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Sport Club Athlete of the Month

October 2016

Esmat Wardak

Esmat Wardak athlete of the month

Esmat Wardak is a Senior studying Kinesiology and has been a member of the rugby team for the four years. On the field, he plays the position of Scrum Half. During the 7s season, he played in nearly every minute and scored in all matches. For the upcoming 15s season, Esmat is poised to fill in at any position to help the team. No matter where you see him, on or off the pitch, Esmat will always have a smile on his face. In addition to being a key player for the Aztecs he has also taken on the important role as team treasurer. Esmat is a role model for all Aztec Rugby players.


May 2016

Tony Porporato

Tony Porporato athlete of the month

Tony Porporato is a senior studying Marketing. Despite never waterskiing or wakeboarding before, he joined the team when he transferred to SDSU two years ago. Tony started this semester on B team for Men’s Trick and quickly learned nine new tricks to move up to the A team. At the final tournament of the spring season he got on the podium for the first time, with a 5th place finish.This past year Tony also took on more responsibilities as the Council Representative and Safety Officer for the team. He was instrumental with preparation for the team’s annual Spring Tournament, making it the most successful one to date. Tony is eager to assist the team when needed and does so much more than is required. His hard work on and off the water are what make him a great team member.


April 2016

Nicci Coyle

Nicci Coyle athlete of the month

Nicci Coyle is currently in her senior year studying nutrition. All four years she has been at San Diego State she has played on the girls club lacrosse team. While playing on this team she has had record stats that have helped to shape our team today. This season alone she has had 17 goals and 7 assists with an average of 2.67 points per game. On and off the field Nicci is a true team player with an amazing attitude. She has represented the girls club team with nothing but the up most respect for the sport and her team as well as her coaches. No matter what obstacle is thrown at her between school, practice, and games Nicci takes everything with a smile on her face and determination in her eyes. She will be missed dearly and we thank her for what she has done for this program these past four years.


March 2016

Kat Rudy

Kat Rudy athlete of the month

Kat Rudy is a second year on the Women’s Club Lacrosse team majoring in Business Marketing. After standing out as a strong player on the field her freshman year, she has started this spring season no differently. She has undeniable stick skills and awareness on the field that have helped guide the team in every game. As the President of the executive board, she exhibits leadership both on and off the field and is respected by all her teammates. She is currently ranked 14th in the Western Women’s Lacrosse League with 8 goals, and 14 assists.

Kayla McGowan

Kayla McGowan

Kayla McGowan is a returning sophomore on the Women’s Water Polo team who excels at any position in the water, but finds herself in the offensive set position for the majority of matches. With her opponents trying to weigh her down, she has managed to put away 28 goals and draw countless ejections. As one of the hardest working girls on the team, you’ll never hear her complain. She even finds time to swim and train outside of scheduled practices and attend team events and fundraisers.


February 2016

James Lawrence

James Lawrence

James Lawrence is a sophomore at SDSU majoring in computer science and competing in his first year for the San Diego State Ski and Snowboard team. In his first year, James has managed to place in the top spots for snowboard slopestyle, half pipe, and giant slalom. James is an upcoming team leader and shows admirable characteristics of responsibility, enthusiasm, and perseverance. He is looking forward to placing at the top at the Regional competition and qualifying for Nationals being held in Lake Placid, NY March 6-12.


December 2015

Josh Heller

Josh Heller

Josh Heller, a sophomore from Men’s Water Polo was voted Athlete of the Month for his leadership in and out of the water. Coming off a great freshman year where he earned All-America accolades, he was the leading offense player in goals and domination of the opposition. At the national championships, Josh scored 10 goals in 4 games and was awarded MVP of the Southwest Conference.


October 2015

Matias Kunzman

Matias Kunzman

Matias Kunzman is a first year (freshman) rower, who comes from the Petaluma Rowing Club. He has rowed throughout his high school career and is the only freshman to be named to the varsity squad. Despite suffering from tendinitis and the flu for much of the fall semester, Matias has shown exceptional dedication by pushing through and organizing his time to attend required morning and afternoon practice sessions six days a week. Additionally, he has proven to be an exceptional boat-mover. His performance has put him in contention for the 1st varsity boat as a freshman, a feat that has not been accomplished in the past four years! Matias has proven himself to be an exceptional athlete in the 2015-2016 season, earning himself the distinction of Sport Club Athlete of the Month-October.


March 2015

Brandon Reese

Brandon Reese

Brandon Reese is a freshman on the SDSU Club tennis team. At first glance, you would not think Brandon was a freshman because of how involved he is. He stepped up to be the treasurer for the club tennis team when the original treasurer unexpectedly stepped down. Since stepping into his new role, Brandon has organized two fundraisers. The first one was at Woodstock’s along with an upcoming one at Applebee’s for the Flapjack fundraiser. The team will serve attendees a pancake breakfast and half the funds raised will go back to the team.

Brandon is incredibly dedicated to the team and is always looking for ways to better the program. Whether it be helping the President with scheduling, finding volunteer opportunities, or being an amazing team player, Brandon does it all. Since he is only a freshman, he still has so much room to grow and do many more great things to better the newly established tennis team. Brandon has made a tremendous difference in the team this year. He is a true leader on and off the court. Go Aztecs!


December 2014

Nassim Hmeidan

Nassim Hmeidan

Nassim Hmeidan is a starting sophomore on the Men’s Club Water Polo who has had an impressive year season. When Nassim came to the team as a freshman, it was obvious to the coaches and players alike that they hit the jackpot. From a water polo perspective Nassim is definitely a Division I quality athlete who decided to come to SDSU because of the academics instead of playing for a varsity program. After learning about the team, Nassim figured it wouldn’t hurt to also play a little polo while pursuing an Engineering degree. The team is glad to have him, as he has always been a team player in and out of the pool. After a good freshman year, the team expected a great performance from Nassim in the 2014 season, but never expected what they got.

Though you would never hear it from the always-humble Nassim, he has scored an average of two goals per game the Aztecs have played this season. In November alone Nassim scored a total of 13 goals. He has been an important asset to the team and a significant contributor to the Aztecs 223 goals scored this season. In the National Championships alone, Nassim scored 8 goals against top-notch goalies. This earned him two player of the game recognitions as well as a nomination to the first team all-tournament. Nassim was also named CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Men’s National Club Championship MVP for 2014.

In the time since the National Championship, Nassim has been elected President of the Men’s Club Water Polo team and will be leading the Aztecs through their next year of play. The team is confident that if Nassim’s leadership is even half has good has his athletic ability, the team will have another amazing year ahead.


November 2014

Jason Schroder

Jason Schroder

November’s Athlete of the Month goes to Jason Schroeder, a sophomore and mountain biker on the Cycling and Triathlon club team. Jason has had a great season with 1st and 2nd places finishes at every race he attended through October. During the last weekend of October, Jason competed at the Mountain Bike Collegiate Nationals held in North Carolina. With tough competition in the Downhill event coming from Northern Arizona State University, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, and many other prestigious mountain biking programs, Jason reached the podium with a 4th place finish, only .11 seconds behind 3rd, an extremely close race! Jason greatly improved from last year, jumping 34 spots from his 38th finish in 2013.. There is no better way to close the season representing San Diego State University with an amazing race at the 2014 Mountain Bike Collegiate Nationals.


October 2014

Hunter Johnson

Hunter Johnson

Hunter is senior, biology/pre-dental major entering his first full season playing for the ice hockey team. He has had an impressive start to the season, notching three goals and an assist in the first three games of the season. This includes a two-goal performance vs. UNLV on 9/27. This earned him his first game puck from new coach, Weston. Hunter plays Left wing alongside his line mates Hayden Bolls, center, and Scott Leyland, right wing. Often times, his teammates will say “I have no idea how you did that” after Hunter pulls a toe-drag past a stone-handed defender. His “off-speed” shots have been known to fool a goalie or two and he prides himself in his stickhandling skills and unpredictability.

Hunter is originally from the small rural town of Windom, Minnesota. He grew up playing hockey and golf for the Windom Area Eagles. After undergrad, Hunter plans to attend dental school and eventually practice dentistry and coach hockey and/or golf in the same community. Off-ice, Hunter stays busy by working with the SDSU Housing Administration, where he has been a Resident Advisor for three years. In his spare time he skateboards, plays golf, plays guitar, and sings with his friends.

Hunter’s goals for the season include continuing to put up points each game to help his team win and to enjoying his final year as an Aztec with a great group of teammates and coaches.



  • April 2014 - Tim Huson (Men’s Water Polo)
  • March 2014 - Jon Deguzman (Cycling Team)
  • February 2014 - Kyle Vander Shaaf (Ski and Snowboard team)
  • December 2013 - Brant Watson (Men’s Crew Team)
  • November 2013 - Samantha Celani (Women’s Club Soccer)
  • February 2013 - Matt Baluski (Ski and Snowboard)
  • January 2013 - Kevin Vaughn (Ice Hockey)
  • December 2012 - Connor Reed (Men’s Rugby)
  • November 2012 - Robert Morris (Water Ski)
  • October 2012 - Noah Maple
  • May 2012 - Robert Morris (Waterski and Wakeboard Team)
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