|Position:||Head Coach (First Season)|
Dianne Matias was named head women’s tennis coach at Cal State Fullerton, it was announced by Director of Athletics Jim Donovan on August 15.
Matias, who is the fifth Fullerton women’s tennis head coach since 1984, is remaining in the Big West Conference after serving as an assistant on UC Irvine’s staff during the 2013 season.
In 2013, the Anteaters notched their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 4-2 win over San Jose State. The squad finished the year ranked 33rd in the nation, clinched the Big West regular season championship, and also boasted the league player of the year in Kristina Smith.
The Anteaters experienced a 20-match win streak, and UC Irvine’s 23-5 record marked the most wins in program history.
The head coaching opportunity will be the second for Matias, who served as Maryland’s head coach for the 2011-12 campaign. She spent the previous two seasons as the Terrapins’ assistant coach.
During her time at Maryland, Matias brought in the 23rd ranked recruiting class according to TennisRecruiting.net. In addition, Maryland’s top singles player reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, while the doubles pair of Welma Lus and Ana Belzunce also qualified for postseason play.
As an assistant in 2011 at Maryland, the team reached a No. 34 ranking, which was the highest for the program since 1993, while the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament along with one singles player and one doubles team.
Before her three years at Maryland, Matias spent her first year in coaching as an assistant at UC Irvine in 2009.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Southern California, Matias ranked as high as No. 32 nationally in singles and No. 28 in doubles at the collegiate level. She also led the Trojans to a No. 3 ranking nationally at the end of the 2005-2006 season. During her senior year she served as one of the Trojans co-captains.
Before competing at USC, Matias played one season of high school tennis at Carson High School in California after being home-schooled for the three years prior at Futures High in Mission Viejo, Calif. Matias played No. 1 singles and doubles in her senior year and was named to the 2002 Los Angeles Times all-area first team.
At the junior level, Matias enjoyed a prolific career as one of the best players in California and in the nation. Matias was ranked as the No. 1 player nationally in singles at the U16 level in 2000 and 2001. Also in 2000, Matias earned the distinction of the USTA’s Southern California Player of the Year.
In addition, Matias previously worked as a private tennis instructor with the City of Irvine from 2008-09 and once again the past year.