Cal State Northridge Matadors

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Cal State Northridge Matadors
University California State University, Northridge
Conference Big West Conference
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Dr. Brandon Martin
Location Northridge, CA
Varsity teams 19
Basketball arena Matadome
Baseball stadium Matador Field
Nickname Matadors
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The Cal State Northridge Matadors (commonly referred to as CSUN or Cal State Northridge) represent California State University, Northridge in Northridge, Los Angeles, California in intercollegiate athletics. They field 17 teams in nineteen sports. 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 Matadors compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Big West Conference.[1] 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.

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.

Varsity teams[edit]

California State University, Northridge sponsors teams in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]

  • # = Teams competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
  • * = Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which will have its first national championship in the spring of 2016.[3] CSUN is currently an independent.

Former varsity teams[edit]

  • Football (discontinued 2001)
  • Swimming (men's and women's) (discontinued 2010)[4]

Notable non varsity sports[edit]

Ice Hockey[edit]

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.[5] In 2013, the team finished first in California and sixth in the Nation in Division 2.[6]


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). With these two titles, they are continuing on their rise in the intercollegiate Boxing world.

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