July 6, 2017
Sending our best wishes to Mike Matoso
It is with great sadness that I have accepted the resignation of Athletics Director Mike Matoso. Mike has accepted a similar position at Saint Mary's College of California. This move puts him back in the West Coast Conference at a Division I level close to his hometown where family still lives.
Mike came to our University in May 2012 and under his leadership, Stanislaus State has had its best finishes in the CCAA Commissioners Cup. Our athletes have captured six conference championships, saw 11 of 14 teams compete in the post season and 41 students were named All-Americans. Warrior women in particular gained ground, with women's soccer winning two championships, women's volleyball winning our first post season game and women's basketball winning its first post season game in 25 years. Alongside Warrior team successes came a three-fold increase in overall ticket sales revenue, new marketing and promotional efforts and an enhanced game day fan experience. This focus has made Stan State a leader in overall attendance in the CCAA!
Off the field, Mike's efforts encouraged athletes to excel as leaders in the classroom and in the community. Our Warrior athletes maintain over a 3.0 GPA and those that maintain a 3.25 GPA or higher are honored at an annual President's Breakfast. Our Warriors' sexual assault awareness video was recognized by the CSU Chancellor's Office and our athletes' anti-bullying campaign made the finals of the NCAA's Award for Excellence.
During Mike's tenure, the University made more than $7 million in sports facility upgrades to the Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena, Warrior Stadium, the softball stadium, the golf facility and to team locker rooms. The Fitzpatrick building upgrades have been the most ambitious, adding air conditioning, a new gym floor, stadium-style seating and a total makeover for the lobby and trophy displays. Mike's commitment to building relationships with our generous community has made many of these improvements possible through private donor support.
These are just a few of the successes our athletics department has seen under the direction of Mike's leadership. He will definitely be missed on campus. Please join me in wishing Mike and his family the best of luck on this new chapter of his career!
In the meantime, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Ms. Kim Duyst to serve as our Interim Athletic Director. Kim has served our campus well for the past 31 years – arriving in 1986 as the cross country and track coach – and most recently serving as the Senior Associate Athletics Director. Please join me in welcoming her to this role. A national search for the permanent Athletics Director will be launched this fall.