Student-Athletes came out for the annual awards show to relive the year's accomplishments.
The Saint Mary's athletics department honored 75 student-athletes at its first annual President's Scholar-Athlete Luncheon
Since beginning his duties in July of 2017, Matoso has quickly made his mark on the athletics department and across the college.
Matoso has broken ground on the Student Athlete Performance Complex, which consists of a remodel of 40-year-old McKeon Pavilion. He quickly revamped the facility remodel to include two phases, with phase one being completed in fall of 2018 with an 8-million dollar price tag.
As year-one under Matoso comes to a close, he has been able to reorganize his senior staff, complete an overhaul of the budget process and create a development structure to enhance department funding.
Fundraising and revenue generation hit record levels in 2017-18, including ticket sales, capital campaigns and the Gael Golf Classic, benefitting scholarships.
During the 2017-18 season, Matoso launched the inaugural President's Scholar-Athlete Luncheon, recognizing over 70 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Matoso joined Saint Mary's after serving as the Director of Athletics at Stanislaus State for five years. Prior to Stanislaus, Matoso was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of San Diego for 13 years.
While at Stanislaus State, Matoso led the Warriors to unprecedented success since becoming a Division II institution. After 27 years in Division II, Stanislaus State had its best finishes in the CCAA Commissioner's Cup history under Matoso's direction. The Warriors' success continued with 23 individual CCAA champions, 107 student-athletes named All-Region, 9 Academic All-Americans, 19 All-Region Academic Team members, 2 West Region Players of the Year, and 3 West Region Coaches of the Year.
Under Matoso at Stanislaus State, facility renovations were abundant. The Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena, Warrior Park, Softball Stadium, Warrior Stadium, Golf short range facility, athletic administration offices, team locker rooms for men's and women's basketball, volleyball, softball, track and field have all seen major improvements, capping a sum total of more than $6.5 million in facility upgrades since his arrival. Private giving increased dramatically since Matoso arrived at Stanislaus and in turn made many of the improvements possible.
Warrior student-athletes excelled in the classroom and in the community under Matoso. In the community, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee led conference efforts in both the annual can drive and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Prior to Stanislaus State, Matoso was responsible for the daily operations of USD's intercollegiate athletic programs with 17 NCAA Division I teams and 450 student-athletes. He oversaw all athletic facilities, including minor capital projects and capital improvements.
He played a key role in developing and planning Fowler Park, a 14-million-dollar baseball facility, which was ranked by Baseball America as one of the top five collegiate facilities in the country. Matoso was pivotal to USD's success in capturing the prestigious WCC Commissioner's Cup trophy for five consecutive years.
Before his 13-year experience in building USD's athletic department, Matoso spent the previous four years at the University of Southern California as the football and baseball academic advisor. Prior to USC, he served as the academic advisor to all 18 teams at Cal Poly.
Matoso is a California native. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education (1993) from Cal Poly and earned his Masters of Arts in Education and Counseling (1995) from Cal Poly with academic honors. He was selected as the only representative from USC to attend the prestigious Sports Management Institute program at the University of Notre Dame and University of South Carolina (1998). He was a pitcher for Cal Poly and participated in the Division II College World Series.
Mike and his wife Kelly have three children, Abigail (17), Cole (14), and Brody (10).
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6/21/2018 - Track & Field
TRK | Pannu Qualifies for U.S. Championships
6/21/2018 - M. Golf
GOLF | Gaels Find Success At Major Amateur Tourneys
6/20/2018 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Beach Volleyball Complex Receives Naming Gift
6/20/2018 - M. Golf
GOLF | Hakim Wins Again, Takes Sac City Championship
06/19/2018 - M. Basketball
MBK | Saint Mary's Alumni to Participate in TBT
06/19/2018 - W. Volleyball
VB | Browning Coaching With USA Junior National Team
06/18/2018 - W. Basketball
WBK | Mauldin Returns To SMC As Assistant Coach
06/18/2018 - Baseball
BSB | Gaels Spread All Over For Summer Ball
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