Cesar Cardenas is well aware of the strength of HNU Athletics, and he now has the chance to lead the Hawks into the future.
Cardenas was officially introduced August 19 as the new director of athletics at Holy Names University. The University’s commitment to the development of successful student-athletes played a major role in his interest in the job.
“I am very excited about the opportunity I have to lead HNU Athletics. Dennis Jones has done a great job in leading the department, so I congratulate him and wish him well in his new endeavors,” Cardenas said. “For HNU Athletics, this is not a time to rest on our achievements, but rather to keep our momentum going forward as we make our way through the NCAA Division II process. I am honored to take the lead at this time and to continue moving us forward to ensure a positive student-athlete experience here at HNU.”
With 54 conference championships, 35 All-Americans, and 69 Academic All-Americans earned since 1994, Holy Names University has achieved excellence in its short intercollegiate athletic history.
Two years ago, HNU Athletics transitioned from an NAIA institution to a NCAA Division II candidate institution, and the department joined the Pacific West Conference (the largest NCAA Division II conference on the West Coast). Since the University’s acceptance into NCAA Division II candidacy, HNU has added four intercollegiate sports—men’s baseball, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis—bringing HNU Athletics to 14 squads.
“We are pleased to have Cesar Cardenas step into the director role to lead HNU Athletics. He offers tremendous experience and knows exactly what we need to continue through the NCAA application process,” Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Michael Miller said. “We are pleased too for Dennis Jones, who provided tremendous service to the University. We are very grateful for his leadership over the years. He was instrumental in helping hundreds of student-athletes at HNU succeed on and off the playing fields.”
Cardenas has been involved with HNU Athletics since 2006, when he began a two-year post as HNU’s head athletic trainer. In March 2008, he moved to California State University, East Bay and served as an athletic equipment technician for a few years while completing his graduate studies. In January 2011, Cardenas accepted the position of facilities and events coordinator for the athletic department at Cal State East Bay. He held this position until he returned to Holy Names University to serve as the associate director of athletics. In this role, he was responsible for game day operations, facility scheduling, and many of the athletic programs.
Cardenas, who began his new appointment immediately, will replace Dennis Jones. Jones’ history with HNU spans 18 years, during which time he was a student, a recruiter, a coach, and director of athletics for five seasons. He was instrumental in the development of the department and HNU’s transition to NCAA Division II candidacy. Jones has accepted a position with another university and will assume a director role.