January 31, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 9

Kearin Accepts Four-Year Contract as Head Football Coach

Interim Coach During 1999 Chosen for Permanent Job

Cal State Northridge Athletic Director Dick Dull announced that Jeff Kearin, the Matadors' interim head coach in 1999, has agreed to a four-year contract as Northridge's head football coach. The contract will take him through the 2003 season.

"I have been impressed with Coach Kearin's integrity and with his concern for his student-athletes and their development on and off the field," Dull said. "He came into this program and provided some stability in a very difficult time. His 1999 team was very competitive with a tough schedule, including two games at Division I-A programs."

Kearin had concluded a six-month contract as the interim head coach, guiding the Matadors to a 5-6 overall record and a 4-4 record in the Big Sky Conference, finishing in fifth place. The 1999 Matadors faced two I-A programs in Kansas and SMU, as well as four nationally ranked I-AA programs. The season highlight was a 36-14 homecoming win over 23rd ranked Sacramento State. Northridge was 1-3 vs. ranked teams in the 1999 season.

"Jeff has done a wonderful job," CSUN Interim President Louanne Kennedy said. "He came on board under very difficult circumstances, with little preparation time and successfully led the team this past season.

"He has not only stabilized the team, but helped re-energize the program. Jeff's proven himself to be an excellent coach for Cal State Northridge and was our obvious choice to fill the permanent position. I am confident in Jeff's abilities and look forward to his success."


January, 31, 2000

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