Hired as the eighth head coach in the four-decadehistory of Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball in 2009,Marcia Foster returns to the Titan Gym sidelines for her fourthseason at the helm of the Titan program, committed to her quest ofleading Fullerton to the top of the Big West Conference.
Originally hired as an assistant coach upon the return of Dr.Maryalyce Jermeiah in 2003, the 2012-13 season will markFoster’s 10th year with the Fullerton program, helping turnaround a program that had won just 12 games in the previous threeseasons combined. During her tenure in Orange County, Foster hashelped lead the Titans to 100 wins (which is more than the previous12 seasons combined) and double-digit win totals in six of the lastseven years.
Her head coaching debut in 2009-10 saw her lead Fullerton to a15-17 overall record and an 8-8 mark in Big West play - the fourth.500 finish in the league for the Titans in five seasons. Fullertonled the Big West in free throw percentage (.740), three-pointdefense (.295), and offensive rebounding (16.4 rpg), while rankingsecond in turnover margin (+2.4) and fourth in scoring offense(65.1 ppg) and defense (64.8 ppg).
The 2010-11 season fell short of expectations after injuries tomajor contributors derailed the team’s strong start en routeto a 9-21 overall record and a 5-11 finish in Big West play. Led bystrong guard play, Fullerton once again led the league inthree-point percentage defense (.301) while also finishing atop theconference in free throw percentage (.759). The Titans’offense also found a groove, averaging 65.3 ppg, good for fourth inthe Big West, and shot .392 from the floor - the highest marks inboth categories for a Fullerton squad since the 2005-06 teamaveraged 67.7 ppg and shot .394 from the field.
The 2011-12 season brought improvement in the win column, as sheled the Titans to an 11-19 overall record and the program’s11th consecutive Big West Tournament appearance. She also helpedguide Megan Richardson, Lauren Chow, and Mya Olivier toall-conference honors.
Off the court, Foster has also helped foster a sense ofcommunity service within the program, establishing the“I’ll Tell 2” program designed to increase breastcancer awareness for the entire student-athlete population at theuniversity and annually participating in the Susan G. Koman“Race for the Cure” prior to the start of eachseason.
With the “I’ll Tell 2” program, each player isresponsible for telling two other people about the importance ofearly detection, then asking them to tell two more people as well.The project culminates with a “Day of Awareness” oncampus, where the message is spread to the entire universitycommunity.
Prior to joining the Titans, Foster spent one season as the headcoach at Cal Tech in Pasadena, CA, and six seasons as an assistantcoach at Big West rival Cal Poly, helping turn-around the Mustangsprogram from four wins in her first season in 1996-97 to 12 wins in2000-01, advancing to the second round of the Big West Tournamentthat year and ending perennial power UC Santa Barbara’s49-game conference winning streak during the regular season.
Titans Making a Difference
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