May 10, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. -
Cal State Fullerton Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Marcia Foster today was promoted to associate head coach and she will soon participate in a national program designed to help assistants become head coaches.
Foster has served the past three years as an assistant to Titans' Head Coach Maryalyce Jeremiah. She is one of 11 collegiate female assistants who have been invited to participate in the 2006 Black Coaches Association "Achieving Coaching Excellence" (ACE) program for minority women. The event will be held from June 4 to June 7 in Indianapolis, IN.
"It is both an honor and a privilege to have been selected by the Black Coaches Association to participate in the ACE program," said Foster. "I look forward to the experience; to learning, networking and representing Cal State Fullerton and our basketball program at the highest possible level."
"Three years ago when I became the head coach, I knew that Marcia Foster was one of the best assistant coaches in the country and I was pleased when she decided to join our staff," said Dr. Jeremiah.
"Her expertise on the floor and in the recruiting area is second to none. She has made a great impact on the Titan program and it is only fitting that she be promoted in our program and be given more responsibility befitting her abilities.
"Coach Foster will continue to head up our recruiting activities and will be more involved in the overall aspects of the basketball program. Her love for and commitment to the game is exactly what I want for our athletes. I am excited that she will continue to work with me as we build this program toward NCAA post season play.
"Her selection to the ACE program is a great credit to her potential and being recognized on the national level for this is not only very deserving but also tremendous for the Titans' program."
The ACE program is designed to enhance opportunities for women of color in collegiate basketball and improve the individual's preparedness to become a head coach. Since the program was launched in 2003, there have been 25 participants and six have gone on to fill head coaching positions.
"Participants of this program represent the creme de la creme of assistant coaches out there," said Floyd Keith, executive director of the BCA.
A graduate of Seton Hall, Foster spent six years as an assistant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and one season as head coach at Cal Tech before arriving at Fullerton.
The other 10 coaches invited are Natasha Adair of Wake Forest, Rene Bostic of Robert Morris, Itoro Coleman of Clemson, Dena Head of Central Connecticut, Bobbie Kelsey of Virginia Tech, Tasha McDowell of Wisconsin, Jacqueline Moore of Nevada, Sharrona Reaves of West Virginia, Charmin Smith of Stanford and Andrea Williams of Jacksonville.