NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
The CSUN Matadors have hired Martin Matthies to become the department's next head coach of the women's water polo team, CSUN Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin announced Wednesday. Matthies will become the third head coach in the program's history and joins the Matadors after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
"Marty rose to the top of a highly qualified and competitive group of applicants. He has the experience and capability to lead our women's water polo program into a very bright future," said Dr. Martin. "We are happy to have him on board and are excited for the season ahead."
"I am extremely excited to be joining the Matador community. It is a tremendous opportunity and I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career," said Matthies. "I'd like to thank Dr. Martin, Ryan Swartwood and Lizzie Gomez for helping through the process."
Matthies will take the helm of a Matador team that went 23-9 during the 2014 season and appeared in the Big West Conference Championship match. The team was also ranked as high as seventh in the nation during the year, the highest ranking in program history.
"This is a great group of girls coming off of a successful year last year and my goal is to help build off of that and win a Big West title," added Matthies. "This is my first opportunity as a head coach and I'm excited to see where it leads. With Brianna Battles staying on as an assistant I am excited to have her help me transition into the program and build it moving forward."
Matthies joins the Matadors after serving as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at LMU. During his stint with the Lions, Matthies coached six CWPA All-Americans (three men, three women) in addition to 18 ACWPC All-Academic honorees. The women's program also won the Golden Coast Conference Championship in 2014. While at LMU Matthies was charged with coordinating the program's recruiting efforts, as well as working with the goalies, center offense and center defense.
Prior to his time at LMU, Matthies was an assistant with the men's and women's programs at Bucknell University from 2011 to 2012. He has also spent time as a coach within the USA Water Polo ODP System (since 2009) and has assisted at Pepperdine University, Westlake (Ca.) High School and the University of California, Berkeley.
As a player, Matthies won the 2006 NCAA Division I National Championship with Cal and was named an All-American three times. He also competed for the USA Water Polo National Team at the senior level from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2009 to 2010. Matthies earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal in 2008.