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.

 

Amy Millstone, Associate Athletic Director, Strategic Communications
818-677-2313 (Office)
amy.millstone@csun.edu

Responsibilities: Men's Basketball

Amy Millstone is in her first year as Associate Athletic Director, Strategic Communications in 2015. She will coordinate the media relations efforts for the department and handle sports information duties for the men's basketball team…Millstone served as the Communications Manager for Time Warner Cable Sports for the previous three years, overseeing PR efforts for three regional sports networks in Southern California and 14 local Time Warner Cable SportsChannels across the country…She also was the Super Bowl Central Broadcast Manager for Super Bowl XLIX, where she oversaw communications and information flow between NFL broadcast partners, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the event planner, PPW, Inc.…Millstone spent six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2007-2012. As the Senior Manager, Public Relations, she worked in business, entertainment, sports, event and crisis communications …She also worked with Major League Baseball during the 2011 World Series and 2010 All-Star Game and assisted with two postseasons and the 2009 World Baseball Classic…Millstone is originally from Lakewood, OH and graduated from Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Crew Team…She is a member of the Special Olympics of Southern California Public Relations and Marketing Committee and the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Mentoring Committee and is an alum of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission’s Young Leadership Forum…She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.


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

Completed 15th year on the Sport Communications staff at CSUN in 2013-14 ... 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 duties as Video Coordinator ... 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: Digital Marketing

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.


 

Nick Bocanegra, Media Relations Assistant
818-677-7188 (Office)
nicholas.bocanegra@csun.edu
Reponsibilities: Baseball, Women's Water Polo, Men's Soccer

Nick Bocanegra is in his first season as the Media Relations Assistant in 2015. His primary responsibilities include the baseball and women's water polo programs.


  Braden Villanueva, Director of Digital Media & Design
818-677-6634 (Office)
braden@csun.edu

Braden Villanueva completed his 13th season (2013-14) as the Director of Digital Media & Design at CSUN … He is responsible for managing the visual brand and creative efforts for CSUN Athletics, including the design of all print, web and social media as well as the environmental graphic design of athletics facilities … Villanueva played a key role in the rebranding of CSUN Athletics, including the design of a new court — a one-of-a-kind design dubbed "The Blacktop @ The Matadome" — which has garnered national attention for the department … He has earned numerous honors including nine CoSIDA "Best in the Nation" awards ... Villanueva began working with the department as a freelance graphic artist ... Prior to CSUN, he served as art director for Ventura County Parent and a monthly trade magazine, as well as associate art director for Junior Baseball magazine ... Villanueva also worked as a graphic artist for the city of Beverly Hills, Department of Recreation and Parks ... He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema-Television Arts with an emphasis in Television Production from CSUN in 1997.


 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.