Oct. 22, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - Nearly 20 new head coaches, assistant coaches and Cal State Northridge administrators were introduced Friday morning to a group of key Matador administrators and sponsors at the new Matador Spirit Plaza.
"This is a wonderful time to be on the Cal State Northridge campus," proclaimed Rick Mazzuto, Athletic Director. "During the past few months, several new structures have been built including the installation of the new lights for night time Matador soccer, the beautiful Matador Spirit Plaza, and the new Valley Performing Arts Center, and Student Recreation Center which are nearing completion. The message I want to convey is progress is all around us."
Mazzuto then introduced nearly 20 new head coaches, assistant coaches and administrators to a group of sponsors and Cal State Northridge administrators that included Dr. Jolene Koester (CSUN President), Tom McCarron (Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Fiscal Officer) and Vance Peterson (Vice President for University Advancement).
"There has been a tremendous period of transition in the Matador athletic department the past six months," said Mazzuto. "We have been fortunate to have a stable group of coaches and administrators for many years. Over the last six months, we have added nearly 20 new coaches (head coaches and assistant coaches) and administrators. Their resumes are impressive and will join forces with our current group of athletic department personnel to move forward in a very positive manner."
Jason Flowers, the first-year women's basketball head coach, reflected the mood of the new coaches at Cal State Northridge.
"I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to be a part of coaching family at Cal State Northridge," said Flowers. "I'm also blessed to have a great staff of assistant coaches who will work and teach our outstanding group of student-athletes."
The list of new coaches and administrators include the following people. Their complete bios can be viewed on www.gomatadors.com. Go to the "Inside Athletics" link and scroll down to "Directory".
Brianna Battles - Assistant Women's Water Polo Coach
Brittany Beckwith - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Caitlin Benyi - Assistant Softball Coach
Bryan Camacho - Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Jeff Crelling - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Matt Curtis - Head Baseball Coach
Jerry DeFelice - Director of Development for Student Affairs/Athletics
Theo Edwards - Assistant Men's Volleyball Coach
Jason Flowers - Head Women's Basketball Coach
Tairia Flowers - Head Softball Coach
Lindsey Foster - Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Dr. Tina Keisler - Faculty Athletic Representative
Shaun Larkin - Assistant Baseball Coach
Tim Leary - Assistant Baseball Coach
Marcelo Leonardi - Head Water Polo Coach
Tia Meza - Assistant Softball Coach
Jay Morris - Assistant Basketball Coach
Julie Sandoval - Director of Compliance
Andy Wilson - Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach