Competing with NCAA Elite
Wildcat Athletics Program Among Best in Nation
Chico State has one of the top Division II athletic programs in the country.
- In 2013–14, the 'Cats claimed their fourth consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the most successful school in the conference. The cross country and track and field teams won CCAA titles.
- The Wildcats finished the 2013-14 year in sixth place in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, among all 292 Division II schools, marking their fifth top-10 finish overall and 10th among the nation's top 10 percent in the past 11 years.
- Ten teams competed for national crowns in 2013–14, including women’s and men’s basketball, cross country, golf, and track and field; men’s soccer; and baseball. Six of those teams finished among the nation's top 10.
- Decathlete J Patrick Smith won the NCAA Division II Decathlon Championship for the third straight year, becoming the first Wildcat to win three NCAA championships. He was selected as CCAA Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight year and as Chico Enterprise-Record Sportsperson of the Year and CCAA Field Athlete of the Year.
- Felipe Restrepo (men's soccer), Gary Towne (men's cross country), Dave Taylor (baseball), and Oliver Hanf (men's track) were all named West Region Coaches of the Year.
- Twenty-four Wildcat student-athletes earned CCAA All-Academic award honors for the 2013–14 academic year, earning a GPA of 3.4 or higher.