San Diego State head coach Kathy Van Wyk earned her 800th career win in a 13-10 victory over Utah State on Sunday.
As the Aztecs leader celebrates her milestone victory, here are Five Fast Facts about her career.
1. She is in her 25th season as SDSU head coach.
Van Wyk took over the SDSU program ahead of the 1997 season, and has continuously led the program since that time. She served as co-head coach in 1995 and ’96.
2. She is a 5-time conference Coach of the Year.
Since the turn of the century, Van Wyk has been named the Mountain West Conference’s Coach of the Year. She most recently earned the award in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and ’14.
3. She has led the Aztecs to the NCAA tournament eleven times.
Under Van Wyk’s guidance, the Aztecs have been one of the most consistent postseason teams at the mid-major level. From 2008-15, the Aztecs reached the NCAA tournament every year.
4. San Diego State has reached the 40-win plateau four times.
The Aztecs reached the 40-win mark in 2001 and 2002, and set their highest win total under Van Wyk in 2008 when the program went 44-17. They most recently reached the milestone in 2014.
5. She was a national champion as a player.
Van Wyk began her playing career at Texas Women’s and was part of the team’s 1979 national championship-winning team. She later transferred to Cal State Fullerton and went 35-1 with a 0.18 ERA in 1982.