California State University, Stanislaus announced the resignation of Athletics Director Michael J. Matoso, who has accepted a similar position at Saint Mary's College of California, a Division I school in the West Coast Conference.
Matoso was named Athletics Director at Stanislaus State in May 2012, and under his leadership the university has had its best finishes in the CCAA Commissioners Cup. Warrior 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 their 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, Matoso's efforts encouraged athletes to excel as leaders in the classroom maintaining over a 3.0 GPA and in the community – a sexual assault awareness video was recognized by the CSU Chancellor's Office and an anti-bullying campaign made the finals of the NCAA's Award for Excellence.
During Matoso'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.
"We wish him all the best in his new position. Athletics rose in visibility and stature at Stan State under Mike's leadership, underscored by his commitment to academic excellence and sportsmanlike conduct," said Stanislaus State President Ellen Junn.
Pointing to renovations wrapping up at the Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena, Junn added, "Tremendous improvements to our athletic facilities have been made possible by generous donations he encouraged and improvements in the University's athletic program."
Kim Duyst has been appointed to serve as the Interim Athletic Director. Duyst has served the campus well for the past 31 years – arriving in 1986 as the cross country and track coach – and most recently was the Senior Associate Athletics Director. A national search for the permanent Athletics Director will be launched in the fall.