|College:||Fresno State, 1999|
Head Coach Matt Curtis begins his third season at the helm of the Northridge Baseball program in 2012-13. Prior to coming to CSUN, Curtis was a major contributor in one of the West Coast’s most successful college programs. In 2012, Northridge improved its win percentage from the year before and also reached 10 wins in the Big West Conference for the first time since 2002. In his first season at Northridge, Curtis led the Matadors to a 23-33 season and saw a number of players receive postseason accolades, including two that were selected in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Curtis came to CSUN from Fresno State where he served as assistant coach for a program that has won five consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles, made four NCAA tournament appearances in the last five years, and won the 2008 College World Series.
During his ten seasons in Fresno, Curtis compiled a 362-272 record. In addition to the National Championship in 2008, he helped coach the Bulldogs to five consecutive WAC titles, four straight NCAA Regional appearances, and playoff appearances in five of his ten seasons. Curtis first joined the Fresno State coaching staff as a student assistant for one season in 1998 before returning to the Bulldog bench two years later. From 2000-02, he served as volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with the catchers and hitters in conjunction with his duties as first base coach. With his catchers earning All-American honors during his two seasons as a volunteer, Fresno State wasted no time in recognizing his efforts and he was named the team’s assistant coach in July of 2002 by two-time National Coach of the Year Mike Batesole.
Included in the last eight recruiting classes that Curtis was responsible for assembling and developing are 40 first-team All-WAC, nine WAC Pitchers or Players of the Year, 12 All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, 39 overall draft selections, and five first round draft picks. In addition, four of his recruiting classes have gained top 20 national rankings and the 2010 recruiting class contains four recruits drafted by professional organizations who will end up on campus at Fresno State.
During the last three seasons, Curtis also served as the team’s pitching coach, third base coach, and defensive instructor of catchers, helping produce three All-WAC pitchers, and one WAC Pitcher of the Year. Five of Curtis’ pitchers were drafted by professional organizations with another six signing professional contracts during his three-year tenure as pitching coach. Curtis was also responsible for written communications with the Dugout Club, a fan based organization established to increase enthusiasm for Fresno State Baseball, and provide additional program resources. In addition to coordinating the annual golf tournament and “Meet the Team” dinner, he collaborated with alumni and members of Fresno’s business community to organize additional fundraising events.
As the primary individual responsible for maintaining and monitoring the eligibility of his student-athletes at Fresno State, Curtis has seen one of his players receive Academic All-American honors, another 41 named to the Academic All-WAC Team, with numerous players each season receiving academic recognition from the university.
A four-year letterwinner at Fresno State, Curtis started 155 games for former head coach Bob Bennett. Curtis can be found on numerous program Top-ten lists including games played (215), at-bats (761), hits (235), runs (144), doubles (52), walks (116), and RBIs (127). Curtis ranks fourth all-time with 52 career doubles, 22 of which were earned in 1995 when he finished atop the WAC statistics in that category.
During his time as a Bulldog student-athlete, his baseball team competed in four NCAA Regionals and won two WAC Championships in 1993 and 1995. A two-time WAC Scholar-Athlete Award recipient (1994-95), Curtis also earned WAC Academic-All Conference and WAC All-Conference Catcher accolades shortly after the 1995 season concluded. For his accomplishments and successes earned as a student-athlete and coach at Fresno State, Curtis was selected in the 2003 class of inductees into the Fresno State Baseball Hall of Fame.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1999, Curtis signed a professional contract with the Anaheim Angels organization. In his inaugural season as a professional, Curtis set a single season Midwest League record for doubles and was named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team. During his five seasons of professional baseball, he received the Ray Perry Award - given to Northern California’s most outstanding first year minor league player - and reached the Double-A level as a member of both the Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians organizations.
A native of Visalia, Calif., Curtis earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2001 from Fresno State. Curtis and his wife Kimberlee have three children - daughters Lauren and Allison and one son, Jacob.