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, 2013.
Now entering her fifth year with the program, Matias was voted the 2016 Big West Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Titans to their best season in program history.
During the 2016-17 season, Matias led the Titans to a school-record of most wins in a single season, 19. The Titans posted an overall mark of 19-4 for a school-record winning percentage of .826. Matias also led The Titans to their longest winning streak in school history, at one point claiming victory in 11 consecutive matches to start the year. The season ended with their first trip to the Big West Championship semifinals for the first time in school history, falling to eventual Big West Champions Hawai'i.
She coached the tandem of De Leon and Valenzuela to a school-record of 16 wins from the No. 1 doubles position and finished the season ranked as the 80th best-doubles tandem in the nation.
In three short years, the Titans have amassed an overall record of 35-33 (.515), while her student-athletes garnered nine Big West Conference end-of-season awards, six Big West Player of the Week accolades and 11 Big West All-Academic honors.
She has coached three-time Big West Singles First Team selection Alexis Valenzuela – the first Titan ever selected to the Big West First Team. In addition in 2016, Valenzuela and doubles partner Camille De Leon became just the second Titan team in program history to receive Big West Conference First Team accolades.
In 2016, without a senior on the roster and with three freshmen routinely in the lineup, the Titans produced the program’s best season in program history. Cal State Fullerton set program records for most wins in a single season (17), most Big West Conference victories (6), and best conference finish (3rd) in Titan history.
In 2016, Cal State Fullerton recorded its first winning season since 2004, and its first winning record in conference play, while the team's overall winning percentage (.739) and league winning percentage (.750) were also program bests.
Fullerton ended the season with an 89-45 (.664) record in singles play and a 37-16 (.698) mark in doubles action, both program records.
Matias, who is the fifth Fullerton women’s tennis head coach since 1984, remained 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 is 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.
Born in Balagtas, Bulacan, Philippines, Matias competed as a member of the 2007 Philippine team at the South East Asian Games and the 2008 Philippine FED CUP team.
In addition, Matias previously worked as a private tennis instructor with the City of Irvine from 2008-09 and once again the past year.
• 2016 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
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