Cliff Abel, Markus Carr, Lisa Erickson, Tereza Simonyan Named to CSUN Hall of Fame

Northridge, Calif. – Three former outstanding Cal State Northridge student-athletes and one former Matador head coach are the latest members to be inducted into the CSUN Hall of Fame.

This outstanding group will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame ceremonies on February 9, 2014, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.

The three student-athletes are Markus Carr (basketball), Lisa Erickson (softball), and Tereza Simonyan (tennis). The Matador head coach is Cliff Abel (track & field).

"It's a great day for Cal State Northridge Athletics when we have an opportunity to honor these great student-athletes and coaches who are deserving of induction into the Matador Hall of Fame" according to Dr. Brandon Martin, CSUN's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "The Hall of Fame committee was overwhelmed with an elite group of outstanding candidates this year. This year's inductees gave the University unforgettable memories of their triumphs and hard work."

Abel, Carr, Erickson and Simonyan will join more than 200 members of the Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame team.

The Matador Hall of Fame was established in 1981 to recognize the men, women's, and Matador teams who distinguished themselves in athletics, either by sport or my meritorious efforts on behalf of athletes while an undergraduate or in years after leaving the university.

The Hall of Fame reception is scheduled for 11:00 am followed by Lunch and the Induction Ceremony at Noon. Tickets are $60 per person, and $600 per table of ten.

For more information, contact CSUN Special Events at 818-677-1300 or

Hotel reservations at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills (Ca) are available by calling 800-228-9290. Mention the CSUN Hall of Fame to receive a CSUN special rate of $99 per night. 

This year's Hall of Fame members were selected from a large group of well-qualified candidates. Members of the Hall of Fame nominating and selection committee included Dr. Brandon Martin (CSUN's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics); Ashlie Kite (Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA); Bob Vazquez (Assistant Athletics director, Strategic Communications); Jim Bracken (Head Coach, Men's Golf); Gray Mounger (Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations); Mark Cooley (former Matador basketball player, longtime Matador supporter, Hall of Fame member); Dennis DeYoung (Alumnus); Jim Gorman (longtime Matador supporter); and William Watkins (Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students).

Cliff Abel – Track & Field Head Coach (1971-79)
* Cliff Abel coached the Matadors to the NCAA Division II men's national championship in 1975.
* In 1975, seven Matadors became All-Americans including Ed Chaidez, who won the 6-mile run, and Steve Albright who won the shot put
* In 1976, after winning the league championship, the Matadors finished tied for third at the NCAA meet. Steve Albright repeated as the NCAA champion in the shot put. Clarence Frazier finished second in the high jump while John Verda finished second in the shot put.
* Ciff Abel's first team in 1972 finished second in the CCAA, and had three All-Americans and one national champion (Sylvester Marshall).
* In 1973, CSUN finished seventh in the College Division of the NCAA.
* In 1974, CSUN won the first of its three straight CCAA championships and finished fourth in the NCAA meet, only 2.5 points behind the national winner.
* More than 65 Top 10 performances still remain in the CSUN Track & Field record book
* Three of Cliff Abel's athletes are in the Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame
* Cliff Abel is the father of the Northridge Relays

Markus Carr – Men's Basketball (1998-02)
* Markus Carr is considered the greatest point-guard in the history of Cal State Northridge basketball
* Markus Carr helped lead the Matadors to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a NCAA Division I member during the 2000-01 season (22-10)
* In four seasons at CSUN, Markus Carr helped lead the team to a 71-48 record, one league championship (2000-01) and a trip to the NCAA Tournament (2000-01)
* Markus Carr gained first team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 1999-00, 2000-01 and 2001-02
* Markus Carr was an all-tournament selection at the Big Sky Conference Tournament (2000-01)
* Co-MVP in 2000-01
* Voted team Defensive Player of the Year in 2002
* Markus Carr holds the CSUN career assists mark (767)
* Markus Carr also ranks first (286), second (206) and fourth (148) in single season assists at CSUN
* Markus Carr holds the school record with 15 assists against Wyoming (12/7/00) and against Montana State (2/24/01)
* Markus Carr ranks second all-time in career steals at CSUN (252) and single season steals (78)
* Markus Carr played 3,590 minutes in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, second-best in school history
* Markus Carr played in 119 games, second-best in school history
* Markus Carr set a school record with 109 career starts
* Markus Carr ranks ninth all-time in scoring (1,173 points)
* Markus Carr scored a career-high 30 points against Nevada (11/17/01)
* His career field goals (397) is tenth-best in school history
* Markus Carr tallied 980 career field goal attempts, eighth-best in school history
* Markus Carr is tenth all-time in three-point field goals (105) and three-point attempts (294)
* Markus Carr is ninth all-time at CSUN in career free throws (274)

Lisa Erickson – Softball (1987-90)
* Lisa Erickson set the school record holder in career batting average (.410), career runs scored (170), career hits (293), and career stolen bases (117)
* Lisa Erickson was a two-time first team All-America (1989, 1990)
* Lisa Erickson was a two-time first team All-Region (1989, 1990)
* Lisa Erickson was a two-time CCAA first team selection and league MVP (1989, co-MVP in 1990)
* In 1988, Lisa Erickson gained CCAA second team honors
* Lisa Erickson still owns the single season school record with 66 runs scored (1989), the single season school record with 113 hits (1989), and the single season school record with 46 stolen bases (1990)
* Lisa Erickson established a school record for a single game with three stolen bases (three times)
* Lisa Erickson was a member of the 1987 NCAA Division II national champions
* Lisa Erickson was a member of four CCAA conference championship teams

Tereza Simonyan – Women's Tennis (2000-03)
* Tereza Simonyan is arguably the best tennis player in CSUN history
* The 2003 Cal State Northridge Senior Athlete of the Year
* Tereza Simonyan was a four-time all-league selection (2000-03)
* Tereza Simonyan set a career school record with 78 wins (2000-03) and the single season school record with 23 wins in 2001
* She also ranks fifth (20-3, 2000) and ninth (18-5, 2003) for single season victories
* Tereza Simonyan set a career school record with a winning percentage of .796 (78-20)
* Tereza Simonyan set a single season school record for winning doubles percentage (.950, 19-1, 2000)
* She ranks third (.870), seventh (.783) and tenth (.773) single season winning percentage
* Tereza Simonyan ranks fifth (19) and tenth (18), respectively, for single season doubles victories
* She is ranked ninth for career doubles victories (38)
* Tereza Simonyan helped lead the Matadors to the Big Sky Conference title in 2001
* Tereza Simonyan was named Conference Player of the Week on four occasions during her career