Andy Newman has been hired as the new head men’s basketball coach at Cal State Northridge, the school announced on Saturday. Newman as been at D-II Cal State San Bernardino for the last five years, going 91-30 overall and reaching the Final Four last month.
“Andy Newman’s career is defined by creating a culture that develops young men into champions on and off the court,” AD Shawn Chin-Farrell said. “He has won championships on the court everywhere he has been, while ensuring his student-athletes graduate with a degree prepared to be champions in life.”
Newman has 205 total wins as a head coach, with stints at CSUSB (2018-23), Texas Permian Basin (2013-18) and D-I Cal State Fullerton (2012-13). The latter was as interim head coach, going 14-18 after nine seasons on Bob Burton’s staff there.
“I am ecstatic to have been chosen as the next Head Men’s Basketball Coach at CSUN,” Newman said. “I plan to bring an exciting, fast paced, team-oriented style of basketball back to the Valley. We will entertain the Matador faithful by lighting up the scoreboard and competing for championships. My wife Kellie, along with my two sons Luke and Kade, are honored to be joining the CSUN family. I can’t wait to get to work.”
This is the second time that Chin-Farrell has hired Newman, having previously given him the job at CSUSB in 2018 when he was the AD there. Newman is a native of Fremont, California, and as a player he went to the NAIA Final Four in 1998 with Azusa Pacific (CA).
The Matadors are coming off back-to-back seven-win seasons and have not finished above .500 since 2008-09, also the year of the their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance. Previous head coach Trent Johnson resigned last month after just two seasons at the helm, the first as interim head coach. He was brought on in 2021 when the entire CSUN staff – led by Mark Gottfried – was placed on leave pending an investigation into rules violations.
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