Former CSUN Head Coach Matt Curtis Joins Baseball Staff
Aug 29, 2013
LOS ANGELES - USC head coach Dan Hubbs, who recently received a multi-year contract extension, has announced the hiring of former Cal State Northridge head coach Matt Curtis as an assistant coach. Curtis joins former Trojan shortstop and major leaguer Gabe Alvarez on Hubbs' staff.
Known as one of the top recruiters on the West Coast, Curtis spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Cal State Northridge, where he guided the 2013 team to a 31-26 mark - the program's best season since its regional appearance in 2002. The team finished in fourth place with a 15-12 record in the difficult Big West Conference last season, marking the second highest finish since joining the Big West.
"We are excited to welcome Matt, Kimberlee, Lauren, Allison and Jacob to the Trojan baseball family," Hubbs said. "Matt brings a wealth of experience from his time at Fresno State and Cal State Northridge. He is known as a great evaluator and developer of talent. We are fortunate to add a coach of his caliber to our staff."
Over his three seasons at Northridge, Curtis rebuilt the Matadors program, coaching nine student-athletes to All-Big West performances with one All-American, and 12 student-athletes under his watch were signed to professional contracts. The team's conference record improved in each of his three seasons, and from his first year in 2011 to his last in 2013, the team's overall winning percentage improved from .411 to .544.
Prior to Cal State Northridge, Curtis spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Fresno State. During his tenure with the Bulldogs, the team won five consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles, made five NCAA tournament appearances and won the 2008 College World Series. The Bulldogs compiled an overall record of 362-272-0 during his 10 seasons as an assistant.
At Fresno State, Curtis was a part of bringing in five nationally ranked recruiting classes. Under the watch of head coach Mike Batesole and Curtis, the Bulldogs had 62 professional draft picks, five first round draft picks, 15 All-Americans and 79 All-WAC honorees.
A four-year letterwinner and all-conference catcher at Fresno State, Curtis started 155 games and can be found on numerous program top-ten lists including: games played (215), at-bats (761), hits (235), runs (144), doubles (52), walks (116) and RBIs (127). Curtis ranks fourth all-time with 52 career doubles, 22 of which he hit in 1995 when he finished atop the WAC. Curtis was twice named a WAC Scholar-Athlete and garnered Academic All-Conference and All-Conference honors in 1995. He played five years professionally with the Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians organizations. For his accomplishments and success as both a student-athlete and coach, Curtis was inducted into the Fresno State Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
A native of Visalia, Calif., Curtis earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1998 and his master's degree in business administration in 2001, both from Fresno State. Curtis and his wife Kimberlee now live in La Crescenta, Calif. with their three children--daughters Lauren and Allison and son, Jacob.