Cal State Northridge men's volleyball assistant coach Mike Arone was honored at the 2012 CSUN Volunteer Service Awards on Nov. 1st at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys.
Arone, who played for the Matador men's volleyball team from 1997-98, completed his ninth season as a volunteer assistant coach under Jeff Campbell in 2012. Arone's current tenure (2004-present) is the longest by a Matador assistant coach in the team's NCAA Division I era. During his time on the bench, CSUN has been ranked number one in the nation in three of those years and reached the NCAA Final Four in 2010. The men's volleyball team has also been one of the highest achieving teams academically by having perfect APR for four of the last five years.
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Arone grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from West High School in Bakersfield in 1993. While in high school, Arone competed in both baseball and basketball. He then went on to Bakersfield College from 1993 to 1995 before enrolling at Cal State Northridge in 1996.
Arone played volleyball for the Matadors in 1997 and 1998 earning letters both seasons. He played primarily as a defensive specialist over his two-year Matador career before graduating in 2000 with his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. Arone was outstanding academically, he was the men's volleyball representative on the Varsity N-Athletic Honor roll and was also the CSUN Athletics Team Scholar-Athlete of the year award winner.
Arone has spent 13 years working as a Physical Education teacher at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, Calif. He also works with at-risk youth every summer for LA Sports Academy, mainly youths from 5-18 with a disadvantaged background. He enjoys being able to share his life experiences with the attendees of the camp.
"Mike has worked for the men's volleball team as an assistant coach for nine years and although not paid, he has done everything that a paid assistant would do," said Campbell. "He is honest, hard working, caring and is very proud to call himself a Matador.
Arone's wife Laura, Northridge Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto, Associate Athletic Directors Tom Ford, Ashlie Kite and Janet Pinneau and men's volleyball coaches Jeff Campbell and Theo Edwards were also in attendance at the luncheon.
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Pictured: Cal State Northridge President Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, Mike Arone and CSUN Alumni Association President Dennis De Young.