Commissioner’s Cup Once Again
Chico State Athletics achieved a new record in 2011–2012, and the athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans couldn’t be more proud. The Wildcats won their second straight Commissioner’s Cup from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) by totaling just 13 points, a new
CCAA record. The Wildcats won or shared seven CCAA titles, matching the combined total of the conference’s other 11 teams.
An astounding 11 of Chico State’s 13 athletic programs reached the NCAA Championships this year. The men’s golf team and the women’s soccer team reached the Final Four; the men’s cross country team finished fourth; and the women’s cross country team finished seventh in the nation. The baseball team advanced to the Division II College World Series for the eighth time in 17 years. Chico State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams and men’s basketball and soccer teams also advanced to the championships.
Heck of a Dec
J. Patrick Smith capped 2011–2012 with an NCAA title in the decathlon at the national championships in Pueblo, Colorado. Smith smashed the Chico State record with 7,366 by beating seven of his own personal records.
Golfer Snags CCAA Athlete of the Year
Men’s golfer Kyle Souza put together one of the best individual seasons in Chico State history to lead the Chico State men’s golf team to its best season ever. The 2011 NCAA Champion, three-time All-American, and lone Division II finalist for the Ben Hogan Award won a school-record six tournaments. Souza snagged CCAA Male Athlete of the Year.
Souza wins NCAA Golf Title
Kyle Souza won the NCAA individual title in men’s golf in Florence, Alabama, in May 2011 by winning a playoff on the third hole. He rallied from four strokes back and forced a playoff.