Eighteen Former Distinguished CSUN Student-Athletes Nominated For Matador Hall of Fame

Aug. 4, 2009

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Northridge, Calif. - Eighteen distinguished former Cal State Northridge student-athletes, one former Matador student, and the 1967 Matador football team have been nominated for inclusion into the 2010 Matador Hall of Fame.

The newest members of the 2010 Matador Hall of Fame will be honored at a banquet on February 21, 2010, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel.

"This group of nominees is a very distinguished list of people," said Rick Mazzuto, Cal State Northridge Athletics Director. "CSUN has a rich tradition in athletics. Whoever is selected this year will join an elite list of other distinguished members of the Matador Hall of Fame.

The first CSUN Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1981 which included Dick Enberg (former assistant baseball coach, and now distinguished national broadcaster), former Matador and Angels baseball star Lyman Bostock, and former CSUN track and field champion and Olympian Julie Brown.

The Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame committee will meet in early September to chose the 2010 list of Matador Hall of Famers. Members of the Hall of Fame selection committee include Rick Mazzuto (CSUN Athletics Director), Janet Pinneau (Associate Athletics Director, SWA), Bob Vazquez (Assistant Athletics Director, Media Relations), Don Strametz (CSUN Director of Track & Field/Cross Country), Bonnie Murphy (Head Coach, Women's Golf), Gray Mounger (Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations), Mark Cooley (former Matador basketball, longtime Matador supporter, Hall of Fame member), Dennis DeYoung (alumnus), Jim Gorman (long time athletics supporter) and William Watkins (Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs).

Many outstanding student-athletes have worn the Matador colors of Red, White and Black since Cal State Northridge opened its doors in 1958. An elite group of 105 student-athletes, former administrators, coaches and one team representing 18 sports have been inducted into the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame. Last year, nearly 400 family, friends, Cal State Northridge President Dr Jolene Koester and avid supporters of Matador Athletics honored six new individual members and one Matador team. The 2009 inductees were Marwan Ass'ad (soccer), Marcus Brady (football), Brian Heinle (basketball), Jeff Kubiak (swimming), Beth Onestinghel-Woll (softball), Dr. Barbara Swerkes (track & field), and the 1970 national championship Matador baseball team.

Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame Nominees for 2010

Tim Arroyo - Baseball (1999-02)
* A career .339 hitter in four seasons at Cal State Northridge
* Hit .328 in 1999, .346 in 2000, .365 in 2001, and .309 in 2002
* A pre-season All-American in 2001 and 2002
* A Big West first team selection in 2001 (inaugural season)
* Big West Honorable mention selection in 2002
* His career marks at Cal State Northridge include second all-time in rbi's (197), sixth all-time in sacrifice flies (8), seventh all-time in hits (251) and home runs (33), ninth all-time in walks (92), and tenth all-time in at-bats (741) and runs scored (146)
* During his senior season in 2002, posted a .495 slugging percentage and a .405 on-base percentage while hitting .309
* Led the team in 2002 with a .996 field percentage, committing only two errors in 456 chances
* During the 2001 season, finished in the Top 10 in eight separate offensive categories in the Big West Conference
* Set a school record after hitting safely in 25 consecutive games
* During the 2000 season, led the team in five offensive categories including hits (74), rbi (53), total bases (111) and home runs (8)
* Finished the 2000 season with a .346 average, and led the team in a .994 field percentage
* During the 1999 season, hit .328.

Myron Bayless - Football (1966-67)
* A member of the Junior Rose Bowl team in 1967
* Named first team All-CCAA Defense in 1967
* Played for the NFL's Denver Broncos

Marcus Carr - Men's Basketball (1998-02)
* Considered the greatest point-guard in the history of Cal State Northridge basketball
* Helped lead the Matadors to the NCAA Tournament during the 2000-01 season (22-10)
* In four seasons at CSUN, helped lead the team to a 71-48 record, one league championship (2000-01) and a trip to the NCAA Tournament (2000-01)
* Gained first team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 1999-00, 2000-01
* Gained first team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2001-02
* An all-tournament selection at the Big Sky Conference Tournament (2000-01)
* Co-MVP in 2000-01
* Voted team Defensive Player of the Year in 2002
* Holds the CSUN career assists mark (767)
* Also ranks first (286), second (206) and fourth (148) in single season assists at CSUN
* Holds the school record with 15 assists against Wyoming (12/7/00) and against Montana State (2/24/01)
* Ranks second all-time in career steals at CSUN (252) and single season steals (78)
* Played 3,590 minutes in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, second-best in school history
* Played in 119 games, second-best in school history
* Set school record with 109 career starts
* Ranks ninth all-time in scoring (1,173 points)
* Scored a career-high 30 points against Nevada (11/17/01)
* His career field goals (397) is tenth-best in school history
* Tallied 980 career field goal attempts, eighth-best in school history
* Tenth all-time in three-point field goals (105) and three-point attempts (294)
* Ninth all-time at CSUN in career free throws (274)

Neil Coffman - Men's Volleyball (1989-91)
* Helped lead the Matadors to a 22-7 record during his senior season in 191, the first year of NCAA Division I play for CSUN. The Matadors finished the year ranked third nationally
* As a senior in 1991, gained first team All-American honors by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and by Volleyball Monthly
* In 1990, was a third team All-American
* A two-time all-league selection (1990, 1991)
* Also played at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1991
* Still the single season record holder with 655 kills and attempts (1,245) in 1991
* Also ranked in the Top 10 for a single season in kills per game (6.42 kpg, 1991) and digs (239, 1989)
* Still ranked in the CSUN career Top 10 in several categories including kills per game (#3, 5.21 kpg), digs per game (#4, 2.17 dpg), kills (#5, 1541), attempts (#7, 642) and block solos (#7, 56)

Harry Cook - Football (1966-67)
* A member of the 1967 Junior Rose Bowl team

Terry Craven - Baseball (1965)
* The Matadors' first baseball All-American
* Played one season for the Matadors in 1965 for Dr. Stan Charnofsky
* The Matadors won the school's first league championship (CCAA) in baseball and advanced to the NCAA Regional at Stanford
* Led the team in batting, rbi's and home runs in 1965
* Led the NCAA Division II in home runs in 1965
* Named team MVP
* Named first team All-CCAA
* Named CCAA MVP
* Named All-Pacific Coast first team
* Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies
* Hired to coach and teach Physical Education at Cal State Northridge in the Fall of 1970
* Taught Physical Education in the General Education and Professional Education Departments for 18 years
* Coached baseball under Bob Hiegert for 14 years as an assistant coach
* Assisted coach Hiegert as the Matadors won several CCAA and regional championships, and the 1984 NCAA national championship
* Coached football under Gary Torgeson for three years and under Jack Elway for two years, and assisted coach Elway when the team won more games than any other coach
* Named Assistant Athletic Director for Fiscal Affairs by Bob Hiegert and Judy Brame in 1978 and held that position for seven years until 1984
* Named as head baseball coach in 1984 and held that position until 1988
* Published two articles in Scholastic Coach and Athletic Journal while serving as a baseball coach
* Spoke at the American Baseball Coaches Convention while serving as baseball coach
* Led the baseball team to the most wins in Division II in 1985
* Took his team to the NCAA Division II baseball playoffs as head coach in 1987

Edniesha Curry - Women's Basketball (1997-00)
* Women's Basketball Journal Freshman All-American team
* All-Big Sky selection in 1998 and 1999
* Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 1997-1998
* Big Sky Tournament MVP as a sophomore en route to the program's first NCAA appearance (1998-99)
* Also gained Big Sky All-Tournament honors in 1997-98
* CSUN career stat leader in scoring average (17.2 ppg), 3-point field goals made (168) and 3-point field goal attempts (492)
* Also ranked in the career school Top 10 for field goal attempts (#4, 1,124), points (#5, 1,254), field goals (#5, 442), 3-point field goal percentage (#5, .341), assists (#5, 277), free throws (#9, 202), free throw percentage (#9, .721), minutes (#10, 2,347) and steals (#10, 156)
* Holds single season school records for minutes (964, 1997-98), points (533, 1998-99), 3-point field goals (66, 1998-99), 3-point field goal attempts (199, 1997-98)
* Set the single game school record for 3-point goals (7) vs Loyola Marymount (12/2/99)
* Third and fourth in school history for single season scoring average (18.4 ppg in 1998-99, and 17.0 ppg in 1997-98)
* Set a school record 40 points against Loyola Marymount (12/1/98)
* Drafted by the Charlotte Sting in the third round (41st pick overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft
* Played in the WNBA for the Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks
* Plays professionally overseas

Robert Fick - Baseball (1995-96)
* An All-American as a catcher in 1996
* Ranked in the CSUN Top 10 career record book in several categories including batting average (#5, .377), home runs (#5, 36), triples (#7, 8), rbi's (#8, 142) and sacrifice flies (#10, 7)
* Also ranked in the CSUN single season Top 10 in numerous categories including batting average (#2, .420 in 1996), rbi's (#2, 96 in 1996), sacrifice flies (#2, 7 in 1996), hits (#3, 119 in 1996), doubles (#3, 24 in 1996), home runs (#3, 25 in 1996), runs scored (#5, 79 in 1996), stolen bases (#5, 22 in 2996) and triples (#7, 5 in 1996)
* Played several seasons in the major leagues after leaving Cal State Northridge

Mike Hannin - Football (1967)
* A member of the 1967 Junior Rose Bowl team
* Played for the NFL's Boston Patriots

Dorothea "Granny" Heitz - CSUN's #1 all-time sports fan
* Highly admired and honored as one of the all-time greatest sports fans in Cal State Northridge history. Many of her friends would call her the Matador's #1 all-time fan
* Symbolized the loyalty, tradition and school spirit of Cal State Northridge
* Granny started a Matador spirit squad called the "Granny Girls" in the 1960's, the unofficial campus ambassadors. Through the years, she embraced her role as an unofficial campus spirit leader. She attended numerous community, academic and athletic events to increase the spirit of the University
* She returned to college in 1966, a determined 50-year-old woman set out to continue her college education cut short by the Great Depression 31 years earlier
* At many Matador athletic events, Granny adorned one of her 500 hats in her collection, with her red wagon in tow, filled with streamers, toys and candy, spreading good will to kids of all ages
* It was once written at "The spirit of Granny will be forever felt, embodied in the intangibles of mood, emotion and personality. She will forever be the embodiment of loyalty to her beloved California State University, Northridge"
* In recognition of her leadership and appreciation of her loyalty, the University's pinnacle award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership is named in her honor
* Passed away at age 92 on August 12, 2007

Walt Ker - Volleyball (Head Coach - 1979-92)
* Coached women's volleyball for 14 seasons (1979-92, 401-144, .736) at Cal State Northridge
* Also coached the Matador men's volleyball team for nine years (137-114-1, .546) from 1977-85
* Had seven seasons of 30 or more victories including a school record of 39 wins (school record) in 1984
* Posted a string of three 30-wins twice (1982-84, 1987-89)
* Won seven conference titles with a mark of 115-17 (.871)
* Posted a record of 36-0 during the conference seasons (1986-87)
* Coached the Matadors to a school record 21 consecutive victories in 1985
* From 1979-92, under Ker's direction, the Matadors were 128-27 (.883) at The Matadome
* Coached the women's volleyball team to three NCAA Division II national championships (1980, 1983, 1987) and five NCAA championship runnerup finishes (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)
* The 1990 CSUN team still holds the school record for kills (2,017) in a season
* Coached 13 All-Americans at CSUN including Angela Brinton, the 1987 Reebok Player of the Year
* Several of Ker's players still hold school career and single season school records

Dan Lazarovits - Football (1994-97)
* CSUN's all-time sack leader with 20 sacks for 163 yards
* Ranked third in defensive points (265.5) during his senior season in 1997
* Team captain in 1997
* Voted Most Improved Player in 1995

Thor Lee - Men's Soccer (1984-87)
* Member of four CCAA championship winning teams
* A member of the 1987 NCAA Division II national runner up squad
* Holds the single season record assists record (10) on the ninth-ranked 1987 team
* A first team All-American in 1987
* A second team All-American in 1986
* In 1987, played in 22 games with nine goals, ten assists and a total of 28 points
* In 1986, played in 19 games with five goals, two assists and 12 points
* In 1985, played in 22 games with two goals for a total of four points
* In 1984, played in 23 games with one goal for two points

Garrett Noel - Men's Track & Field (1990-93)
* A two-time NCAA Division I All-American in the javelin
* Still holds the CSUN javelin school record in the javelin which he set in 1993 (247-8)
* Competed at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials
* Also the freshman school record holder in the javelin (210-4, 1989)
* Gained All-American honors in 1992 and 1993
* Graduated from CSUN with a degree in Communications

John Price - Men's Volleyball (Head Coach - 1986-97)
* The first head coach in CSUN history to coach his team in a NCAA Division I title game
* Head coach of the men's volleyball program for 12 years (194-158, .551, 1986-97)
* During CSUN's first season of NCAA Division I play, Price coached the Matadors to a 22-7 overall mark and a 11-5 league record
* In 1993, the Matadors enjoyed their best season ever with a 23-10 record, and an NCAA championship runner up finish
* The 23 wins in 1993 is still a school record
* In 1993, Price was named Volleyball Monthly Coach of the Year
* Had a string of eight straight winning seasons (1990-97)
* During his tenure as head coach, the Matadors finished the season nationally-ranked eight times. Their highest finish was third nationally in 1991
* Coached several All-Americans including current CSUN head coach Jeff Campbell (1988), Bob Samuelson (1989), Neil Coffman (1990-91), Coley Kyman (1991-93), Raphael Tulino (1991), Ken Lynch (1992-93), Axel Hager (1992-93), Oliver Heitmann (1994-95) and Chad Strickland (1996-97)
* Also coached one Olympian (Bob Samuelson)
* Several of his former players still hold school records including career kills (Coley Kyman, 2,205, 1990-93), career total attempts (Coley Kyman, 4,044, 1990-93), kills per game (Bob Samuelson, 5.31 kpg, 1988-89), career assists (Matt Unger (, 5,732, 1989, 1991-93), digs per game (Collin Smth, 2.38 dpg, 1994-97), block solos (Coley Kyman, 111, 1990-93), block assists (Coley Kyman, 443, 1990-93), and total blocks (Coley Kyman, 554, 1990-93)

Prascilla Rouse (Becker) - Softball (1986-87)
* A member of the 1985 and 1987 NCAA Division II national championship teams
* Member of three straight CCAA conference championship teams (1986-87)
* A 1987 first team All-American and first team all-region
* A 1987 first team All-CCAA selection
* Owns a .455 career batting average, fourth-best in school history
* Batted a team-leading .425 in 1987, the fourth-best single season figure in school history
* Had six triples during the 1987 season, the second-most in school history for a single season
* Stands fourth all-time in school history with nine career triples
* Recorded 23 sacrifice hits in 1987, the seventh-most in school history for a single season
* Stole 19 bases in 1987, the sixth-best mark for a single season in school history
* Led the Matadors in hitting during the 1987 season (.425) and triples (6)
* Led the Matadors in home runs during the 1986 and 1987 seasons

Tereza Simonyan - Women's Tennis (2000-03)
* Arguably the best tennis player in CSUN history
* The 2003 Cal State Northridge Senior Athlete of the Year
* A four-time all-league selection (2000-03)
* Set a career school record with 78 wins (2000-03)
* Set a single season school record with 23 wins in 2001
* Also ranks fifth (20-3, 2000) and ninth (18-5, 2003) for single season victories
* Set a career school record with a winning percentage of .796 (78-20)
* Set a single season school record for winning doubles percentage (.950, 19-1, 2000)
* Ranks third (.870), sixth (.783), ninth (.773) and tenth (.767) for single season winning percentage
* Ranked second (19) and eighth (18), respectively, for single season doubles victories
* Ranked fifth for career doubles victories (38)
* Helped lead the Matadors to the Big Sky Conference title in 2001
* Named Conference Player of the Week on four occasions during her career

Brennen Swanson - Football (1996-99)
* The career school record holder with 31.5 saves for 195 yards
* Holds the single season sack record with 15.5 for 76 yards in 1998
* Third all-time for a single season in school history with 374.5 points in 1998
* In 1998 and 1999, gained All-American honors by Dan Hansen's Football Gazette
* In 1999, a Buck Buchanan Award finalist
* An all-CCAA first team defensive selection in 1998 and 1999
* Team captain in 1998 and 1999
* Team defensive MVP in 1998 and 1999
* Voted Most Improved Defensive Player in 1997

John Tronson - Men's Soccer (1984-86)
* Ranks third all-time in school history with 43 goals, third all-time with 109 total points, and eighth all-time with 23 assists
* Led the team with 20 goals and 50 points in 1984, and with 15 goals and 34 points in 1985
* Ranked in the school's Top 10 in the following categories; third with 20 goals scored in 1984; ninth with 15 goals in 1985, and tied for ninth with ten assists in 1984
* Named CCAA MVP in 1984 and 1985
* A member of three CCAA championship-winning teams from 1984 through 1986
* An All-American and Missouri Athletic Club College Soccer Player of the Year nominee
* In 1986, played in 19 games with eight goals, 9 assists for 25 total points
* In 1985, played in 22 games with 15 goals, four assists for 34 total points
* In 1984, played in 23 games with 20 goals, ten assists for 50 total points
* In 66 games (including five NCAA playoff games), tallied 43 goals, 23 assists for 109 total points (third all-time in school history)

Raphael Tulino - Men's Volleyball (1988-91)
* Gained All-American honors in 1991
* Helped the Matadors to a 22-7 record during their first season of NCAA Division I competition in 1991. The Matadors also finished 11-5 in league play
* Gained third team all-league honors in 1991
* Played at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1991
* Collected 1,253 career kills (1988-91) and 2,396 career attempts (1988-91) which are ninth-best in school history
* Ranks ninth in career hitting percentage (.361) in CSUN history
* Second all-time at CSUN in career service aces (109), third in career block solos (83), third in career block assists (382), third in total blocks (465) and eighth in career digs (581)
* Produced 32 block solos in 1991, fifth-best for a single season in CSUN history
* Still ranks seventh (113, 1991), eighth (112, 1990) and tenth (111, 1989) in block assists for a single season in school history
* Produced 145 total blocks in 1991, fourth-best in school history
* His hitting percentage of .434 in 1988 is tenth all-time for a single season in school history

1967 Junior Rose Bowl Team
* Chalked up a 6-4 record and a 3-2 mark in the CCAA (second place)
* Played West Texas State in the Junior Rose Bowl on Nov. 18, 1967 before a crowd of 23,801 in Pasadena
* Put together a string of three straight wins during the season

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