The Sammy's Cap Off Historic SJSU Athletics Year

2023 Sammy Awards

SAN JOSE, Calif. – San José State Athletics held their annual Sammy Awards at the California Theater and it was televised on NBC Sports Bay Area for the second consecutive year. Hosted by Justin Allegri and Kylen Mills, 33 awards were presented to student-athletes and teams based on their accomplishments on and off the playing surface during the 2022-23 season.

SJSU just ended their best athletics year in school history as women's soccer and baseball both won Mountain West championships, while volleyball, softball and men's soccer made it to title games and women's golf qualified for their second consecutive NCAA Championship with Lucia Lopez Ortega becoming the second straight SJSU women's golfer to finish runner-up at the women's golf national championship, plus Emilia Sjostrand became the first women's track and field indoor and outdoor All-American in SJSU history. 

It's also the first season the Spartans had made postseason tournaments in football, men's basketball and baseball all in the same year and they were one of only 31 schools to make a bowl game and an NCAA baseball regional this year and is the first time since 1986-87 that both men's basketball and football finished with a winning record.

Newcomer of the Year

Best Team Performance

  • Women's Soccer (Mountain West Championship Game)
  • Men's Basketball (Mountain West Tournament Win)

Iron Spartan Award

Most Inspirational

Beyond Sparta Award

Krazy George Spartan Spirit Award

  • Baseball

Most Improved Athlete

The Spear Dedication Award

Academic Team of the Year

  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Water Polo

Academic Most Improved

  • Women's Basketball

Individual Best Performance

Dr. Harry Edwards Social Activism Award

Social Media Post of the Year

  • Volleyball

Tomey | Vermeil | Walsh | Warner | Class Act Award

Camdan McWright Relentless Award

Creative Award

  • Cheer

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Audie Murphy Leadership Award

The Lawrence Fan Charge Award

Athlete of the Year

San José State University President Award

Team of the Year

  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Basketball

ESPN Play of the Year

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