July 7, 2015

Matador Family,

It’s been an exceptional year. Matadors are continuing to rise in every sense of the word, both on and off the field of play.

We honored 81 student-athletes at our annual Varsity N Academic Athletics Honor Roll event, the most ever, and our student-athletes were active volunteering in and around the CSUN community. We raised money to benefit Special Olympics, read to local elementary school students every week, collected pledges for the “It’s On Us” campaign and much more.

Our women’s basketball team won the Big West Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Our softball team also won the conference and advanced to the postseason, setting numerous records along the way. Women’s track & field also won the Big West and we sent seven men’s and women’s track and field student-athletes to the NCAA Championships.

Three of our head coaches were named Big West Coach of the Year and numerous coaches represented our country in competition this year. Men’s volleyball completed the season ranked 13th nationally, and women’s water polo finished at No. 10.

Our athletics staff also continues to set the bar for the Big West Conference in athletic training, strength and conditioning, video production and the fan experience.

I am proud to say that I am a Matador and proud of our many accomplishments this year. Please join me in celebrating our 19 athletic programs as we look back at the 2014-15 season.

Please feel free to explore and download our 2014-15 Annual Report by clicking here.

And remember, Matadors rise forever.

Go Matadors!

Dr. Brandon E. Martin,
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

May 18, 2015

Two weeks ago, we announced the creation and launch of a new way for Matador fans to connect with the teams they love: CSUN Sports Network. This is an expansion of our current MatadorTV platform, which is already a leader in the Big West for live coverage, and will give Matador Nation even more content in between game days for our programs. Even more exciting is the fact that CSUN Sports Network will be driven by CSUN students – the future of the sports television industry.

We made a number of announcements for CSUN Sports Network last week, so I wanted to address some of the questions I was asked by fans and members of the campus community last week. If you have any questions that you haven’t found the answer to, please feel free to get in touch!

  • Where can I find CSUN Sports Network content?

CSUN Sports Network video content will debut on GoMatadors.com this fall. Fans will be able to access a new on-demand video portal containing classic Matador games, a weekly Coach’s Show and special features created by our expanded production team. Selected video content will also be used on our social media handles.

  • Is CSUN Sports Network interactive?

Yes, fans can send questions for the Coach’s Show to @CSUNCapeCrew and interact with the CSUN Sports Network team on game days. In addition, we are encouraging fans to send feature story ideas on student-athletes or alumni to Matt Monroe for consideration. You can find Matt’s information in our staff directory. The CSUN Sports Network is for our fans, and we want to cover what they want to see. We encourage feedback and fan participation.

  • Do I need to register? Is there a cost involved?

There is no need to register for a new account, our expanded video content will be added to GoMatadors.com this fall. There will be no cost to access video content upon the launch of CSUN Sports Network.

  • I’m a CSUN student, how can I become a part of CSUN Sports Network?

We are currently starting to interview interns for the CSUN Sports Network. All interns must receive course credit through their major, and we encourage CTVA majors to apply. If you’re interested, please contact Matt Monroe.

  • How else can I get involved with the CSUN Sports Network?

We’re also forming a CSUN Sports Network Advisory Committee, which will be made up of students, faculty, staff and alumni and will help us cultivate our content. If you’re a leader in your field and interested in getting involved, please contact Amy Millstone.

March 26, 2015

This week in CSUN Athletics, we had the honor of recognizing 81 of our student-athletes as part of the annual Varsity N event, young men and women who achieve greatness in the classroom as well as during athletic competition. This year’s class represents the largest in the history of the program, which was started back in 1982. It’s a true testament to the hard work that all of our student-athletes put in to reach comprehensive excellence and epitomize the student role in “student-athlete.”

Hosting the event at the Valley Performing Arts Center made it feel even more first class. It was inspiring to see the number of student-athletes and feel their sense of accomplishment and refreshing to highlight our coaching staffs for academic success and not just what happens on the field. Events like Varsity N are why we are in the business.

In addition to inducting new members into this elite class, we also recognized the Matadors who have time and again exceeded standards and are repeat honorees. After we brought each Matador on stage, we announced our individual and team award winners for those with the highest GPAs and our winner of the Dick Enberg Post-Graduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

I want to highlight each of those winners again:

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Casey Hinger – Women’s Volleyball – 3.968 GPA

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Marcelo Rosales – Men’s Cross Country – 3.920 GPA

Big West Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Jordan Taylor – Men’s Track

Big West Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Marisa Young – Women’s Water Polo

Men’s Academic Team of the Year

Men’s Golf - 2.952 GPA

Women’s Academic Team of the Year

Women’s Tennis – 3.466 GPA

Dick Enberg Post-Graduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Kiernan Davis – Women’s Water Polo

I’d like to personally congratulate all of our winners, especially our women’s tennis team for having the highest team GPA for the second year in a row. I want to challenge every one of our student-athletes, including those that we honored this week, to strive for improvement in the classroom so that we have the positive problem of a longer ceremony and finding a larger venue year after year.

Go Matadors!

Brandon E. Martin
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

October 24, 2014

It is an exciting time in CSUN Athletics as the fall sports approach postseason competition. Our women’s volleyball program and women’s soccer teams are doing well this year and have put themselves in a position to vie for Big West Conference championships.

Last weekend, our men’s soccer team earned a hard-fought win against UC Riverside to climb the standings and looks to have momentum going into the last few matches of the year. Our women’s volleyball team opened up “The Blacktop” at The Matadome with an impressive sweep over nationally ranked Hawai’i and will take on UC Davis tonight on ESPN3. Additionally, our women’s soccer program is enjoying excellent form and is currently in second place in the Big West Conference as the team works to get back into the postseason conference tournament.

Recently, we announced our partnership with the University of Central Florida, which will allow us to research ways to maximize the fan experience for our female spectators. Our goal is to engage with all of our fans to create the most comprehensive and enjoyable game day experience in the Big West Conference. Our research study will begin this November and results will be published once the study is finalized in spring 2015.

Finally, I invite all of our fans and supporters to learn more about our new Read to Lead Initiative. CSUN Athletics is partnering with the Oviatt Library at CSUN on a momentous leadership program focused on the importance of reading on our campus. Twenty leaders at CSUN have been asked to identify a book that has influenced their leadership style and has impacted their professional journey.

Panel discussions will be conducted between the middle of November and the end of the academic year that will allow you to ask questions of our participants; specifically about the books they have chosen. Thanks again for supporting this historic event at CSUN!

Go Matadors!

Brandon E. Martin
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

September 11, 2014

This week I had the pleasure of addressing our Corporate Sponsors and our entire Athletics Department at our yearly Welcome Back Staff Meeting. My message was simple: while we made strides in raising our academic and athletic profile, we cannot be complacent with our recent success. I charged our coaches and staff members to use the tools and resources we have available to us to achieve comprehensive excellence. WE MUST Make a daily decision to compete! there are no shortcuts to winning championships. I want to share with you a portion of that message below, called “Put On Your Hard Hat.”

Additionally, I want to congratulate Casey Hinger, from our women’s volleyball team, and Sagi Lev-Ari of men’s soccer for being named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. This award is a special recognition that exemplifies what it means to be a complete student-athlete. The winner of the award, which is given to one student-athlete per sport across the nation, puts emphasis on one’s character, community service, classroom achievements and excellence in competition. We are extremely proud of Casey and Sagi and hope to see them in contention for this award as the season advances.

Tomorrow night before our men’s soccer match (9/12/14) we will host a free Fan Fair outside of Matador Soccer Field. I want to invite you to come out and enjoy music and games, meet different groups on campus and get FIRED UP before the start of the match. Come out and show your Matador Pride.

We are also debuting our brand-new soccer suites, which will give our VIPs an unparalleled experience at our men’s soccer matches. I am looking forward to watching the Matadors take on New Mexico and I am sure our VIPs are too! I will post photos throughout the evening of the Fan Fair and soccer suites to share with you on my Twitter account, @CSUNAD.

Go Matadors!

Brandon E. Martin
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

September 3, 2014

Matadors Fans:

It’s our time to Rise!

As we enter the 2014-15 competitive season, I want the entire Matador Nation to know that our student-athletes, coaches, and staff are FIRED UP for another epic year in CSUN Athletics. We are focus and determined to be one of the top programs in the Big West Conference.

Last season at our annual Varsity N Academic Athletics Honor Roll event, 72 of our student-athletes received recognition for earning at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Our women’s basketball and volleyball programs won Big West Championships, while our men’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s water polo teams each made an appearance in the Big West Tournament Final. Our women’s golf program finished second in the conference and was represented at the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Our women’s 4x100-meter relay team finished 10th at the NCAA Championships after posting the second-fastest time in school history. Our women’s water polo program was ranked as high as #7 in 2014, the highest ever for the team.

Our 2014 fall sports got underway last week, highlighted by our women’s volleyball team sweeping the UNLV Invitational during first weekend of the season. We look forward to Coach Stork and his team making another run at the NCAA Tournament.

Recently, I had a chance to sit down with Ghizal Hasan, our infamous men’s basketball radio announcer, to discuss the upcoming year in CSUN Athletics. I want to share the following excerpts with you below:

Rise of the Matadors Pride Campaign


Dr. Dianne Harrison

Dick Enberg

You can listen to our full chat by clicking here.

Additionally, we are proud to announce that MatadorsConnect, a free social rewards program for Matador fans across the nation, is now live! If you haven’t already, visit connect.gomatadors.com to sign up for your exclusive FanID and start earning points toward CSUN Matadors prizes and one-of-a-kind fan experiences. You can also get to MatadorsConnect by clicking the link on the left side of any page of GoMatadors.com or by downloading the free app for your iOS device.

This past summer, CSUN Athletics announced the “Rise of the Matadors,” a pride campaign that ushered in a new visual identity for the Matadors. Our new identity pays tribute to the rich tradition and culture at CSUN. Our new image represents more than a logo or a brand, it represents expectations, memories, relationships and the pride that we all have in being Matadors.

Finally, I’m proud to announce that Octavio Cortes, an Accounting major on campus, will serve as the Associated Students Chair of Athletics this year. Octavio will work closely with our department on student cultivation and engagement within Athletics. Octavio will also assist with coordinating two of our fall signature events—the Second Annual AD 3vs.3 Tournament and Matador Madness. We look forward to Octavio’s contributions this season!

Our first home event of the 2014-15 year is this Friday, Sept. 5, as our women’s soccer team takes on Gonzaga at 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field. I hope to see you there.

Go Matadors!

Brandon E. Martin
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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