Cal State Northridge Matadors

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Cal State Northridge Matadors
University California State University, Northridge
Conferences Big West Conference
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Dr. Brandon Martin
Location Northridge, CA
Varsity teams 16
Basketball arena Matadome
Baseball stadium Matador Field
Nickname Matadors
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The Cal State Northridge Matadors (also CSUN, Cal State–Northridge, and CSU Northridge) represent California State University, Northridge in Northridge, Los Angeles, California in intercollegiate athletics. They field sixteen teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and volleyball; women's-only softball, tennis, and water polo; and men's-only baseball. A football team was previously fielded, but the program was discontinued in 2001.

The Matadors compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Big West Conference.[1] CSUN has been a member of the Big West Conference since the summer of 2001 for most sports. The men's and women's Track and Field teams 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.

CSUN's sports teams are known as the Matadors, which was suggested in 1958 by student submissions. The Matador was chosen over four other finalists. They included the Apollos, Falcons, Rancheros and Titans. The Matador is said to reflect the region's Spanish heritage. CSUN is the only university in the country to have the Matador as their mascot.[citation needed]

Varsity teams[edit]

Men Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Golf Soccer
Soccer Softball
Track & Field Track & Field
Volleyball Volleyball
Water Polo

Former varsity teams[edit]

  • Football (discontinued 2001)
  • Swimming (men's and women's) (discontinued 2010)[2]

Notable non varsity sports[edit]


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 II in 2012, and finished ranked #1 in Southern California and #14 nationwide in Division II.[3] In 2013, the team finished #1 in California and #6 nationwide in Division II.[4]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Daily Sundial, Women’s Rugby: A CSUN rags to riches tale, Dec. 4, 2013,
  4. ^ Daily Sundial, Women’s Rugby: A CSUN rags to riches tale, Dec. 4, 2013,

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