Matador Diamond, with a seating capacity of 1,000, is the site of all home CSUN softball games. Matador Diamond has been the site of three NCAA Division I Softball Regionals. In 1993, the Matadors hosted the No. 2 Regional, followed by the No. 3 Regional in 1994 and the No. 4 Regional in 1995. More
Tairia Flowers, who has enjoyed success as an outstanding collegiate player, an Olympic gold medal winner and a successful collegiate assistant coach, completed her seventh season as head coach of the softball program at CSUN in 2017.
In Flowers’ short time in charge of the
Matadors, she has led the program to new heights. CSUN has won 30-plus games over the past four seasons (2014-2017), a feat that had not been accomplished by a group of Matadors since 1996-99.
In 2015, the Matadors started the Big West season 12-0 en route to a 16-5 finish and the Matadors’ first outright Big West Championship. The Matadors also recorded over 40 victories for the first time since 1996 and finished the year 41-17 overall. CSUN recorded notable Big West series wins over Cal Poly, Long Beach State and UC Riverside while defeating Arizona State, Stanford and Wisconsin in the preseason. For her work, Flowers was named the 2015 Big West Conference Coach of the Year.
Cheridan Hawkins joined the CSUN softball coaching staff in Aug. 2017.
Hawkins joins CSUN from UC Riverside where she served as the Highlanders’ pitching coach during the 2017 season. With Hawkins guiding the UCR pitchers, UC Riverside posted 28 victories and registered a team 3.36 ERA.
On the diamond, Hawkins made her mark on the Oregon (2013-16) record book. A three-time All-American, she exited the program as the all-time leader in career strikeouts (1,081), wins (108) and shutouts (33). Guiding Oregon to four-straight Pac-12 titles including the school’s first in program history in 2013.
Hawkins helped lead the Ducks to consecutive Women’s College World Series appearances from 2014-15. A three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year winner, Hawkins racked up a number of awards including two NFCA All-American first team accolades as well as a third team nod as a senior along with four NFCA All-Pacific Region, four All-Pac-12 First Team and three Academic All-American awards. Hawkins was also a top three finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in 2015.
Former UCLA All-American Mysha Sataraka joined the CSUN softball team as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2017 season. With the Matadors, Sataraka works with CSUN hitters and infielders while handling other administrative duties.
Sataraka comes to CSUN after a highly successful Bruin career. She wrapped up her career with Second Team NFCA All-American Honors in 2016 and was also a First Team All-Pac 12 and First Team NFCA All-West Region honoree.
As a sophomore with UCLA, she earned First Team All-Pac 12 and Second Team NFCA All-West Region awards. Sataraka also spent part of 2016 as a member of the Team USA Elite Squad that participated in the World Cup of Softball.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Natasha Watley has worked as CSUN Softball’s Director of Operations since 2011. Watlley is a former All-American, National Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.
A four-time, first-team All-American, All-Region and All-Pac-10 selection at shortstop during her playing career at UCLA, Watley was named the Honda Award winner for the sport of softball at the conclusion of her senior season in 2003 and went on to become the second softball recipient of the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate female athlete. She joins USA Softball teammate and former Bruin Lisa Fernandez as the only softball recipients of the Honda-Broderick Cup.
Watley finds her name at the top of the UCLA offensive charts in hits (395), runs scored (252), at-bats (878), triples (21) and stolen bases (158). She is also second in average at .450, tying her for seventh in NCAA history. Watley places in the NCAA Top 10 in hits (3rd), runs (T-6th) and steals (10th). She had over 100 hits in each of her last three seasons, leading the Bruins in hits, as well as stolen bases, all four years. Watley started all 251 games she appeared in, which is third on UCLA’s all-time games played list.