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Bob Mattos: Hornet Pride Personified


Bob Mattos led the Hornets from 1978 to 1992 and is the football program's career leader in wins.
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Bob Mattos’ name is synonymous with Sacramento State football.

His association with the program spanned more than 45 years. He played for the Hornets from 1962 to 1963 and graduated with a Physical Education degree in 1965.

But it was as a coach that he left a truly indelible stamp. Mattos, who led the Hornets from 1978 to 1992, is the football program’s career leader in wins, compiling an 84-73-2 record. In 1988, he coached the Hornets to a 10-3 season, including two NCAA Division II playoff wins.

Mattos, who died in 2010 at age 68, returned to the program in 2006 after stints coaching the Sacramento Gold Miners (who later relocated and became the San Antonio Texans) of the Canadian Football League and serving as athletics director at Elk Grove High School. As a special consultant to Sacramento State’s Development Office, he helped raise nearly a half-million dollars for the new Edythe and Eli Broad Fieldhouse next to Hornet Stadium.

He was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in 2008. That same year, a group of former players named a room in the Broad Fieldhouse in Mattos’ honor – the Robert J. “Coach” Mattos Head Coach’s Office.

In 1987, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Sacramento State Alumni Association. He was inducted as a coach into the Sacramento State Football Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2009, he was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame.

Sacramento State held a memorial for “Coach Mattos” on April 11, 2010, and members of the University community paid their respects to the beloved Hornet. Speakers at the event included President Alexander Gonzalez, members of the Mattos family, and alumnus and longtime Hornet booster Gary Quattrin.

 “Coach Mattos was a beloved figure at our University. As a coach, booster, volunteer and staff member, he always put the students first, and he inspired countless young people to achieve their dreams,” Gonzalez said.

“His love of the Hornets, and of Sacramento State, began during his time as a student, and we will forever remember him as the epitome of Hornet Pride.”