Northridge, Calif. – After serving the past five seasons (2010-14) as women's water polo head coach at Cal State Northridge, Dr. Marcelo Leonardi has resigned to accept a similar position at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
During his tenure at CSUN, Dr. Leonardi posted a 114-65 record. That included a school record 28 wins in 2010, 21 wins in 2011, 23 wins in 2013, and another 23 wins in 2014.
Under Dr. Leonardi's direction, the Matadors were nationally-ranked every season against a highly competitive schedule that included competition against other nationally-ranked squads.
In 2014, CSUN was ranked as high as seventh in the nation, the highest ranking in school history.
Before his head coaching responsibilities at CSUN, Dr. Leonardi served the previous four seasons (2006-09) as a Matador assistant coach.
"The experience during the last nine years has been tremendous," said Dr. Leonardi. "I have grown not only as a coach but also as a person. I want to thank Molly Barnes (previous head coach) for positioning me to get the head coaching job. I want to thank the previous administration but mostly I would to thank Dr. Brandon Martin (CSUN Athletic Director) and Dr. Dianne Harrison (CSUN President) for trusting, supporting, fighting and maintaining the program at the elite level. There are so many other people to thank from media relations to sports medicine to strength & conditioning and ever body else who has touched our program. Also thanks to the academic people at CSUN. I am leaving this program in good shape, better than when I came in. That has been very important to me.
"Moving forward, I feel this is the next step in my coaching career. I hope to continue the comprehensive excellence that I learned here at CSUN. I wish the program and the school nothing but success. I am proud to be a Matador."
A nationwide search for a successor to Dr. Leonardi will begin.
"Marcelo has exemplified comprehensive excellence throughout his tenure at CSUN, guiding our women's water polo program to being a national contender," said Dr. Brandon Martin, CSUN Director of Athletics. "We wish Marcelo the best as he embarks on a new journey at the University of Michigan."