Sept. 2, 2010
Northridge - One thing is for certain. Cal State Northridge student-athletes know how to say "Hello and Welcome to CSUN."
Despite a hot day that reached the low 90's, nearly 400 Matador student-athletes, head coaches and their coaching staffs, braved the hot outdoor temperatures to actively participate in the 2010 Freshman Convocation at CSUN's Oviatt Library.
"How about a round of applause for all the Matador student-athletes who are here today," beamed CSUN President Dr. Jolene Koester, who took time out from her speech to acknowledge the CSUN student-athletes.
Only 90 minutes earlier, the CSUN returning student-athletes gathered at the nearby Northridge Center to warmly welcome the new student-athletes to their new academic home for the next four academic years.
Raymond Cody, a senior member of the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team, said he wanted the freshman student-athletes to feel at home and to be comfortable in their new surroundings.
"As a new student on a large campus, you tend to get lost sometimes," said Cody. "Our of the goals of the returning student-athletes is to give the freshmen help when they need it. It's also important that all the teams support each other. For example, the men's basketball team also tries to get out to the other teams' home games, and they do likewise. It's really all about campus spirit."
Veteran men's head soccer coach Terry Davila welcomed and challenged both the freshman student-athletes and the returning student-athletes. "Let's support each others bids to work hard to be Big West Conference champions, just like the men's and women's track & field teams that have dominated the league championships for so many years. Let's be supportive of each other's efforts, wear red (school colors - red and black) to all the games. Let's create a positive environment for Cal State Northridge."
Matador Athletics Director Rick Mazzuto also welcomed all CSUN student-athletes and wished them success in the 2010-11 school year.
Cal State Northridge head coaches Bobby Braswell (men's basketball), James Bracken (men's golf), Keith West (women's soccer), Jeff Campbell (men's volleyball), Marcelo Leonardi (women's water polo), Gary Victor (women's tennis) and Bonnie Murphy (women's golf) were in attendance in addition to all the assistant coaches (including track & field assistant coach Seilala Sua), and new head coaches Matt Curtis (baseball), Jason Flowers (women's basketball) and Tairia Flowers (softball).
"This was a great environment for everybody to get together and to create team unity for Cal State Northridge," said women's golf head coach Bonnie Murphy. "It was great to see everybody from all 18 Matador teams and to wish everybody great success in the 2010-11 academic year."
All the student-athletes and coaches then marched to the Freshman Convocation at Oviatt Library to listen to several speakers including Dr. Koester, and to welcome the new freshman class to Cal State Northridge.
A crowd of nearly 3,000 people listened intently to Dr. Koester's speech. "We hope today's Freshman Convocation will instill pride in your being a Matador, ... " said Dr. Koester. "Your interactions with your faculty, University staff and fellow students will greatly enhance your academic experience at Cal State Northridge."