A Farewell to a Titan Among Titans
Long-time Fullerton South Rotary Club member Steve DiTolla announced his retirement from Cal State Fullerton on December 30, 2020. Steve was a member of the Cal State Fullerton athletic department for almost 30 years as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Steve began his professional career as an assistant ticket manager with the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. He then spent almost six years as an athletics accountant and director of promotions and marketing at the University of Colorado. DiTolla first served at CSUF from 1985 - 1992 as the associate athletics director/ business affairs (CFO). He also had a short term as interim athletics director in 1990-91. In 1992 he left
intercollegiate athletics to become vice president at Jammi n Sports Apparel in Anaheim for eight years. “Although he will still be working and around the Titan House for a bit longer, I still have to say that Steve has been an invaluable piece of this athletics department during his time here," said director of Athletics Jim Donovan. "He has helped lead this department through the best and most successful stretch it has ever had and I cannot thank him enough for his work."
On the field, DiTolla has been a part of almost every major accomplishment in Titan Athletics, including the Commissioner's Cup in 2017-18. He was the sport administrator for the now-defunct Titan Football program during coach Gene Murphy's tenure, coach Maryalyce Jeremiah and the 1991 Women's Basketball team's appearance in the NCAA tournament, coach Ali Khosroshahin and the 2005 Women's Soccer team's run to the Sweet Sixteen, and coach Bob Burton's 2008 Big West Men's Basketball Tournament championship team and their appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to Titan Athletics has been in baseball. DiTolla has been the long-time sports administrator for CSUF's nationally competitive program. He spearheaded the searches for coaches Larry Cochell, Augie Garrido, George Horton, Dave Serrano, and Rick Vanderhook. All five brought the Titans to the College World Series. He has accompanied the Titans on thirteen trips to the College World Series, including a National Championship in 2004.
Proceeds from this tournament will be donated to CSUF and put into an annuity that is being established in Steve's name, to provide scholarships to student athletes.