Cal State Northridge Matadors

Cal State Northridge Matadors
University California State University, Northridge
Conference Big West Conference
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Brandon Martin
Location Northridge, California
Varsity teams 19
Basketball arena Matadome
Baseball stadium Matador Field
Nickname Matadors
Colors Red, White, and Black[1]

The Cal State Northridge Matadors are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Northridge in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. The Matadors field 17 teams in nineteen sports.

The Matadors compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Big West Conference.[2] CSUN has been a member of the Big West since the summer of 2001 for most sports. The men's and women's indoor track and field teams, the women's water polo team, and the men's volleyball team compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation instead. CSUN had previously been a member of the Big Sky Conference from 1996 to 2000. The Matadors won 34 NCAA Division II National Titles before moving up to Division I in 1990. That still ranks third all time in Division 2.

A football team was previously fielded, but the program was discontinued in 2001. Men's and women's swimming were also discontinued in 2010.

The Matador nickname was suggested in 1958 by student submissions, and was chosen over four other finalists. These included the Apollos, Falcons, Rancheros and Titans. The Matador is said to reflect the region's Spanish heritage.

Varsity teams

California State University, Northridge sponsors teams in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

The Matadors softball team has appeared in two Women's College World Series in 1993 and 1994, advancing to the title game in 1994 before falling to Arizona.[5]

Former varsity teams

National championships

Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score
NCAA Division II Baseball (2)[7] 1970 Nicholls State 2–1
1984 Florida Southern 10–5
Men's Golf (3)[8] 1969 Rollins 1,231–1,232
1973 South Florida 1,180–1,196
1974 UC Irvine 1,205–1,211
Men's Swimming and Diving (9)[9] 1975 UC Irvine 277–210
1977 UC Irvine 326–305
1978 Cal State Chico 304–282
1979 Oakland 384–170
1981 Oakland 349–339
1982 Puget Sound 444–244½
1983 Oakland 352½–347½
1984 Oakland 319½–226
1985 Cal State Bakersfield 488–417½
Women's Swimming and Diving (4)[10] 1982 Vanderbilt 391–324
1987 Clarion 349–274
1988 Tampa 441–285
1989 North Dakota 397–280
Women's Tennis (1)[11] 1982 Cal State Bakersfield 15–13
Women's Volleyball (2)[12] 1983 Portland State 3–2
1987 Central Missouri State 3–2

Notable non varsity sports

Ice Hockey

The men's ice hockey team is the oldest non-varsity sport in school history. The team started in 1971. Currently the team competes in Division 2 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, which is the national governing body for non-varsity hockey, and they are also a member of the West Coast Hockey Conference. Before moving up to Division 2 in 2012 the team made the Division 3 National Tournament twice in 2010 and 2012. They finished 11th and ninth in the Nation, respectively.


CSUN offers men's and women's rugby.

CSUN women's rugby began as a university recognized club team in 2011, after a 17-year hiatus. CSUN women's rugby played in the Collegiate SoCal Division 2 in 2012, and finished ranked first in Southern California and 14th in the Nation in Division 2.[13] In 2013, the team finished first in California and sixth in the Nation in Division 2.[14]


Established in 2007, the team competes in both the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) and the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA). They currently hold two individual titles; 2014 Women's 152 Beginner (USIBA) and 2014 Men's 152 Beginner (USIBA).

See also


  1. CSUN Matadors Brand Identity, Usage and Style Guide (PDF). 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  4. "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  5. Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  7. "Division II Baseball Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  8. "NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  9. "NCAA Division II Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  10. "NCAA Division II Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  11. "Division II Women's Tennis Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  12. "NCAA Women's Division II Volleyball Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  13. Daily Sundial, Women’s Rugby: A CSUN rags to riches tale, Dec. 4, 2013,
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