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Media Information

Welcome
The members of the Cal State Northridge Media Relations Office appreciate your interest in the 20 Matador sports. We hope this new website (www.gomatadors.com) will serve as a your complete source to your coverage of CSUN Athletics. If you have any further questions, please call any member of the Cal State Northridge Media Relations Office staff.

 

 

Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations
818-677-2313 (Office)
510-673-9521 (Cell)
bobbyv@csun.edu
Responsibilities: Men's Basketball; Women's Water Polo; Website

Entering his fourth season at Cal State Northridge in 2010-11 ... Worked nearly 24 years as Media Relations Director at Stanford University ... Oversees the publicity efforts of the Matador's 20-sport intercollegiate athletic program, with a main emphasis on men's basketball, women's water polo and the website ... A member of the CSUN Hall of Fame Committee ... Winner of 20 press guide awards by CoSIDA ... Received a CoSIDA 25-year Award in 2003 ... Has been media coordinator at numerous NCAA National and Regional Tournaments as well as Pac-10 Championships ... Spent six years (1977-83) as Sports Information Director at UC Santa Barbara ... Prior to UCSB, held various positions in the broadcasting industry in San Diego. ... A member of CoSIDA, and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) ... A member of the Special Awards Committee (CoSIDA) ... Worked as a public relations assistant at the 1984 Summer Olympics ... A 1972 graduate of San Diego State with a B.S. Degree in Radio/Television Journalism.

Bob's Bio
Favorite Food: Foods that are hot and spicy
Least Favorite Food: Vegetables
Favorite Movie: Bull Durham/Too Kill A Mockingbird/Animal House
Favorite TV Show: Two and A Half Men/Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
Favorite Actor: George Clooney
Favorite Actress: Eva Longoria Parker
Would Most Like To Meet: Dorothy Hamill (ice skater)
Enjoys Listening To The Music Of: U2/Peter White/Sara Evans
The Best Thing About Working At CSUN: Winning games
What Actor Would Play The Lead If A Movie Was Made Of My Life: Tom Hanks
Hobbies: Reading Autobiographies
Greatest Heroes: My beloved Parents
If I Had A Million Dollars, I would: Travel, and give money to 'Guide Dogs for the Blind'

 

 

Matt Monroe, Associate Director of Media Relations
818-677-3247 (Office)
805-217-9129 (Cell)
matthew.c.monroe@csun.edu
Responsibilities: Men's/Women's Volleyball; Track & Field; Cross Country; Men's/Women's Golf

Enters his 12th year (2010-11) on the media relations staff at Cal State Northridge ... Oversees the publicity efforts for Matador men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's golf ... Has served as media coordinator at several Big West and NCAA Regional Track & Field championship events ... Winner of three "Best in the Nation" citations for publications by CoSIDA ... Spent five years (1995-1999) as the Sports Information Director at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif ... Served the 1993 season as a Media Relations Assistant with the Oakland A's ... A member of CoSIDA ... A 1992 graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.A. Degree in Communication Studies ... Married (Patty) with three daughters (Molly, Cailey, Ellie) ... The family resides in Simi Valley.

Matt's Memo
Favorite Food: Chicken burrito
Least Favorite Food: Squash
Favorite Movie: Too many, but Raising Arizona, Defending Your Life, Bull Durham to name a few
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld, The Office
Favorite Actor: Albert Brooks, Will Ferrell
Favorite Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
Would Most Like To Meet: Howard Stern
Enjoys Listening to The Music Of: Journey, Francis Dunnery
The Best Thing About Working At CSUN: The people
What Actor Would Play The Lead If A Movie Was Made About My Life: Jason Statham (same hairline)
Hobbies: Golf, soccer, rooting for the San Francisco Giants
Greatest Heroes: My family (immediate and extended)
If I Had A Million Dollars, I Would: Take my family on a European adventure and buy a bigger house

 

 

Geoff Herberg, Assistant Director of Media Relations
818-677-3243 (Office)
765-766-9310 (Cell)
geoffrey.herberg@csun.edu
Responsibilities: Women's Basketball; Women's Soccer; Softball; Women's Tennis

Begins his fourth season (2010-11) on the CSUN staff after working two years in the media relations office at the University of Kansas ... Responsibilities at Kansas included track & field, cross country, and assisted with men's and women's basketball, football, softball, women's volleyball and women's soccer ... Earned his BA degree in Secondary English Education in 2004 from the University of Arizona, and his Master's degree in Sports Studies at the University of Kansas in 2006.

Herberg's Headlines
Favorite Food: Pizza
Least Favorite Food: Mayonnaise
Favorite Movie: Jaws
Favorite TV Show: Next Food Network Star
Favorite Actor: Groucho Marx
Favorite Actress: Paris Hilton
Would most like to meet: Paris Hilton
Enjoys listening to the music of: Paris Hilton
The best thing about working at CSUN: The Student-Athletes
What actor would play the lead if a movie was made of my life: Peter Griffin (The Family Guy)
Greatest Heroes: Lance Armstrong, John McCain
If I had a million dollars, I would: Travel, Travel, Travel

 

 

Kevin Strauss, Media Relations Assistant
(818) 677-3860 (Office)
(909) 730-2076- (Cell)
kevin.strauss@csun.edu
Reponsibilities: Baseball; Men's Soccer

Kevin Strauss begins his first season at Cal State Northridge in 2011. Kevin joins the media relations staff after earning his BA degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations in the fall of 2010. He interned with the media relations department during the summer and fall of 2010.

Strauss' Bio
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Least Favorite Food: Spinach
Favorite Movie: The Godfather
Favorite TV Show: Jeopardy!
Favorite Actor: Steve Carell
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Aniston
Would most like to meet: Rex Ryan
The best thing about working at CSUN: The nonexistent commute
Greatest Heroes: Thomas Edison, Ted Kennedy, Bob Vazquez
Quirks: Collects baseballs from tourist spots and stadiums around the country, can solve the Rubik's Cube in around 1:20

 

 

Braden Villanueva, Media Relations Art Director
818-677-6634 (Office)
braden.o.villanueva@csun.edu

Currently in his tenth season as art director at Cal State Northridge in 2010-11 ... Responsible for the design and production of the athletic department publications ... Began working with the department as a freelance graphic artist in 1996 ... Has earned numerous honors including various regional awards as well as nine CoSIDA "Best in the Nation" awards ... Prior to CSUN, served as art director for Ventura County Parent and a monthly trade magazine, as well as associate art director for Junior Baseball magazine ... Also worked as a graphic artist for the city of Beverly Hills, Department of Recreation and Parks ... Earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema-Television Arts with an emphasis in Television Production from CSUN in 1997 ... Braden, his wife Lily, and their son Jaden, reside in Valencia.

Braden's Bio
Favorite Food: Carne Asada
Least Favorite Food: Fish
Favorite Movie: Spaceballs
Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Actor: Jack Nicholson (because he is a Laker fan)
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Garner
Would Most Like To Meet: Noah
Enjoys Listening To The Music Of: Babyface
The Best Thing About Working At CSUN: I don't have to drive to the Westside
What Actor Would Play The Lead If a Movie Was Made Of My Life: John Cho (not many Asians to choose from)
Hobbies: Photography, Golf, Basketball
Greatest Heroes: Jesus
If I Had A Million Dollars, I Would: Invest it after taking a European vacation

Important Numbers
Fax818-677-4950
Basketball Press Box818-677-4702
Baseball Press Box818-677-4292
Softball Press Box818-677-2988
Volleyball Press Box818-677-4702

 

 
Gametracker:
A live statistical account of every home baseball, basketball, softball, and men's and women's volleyball contest is scheduled to be available online at www.gomatadors.com. Check www.gomatadors.com for an updated schedule.

Media Memo:
The Cal State Northridge Media Relations Office can provide media members with biographical information on coaches and student-athletes, historical and statistical information, media guides, photographs and much more. Please contact the Matadors Media Relations Office to obtain this information.

Internet Access:
The press areas for all Matador athletics venues all have reliable functioning wireless internet access. Please contact the media relations contact for each sport for more information and an access user name and password.

All coach and student-athlete interviews should be directed through the media relations contact for each sport. Coaches and players are normally available for post-game interviews at a location arranged by the media relations contact approximately 10 minutes after each contest.

Interviews:
Media members should inform the media relations contact which players are requested for post-game interviews. For post-game interviews with opponents, please contact the media relations contact representing the visiting team. For all other non-game day Cal State Northridge interviews, please contact the media relations sports contact to arrange a convenient time for all parties.

Media Credentials:
Requests for all media credentials should be addressed to the media relations contact for each sport via email, fax, or phone. Credentials will be mailed if time permits or can be picked up at Media Will Call at the designated Media Will Call location at the athletic venue. Arrangements to pick up credentials at another time or date can be made by contacting the media relations contact for each sport.

Photography Credentials:
Photo passes are available to accredited media only and should be ordered in the same manner as media credentials. Passes should be worn in plain sight at all times.

Media Guides:
Media guides for Cal State Northridge athletic teams are produced for nearly every sport. Media guides are made available to credentialed members of the media free of charge. For non-media members, please call the Cal State Northridge Media Relations Office (818-677-2313) to purchase media guides.

Practices:
Please contact the media relations contact for each sport to find out policies for media attending practices for each specific team.

Press Areas:
Press areas vary by facility. Please contact the media relations contact for each sport to obtain information regarding the press area for each facility.

Press Releases:
Press releases with detailed information on Cal State Northridge teams will be produced on a regular basis. All press releases will be available at www.gomatadors.com, emailed to media members upon request and provided at events. To be added to a media email list, please contact the media relations contact for each sport.

Press Services:
Press releases, game day programs, media guides, starting lineups and other relevant media materials will be provided to members of the media. An NCAA box score and play-by-play (if requested) will be available approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of each game. In addition, drinks and food (for selected teams and games) will be provided to credentialed members of the media.

Television Coverage:
Several Cal State Northridge athletic events are televised by a variety of television stations. Check the www.gomatadors.com page for an updated schedule.

Media Parking
Media parking passes, issued only in advance by the Athletic Media Relations Office, are for the University's Lot G4. The entrances to Lot G4 are on the west side of Zelzah Avenue between Nordhoff and Plummer Streets.

Radio/Television Lines
Visiting radio stations (non-league opponents) must make arrangements through the Athletic Media Relations Office at least two weeks prior to the game. There will be a $35 charge (non-conference opponents only) for use of the telephone line provided for radio, and ALL calls must be either collect or billed to a calling credit card.