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  Rick Mazzuto

Rick Mazzuto

Player Profile

Athletics Director


(818) 677-3208

Rick Mazzuto was named Cal State Northridge Athletic Director on August 3, 2006, becoming the seventh athletic director in the Matadors' 52-year history.

Mazzuto came to CSUN from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where he served as athletic director since 2002. Mazzuto led the Lancers in the school's transition from Division II to Division I, which began in March, 2002.

At Longwood, Mazzuto guided the program through many changes, including increases in operating budgets, scholarships and department personnel, while also overseeing scheduling, fund raising and marketing. Additionally, Mazzuto was instrumental in developing a comprehensive master plan for new athletic facilities and the complete renovation of some existing facilities.

Mazzuto also served as athletic director at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. from 1989 to 2000.

He oversaw a $5 million budget and 16-sport athletic program while with the Gaels. During his tenure at SMC, the Gaels made three trips to the NCAA Tournament with their 1992 women's soccer, 1997 men's basketball and 1999 women's basketball squads.

Mazzuto began his athletic director career at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he managed the Gaels' 20-sport program. While there, Iona participated in six NCAA Tournaments and National Invitational Tournaments in men's basketball, as the school won a combined 13 conference championships.

Mazzuto started at Iona in 1977, working for three years as the institution's associate athletic director.

Mazzuto also served on numerous committee during his career, including the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee from 1991 to 1997 and the NCAA Academic, Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet from 1997-2000. Mazzuto is currently a member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. He also serves on the Compliance and Game Management Committees, and is the administrative liaison to the BWC's Sports Information Directors.

He also has extensive community service activities, serving on the Board of Directors of both the Moraga and New Rochelle Rotary Clubs.

Mazzuto earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he began his career in intercollegiate athletics as the school's sports information director for two years. He also served as SID at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., for four years, and was the publicity director for the East Coast Conference for two years.

Mazzuto, 61, is married to the former Janet Johnstone.