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Matador Athletics Through the Years

70s

Paul McCracken – Men’s Basketball (1970-72)
A Matador Hall of Famer, McCracken earned All-American and All-District honors in 1972. Helping

CSUN win back-to-back conference titles, McCracken is the Matadors’ all- time career leader in rebounds per game and rebounds in a single season. McCracken played three seasons in the NBA, and four seasons in the Continental Basketball Association.

Mel Wilson – Football (1972-75) Wilson was a three-time All-Conference selection as a defensive back for the Matadors from 1972-75. In 1975, 

Wilson became the first player in CSUN history to gain All-American honors. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1976 and inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame in 1984.

Jason Thompson – Baseball (1974-75)
A former MLB All Star, Thompson collected All-District and All-Conference accolades in his Matador career. Thomp
son was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Most Valuable Player in 1975, as he led CSUN to the NCAA Division II Championship round. Drafted in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers, Thompson played 12 major league seasons, including five with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Paula Moran – Women’s Basketball (1976-79)
Moran was selected as the first CSUN Women’s Basket- ball All-American, as she was named to 
the 1979 National Scouting Association Women’s Collegiate All-American Team. Moran was named First Team All-Conference in 1978 and 1979, and her teams went 52-30 during her career. Moran is ranked eighth in school history with 1,270 points.

 80s

Heather Hafner – Women’s Volleyball (1982-85)
Hafner was a three - time NCAA Divi- sion II All-American in 1982, 1984 and 1985. During her four 
years at CSUN, the Matadors played for the NCAA Division II Championship four times, winning the 1983 Nation- al Championship. Hafner was named conference MVP as a senior in 1985, in addition to being a three-time All-Conference selection. She went on to play 12 seasons on the Women’s Professional Beach Tour.

Joey Kirk – Men’s Soccer(1983-85, 1987) Kirk led CSUN to the 1987 NCAA Divi- sion II National Championship match. As a senior, Kirk was selected to the Senior Bowl, U.S. National Team and U.S. West Regional All-Star Team, as well as being named among Soccer  America’s Top 10 players. A 1987 first team All-Region selection, Kirk was the CCAA MVP as a junior and as a senior. He concluded his college career as the Matadors’ leader in goals (59) and points (162). He ranks second in school history in assists (44) and is the school Division II record holder for most points (77) and goals (30) in a season.

Barbara Jordan – Softball (1984-87)
A three-time First Team All-American, Jordan led CSUN to three NCAA Division II Softball National Championships 
(1984, 1985, 1987). Jordan was selected First Team All-Region on three occasions and was named First Team All-Conference four times. She was also chosen CCAA MVP in 1985 and 1986. Jordan concluded her career as the school record holder for career games  played (269), career at-bats (822), most games played in a season (80, in 1985) and most at-bats in a season (262, in 1985). She ranks second in school history in career runs (167), third in career hits (259) and third in career stolen bases (82). Jordan later served as head coach of the Matador Softball program for seven seasons (2002-09).

Bob Samuelson – Men’s Volleyball (1988-89) Samuelson was a two-time All-American in 1988 and 1989, while setting three CSUN single-season and career records. Samuelson went on to play a major role on the United States National Team from 1988-93, earning a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

90s

Scia Maumausolo – Softball (1993-96) Maumausolo led CSUN to back-to- back appearances in the Women’s College World Series, including a national runner-up finish in 1994. Maumausolo was selected First Team All-Conference three times (1993, 95-96) and First Team All-Region (1993, 95-96) on three occasions. Maumausolo was named WAC MVP in 1995. She is the school re- cord holder in career RBI (163); and she ranks second in career home runs (50), among a host of other school records.

Adam Kennedy – Baseball(1995-97) One of the most decorated Matadors in school history, Kennedy earned three All-American awards at shortstop. Kennedy led the nation in hits twice and guided CSUN to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title in 1996. He holds 15 career, season and team records. A 14-year major league veteran, Kennedy won the 2002 World Series with the Anaheim Angels.

00s

Brian Heinle – Men’s Basketball (1997- 2001) Heinle earned the distinction of being named the first CSUN Men’s Basketball Division I All-American in 2001. A three-time All-Big Sky Conference honoree, Heinle led CSUN to a conference title and the school’s first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. Heinle ranks third in school history in points, and fourth in rebounds.

Sean Franklin – Men’s Soccer (2003- 07) As a redshirt fresh- man, Franklin was named to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, and he saw action on the U.S. Under-23 National Team in 2007-08. He was twice named First Team All-Conference and also received All-Region accolades. He was the fourth overall pick of the Major League Soccer 2008 “Super Draft” — picked by the L.A. Galaxy, for whom he played through 2013. He also played for DC United from 2014-17 and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2018.

Ofa Tulikihihifo – Women’s Basketball (2003-05, 2006-07) Tulikihihifo was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection. She was named 2003 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and was selected to the 2003 Big West Conference All-Freshman team. A 2003 WomensCollegeHoops.com Freshman All-American, she concluded her career as CSUN’s all-time leading scorer and 22nd in conference history, with 1,632 points.

Nick Delio – Men’s Golf (2007-10) Delio was CSUN’s first NCAA Division I All-American in Men’s Golf. CSUN’s all-time leader in scoring average (71.91), he holds four of the top five season scoring marks in team history. A four-time First Team All-Big West selection, he was named Big West Conference Player of the Year in 2011. He played in the NCAA Championship as an individual competitor in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

10s

Casey Hinger – Women’s Volleyball (2011-14) Hinger was CSUN’s first NCAA Divi- sion I three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She was a four-time All-Big West Conference honoree, also a first for a CSUN Women’s Volleyball player. She was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award for outstanding senior NCAA Division I student-athletes, and she went on to play professional volleyball in Germany.

Stephan Hicks – Men’s Basketball (2011-15) The school’s all-time scoring leader, Hicks holds six career Matador re- cords. He earned three all-conference awards and helped the Matadors ad- vance to the Big West Tournament finals in 2014. Hicks has played in the NBA G-League since 2015 with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Sagi Lev Ari – Men’s Soccer (2012-14) Lev Ari earned first team All-American honors in 2013 and was named as a semifinalist for the 2013 MAC Hermann Award, the highest individual honor in college soccer. A 2014 Senior CLASS Award candidate for NCAA Division I outstanding senior student athletes he was twice named First Team All-Conference. Lev Ari is ranked fourth in school history in career goals and seventh in career points (90). 

Savannah Horvath – Softball (2015-18) Horvath was named Honorable Men- tion All-American in 2018 after being named Big West Conference Player of the Year. A four-time First Team All-Conference selection, Horvath was named Second Team All-Region in 2015 and Third Team All-Region in 2018.