April 10, 2012
Turlock, CA - California State University (CSU), Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani announced today that University of San Diego Senior Associate Director of Athletics Michael Matoso has been offered and has accepted the position of athletic director. He will officially start at CSU Stanislaus on May 21, 2012.
"I am very pleased to make this appointment," said President Shirvani. "Michael Matoso is an accomplished leader with a wide range of experience in administration, fundraising, strategic planning and NCAA compliance. I am confident he will have an immediate positive impact, and will take our athletics programs and student athletes to higher levels of excellence."
Matoso, who is moving on after 13 years with USD Athletics, had this to say about his new appointment. "It is a very exciting day for me and my family as I accept the position of Director of Athletics at Cal State Stanislaus. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the university, Warrior Athletics and the City of Turlock. Building the community within the athletics department, improving linkages with the region and setting common goals to improve athletics programs will be among my first focus areas. It is also a very sad day in saying goodbye to USD. I cannot thank Dr. Mary Lyons or Ky Snyder enough for the opportunities that I have been provided. It has been an amazing 13 years and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work at USD. I am proud of our accomplishments both on and off the field and know that will continue. More than anything, I will miss the people on this campus and within the membership of the West Coast Conference."
Matoso has been with the University of San Diego (USD) since 1999. He served as senior associate director of athletics (2005--2012), associate director of athletics for compliance and administration (2000--2005) and academic support coordinator (1999--2000). At USD, he contributed to oversight of a department with 17 NCAA Division I teams and 450 student athletes.
"For 13 years, six as the Senior Associate AD, Mike has done an outstanding job for us," said Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "Those talents were not unseen. His thoughtful approach, unique style, quick wit and fun personality made him a joy to work with. His eye for talent helped us hire many of our coaches. He also did a lot of work across campus to improve our lines of communication and working relationships. I will be sad to see him leave but proud knowing he will now be running his own program. We wish him and his family nothing but the best."
Further, Matoso was instrumental in helping the USD Toreros win the West Coast Conference (WCC) Commissioner's Cup four straight years--the only program in conference history to do so. The WCC Commissioner's Cup honors the school with the best athletic department. Immediately prior, Matoso was academic counselor to the football and baseball programs at the University of Southern California (1996--1999) and graduate advisor for the athletic programs at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Matoso earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in education, both from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Mike and his wife Kelly have three children: Abigail (11), Cole (8) and Brody (5).