Media Information

Welcome
The members of the CSUN Media Relations Office appreciate your interest in the 19 Matador sports. We hope this new website (www.gomatadors.com) will serve as a your complete source to your coverage of CSUN Athletics. If you have any further questions, please call any member of the CSUN Media Relations Office staff.

  Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications
818-677-2313 (Office)
510-673-9521 (Cell)
bobbyv@csun.edu
Responsibilities: Men's Basketball; Women's Water Polo; Website (gomatadors.com)

Bob Vazquez, known to everyone as Bobby V, completed his seventh season at CSUN in 2013-14 as Assistant Athletic Director (Strategic Communications).

Vazquez has worked in college athletics over a span of five decades starting in 1977 at UC Santa Barbara (1977-83), Stanford University (1983-2007) and now at CSUN (2007-present).

Vazquez oversees the publicity efforts of the Matador's 19-sports intercollegiate athletic program, with a main emphasis on men's basketball, women's water polo and the CSUN website (www.gomatadors.com). In addition, Vazquez is a member of the Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame Committee, and Matadors Mentors (advising students at CSUN).  

Vazquez worked nearly 24 years as Media Relations Director (Athletics, 1983-2007) at Stanford University where he was a recipient of 20 press guide awards by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Vazquez also served as co-SID.

While at Stanford University, Vazquez served as media coordinator at numerous NCAA National and Regional Tournaments as well as many Pac-12 Championships.

Vazquez, who received a CoSIDA 25-year Award in 2003, spent six years (1977-83) as Sports Information Director at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to UCSB, Bob held various positions in the broadcasting industry (KFMB-TV, KSDO Radio, KPBS-FM Radio) in San Diego. Vazquez also worked for United Press International.

Vazquez is a member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He is also a member of the Special Awards Committee (CoSIDA). Vazquez also is a member of the San Diego State Alumni Association.

Vazquez was recently named to the public relations staff with the NCAA's Accelerating Academic Success Program at CSUN.

Vazquez also is a member of "Campus Communicators" at CSUN, an informal group of more than 50 colleagues representing all divisions of the University to help build consistent and cohesive messaging, and collaborating on social media applications, branding, and web communications, among other initiatives.

Vazquez, who worked as a public relations assistant at the 1984 Summer Olympics, is a 1972 graduate of San Diego State University with a B.S. Degree in Radio/Television Journalism.

  Matt Monroe, Associate Director of Media Relations/Director of Video Production
818-677-3247 (Office)
805-217-9129 (Cell)
matt.monroe@csun.edu
Responsibilities: Men's/Women's Volleyball; Track & Field; Cross Country; Men's/Women's Golf/Video Production Director

Completed 14th year (2012-13) on the media relations staff at CSUN ... Oversees the publicity efforts for Matador men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's golf in addition to new duties as Director of Video Production ... Has served as media coordinator at several Big West and NCAA Regional Track & Field championship events in addition to the 2013 Big West Track & Field Championships ... Has also assisted at the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Regionals in Anaheim in both 2008 and 2011 ... Winner of three "Best in the Nation" citations for publications by CoSIDA ... Spent five years (1995-1999) as the Sports Information Director at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif ... Served the 1993 season as a Media Relations Assistant with the Oakland A's ... A member of CoSIDA ... A 1992 graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.A. Degree in Communication Studies ... Married (Patty) with three daughters (Molly, Cailey, Ellie) ... The family resides in Simi Valley.
  Geoff Herberg, Assistant Director of Media Relations
818-677-3243 (Office)
765-766-9310 (Cell)
geoffrey.herberg@csun.edu
Responsibilities: Women's Basketball; Women's Soccer; Softball; Women's Tennis

Completed his fourth season (2012-13) on the CSUN staff after working two years in the media relations office at the University of Kansas ... Responsibilities at Kansas included track & field, cross country, and assisted with men's and women's basketball, football, softball, women's volleyball and women's soccer ... Earned his BA degree in Secondary English Education in 2004 from the University of Arizona, and his Master's degree in Sports Studies at the University of Kansas in 2006.
  Kevin Strauss, Assistant Sports Information Director
(818) 677-3860 (Office)
(909) 730-2076 (Cell)
kevin.strauss@csun.edu
Reponsibilities: Baseball; Men's Soccer

Kevin Strauss recently completed his fourth season at CSUN in 2013-14 ... Joined the media relations staff after earning his BA degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from CSUN in the fall of 2010 ... Interned with the media relations department at CSUN during the summer and fall of 2010 ... As a student, won the 2010 California College Media Association (CCMA) award for Best Online Promotion and was runner-up in Best Use of Social Media while working at the Daily Sundial (CSUN) ... Kevin and his wife Jackie currently reside in Northridge.
  Braden Villanueva, Director of Digital Media & Design
818-677-6634 (Office)
braden@csun.edu

Braden Villanueva completed his 12th season (2012-13) as art director/digital media director  at CSUN ... His responsibilities include the design and production of the athletic department publications as well as photography at various events and new resonsibilities as digital media director ... Braden began working with the department as a freelance graphic artist in 1996 ... He has earned numerous honors including various regional awards as well as nine CoSIDA "Best in the Nation" awards ... Prior to CSUN, Villanueva served as art director for Ventura County Parent and a monthly trade magazine, as well as associate art director for Junior Baseball magazine ... He also worked as a graphic artist for the city of Beverly Hills, Department of Recreation and Parks ... Braden earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema-Television Arts with an emphasis in Television Production from CSUN in 1997 ... Braden, his wife, Lily, their son, Jaden, and daughter, Mikayla, reside in Valencia.
 Important Numbers
 Fax  818-677-4950
 Basketball Press Box  818-677-4702
 Baseball Press Box  818-677-4292
 Softball Press Box  818-677-2988
 Volleyball Press Box  818-677-4702

 
Live Stats:
A live statistical account of every home baseball, basketball, softball, soccer and men's and women's volleyball contest is scheduled to be available online at GoMatadors.com. Check GoMatadors.com for an updated schedule.

Media Memo:
The CSUN Media Relations Office can provide media members with biographical information on coaches and student-athletes, historical and statistical information, media guides, photographs and much more. Please contact the Matadors Media Relations Office to obtain this information.

Internet Access:
The press areas for all Matador athletics venues all have reliable functioning wireless internet access. Please contact the media relations representative for each sport for more information and an access user name and password.

Interviews:
All coach and student-athlete interviews should be directed through the media relations contact for each sport. Coaches and players are normally available for post-game interviews at a location arranged by the media relations contact approximately 10 minutes after each contest.

Media members should inform the media relations contact which players are requested for post-game interviews. For post-game interviews with opponents, please contact the media relations contact representing the visiting team. For all other non-game day CSUN interviews, please contact the media relations sports contact to arrange a convenient time for all parties.

Media Credentials:
Requests for all media credentials should be addressed to the media relations contact for each sport via email, fax, or phone. Credentials will be mailed if time permits or can be picked up at Media Will Call at the designated Media Will Call location at the athletic venue. Arrangements to pick up credentials at another time or date can be made by contacting the media relations contact for each sport. Credential requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of each contest.

Photography Credentials:
Photo passes are available to accredited media only and should be ordered in the same manner as media credentials. Passes should be worn in plain sight at all times.

Media Guides:
Media guides for CSUN athletic teams are produced for nearly every sport. Media guides are made available at GoMatadors.com.

Practices:
Please contact the media relations contact for each sport to find out policies for media attending practices for each specific team.

Press Areas:
Press areas vary by facility. Please contact the media relations contact for each sport to obtain information regarding the press area for each facility.

Press Releases:
Press releases with detailed information on CSUN Athletics teams will be produced on a regular basis. All press releases will be available at GoMatadors.com, emailed to media members upon request and provided at events. To be added to a media email list, please contact the media relations contact for each sport.

Press Services:
Press releases, game day programs, media guides, starting lineups and other relevant media materials will be provided to members of the media. An NCAA box score and play-by-play (if requested) will be available approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of each game. In addition, drinks and food (for selected teams and games) will be provided to credentialed members of the media.

Television Coverage:
Several CSUN Athletics events are televised by a variety of television stations. Check the GoMatadors.com page for an updated schedule.

Media Parking:
Media parking passes will only be issued when prior notice is given to the sport's Sports Information Director. For weekend games (Saturday and Sunday), please submit a request for parking by the preceding Friday at noon. For all other days (Monday through Friday), please submit your request no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the contest. Parking passes cannot be guaranteed for requests not falling into these time frames.

Radio/Television Lines:
Visiting radio stations (non-league opponents) must make arrangements through the Athletic Media Relations Office at least two weeks prior to the game. There will be a $35 charge (non-conference opponents only) for use of the telephone line provided for radio, and ALL calls must be either collect or billed to a calling credit card.