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Athletics Honors and Awards

Athletics Honors and Awards

For more than a century, Sun Devil Athletics has achieved legendary success on and off the field. With 26 intercollegiate varsity sports and more than 650 student-athletes representing Arizona State University, Sun Devil Athletics today is a force that brings even greater attention to the country’s most innovative university (U.S. News & World Report, 2016–21), while also engaging the regional community through thousands of volunteer service hours.

Seeking the highest-possible bar of excellence, Sun Devil Athletics shapes student-athletes who are successful academically and athletically, and who are prepared for success following graduation. Championship performance, integrity, graduation and tradition are hallmarks of the Sun Devil way.

 

179 Olympians

The 179 Sun Devil Olympians have represented 42 countries and competed or coached a total of 267 times. Twenty-seven current and former Sun Devils competed or coached in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

60 Olympic medals

The Sun Devils' 60 Olympic medals since the 1952 Helsinki games are ranked in the top 15 in the U.S. and include 25 golds, 12 silvers and 23 bronzes.

36 in the Hall

ASU is the home of 36 Sun Devils who have earned top-of-the-sport hall of fame status: 5 NFL, 13 College Football, 11 National College Baseball, 2 National Wrestling, 2 International Swimming, 1 Major League Baseball, 1 World Golf, 1 Golf Coaches of America.

165 national team titles

Dating to the 1959 Women’s Golf title, Sun Devil teams have won 165 national championships, including 24 NCAA trophies. The Women’s Golf team’s eight NCAA trophies rank No. 1 among Division I programs.

The No. 1 and only

 ASU Women’s Tennis has earned a perfect 1,000 score all 15 years of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate program, the only team in the sport among Division I Power Five Conferences to do so.

7,597 hours

ASU student-athletes and staff embrace the promise of #SunDevilsServe. In 2018–19, Sun Devil Athletics teamed on 143 service projects to assist and support 301,355 community members.

125 Academic All-Americans

Since 1962, ASU has produced 125 Academic All-Americans, 16th-best in the country. Thirty-four Sun Devils have been granted NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for academic and athletic excellence.

#1 in Pac-12

Eight Sun Devil teams ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 for Graduation Success Rate in 2020 — all earning 100% GSR: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Softball, Women’s Tennis, and Women’s Volleyball.

12 years in a row

For the 12th year in a row, Sun Devil scholar-athletes beat or matched their all-time high GSR, earning an 89% score in 2020 and placing in the upper echelon of Pac-12 programs.

26 varsity sports

From the first pitch in 1891 to a third straight women’s triathlon national title in 2018, Sun Devil Athletics has grown to 26 varsity sports — third-most in the Pac-12 — and more than 650 student-athletes.

Sustainability-certified

A winner of the prestigious USG NACDA Sustainability Award, Sun Devil Athletics joined Yale University in 2018 as the only universities in the U.S. with Sustainability Certified programs through University Sustainability Practices.

35 scholar-athletes

Since the launch of the honor in 2008, Sun Devil scholar-athletes have accounted for 35 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, second only to Stanford.

 


Elite athletics program

Before Arizona became this country’s 48th state in 1912, athletics were deeply embedded in the college campus scene.

From the beginning — a baseball game in 1891 versus a team from the nearby Mormon settlement of Stringtown — and through more than 125 years of competitions, Arizona State University’s sporting teams have been a part of the fabric of the state and also the nation. Today, Sun Devil Athletics boasts a robust roster of 26 NCAA varsity sports and more than 650 student-athletes.

The greats — from around the corner, throughout the country and even across the globe — have come to ASU to compete for and represent the Sun Devils. From nationally recognized heroes like Pat Tillman to two-time Olympic gold medal winner Melissa Belote-Ripley to Academic All-Americans of the Year Gea Johnson

and Casey Myers, Sun Devils have led the way on the field and in the classroom. There are Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, home run king Barry Bonds, Golden Spikes winner Bob Horner in baseball; football hall inductees Danny White, Randall McDaniel, Curley Culp; golfing headliners Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Jon Rahm; hoops standouts James Hardin, “Jumpin’ Joe” Caldwell; basketball-softball crossover Jodi Rathbun; Boston Marathon winner Desiree Davila-Linden; and Olympic gold medalists Herman Frazier, Amy LePeilbet and Dwight Phillips. All, and many more in every honorific category, have earned international acclaim for their achievement, their sport, their school.

Top students and top athletes have been inspired at ASU through nearly 130 years of competitive excellence. Among the many are:

Learn more about Sun Devil Athletics: its storied history, continued growth, academic and championship success, men's and women's sports, event schedules, facilities, honored traditions, service in the community and even the Sun Devil Marching Band.