2014
Big West Announces 2013 Sportsmanship Award Recipients
The Big West Conference recognized a male and female student-athlete from all nine institutions with the 2013 Sportsmanship Award today.
March 4, 2014
Cochiolo, Guerrero Named Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Cal Poly seniors John Allen Guerrero and Mariah Cochiolo were announced as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Tuesday morning.
January 15, 2014
A New Year's Greeting from the Athletics Director
Happy New Year Mustangs! We look forward to celebrating 2014 with you. For now, though, I’d like to reflect on the amazing ride we had this past year.
January 16, 2014
25 Cal Poly Student-Athletes Earn Big West All-Academic Honors
A total of 25 student-athletes representing five Cal Poly sports programs were named to the 2013 Big West Conference Fall All-Academic Team on Thursday afternoon.
December 18, 2013
Cal Poly Soccer Featured on Fox Sports Prime Ticket Show
Both Cal Poly soccer programs were featured as part of the latest episode of "Big West Now," a half-hour show focusing on stories from across the conference, which debuted on Fox Sports Prime Ticket on Dec. 19.
December 4, 2013
Cal Poly Holds Early Lead in Big West Commissioner's Cup Standings
Cal Poly's soccer teams, its cross country teams and its volleyball team combined to lift the school to the top of the Big West Conference Commissioner's Cup leaderboard, the conference office announced Wednesday.
November 5, 2013
The Tim Walsh Show to Debut on ESPN Radio 1280 Tonight
Cal Poly coaches will appear on ESPN Radio 1280 AM throughout the year again, on The Tim Walsh Show, The Joe Callero Show and The Larry Lee Show.
October 24, 2013
Graduation Success Rate for Cal Poly Student-Athletes Up to 75 Percent
The graduation success rate for Cal Poly student-athletes who entered the university in the fall of 2006 is greater than for the entire student body.
October 10, 2013
Cal Poly Inducts Five New Members into Athletics Hall of Fame
Cal Poly inducted five former Mustang student-athletes, including a pair of standout distance runners, into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.
October 4, 2013
Mustang Courts Unveil New Look for 2013-14 Season
During the summer and fall of 2013, Mustang Courts have been enhanced to become the premier tennis facility in the Big West Conference. The seven court complex received a $250,000 improvement that included resurfacing and branding of the courts, new windscreens and a state-of-the-art scoreboard that will allow fans to track scores on every court.
September 11, 2013
Cal Poly Athletics Renovates Mott Athletics Center Weight Room
During the summer of 2013, the Mott Athletics Center weight room for Cal Poly Athletics underwent a $150,000 renovation, thanks in large part to philanthropic support from parents of football players in addition to football alumni and area supporters.
September 2, 2013
GoPoly.com Offers Integrated Social Media Viewer
GoPoly.com, the official website of the Cal Poly Athletics Department, now features a new, integrated venue through which Mustang fans can connect with Cal Poly’s sports programs. Making its debut this fall, the social tab can be found immediately above the featured stories on the front page of GoPoly.com.
June 28, 2013
Cal Poly Places 39 Mustangs on Big West Winter/Spring All-Academic List
Highlighted by 23 selections from the Cal Poly men’s and women’s track and field programs and 39 Cal Poly student-athletes overall representing seven sports earned Big West Conference Winter/Spring All-Academic praise Friday afternoon it was announced by the conference office.
June 18, 2013
For Cal Poly Mustang Athletics, 2012-13 Was a Very Good Year
Cal Poly enters its 20th season as an NCAA Division I member this fall. The 20 Mustang intercollegiate athletics teams have a tough act to follow.
June 11, 2013
Cal Poly Student-Athletes Score Well in 2011-12 APR Rates
Led by the men's tennis, baseball, women's basketball, men's golf and women's soccer teams, nine of the 20 athletics programs at Cal Poly achieved a score of 974 or better out of a possible 1,000 in the multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) -- exceeding the average for all NCAA Division I teams -- while 14 of 20 had scores of 974 or above for the 2011-12 academic year.
June 6, 2013
Dome, Hollander Named Cal Poly’s Athletes of the Year
A freshman has been named Cal Poly’s Female Athlete of the Year for the first time in the school’s 19-year Division I history. Distance runner Laura Hollander, who captured Big West Conference individual titles in cross country in the fall en route to a ninth-place national finish and in track and field in the 5,000-meter run in the spring, is the 2013 recipient of the Cal Poly Female Athlete of the Year Award.
June 4, 2013
Four Cal Poly Programs Earn Big West Sportsmanship Honors
Highlighted by the Cal Poly softball team’s third successive selection, four Cal Poly programs – including the men’s and women’s track and field and women’s golf squads – were recognized with Big West Conference Sportsmanship Awards.
May 30, 2013
Annual Cal Poly Athletics Event Nets $230,000 for Scholarships, Programs
On May 18, Cal Poly Athletics hosted its 14the annual Mustang Madness Dinner and Auction to benefit athletic scholarships and programs at Cal Poly.
May 30, 2013
Cal Poly Finishes Fourth in Big West Commissioner’s Cup Standings
Despite championships in men’s and women’s cross country and runner-up showings from the women’s basketball and baseball squads, the Cal Poly Athletics Department – which led the Big West Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings through the fall and winter seasons – finished fourth in the final tally that was announced by the league office on Thursday morning.
March 28, 2013
Cal Poly Strengthens Lead in 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup Race
A strong winter sports season that included a second-place showing from the Mustang women’s basketball program and a third-place finish from the men’s basketball program has helped the Cal Poly Athletics Department tighten its lead in the 2012-13 Big West Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings.
March 12, 2013
Pluschkell, Davis Honored as Big West Scholar-Athletes
For their combined success academically and athletically, Cal Poly sophomores Thomas Pluschkell and Jenna Davis have been named the Cal Poly Athletics Department’s 2012 Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Cal Poly Student-Athletes Raise More Than $2,000 For Charity
Cal Poly’s Block P organization recently raised $2,238.95 for the CURE International (SLO) charity, part of a Big West Conference-wide Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) fundraising campaign that shattered records.
February 6, 2013
Cal Poly Athletics, Wells Fargo Continue Hometown Heroes Program
Cal Poly Athletics is proud to announce the continuation of its Hometown Heroes program presented by Wells Fargo, designed to provide local underserved and at-risk youth in San Luis Obispo County complimentary admission to Cal Poly athletics events.
January 16, 2013
Cal Poly Places 12 Mustangs on Big West Fall All-Academic List
Highlighted by three selections apiece from the Cal Poly men’s and women’s soccer programs, 12 Mustang student-athletes representing five sports earned Big West Conference Fall All-Academic praise on Wednesday afternoon.
Cal Poly and Cypress Ridge Extend Partnership
Cal Poly Athletics is pleased to announce the extension and growth of the current partnership with Cypress Ridge as the preferred golf destination for Mustang Athletics.
December 7, 2012
Cal Poly Student-Athletes Reach Out to Community for Holiday Season
Mustang athletes capped finals week on Friday afternoon by making a special delivery to the San Luis Obispo chapter of the Salvation Army as Block P, the athletics department’s student-athlete advisory committee, collaborated with Cal Poly’s club rugby program in sponsoring holiday gift donations for 47 local children.
Cal Poly Grabs Early Lead in Race for 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup
Following a fall of success across its five fall sports, Cal Poly has raced into the lead for the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup, posting a 144.0 average heading into the winter season.
October 18, 2012
Cal Poly and UCSB Unveil New Blue-Green Rivalry Web Site
UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly are proud to announce the unveiling of a new website that will highlight the Blue-Green Rivalry between the schools.
September 27, 2012
Big West Conference and FOX Sports Networks Ink Multi-Year Agreement
The Big West Conference and FOX Sports Networks today announced a long-term media rights agreement that makes Prime Ticket, FOX Sports West, and FOX Sports San Diego the exclusive regional TV partners for Big West Conference sports commencing with the current 2012-13 season.
September 21, 2012
PG&E Supports Cal Poly Athletics With $20,000 Donation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is supporting the Cal Poly student-athlete scholarship fund with a $20,000 donation.
September 13, 2012
Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend Scheduled for Sept. 21-22
The inaugural Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend will be held Sept. 21-22 in conjunction with The Horseshoe Classic football game between Cal Poly and UC Davis.
August 24, 2012
Boise State to Join Big West Conference for 2013-14 Season
The Big West Conference Board of Directors announced on Friday that Boise State, a member of the conference from 1996-01, will rejoin the Big West beginning during the 2013-14 academic term.
July 20, 2012
Gervais, Special Assistant to Director of Athletics, Passes Away
Bob Gervais, a special assistant to Cal Poly's director of athletics since 2005, passed away Wednesday night in Santa Maria. He was 78.
June 29, 2012
Mustang Athletes Earn 23 Selections to Big West All-Academic List
Headlined by nine total selections from the Cal Poly men’s and women’s track and field programs, 23 Mustang student-athletes from nine sports earned Big West Conference Winter and Spring All-Academic praise on Friday morning.
June 28, 2012
Offermann Named Director of Development for Cal Poly Athletics
Ashley Offermann, who has worked in real estate development and the acquisition of distressed debt for the last eight years, has been hired as Director of Development for Athletics at Cal Poly.
June 20, 2012
Cal Poly Scores Well in NCAA Academic Progress Rate
Nine of the 20 athletics programs at Cal Poly achieved a score of 973 or better out of a possible 1,000 in the multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) -- exceeding the average for all NCAA Division I teams -- while 11 of 20 had scores of 973 or above for the 2010-11 academic year.
June 5, 2012
Shannon Stephens Honored as Outstanding Staff at Cal Poly
Former standout student-athlete and current Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services, Shannon Stephens, has been named one of the three Outstanding Staff Employees at Cal Poly for the 2011-12 year.
May 30, 2012
Novachkov, Santiago Named Cal Poly Athletes of the Year
For the third time in the last five years, a wrestler -- senior Boris Novachkov -- has been named Cal Poly’s Male Athlete of the Year honors. On the women’s side, basketball standout Kristina Santiago, also a senior, is the fourth two-time winner of the Female Athlete of the Year award.
May 30, 2012
Cal Poly Finishes Fifth in Big West Commissioner's Cup Standings
Highlighted by conference championships in women’s basketball, men’s cross country and men’s tennis, the Cal Poly Athletics Department capped the 2011-12 season by posting a fifth-place finish in the annual Big West Commissioner’s Cup standings.
March 30, 2012
Two Mustangs Selected for NCAA Regional Career in Sports Forum
Senior swimmer Gloria Benefield and sophomore golfer Giovanna Ascolani were recently selected to participate in the April 13-15 NCAA Regional Career in Sports Forum, an initiative for student-athletes to learn and explore skills that will assist in the transition to a career in sports.
March 7, 2012
Titchenal and Pon Earn Big West Conference Scholar-Athlete Honors
For their combined excellence both in the classroom and on the court during the 2011-12 academic year, Cal Poly men’s basketball senior guard Matt Titchenal and Mustang volleyball senior outside hitter Molly Pon were unveiled as the athletics department’s 2012 Big West Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year selections on Thursday morning.
Mary Lou White Inducted into Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame
Mary Lou White, recognized as the individual most responsible for the development of women's athletics at Cal Poly, has been inducted into the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame.
January 31, 2012
Cal Poly Athletics Helps Local Youth Through Hometown Heroes Program
Cal Poly Athletics is proud to announce the continued success of its Hometown Heroes program, designed to provide local disadvantaged youth in San Luis Obispo County free entrance to Cal Poly athletic events.
December 24, 2011
Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman Reflects on 2011
With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what has been a whirlwind first eight months on the job.
December 23, 2011
Cal Poly Places 10 Student-Athletes on Big West Fall All-Academic List
Highlighted by the Cal Poly men’s soccer program’s five selections, 12 Mustang student-athletes across three sports earned Big West Conference Fall All-Academic praise on Friday afternoon.
December 7, 2011
Mustangs Give Back to Community During Holiday Season
Cal Poly athletes took time out from finals week on Wednesday afternoon to make a special delivery for the San Luis Obispo County community as Block P, the department’s student-athlete advisory committee, donated two truckloads of toys, clothes and other special gifts for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
November 8, 2011
Don Oberhelman Launches TheMustangWay on Twitter
Mustang supporters now have another avenue in which to follow the Cal Poly Athletics Department’s progress and successes as Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman recently debuted TheMustangWay on Twitter. To view all of Oberhelman’s posts and updates and follow Cal Poly’s Director of Athletics, click HERE.
October 6, 2011
Cal Poly to Induct Four Athletes, One Coach into Athletics Hall of Fame
Five different sports will be represented as Cal Poly will induct five new members -- four athletes and a coach -- to the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night. The quartet of athletes -- football wide receiver Mike Amos, three-time wrestling All-American wrestler Ken Bos, men’s soccer star Clay Harty and boxer Pete Godinez, Sr. -- along with former Mustang women’s volleyball coach Mike Wilton will be formally inducted at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.