Michael Izzi is the eighth Athletic Director in the history of CSUN Athletics

NORTHRIDGE (CNS) — UC Irvine athletic director Michael Izzi has been hired as Cal State University Northridge’s next athletic director.

Izzi succeeds Brandon E. Martin, who was fired March 7. The firing of Martin and men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus came less than 24 hours after they were allegedly involved in a fight, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Izzi had been UC Irvine’s athletic director since December 2007, overseeing a dramatic increase in fundraising. The Anteaters earned top-five finishes in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ Division I-AAA Directors’ Cup standings eight of the last 12 years.

Cal State Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison said Izzi “has a proven track record of building a culture where student-athletes realize their full potential in the classroom and in competition.”

Izzi, 58, will begin his new job at the end of July. He will be the eighth athletic director in the history of the university, which began athletic competition in the 1958-59 academic year.