The members of the Cal State Northridge Media Relations Office
appreciate your interest in the 18 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 Cal State Northridge Media
Relations Office staff.
Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations
Responsibilities: Men's Basketball; Women's Water Polo; Website
Bob Vazquez, known to everyone as Bobby V, is currently in his
seventh season at Cal State Northridge 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 Cal State Northridge
Vazquez oversees the publicity efforts of the Matador's
18-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
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 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
Vazquez was recently named to the public relations staff with the
NCAA's Accelerating Academic Success Program at Cal State
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 with a B.S.
Degree in Radio/Television Journalism.
Associate Director of Media Relations/Director of Video
Responsibilities: Men's/Women's Volleyball; Track & Field;
Cross Country; Men's/Women's Golf/Video Production
Completed 14th year (2012-13) on the media relations staff at Cal
State Northridge ... 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.
Assistant Director of Media Relations
Responsibilities: Women's Basketball; Women's Soccer; Softball;
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
||Kevin Strauss, Media
(818) 677-3860 (Office)
(909) 730-2076 (Cell)
Reponsibilities: Baseball; Men's Soccer
Kevin Strauss recently completed his third season at Cal State
Northridge in 2012-13 ... Joined the media relations staff after
earning his BA degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public
Relations from Cal State Northridge 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 (Cal State Northridge) ... Kevin and his wife
Jackie currently reside in Northridge.
Director of Digital Media & Design
Braden Villanueva completed his 12th season (2012-13) as art
director/digital media director at Cal State Northridge ...
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
| Basketball Press Box
| Baseball Press Box
| Softball Press Box
| Volleyball Press Box
A live statistical account of every home baseball, basketball,
softball, and men's and women's volleyball contest is scheduled to
be available online at GoMatadors.com. Check GoMatadors.com for an
The Cal State Northridge 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.
The press areas for all Matador athletics venues all have reliable
functioning wireless internet access. Please contact the media
relations contact for each sport for more information and an access
user name and password.
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
Cal State Northridge interviews, please contact the media relations
sports contact to arrange a convenient time for all parties.
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.
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 for Cal State Northridge athletic teams are produced
for nearly every sport. Media guides are made available on the Cal
State Northridge website (www.gomatadors.com).
Please contact the media relations contact for each sport to find
out policies for media attending practices for each specific
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 with detailed information on Cal State Northridge
teams will be produced on a regular basis. All press releases will
be available at www.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 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.
Several Cal State Northridge athletic events are televised by a
variety of television stations. Check the GoMatadors.com page for
an updated schedule.
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.
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.